i got to see six of my closest friends this weekend & marveled at how lovely & smart & strong they've become. we're all at different schools now - having been separated since middle school - but i couldn't be prouder of them. i also drank my first real cup of coffee (& realized that i am most definitely a tea person). i got to talk with my mother about how my self-esteem has plummeted these past few months. this weekend i had several good laughs & one really, really good cry. i am so fortunate to be surrounded by people who love me this holiday season, & this weekend really drove that home.