It’s been a while since I updated everyone on my life so I thought I’d write a quick coffee date.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that deployment is going really well. I’m going to do an update on all of my goals next week but I am working steadily towards them. A lot of them are things that I can’t really check off until the end of deployment, but I feel like I’m making a lot of progress and having fun while doing it. Most importantly, they are passing the time and getting me outside to enjoy this time in Hawaii.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my 31st birthday last week was incredible. I’ve spent more birthdays without Nick than I’d like, and I wasn’t looking forward to spending my second in a row without him. But I decided to make the most of it, and then my friends here really made my day.
I woke up in the morning and ate a coffee cake. Nick had made a bunch of them over Christmas break and froze them, so I took out one the night before and heated it up in the oven. It was delicious and it was fun to have something Nick made. He also left me a couple of presents and a birthday card so I opened up those before going to volunteer. It took a lot of willpower to hold off on opening them until my birthday but I’m so glad I did.
In the evening, my friends took me out to dinner. I knew that I would be meeting some friends, but what I didn’t know was what a huge group of women would be waiting for me and that they each would have brought a present for me to open up. I had sangria and shrimp for dinner and then ice cream for dessert. Afterward, everyone made me open up my presents and I felt like I was a kid again. They got me the most thoughtful and fun things. I know that my friends put extra effort to make my birthday special since Nick is deployed and I really appreciated everything the did for me. I could not ask for a better group of friends here in Hawaii.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I put the stack of my “to-read” books aside and got out my Harry Potter books on my birthday. I haven’t re-read the series in 10 years, since I was in college. I’m already on Prisoner of Azkaban and I’m trying to savor them and read them slowly. It’s so much fun to rediscover these books after so long. I’m planning to write out my thoughts on re-reading them as an adult in a blog post.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I don’t live on the same island as the volcano that is erupting and I’m so thankful for that. I really appreciate it when people who live on the mainland reach out to me, so I thought I’d just give a quick update about that.
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