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Happy birthday to me

6 Aug

Today I turn 24 years old. Unlike a lot of people my age, I’m not freaking out about getting older. In fact, I like getting older. It often feels that each year is better than the next.

These past few birthdays, I’ve started taking some time to reflect on all that I’ve done in the past year. I continue to notice how quickly time flies by. It seems like yesterday I was graduating college and in a blink of an eye, more than two years have gone by.

I have to say though, as fast as it went, year 23 was pretty great. I kicked off my birthday celebrations with a trip to Pittsburgh with my bff. I was promoted at my job. I traveled to Amsterdam, Berlin and the Dominican Republic. I ran three 5Ks and started getting back in shape. And my favorite was celebrating two wonderful years with my boyfriend. What a year.

The most important thing to note is I can honestly say I’m happy with my life right now. As fun as this past year was, there are still big things ahead, and year 24 is already shaping up to be pretty awesome. I’ll be traveling to Germany in September to spend time in Berlin and Munich. I couldn’t be more excited (47 days!!!).

So cheers to another birthday and the year ahead. I’m already looking forward to it.

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A happy memory

24 Jan

When the weather is cold and gloomy, I like to think back to warmer days and happy memories. This past June, I traveled to Germany for Sebastian’s graduation. Afterward, we spent three glorious days in Mallorca, Spain. Here is one my favorite memories from that trip:

It was our second night in S’Arraco and we had spent the entire day at the beach in Sant Elm, soaking up the sun. It was one of those really perfect days when the weather was spectacular and the water temperature just right. There’s something rejuvenating about lying on a towel, listening to your iPod, feeling the warm sand between your toes – it just makes you happy.

{Sant Elm}

After a relaxing day, we came home and decided to make shrimp alfredo for dinner. Sebastian started preparing the meal, and I began setting the table out on the terrace. It was a warm night, but the village was quiet, and I enjoyed watching the sun set and playing with the house cat. I sat at the table and smiled as I listened to Sebastian singing while he cooked.

{kitty}

When everything was ready, we set out our feast. Fresh bread, tomatoes with mozzarella and of course the shrimp alfredo. We ate until we were stuffed and sat there talking while the candle burned down. When the temperature had cooled down outside, we cleaned up the kitchen and went to bed.

{dinner is served}

{homemade shrimp alfredo}

A perfect day, a yummy meal, a happy memory.