A woman I look up to is my lifelong friend, Kelsey. (She’s 12 days older than I am, so it’s officially OK for me to say I look up to her.) Kelsey is incredibly brave, and that’s what I admire most about her. In the span of eight months, she got engaged, got married and moved to England with her British husband.
I’m not much of a cook, or a baker, for that matter. It’s not that I’m bad at it; I’m just lazy. But at the beginning of the year, I decided it was time to man up and learn how to make some new dishes. I bought “The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook: 650 Recipes for Everything You’ll Ever Want to Make” by America’s Test Kitchen. My first recipe? Fudgy Brownies.
My husband Dave and I traditionally celebrate Valentine’s Day by spending a day at the Cleveland Museum of Art. In 2015, a winter storm made the roads nearly impassable, completely ruining our plans. It ended up being one of my favorite Valentine’s.
My family isn’t one to take many photos together. My parents, siblings and I had photos taken when I was a baby at Olan Mills and again when I was 2 or 3. We didn’t have another family photo taken until I was in eighth or ninth grade (circa 2005 or 2006).
I didn’t realize how lucky I was when I was growing up. My parents’ home has two large side yards and a large backyard. When my siblings and I were kids, we would play in the yard every day with our neighborhood friends.
I loved school, and if time travel existed, I would go back to those childhood years. And not even for any do-overs, although a few would be nice. Mostly just to relive the freedom of being a kid. Pick a grade, any grade, and there are fond memories. Safety Patrol in elementary school. Junior high basketball.
I was at my cousin’s summer wedding, and the reception hall was freezing. I, of course, had not planned appropriately and was dressed for the 90-degree outdoor temperatures. My grandma saw how cold I was and sternly told my date to take off his shirt and give it to me.
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