I didn’t post anything yesterday because I was busy getting things together for my 30th birthday party. It was fabulous, I had such a good time with some really good friends. It was easy, low-stress, everyone got along and laughed together. In the end I decided to just have a dinner party at the house, and I made lasagne. There were 11 of us, just talking and having a great time into the wee hours. I can’t remember the last time I laughed that much. So I’m grateful because it was such a great time. And I think this was the best lasagne I’ve ever made, so I’ll post about that sometime this week.

Today was Rose’s funeral, which was incredibly difficult. It was a charged day, a lot of emotion and things to think about. She was a great lady, and she opened her heart to everyone she met. My mother and brother even drove the 2 hours to the funeral to pay their respects, she just touched a lot of people.

So this weekend has been a really strange balance of celebration and goodbye, of appreciating how lucky I am to be surrounded by this crew of friends and family who are just so amazing. It’s put me in a reflective mood; I really don’t know if I ever could have imagined that at 30 I would have seen or done what I have, known and loved the people who are in my life today. I’m in a good place, and I just need to let go of little stresses and focus on The Big Picture. I feel a little recharged, like this weekend was kind of cathartic.