Me at 43

This was one of my best birthdays in a while and it wasn’t at all because of what I got. I did get presents–some candy, Borderlands 3 for the XBox One to play with Spenser, some gift cards, and the new shirt I’m wearing in that picture–but what really made this year special was it was the first time in a while I’ve felt relief during September. I’ve written a bit here before about how these last few years have been rough on us financially and emotionally (seriously, depression fuck right off and die) and September, with all three of the kids’ birthdays coming in the space of a month as well as our anniversary and several other family member birthdays, always makes all of that even worse.

But this year we’ve got everything sorted out, we’re moving forward and we’re far better off than we have been in quote some time. I’m better off than I have been in quite some time. I’m exercising more (but not enough), I’m eating better (but not as well as I should be), and I’m back on track with my writing as well. We bought a minivan and I bought my first pair of Crocs, so middle age is firmly upon me, and I couldn’t be happier.

So happy birthday to me and love to everyone in my life who makes it so special and props me up when it isn’t so special. I love you all.