Hello Friday, you gorgeous creature you! Another week down and another weekend ahead. I’m ready, with lots of work behind me and lots of fun looming – just the way it should be, eh?
I’ve had this song in my head all week, after Heidi shared it with me. I’ve loved Nellie Mckay for ages, long before I was vegan, and I love her even more now, knowing she’s a badass animal activist. This song has nothing to do with that, it’s just super cute.
And now, my favorite part of Friday, the part where we all come together to shout out the things that make us smile. Thank you all for being a part of this weekly ritual, it means so much and always brings me so much joy. Thank you!
Le Love List!
1. Old friendships.
Th other morning I was working working working when I got a Facebook message from a very, very old friend – someone I hadn’t seen in many years. He was in town for the day, he said, and would I like to hang out? I was so busy and overwhelmed, but I couldn’t let myself say no. So we made a plan to meet that afternoon, take Harley for a walk and grab a cup of coffee. Which we did, and even though we hadn’t seen each other in ages, all my filters were instantly down and I blabbety-blabbety-blabbed at him nonstop, and he did the same, and that feeling of real connection was SO deep and SO intense, that it kind of took me by surprise. Later I wrote “There is something so profoundly grounding about seeing a really, really old friend. Reconnection to them => reconnection to who I really am. Grateful.”
And then last weekend with those ladies, all three of us together again. I’m sure everyone here can relate to what I’m talking about – those people who knew you before you were the current You, people who have seen the many changes of You, who’ve witnessed the worst version of you and stuck around to help, who’ve watched you bloom and shrivel and bloom again, who know all your insides and when you’re telling a story they already know who so-and-so is and you don’t have to explain why you made certain decisions or why your Dad was upset about X or how finding that record felt like divine inspiration, ’cause they already know all that background stuff.
There’s just nothing like that feeling, and I had lost it for so long (moving to a place where nobody knew me) and now that I have it back I’ve come to appreciate it in such a reverent way. You know?
2. My first piece going up on Our Hen House!
I’m so thrilled to have a guest article up at one of my very most favorite online publications. Check it out, and please poke around Our Hen House – you wont regret it!
We went out to dinner recently, and afterwards we were walking together, just shootin’ the shiitake and actually, totally cracking each other up.
You know that Damian and I were friends long before we were ever lovers. And as we walked down that same old main street in our same old home town, so friendly and familiar, I thought “Wait, did the last six years even happen?!”
I said it out loud, and Damian agreed. “I know, we’ve pretty much gone back exactly to the way we were.” … “Except with no sexual tension!”
We joked about how the best way to remove sexual tension from a friendship is to get married and have a kid! And maybe you think that sort of humor is morbid, but we got a good laugh out of it and man, I’m just so thankful that we have a true friendship and that we can still love each other and laugh at ourselves and continue to work as partners to raise our boy together. We are extremely lucky.
Also! garlic roasted pistachios .|. Wait’s hair which contains more shades than I even thought possible, it is the most perfectly complex highlight extravaganza! .|. talking on the phone with my Grandma .|. enormous salads .|. dinner with family (or close enough) .|. snuggling all night with Waits .|. hanging out with musicians .|. strawberries and beets in my CSA .|. kiss attacks .|. successful distraction . . .
Alright guys, now it’s your turn – let me know what you’re loving this week!
This happy little post will stay at the top of the page all weekend, so stop by any time to leave your Love List, ask a question, or offer some feedback! Or if you’re new, feel free to just introduce yourself and say ‘Oi!’! This is your community, so get involved!
Hope it’s warming up where you are. Have a great weekend!