2. being an aunt. when kara got pregnant i was worried about her. i thought she was putting a serious hurting on her future life choices and saddling herself with far too much responsibility for her young shoulders. but she put on her big-girl panties and became an awesome mom, leaving me free to be the world's happiest aunt. annika, you are my jewel, my joy and my darling.
3. new haircuts!
5. my petland. it's under the 2 and 5 elevated train on white plains road, next to the burger king. I have been going there for a few years about once a week for fish for the turtle and things for the cat. it feels like "cheers" because everybody knows my name. the kids there are very helpful and friendly. stop by and say hi to ricky and alex and marisol and the rest, and pick up some tasty goldfish at ten for a dollar. (when my turtle eats the goldfish she holds the fishes head in her mouth and rips off the scales and they swirl around all sparkly in the water and make it look like that tank is filled with Goldschlager.) and that reminds me, it is goldschlager weather and i love that stuff. how could you not? it has REAL GOLD in it and tastes like you're drinking Big Red
And all the rest: good friends who get me, people who understand when i can't be more than i am, staying confident in the face of rejection letters, good gym clothes, my leather jacket, my scarab necklace, my basil plant, my birthday, my roommate, sweater weather, doing situps upside-down on the monkey bars, ice-cream Wednesdays, snack-time at work and being lazy.