House of Cards season 2 literally blew my mind. In love with Claire Underwood.
Current obsession, via Jess & Katie. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals got nothin on them.
St. Louis, you are amazing.
Last night while chatting with Cody, I remember commenting on how strange it is to think of where we all are this year compared to where we all were last year. Last year at this time, my life was completely different than it is now.
And I am thankful for that.
I am thankful that I have a job that I love, with coworkers who support me and a boss who wants me to succeed.
I am thankful I have a wonderful, loving roommate who makes me laugh and is always there for me.
I am thankful I have a sweet and caring boyfriend who understands me and tries to make me happy.
I am thankful I have parents who each want the best for me, and a brother who will stand next to me through it all.
I am thankful that I have friends who care about me and who I care about.
This year has been a roller coaster that spiraled downwards to the point where I didn’t know how it would ever get back up again. But lately it has been up up up and I am so incredibly thankful for everyone that has helped point me in that direction.
Now bring on the mashed potatoes.
Thanks to the relentless efforts of Twaddle to turn me into a lady, I was able to cross some things off of my list.
Twaddle took me to Target and HOOKED ME UP. I now have a closet full of fun new goodies and am slowly becoming a girl. Goodbye #10 and #23.
Take a professional cooking class
- Live outside of Illinois
- Go white water rafting
Travel somewhere on my own
- Go skydiving
- Visit Barcelona and Rome
- Run a 5K
- Learn how to play tennis, and then play someone in a match well
- Cook every dish in a cookbook
Get a makeup consultation from someone professional and then buy all the makeup they recommend Buy something ridiculously expensive and frivolous, just because I want to
- Swim with dolphins
- Have my palm read
- Go to one new restaurant or coffee shop a week for one year
- Take an art class
- Ride in a hot air balloon
- Visit a spa for an entire day and get the works
- Watch a meteor shower
Grow my hair out really long and then cut it all off
- Throw away all my clothes, then completely redo my wardrobe from scratch
- Go horseback riding
- Golf a complete 18 holes
Find my perfect shade of lipstick Learn how to change a flat tire
- Swim with sharks
- Go fruit picking in an orchard
Watch a movie at a drive-in
- Visit Sanibel again and see all the sights I saw when I was a little girl
- Go scuba diving
- Attend a professional sporting event
Take note, fellas. He done good.
In Meg Murphy world, birthdays are no joke. My birthday week is in full-swing; dinners and movies with friends, lunches with co-workers, dinner with my awesome boyfriend and mass amounts of drinking are all on the schedule for this weekend. And as I sit in my decked-out cubicle at work, thinking about the plans for the rest of the day, I am struck by how different my life is now than it was before.
This summer has been full of endings and beginnings for me. I left an old boyfriend and began a new relationship with someone who is completely different than I have ever dated before. I left my old job and began a new one, and am in the process of leaving my current apartment for a beautiful, homey and updated one. The structure of my family begins shifting and we head into this new stage of what will be the rest of our lives, separate yet still together.
I, myself, shifted from a positive, confident and enthusiastic person to someone who is now anxious to speak up. I have seen the true colors of some people who I held very dear to my heart; co-workers and close friends who have failed to reach out to me in my time of greatest need, which has caused the end of friendships I valued.
However, the events this summer have forced me to reach outside of my comfort zone and cultivate new relationships with new friends. I have people in my life right now that are so insanely supportive, it blows my mind. Today, on a day where I feel an outpouring of love towards me, I cannot help but feel that all of these changes have a silver lining that is slowly poking its way through.
I have no doubt that it will take me years, if not decades, to shake off the baggage that I have accumulated from the experiences this summer. This time last year, I would never have guessed I would be where I am now. My life is different, but it’s much much better.
I am so grateful for the people in my life. Hopefully they find my emotions and overexagerations endearing, know my high-strung worrying comes from a place of concern and love, and don’t mind that all my jokes aren’t really that funny. Thank you to everyone who has showed me support over these past few months; I couldn’t have made it through without you.
Now onto the celebrations! Happy birthday to me :)
Life has been pretty cruddy lately, but things are finally starting to look up. My amazing Peoria friends have kept me busy with baseball games, margaritas and movies.
Thankfully, my new job has started and my bank account will soon be replenished. The busy Meg has returned!