In the Middle

Lately I've been very happy over nothing in particular.  After spending so much of my life living in highs and lows, I've finally reached equilibrium.  I don't let small disappointments and frustrations sway me in quite the same way anymore, and I take great pleasure in the simple joys of life.  I take time to watch the sunrise, reflect on my blessings, and enjoy where I am in my life.


One thing that has brought me great happiness has been cooking - trying new recipes never ceases to delight me, although I do wish I had someone to share a meal with sometimes (really, I just want a big guy to come over and eat my mountains of left overs because I'm nearly out of tupperware).  I recently inherited my parent's old food processor and I can't remember the last time I was so excited about anything (I made pesto the first day I had it home).


I've also been enjoying my family.  On Sunday, I picked up my brother and we spent the day at Disneyland. We get along incredibly well considering our 9 year age gap (he's 15-years-old, and a sophomore in high school).  I obviously love my brother - but I must say, I quite like him too.  We pride ourselves on the fact that we're the funny ones in the family, and he had me laughing so much this weekend.  He's incredibly sensitive - but not overly so.  He's got a strong sense of justice.  He is thoughtful, caring, loving, and pretty witty.  He is musically-inclined (we may have been listening to and singing along with the Pitch Perfect soundtrack the entire car ride), creative, and athletic.  Nico is such a blessing in my life and I'm so proud of the man he's becoming.  I find his character to be a reflection of my parents, who I'm so grateful to have in my life.  I hope I can parent a child that possesses such great qualities.  I got pretty damn lucky when it comes to family.