And the countdown begins...

Hey Friends and Family!

Today, July 20th, marks exactly 6 months until my departure! Eekk. Did you do the math?... That means January 20th, 2015 is the day! (math is hard)

Obviously, I am super excited to go to South Africa, but I can wait. Does that make sense? I'm not in a rush to fast forward through the next 6 months of my life because that time is going to pass regardless. And whether or not I enjoy my last 6 months in Miami and make the most of it, or spend my time yearning for the Peace Corps, January 20 is going to come at the exact same time. Plus, there is a lot I need to do in the next 6 months, which I will get to later. 

Aside from the Peace Corps significance, today is also important because two of my favorite people in the entire world turn one year wiser today. Happy Birthday to my dad, Ed, and my bestest, bestest friend, Ryan!

To my loving father on his 56th birthday:
This is the first time in years I got to spend your birthday with you and I am so glad that I did. I had such a fun time hanging with you (and Micaela, Hannah, Leah and Julian - but mostly you) on South Beach, which you know, cause you were there :)
You are the best father anyone could ask for; you are always there for me when I need you and that is the most anyone can ask for in a dad. I'm gonna save all the gushy stuff about why I love you so much for a not-so-public forum, cause we aren't super sentimental, us Stoners.   

To my very best friend on his 22nd birthday:
I know for a fact that I have never celebrated your birthday with you, mainly because summer vacations in college are spent in hometowns, and our hometowns are not something we have in common. Regardless, I hope you have an awesome day full of friends and family. Say "Hi!" to the Chatt for me, and to your half-breed dog :)
You are one of the most amazing people I know and I feel so lucky to have you in my life (I say this a lot, but only to reiterate how serious I am). College would not have been the same if I hadn't met you.  

Anyway, I love you both to the moon and back, and here's to 6 more months living in the same country as y'all! Woo!

Dad, Micaela and me in Paris back in the day


Ryan and I really do like each other, I promise

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