I am a big fan of birthdays. Mine, of course. But everyone else's too. I love reasons to celebrate people. And I love that on one day every year I am on the hearts of all of my favorite people.
So what did I do to celebrate 25? I went to Oklahoma to visit my sister. Okay, she isn't my sister. She is one of my very best friends. But we can't go anywhere without people asking if we are sisters. Sometimes even twins. (I, of course, am the much shorter twin). We were roommates at Oklahoma Christian together and have been the best of friends ever since. We bonded over Gilmore Girls and cheese dip and late night chats in the dorm for several years.
2006: Playing Putt-Putt
You may remember her as my Yellowstone Camping guide.
2011: Bear Tooth Pass
I couldn't think of a better way to spend my birthday weekend than in Oklahoma with her.
When my flight landed, the pilot came over the intercom and said "Welcome to Oklahoma City. It is 112 degrees and the wind is about 35 mph". Ahhh... Exactly how I remembered it. I unfortunately saw tons of places where wildfires had taken a toll on the land. But I was fortunate to be there while a "cold front" was coming through. It had been 117 on the day before my arrival, but a mere 103 on the day that I left. We're talking major cold snap, people. You probably saw it on Good Morning America - the globes melting off of street lights in Stillwater because of the heat and fires. Yep. That's where I was. Stillwater. The home of OSU. The home of the national wrestling museum. The home of the first Sonic. And the current home of my best friend.
I strayed from my normal french manicure and painted my nails with OPI's I Don't Know, Beets Me because it seemed like a good birthday celebration color.
We had such a great weekend together. We went to the lake.
We went out for sushi.
We had birthday smoothies (because I don't eat sweets).
And then we drove to Edmond. The home of Shannon Miller. The home of Oklahoma Christian University. And the home of so many of my favorite memories. We walked around our campus.
And my last day in Oklahoma I spent time with my dear friend and mentor. We got lost in conversation for hours at a time. And she took me to a birthday tea party. It was perfect.
Oklahoma isn't home anymore, but it is home to so many incredible memories and some incredible friends. It felt good to go back.