Wednesday, June 10, 2015

australia for the win!

i went to college with some really really beautifully sweet hilarious loving people. i married one of them! my most handsome of a college boyfriend. but also! i was lucky to have found some really great girlfriends who made such a big impression on my heart. i lived in a big, big house with five other girls for four years and it was soooo glorious. because sometimes that happens! sometimes girls, can live in one house in peace! and love! and happiness! if you're really, really lucky, and we were. and when you live with people for so long, you know them. you just really, really know them. and they know you. which is soo important. gosh, the most important. and i could write love letters to all of them, but this one in particular is just to say the biggest i-am-so-proud-of-you/congratulations/australia-is-so-lucky to one of my dearest loves [old roommates. bridesmaids. bffs],  andi. because a couple of  months ago she took the biggest leap of faith and moved from michigan to australia. i mean, what!! i tried my very best to convince her to move to georgia but!! it is really hard to compete with warm weather year round and oh yes, those once in a lifetime - you will regret it if you don't go - opportunities. and that was exactly what she was given. given and really, really earned.

and so while my heart was feeling a little bit sad and selfish knowing she would be leaving me and my america, the rest of me [the better part of me ;)] has been sooo excited for her adventures and to get to hear about every single one, every step of the way. i've know andi for mayyybe 10 years. we lived in our beloved tuscaloosa home for years and lived right across the hall from each other. i could yell from my bed and have conversations with her in hers if we just could not make it a few steps across the hall. we shared the same bathroom and became pros at mastering the one hot water knob and the one cold water knob and creating bathroom memorials for the geckos that just did not make it to see another day. we shared obsessive loves over chunky babies and inflatable pools, and serious faces. [and nicknames! in fact, she took what i would call austin [austonian] and shortened it one day to stone and hey! eight years later and it still slips on out of my mouth without even thinking!] and well, obviously a million more memories graced our lives during that time. soooooo many. and we love remincing, we can do it

for my birthday this year she had sent me a whole box of fun things [because birthdays! she is sooo good at birthdays. and cakes] - but my most favorite was this little book with 50 things about me by her. i made one for austin a couple of years ago year, and so it was already right up my sentimental alley. and the things she wrote! just perfect. it prompts you to fill in the blank which had me laughing. and tearing up. and laughing again. and just left me with a really happy heart [likeee "i wish i knew you when" you learned to drive or "i love how you" get wired on coffee everyday] or ["i love how you" want to make people feel special during big moments in their lives, "i love how you" love cheese! and the small things in life"]  she gets me and my heart. the good the bad and the ugly! and vice versa. i can say it a million times until i'm blue in the face, but friends like that, they are soo golden. golden and glittery and so sparkly and special.

and well, i just think australia is sooo lucky to have one of my best friends on its side of the beautiful world. because us people in america are really missing her. but ooh! we are so proud! and i am right there with her in spirit, constantly asking what time it is, screaming in fear when she drives on the.other.side.of.the.road [!!!] and asking for pictures of kolas and kanagas and if she has watched the movie i sent her and really just all about her mates and all the important stuff i can no longer yell across the hall anymore

so all of these words and feelings and sentiments [because this is meee of course]  just to say, my dear, andi!!! we are sooo proud of you. and love you, all da way from our tuscaloosa mansion to down unda! [and please be careful driving . eeeeek. xooxox!!]

and because your reaction is one of my favorites - thanks for cheering stone and i on back in september - we are cheering you on toooooo, mate! :)


Alex said...

Ah!! I moved from Texas to Australia last year! It's a wonderful place, and I love to hear about other Americans doing the same thing! Where will she be? If it's Melbourne and she needs the company of a fellow American, point her in my direction! Ashley (Krieger) can vouch for me :)

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