So I graduated and turned 40 at the beginning of May. Hard to believe that was already more than a month ago. This year has been insane. I’m pretty sure it was January just three weeks ago.
I actually attended graduation, which was surprising. Here I am, peaking at Dale through a sea of graduation caps. It actually ended up being a really fun day. Heather came from Traverse City and Rebecca hung out and we had a Mexican restaurant feast and margaritas (it was also Cinco de Mayo).
Thanks so everyone along who supported me throughout grad school, Dale in particular. It was a bit of a harder slog than I expected in some way but also fun and rewarding in others. We’re certainly racing onto the next phase of our lives: home ownership!
I started volunteering at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio in Oak Park this summer. It was quite the intensive training process but all I’ve got is time, right? Anyway, at the end of the summer they throw a party for volunteers and I got my graduation certificate. And now I volunteer to give home and neighborhood tours one day a month.
Let me know if you want to take my tour!
I posted about this on Facebook but I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to archive it here! So I thought I’d add it…
I ran two 5Ks this fall. The Makin’ Tracks 5K and the FLW Festival of Races 5K.
Running a 5K is on my list ofÂ things to do before I turn 40–and it’s done! Yes. Twice! I only have pictures from the first one, however. Dale was happy to meet up with me at a few points.
This is me coming in at the finish line. It was a pretty great experience. I liked the Makin’ Tracks run more than the FLW run for a variety of reasons, not to mention the genuine enthusiasm of the crowd.
Race day winnings!
I mean to post this awhile back but since it’s a wintery day, thought I’d share. My co-worker Silvia took this photo from our office window with her iPhone–we love to see the bean in every kind of weather!
Rebecca had the fabulous idea to get tix to see 80s icons Pat Benatar and Blondie at the Ravinia Festival, a fun outdoor amphitheater. I would post pictures of Rebecca and I at the concert but we were just eating nonstop and sweating profusely. It was kind of gross but we didn’t care once we were tipsy.
Anyway, the adorable Donnas opened the show and then Pat Benatar played a set. It was a bit disappointing. Pat was just sort of dowdy and sang most of her songs down tempo. However! She has still has an amazing voice. No question!
Finally, it was Blondie’s job to salvage the evening and girlfriend was FIERCE. She rocked, she rolled, she made us wish we were as cool as she is now let alone when we hit our 60s!!
She was 10 kinds of badass!
Yesterday was my birthday! And to celebrate Dale took me to the Tiki Terrace! A fabulous Polynesian-themed restaurant in the suburbs. it was a HOOT. Check out the fabulous decor! Those Easter Island dudes are scary!
That’s right. I’m now 37. I treated myself to an expensive haircut with highlights and Dale got me the adorable necklace I’m wearing in this picture–sadly you can barely see it. Trust me–it’s ADORABLE.
This is a picture I took of Dale, wherein I was trying to replicate my Signature(TM) Pose! It pretty much worked.
We had some cocktails–Dale’s glass had tiny naked girls on it!–and we enjoyed some Taro Chips–don’t know what they are but they were tasty!
Our friends Lara and Tony were kind enough to come out and celebrate my birthday with us! Rebecca and Pat would have come had they not had a family thing on the same night.
Just as we wrapped up our entrees, the floor show started! It last for about an hour and involved lots of dancing, some jokes and general shenanigans.
During the show I was totally hijacked into getting on stage. They suddenly announced: Will tonight’s birthday people get on stage? REBECCA! Where is Rebecca!” So I went up to hula and then–then–they announced that you didn’t have to come on stage. Grr.
Anyway, it was a hoot. I hula’d with my co-birthdayers. Dale took a little video and this pic sums it up: I spent the entire dance biting my lip in concentration and completely missing every move I was supposed to make and ended up just looking confused and swaying my hands back and forth! Hee! It was a fun time!