Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Best Birthday Ever

Not to call undue attention to myself or anything, but today was my birthday! It was epic. 

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First off, waking up next to my beloved people, the furry ones and the Swiss one, and being showered with joyful hippie gifts--tie dyes and lip balm and hippie parfum and all my favorite things in the world. Then, a birthday text from my sister and a note that she'd bring Princess Sky over for the day, as she often does on Wednesdays. 

My little Princess came crashing into the yard, exploding love all over the place. Then she zoomed around the back yard while I pulled a few weeds, zoomed up the steps and down half a dozen times, wrestled with Dahlia, ate Fozzie and Dahlia's food, and let Dahlia hump her for a few minutes. 


Pretty soon it was time to load up Fozzie and Dahlia and leave Princess here to make out with Florian, which was a good set up for everyone involved. Uncle Johnny needed to go to Baltimore for a doctor's appointment, and I wanted to go on a hike with my dogs, so let's combine those activities for fun all around.

Not 10 minutes from where I left Johnny is Patapsco State Park. Where the dogs and I unloaded, walked right down to the water, and had the best time ever.
Walked in the stream, which was cool and fresh (like certain noses), tossed sticks for the dogs, watched them splash around. 

Left the phone in the car, so these pictures are not from Patapsco, but from Sunday's hike to the Monocacy River, which was also epic. 

But if I had taken pictures, they would look a lot like this, because as you may have noticed, all my hike pictures look a lot like this. 

Because in the end, what else is there? 


When you have two wet dogs, sloshing around, arguing over a stick, everything else kind of just falls away. 




And you are left with pure bliss. 














On this hike I couldn't take pictures, couldn't check the time, wasn't distracted by technology or compulsive iphone brain.



Just me, the dogs, the cool water, the warm air, the green vegetation.



And a lot of really good sticks. 











After sloshing around for a while, letting Dahlia get nice and clean then come out and roll ecstatically on her back in the dirt, then dragging her back to the water to rinse and holding her by the harness as we walked back to the car so she wouldn't do the roll thing again, back to the car.

And a short drive to pick up Johnny, with Dahlia on my lap and taking selfies, Because fuck it. It's my birthday. 










Then home to eat half a pineapple, do some online planning of the revolution, and receive mindblowing kisses and cuddles from Princess and my two tired, happy dogs. And then dinner with my sweetie and rest time for the short people.

Wouldn't have done anything different.  

6 comments:

  1. WHAT a perfect birthday! Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KRISTEN!!

    Otto and Lisa

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  2. I can't imagine a better birthday for you.

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  3. Happy Birthday! Looks like it was a wonderful day. :)

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  4. Hi Kirsten, yeah - well you made it through another year. Pretty darn good we'd say. We've missed you "hon" - worried a bit about how you were getting along in life because we hadn't heard from you in a while, and then wham, you show up all fresh and good looking and it's your birthday too. Well that's pretty cool. Happy birthday and thank you for visiting my blog too.

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  5. Beautiful all round. Love the splishy-splashy pictures in particular.

    I can relate so much to the reasons you like the hike. Relaxing is hard but so worth it.

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