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525,600 minutes

525,600 minutes - how do you measure, measure a year?
In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee.
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife.
In 525,600 minutes - how do you measure a year in the life?
How about love?

--from the musical Rent, which I still love even if it is cheesy as all hell.

One year ago, at this very moment, I was sitting in front of HoneyDew Donuts with that nectar of the gods, an iced Mocha Madness, in one hand and my cellphone in the other. I was as giddy as a little schoolgirl, and also ridiculously nervous - really, it's not like it was going to be a date with someone I didn't know! And yet I think that made it all the worse - I really hoped I wouldn't be letting down a very good friend of mine. So I did what I always do when I feel the need to babble out at someone - I called my mom.

And my mom, as usual, was full of some very sage advice, some extremely corny jokes, and the somewhat awkward pronouncement of "You're a big girl, now."

One year ago today, Dave and I had our first date. It constituted of a good amount of shopping; Dave was amazed at the vastness of Wrentham Outlet, where he bought a sweet wool coat that he still wears today. I bought some sneakers that I also still wear, but being from Payless, they're looking pretty sad by now. Then he made me Hamburger Helper for dinner, and we watched a really good movie called "Outsourced."

And of course, I was still nervous as all hell! It got the the point where I believe I made myself a little ill. But I was a lot more relaxed on our second date, and then things went upward from there.

How does one measure a year? An awful lot has happened to me since then - a promotion, meeting my biological father, several road trips and concerts and games. I know times have been very tough for a lot of people, and therefore I always feel very guilty talking about how happy I've been. But today I will, because it's mainly thanks to a wonderful, funny, sweet, supportive, loving guy, whom I'm about to go Sunday Morning Bowling with.

It doesn't even seem like a year! But it's been the best time of my life, I can tell you that!

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vireo_blues
Feb. 23rd, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
Thanks Kate! See you Thursday :-)