I bless you in your 30th year.
I bless you in your 30th year.

Last year for my bday, I thought it would be a cool new thing to try and encapsulate the 28th year of my life, since life changes faster than I can blog. I created a format to look back specifically at the last 365 days, and remember exactly where my life compass was at this moment. Here goes.

Where are you living? At the moment, in the office/guest room with my parents and two of my sisters in Alamo, CA. Earlier this year I lived in North Carolina for a spell. And we have learned that I will never drive through Texas ever, ever, EVER again.

What shoes are you wearing? Super barefoot and admiring my tan against my bright pink toenails.

Bienvenidos a mi clase!
Bienvenidos a mi clase!

What did you last eat? A super bomb red, green and white bomblette in honor of Cinco de Mayo (side note – as a former Spanish teacher and enthusiast of all things Mexico, if I worked at the bar still and worked today, I would make everyone tell me the reason for the holiday before I served them. And if they said “Mexican Independence Day,” they would get nothing. Nothing!). And I drank a kombucha, which I realized I was allergic to about halfway through. Now it’s grapefruit juice in a wine glass, because I’m on post-vacation detox, but still want to feel fancy.

Where do you work? Nowhere, at the moment! I worked for a wedding blogger for a hot minute, tried subbing in North Carolina, and ended up serving and bartending. I feel now that despite the pain of getting rejected from over 40 different jobs in Carolina, God was protecting me from starting a career there so that I would be open to pursuing teaching abroad! I’ll be teaching at an international school in Rio this year.

Where have you traveled this last year? Ireland, England, Spain, Wyoming, Montana, Kentucky, New York, and the drive across the country TWICE are highlights. Also had a family reunion in Mexico that was amazing, and a random Thanksgiving dinner in the basement of an Irish pub in Virginia!

me in forty years, probably.
me in forty years, probably.

When did you last cry? Last Friday, before leaving for vacation. Because I was single, turning 30, and just needed a good cry. I didn’t cry on my actual birthday though, which breaks the six year streak of doing so!

What was the last movie you watched? Saving Mr. Banks on the plane. Before that, probably Frozen.

 Favorite TV show of the moment? Parks and Recreation. Orphan Black. And have recently been rewatching all the Xfiles and realizing how awesome that show still is.

IMG_9161Favorite toy of the moment? THE PUPPY!!!!

When did you last laugh really hard? When I was describing to my sisters and cousin my new invention. The conversation went like this:

“I was texting a friend, and I thought ‘wouldn’t it be cool to be able to send like voice texts? I could talk to them, and then they could answer back with their voice. But like, really quick.’ And then I thought about it, and realized I had invented talking on the phone. Which is what I’m trying to avoid by texting.”

Which is kind of like the time I posted some Facebook status about wishing vegetables were easier to eat, like if I could get them through a straw. And realized I had invented the smoothie.

What book are you reading right now? Heaven is for Real. A Dance with Dragons. Farmer Boy.

What are you most looking forward to right now? MOVING TO BRAZIL! In 78 days!!!

What’s your favorite song right now? “Let it Go,” which you can literally apply to every situation in your life. And “Fancy,” although I hate myself for it on occasion.

What’s the same about your life last year that you’re happy about? Um. This question sucks! Haha. Hmmm I guess…I haven’t lost anyone this year to death or the end of a friendship. I still have a lot of really good people in my life.

i miss teaching so much. i took it really seriously.
i miss teaching so much. i took it really seriously.

What’s different about your life from last year? WHAT WAS I THINKING MAKING THESE QUESTIONS. Okay, okay. It’s an exercise. Well, I’m single. It’s been almost a year since I was in a classroom. I kinda miss grad school and I definitely miss all the volleyball. But…I think a big difference is my future seems wide open to possibility in a way that it was not last year. And my attitude about that uncertainty wavers, but leans towards excitement.

What are the last five things you googled? “cheap flights to Brazil,” “penguins in love,” “infinity,” “baby goats standing on goats,” “do i need a passport for puerto rico.”

When and what was your last vacation? I just got back from Puerto Rico last night! My sister and I went for a whole week to celebrate turning 30 and spend a lot of time in the sun and drink too much beer and take naps. It was amazing.

una medalla en la playa
una medalla en la playa

What are you proud of this year? Taking chances. Lots of chances. Getting quite a few things published on Huffington Post, and even something in Australia, which got a lot of random hate mail. Ah, the internet. Hitting 200,000 hits on this blog. Crossing off a lot of my thirtyx30 bucket list.

What’s your current favorite joke? Everything Obama said at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. That guy is my hero.

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