I have become a huge believer in the idea of serendipity, the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for (link). Many of the opportunities I have been lucky enough to come across have come into my life seemingly out of nowhere. Though, when I start looking back, I can almost always find the root of the happy surprises.
I spent the day at Ra’s Tannura today, right on Saudi Arabia’s coastline. The weather was, as usual, wonderful and the views, stunning. Whenever someone from my family gives my parents a hard time for moving to Saudi Arabia, I’ll just have them show this picture.
Yeah, I’ll take Saudi Arabia over Houston, any day. Can you believe I’m actually saying that? I freaking LOVE Saudi Arabia!
It’s pretty crazy to think how long I’ve been away from Columbia and Ryan and the rest of my friends. While I’ve had a great to amazing time here in Texas, it is time for me to go home and get ready for the upcoming semester, as well as act on all the job opportunities I’ve been given, before I’m totally overwhelmed and don’t complete any of them…… rutroh.
I drove to Rockport Texas in a last minute effort to squeeze a little more out of my time here. There I visited with my cousins, David, Susan and Katie. David has got to be one of my best friends in the world. The only person who I’ve ever gotten along with so well that we’ve never had a disagreement or argument. We grew up as best friends, moved to California together and have continued to maintain a great, though sadly quite distant, relationship. It was so wonderful to see the three of them, though I really do wish Stephanie, the fourth in this cluster of cousins, could have been there.
We made dinner, I baked a cake and we had a totally random, Cake and a Movie Night. It was just such a wonderful, relaxing and emotionally fulfilling time together.
Tomorrow morning… well, in 9 hours, I’ll be heading to the airport to fly into Columbia. I should probably get myself to sleep but the anxiety of the day ahead of me is nearly too much for me to handle! An ambien would be wonderful right about now.
Today I turned 25 and am now officially a 20-something. Yikes. Pretty soon I’ll be approaching the 30-something genre of life. Which I’m pretty sure means, complaining about work, looking at which stroller to buy and determining the weather cycles through joint pain.
So many wonderful things to look forward to.
Meanwhile, here in Houston, we celebrated my birthday for 48 hours, though I am going to push for another 24 for an even 72, thoughts? Last night was the pre-birthday party.
Dad made his famous shrimp linguine, it’s freaking delish, this time around he changed up his technique adding a white wine reduction to the mix. After dinner was the cake, a Hummingbird cake, sans nuts (I’m allergic to nuts and yes, I am aware at how ironic that is thankyouverymuch.)
The cake was created by our favorite cake shop here in Texas, Take the Cake, you really should check them out. Annabel Trudeau makes the most amazing cakes.
Today, my actual birthday I got to hang out with mom and dad, went through some of my old keepsakes which was hilarious and fun… Gotta post some of those pictures. Then sushi for dinner, my favorite.
Once again, my birthday passes without Ryan! It’s crazy to think that I have not been with Ryan for my birthday, ever. I’ve been in California or he’s in Tennessee or I’m in Texas… next birthday, it sure better happen!
I’ve been here in Texas or in California for a month now. While I absolutely love traveling and working here in Texas, being away from my home, my friends and Ryan is really starting to grate on me.
Apartment Living Room
The time spent away from home this summer is the longest I’ve been away from Columbia since I moved to California. While it’s not unusual for me to spend my summers traveling around the country and then some; I typically make trips back home to recharge between trips. So far this summer I’ve slept in nine beds, I’ve driven thousands of miles, I’ve flown three flights and I’ve eaten out at around 50 different restaurants.
It’s been a great trip. With still a few days left working at the office here, I’ve accomplished most of my goals. I’ve visited several professional photographers and even got to sit in on a few photo shoots. I’ve made fantastic contacts and have been offered four jobs! I also accomplished conquering 12 hours of university courses, which is like 3-5 credits more than the university would normally allow!
My Capstone is complete. My internship is complete.
But all of these accomplishments don’t compare to missing the ones you love. I’m counting down the days until my flight back to Columbia where I’ll meet @Chadd65203 for a ride to Ryan’s. Then I’ll hop in my car and drive to see Ryan at work. Wow, 38 days apart? It’s insanity, it’s never happened before. A week apart is one thing, but to not see him for nearly the length of Lent?! Never would have anticipated that.
Tomorrow will be yet another work-packed day. We’ve still got a lot to accomplish before I head back to Houston on Saturday. August 2nd is my birthday, third year in a row that I’ve missed celebrating it with Ryan!
Alright friends, it’s time to close my eyes for a bit. Catch you guys on the flip-side!
It’s now just Tropical Depression Edouard. It’s big but it’s weak. I really could go for some more power from Mother Nature. I’m beginning to think we haven’t destroyed the earth enough to properly piss her off.