[#blessed]

#blessed

This past weekend was a wonderfully crazy one.

 

Short version:

-I met Peter’s kids.

-And spent Easter with his family.

 

Long version:

As I walked up to Peter’s house late Saturday morning, I started getting nervous again. I thought I had shaken all my jitters and worries, but apparently that wasn’t the case. What kind of questions are they going to ask me? How is this supposed to work with him if they don’t like me? What if I’m not ready to meet them? My hands were instantly sweaty as I knocked on the door, but within 30 seconds all the uneasiness went away. His daughter, who’s 4.5, told me she wanted me to sit with her in the recliner until we left. I think I was trying to prepare for meeting them by thinking of it as an interview with serious questions and such, when really, kids that age just want someone to play with and pay attention to them.

It probably helped that his kids are both really well behaved, respectful, and we had stuff planned. Kids are funny though, they don’t understand having a need to be accepted and liked, and therefor they just accept and like everyone. Peter says they really like me, and I’m not trying to be cynical, but I can’t help but think that they like everyone. He assures me though that they really like me. Before they went to bed, they asked, “Miss Stephanie, are we going to see you tomorrow?!” And that’s when I about died.

Honestly, in my perfectly planned out life plan I didn’t see any kids in my life until I was at least 30. I want them, but I didn’t think I’d have them until later on, but life has a funny way of throwing you curve balls that really end up being underhand pitches. (You like that baseball analogy?) Peter was an unexpected surprise that has turned into this wonderful thing I can’t imagine being without, and he just happens to come with two adorable, sweet humans. He told me before our second date, which was the day after the first, that he had two kids. At that point I already had such a strong connection with him that even though they were eminent, I didn’t have any worries or insecurities about the things that would go along with that in the future, which I saw with him before that second date. The heart is an amazing thing, just when you think it’s as full as you’d ever need it to be, it makes room for more, and I’m happy to fill it.

 

Sunday¬†morning started early, but I showed up with coffee, so everything was fine. The four of us drove to Everett, where Peter’s parents live, and went to church. Lunch was lovely, and I was appreciative of all the veg friendly foods available for me. (Peter’s mom even made the potato casserole without cream of chicken!) After lunch we just sat around visiting, talking about Jean’s book, my trip to Dubai, and a multitude of other things. I don’t think any of us really wanted to leave, but Peter had to get the kids back to their mom, so we had to go.

For me, it’s never been about the holiday, but more about the people you get to see and spend time with.¬†Holidays without my family have been somewhat emotional for me¬†the last year or so; I’m still figuring out how to come to terms with this, because, in the long run, I probably won’t be moving back to Syracuse. Family is one of the things that I hold dearest, and to be able to have found someone who understands that, and is the same way, is immeasurably amazing. It’s an¬†incredible feeling finally realizing that you’ve made yourself a new home.

 

– S

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[365] Mission Accomplished

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Guys…I did it! I took a picture every single day for an entire year and shared it with you. I’m still a little surprised it wasn’t harder for me to find the will to complete this project. I’m like a proud mama, but of myself…if that makes sense.

To celebrate the last day of this particular project, I went to a show at High Dive in Fremont. My boyfriend’s band was playing so that helped me get my ass out the door, but I had a lot of fun and met some new people, one of them originally from New York, so that was cool. I even got invited to the next girl’s night, which is cool too.

To commemorate this momentous occasion I’ve compiled a list of things I did, or happened this past year, in no particular order:

