a few things todays birthday girl has taught me

1. the beauty of oregon

2. the hotness of necklaces

3. the deliciousness of himalyan food

4. the loveliness of regina spektor

5. the charm of the gilmore girls

6. the magic of sedona

7. the bouquet of geminis

8. how to put the can in cancun

9. how to wear a damn dress

10. you can fight city hall your landlord

11. that style comes from yr heart

12. how to throw a slider

13. how to make the best grits bowl

14. how to rollerskate backwards

15. how to make your company go public in a recession

16. how to completely learn a foreign language in a year

17. how to be real with emotions

18. how to take on the impossible and succeed

19. that i have met my match at scrabble

20. that not everything has to be a battle

she will remember your name

doesnt matter if youre a blogger, a baker, a bondsman, a faker

or an orphan in uganda with a crazy lugandan name

like alyosius

or musawo
or mushabe
or swaleh

she’ll just be all hola swaleh what are you chewing on over there bright eyes?

and swaleh will light up

just like you would

and offer her some.

many moons ago we traveled to the moon

and were shocked when the moon

looked like palm springs.

i was famouser then

and omg thin

and had so much hair

it blew in the wind.

the truest was fair

we’d go anywhere

for trouble or fun

with and without gum.

the paps they would follow

and clack snap and holler

and write what they wanted

no rule did they honor

so pay off i sure did

and we no longer hid

the love that we had

and the rest of our lives

they were rad

today is my truest’s birthday, shes 24

chris next to the raging river

born, not made, todays birthday girl is a precious gem like no other.

mademoiselle spurnikova came to earth in a burning basket of love and crash landed in the backyard of a navy seal and his wife not too far from sea world in san dieger.

they raised her as their own, but everyone knew she exuded a special kind of love from her ridiculously blue eyes.

ive known her a billion years and ive seen miracles created because of her otherwordly hands, and her generous heart, and even from her soothing voice.

while in africa the tribespeople said sister christine (they thought she was a saint) this river is dry, which rhymes with die, which we will all be, oh such a pity.

and chris spread open her arms and said omg river wtf

and like that it came rushing back, and that picture was snapped.

in the gazillion years that we’ve known each other we’ve done a million things in a billion places all over the globe.

for the next two years she’ll be in new mexico to get her masters in saving the world.

i will miss her very much. LA was better with her here.

if you noticed, even carmaggedon was no big deal.

that was her birthday gift to us.