My bestie Bobo surprised me this last weekend and showed up at my house on Saturday morning! What a perfect Christmas gift! I really couldn't have asked for more...
We went down to the boat parade in Dana Point and hung out with all my best girlies from college and our husbands. I felt like someone was pumping oxygen into my spirit's lungs. Man, I miss my girlies...
I think it's so funny (not "haha", more "hmm") that some people go around saying that no one appreciates the holidays for what they are supposed to really mean, and then those same people do nothing to change the situation.
I was at The Library (anyone who knows Nicholas and I well, knows that this is one of my favorite spots in the world!!) the other day with my friend Sara and this guy was talking about how much the Christians talk about giving and they are so full of you know what, cause the whole holiday is about them and about how much they love gifts...blah blah blah. Sara sat there with a little smile KNOWING that the whole time I was biting my tongue.
I posted earlier and went on a bit of a rant about this...but I'm retracting that. Suffice to say that I know many people on ALL sides who not only give during the holidays, but know the TRUE joy of giving year round. I want to be one of those people.
As for this season, kudos to my amazing mother for stepping out and changing my family's holiday plans. This year, we are all giving to a charity in our family's name, and then writing a letter to each family member explaining what charity we chose and why we chose it. What's amazing is that, of course, it feels even GREATER to give to those in need in the name of those you would normally give gifts to...and even the person who would be receiving the gift feels that they have given!
So to all of my friends, both Christian and otherwise (I love you all!!), let's do our part to ALL remember the true meaning and joy of Christmas THIS year. I highly recommend www.worldvision.org for a whole heap of giving opportunities!
I love Saturday mornings where your biggest decision is do you... 1. Go to Coffee Bean and ask for a side cup of whipped cream with your coffee, 2. Go to Whole Foods and get a slab of bacon to make an amazing breakfast, or 3. Wait an hour and go get Taco Bell.
Happy Birthday to my Bestie Bee! You got the greatest gifts in the world growing in your little belly...but know you're in my thoughts and prayers on the other coast!! You are a true blessing and I am so thankful that you were born!
Ok, it's officially been THREE WEEKS since I have been able to run and it's killing me. Not because I'm being psycho about being in shape or anything...a co worker summed it up best. She said, "when do you think you're going to be able to run again?", I said, "well...I hope less than a month", and she said, "hmmm....I'm sorry, that's your THING, huh?", and I was like, "yeah, I guess it is my "THING".
Now that I'm unable to do my "thing", I realize just how valuable it became to me. When I'm running, no one can call me or need something from me, the people that I run with don't really care what I do for a living, or whether or not I can get them a job, or their friend of job (not that I MIND that but it's just a pleasant release), they are simply running next to me for the sake of running next to me. They may make small talk, but it's OK not to if you just want to be quiet and listen to your feet hit the pavement in synch with your breath (one of my most favorite sounds in the world). That's it, just running, not FOR anything, but just to do it...I feel like a kid again. It's liberating.
Hopefully I'll be back to my "thing" soon. I really really miss it, but it definitely has made me appreciative of it.
Speaking of being appreciative and certainly humbled beyond belief...NBC is re-airing a documentary on the 2008 Paralympics this Saturday, December 6th at 4:30 PM EST. I strongly encourage everyone to watch and TIVO/DVR it. (I personally think that it's a bunch of malarkey that we don't air these in conjunction with the "other" Olympic Games.) It's one of the most amazing documentary's I've seen, and just the kick in the pants that most of us need.
I was talking with my dear friend Gracie last night about the Big Town/Small Town dichotomy of our personalities. I mean, it is literally a daily change for me...today I want to move to a small town, have a cute house, get a few dogs and a few kids...heaven. Tomorrow, I'll love it that I can go to one of the nicest restaurants or see a band that only stops in 3 cities in the States, or go see The Getty Museum (again....I love that place). Back and forth, back and forth. It makes me wonder if I'll ever feel settled....
WOW...is it really almost 2009?! It's funny how looking forward makes you think about what the previous year has brought you! I'm excited to start this new blog in the New Year. I consider it part of my ongoing effort to keep my friends and family in the loop of what is going on with me both in my world and in my head (as I recognize that phone skills are NOT my forte).
As I was asked what to "label" my blog, several things came to mind that would maybe encompass "Kirby's Blog". Of course, first to my mind was "Klog", which for obvious reasons, I chose NOT to use, then "Blirby"...which is better but still definitely not GREAT. After considerable consideration, I have settled on the simple "Kirby"...short, sweet, and just me. But also completely reserve the right to change after I post that and then think of other options which will inevitably be much better. Suggestions?
So, here I go...off into the world of bloggers. I hope that everyone finds this not only informative, but maybe a little funny, maybe a lot honest, but mostly a lot "Kirby".