  1. Moved across the country.
  2. Spontaneously went to Hawaii.
  3. Got my first big girl job…at Microsoft!
  4. Dated for the first time ever.
  5. Walked to the grocery store…twice.
  6. Spent my birthday away from my mom, dad, and sister for the first time in my entire life.
  7. Watched my sister graduate high school.
  8. Went to my first “professional” baseball game.
  9. Started drinking red wine.
  10. Made gnocchi for the first time. (They were perfect.)
  11. Met people, and made some new friends.
  12. Got a Washington state drivers license.
  13. My pants ripped up the ass in public and I had to buy new ones.
  14. Let my blood thin out and think that 40 degrees is cold.
  15. Inherited an unexpected hatred for 49ers fans, bicyclists and pedestrians.
  16. Willingly participated in a Segway tour of Seattle with my family when they visited in July.
  17. Tried running…I hated it and that’s never gonna happen again.
  18. Took an 8 week letterpress class and produced some lovely work.
  19. Received some New York apples from my family because I missed our yearly mecca to Beak and Skiff.
  20. I read the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy.
  21. Went to Discovery Park.
  22. Found an apartment I loved and moved to lower Queen Anne in Seattle.
  23. Became a Seahawks fan.
  24. Remained a Giants, Bills, and Syracuse Orange fan.
  25. Furnished most of my with stuff from Ikea.
  26. Sold my soul to Pottery Barn for the perfect bed.
  27. Went home to Syracuse for Christmas.
  28. Attended a Syracuse men’s basketball game.
  29. Got myself a boyfriend.
  30. Called Seattle home.

I feel extremely fortunate to have an amazing support system that not only, well, supported me on this adventure, but gave me the confidence and accolades I needed to enjoy this chapter in my life. I love you all, and I promise to keep this blog going, although, I may take a small hiatus to recuperate and let myself miss the blog so I can continue to love doing it.

 

– Stephanie

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[359] In the Zone

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I’m finally getting to some work that needed to be done, like, weeks ago. I’ve been a little distracted.

Speaking of distractions, I met up with a friend who I used to work with in Syracuse. She’s in town visiting friends, and her boyfriend’s family. We got some drinks, drank them, and caught up. I really like getting to see people out of the context you know them from. It’s pretty nice.

 

– Stephanie

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[358] Happy as a Clam

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I’m not exactly sure where that saying comes from, but I guess it’ll work in the situation that is today.

I started my morning like any normal, obsessed, Syracuse men’s basketball fan by watching the game at 9am. I wasn’t wearing any pants, but I did have one of my many Syracuse shirts on. We won, obviously. During the second half as we pulled further and further ahead, I started taking down my Christmas tree. That undoubtedly led me to rearrange my living room, clear out some stuff from my closets, start a couple loads of laundry, scrub my bathroom from top to bottom, wash all the dishes that have been sitting in my sink, and update this blog since I was a touch behind.

While updating the blog, I realized I will be done with this 365 project exactly one week from today. I’m still trying to decide what I want to do when it’s over…

– Stephanie

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[354] Date Night for Fatties

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The Syracuse game was on tonight so I thought I’d invite the boy over for dinner during said Syracuse game. I went all out, and made Fat Girl Specials. For those of you who don’t know what a Fat Girl Special is, let me enlighten you: it’s alfredo sauce mixed with Spicy Hot Tomato Oil¬†over fettuccini. Usually, I just use jarred alfredo, but lately, or at least the last time I made myself a Fat Girl, I’ve been making alfredo sauce from scratch.

Not only did Syracuse win over Virginia Tech handedly, my Fat Girl Special was a hit, I got a sweet¬†piece of¬†Giants art, I guess that’s what I’d call it,¬†but I also got a full on back massage as a thank you.

Please sir, may I have another?

– Stephanie

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[337] I Don’t Even Know

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In the last 24 hours I’ve been frisked at an airport, saw a man’s ass through holes in his jeans (he wasn’t wearing underwear), literally sprinted to my second flight gate only to be told it was delayed, flew across the country, ate at two of my favorite places in Syracuse, hung ornaments above a sink, arranged flowers, ran errands, wrapped boxes for the sole purpose of hanging them on the wall as decorations, reunited with my favorite dog in the whole wide world, drank wine, and laughed with my family, and more specifically my grandfather who was on fire with the jokes tonight. I’m exhausted, but it was an amazing day.

 

– Stephanie

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[331] I Have an Ass That is Lazy

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My heat wasn’t working this morning so I wrapped myself up in a blanket and plopped my ass on the couch. I listened to the Syracuse game, which we won, obviously. I also had the Seahawks/Giants game on mute, and basically stopped watching after halftime because it was just too depressing. I also took a nap this afternoon, because, frankly, laying on the couch is exhausting.

I’m going to be home in 5.5 days and I can hardly contain my extreme excitement. Gah!

 

– Stephanie

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