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Somewhat older, growing wiser.

Best twenty-fifth birthday ever! >20 min. wait for a new license at the DMV, delicious dinner, DQ cake, friends, family, Easter candy, matzah ball soup, Mates of State, and not one but two Andrew Bird shows.

I won tickets from the Current for an exclusive in-studio performance. Who said compulsive redialing while at work doesn’t pay off??

Rox and I were lucky (or ballsy?) enough to snag front row seats!! We’re not hard to spot. (also see Rox’s photos here)

Everything’s coming up Iowa!

Today marks a historic day for the U.S., especially the state of Iowa. The Iowa Supreme Court rejected the state law banning same-sex marriage, opening the door to a constituional amendment that will be sent to voters. This state has a special place in my heart because I spent four years there, met some of the most important people in my life, and did most of the growing up that led me to become the person I am today. This makes me proud of the sometimes-underestimated state and its citizens. This is a small step (only 47 more states to go!) but I have faith that things will change for the better.

Since my life is slowly becoming more and more immersed in books (especially children’s), I think this quote from Dr. Suess is very fitting for a time like this.

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind, don’t matter and those who matter, don’t mind.

On a sort-of related note, I’ll be traveling to Iowa City next week to see the Hold Steady and visit some of our old haunts. What a great start to the birthday week!

It’s the new year!

Shanah Tovah! Happy New Year! It’s 5769! Yesterday was Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. Even if you’re not Jewish, it still feels new because new school years start in fall.

5768 was a great year for me. I visited a lot of new places including the Grand Canyon, Colorado, Seattle, and Vancouver; I met Jake and with him came a lot of new friends;  I saw a lot of my favorite bands perform live, including Wilco and St. Vincent; and I started this blog.

Yesterday, I spent my Rosh Hashanah as a lot of Jewish Americans do, by going to synagogue services for the first and only time that year. (more…)