Something wonderful is about to happen


I never thought the day would come, but here it is: I have officially outlived Kurt Cobain.

Today is my 28th birthday.  I’ve waited ALL YEAR for August 4th, and it’s finally here.  Not to make a big deal out of it or anything, but… okay fine.  I am the birthday girl!  Yippee!

I’m so glad to be 28.  The only thing that makes me a little bit sad is that I can no longer refer to my birthday as being “one score and seven years ago” – because that was clever of me, wasn’t it?

Probably not as clever as it sounded in my head.

In all seriousness, sometimes I think that I’m the luckiest girl in the world.  I am surrounded by the world’s best humans – ones that draw out the good, and sit with me in the ugly, and love me regardless.  I have a job that I really like with people that I really love.  I have a body that works and does everything that I need it to do.  I have the sweet serenity of words and books and songs.  I have amazing, life-giving opportunities to pursue the things that bring me joy.  I have a home with hardwood floors and a dishwasher and tall trees outside the windows.  I have an abundance of quiet – which is never to be taken for granted.  I have a humidity-free summer.


I have nephews who, last night, asked for the story of “Beauty and the Beast” in its entirety, and then wrapped their little arms around my neck and told me that they love me.  And then this morning, sang me “Happy Birthday” with their sweet voices.  And then asked if I was wearing a wig.  And then told me that the man emblazoned across the tush of their underwear was “General Obi-Wan Kenobi.”  And then yelled at each other to stop singing while going to the bathroom.

And for some unknown reason, I have you coming back to this space on a regular basis, reading along and offering more to me than I have ever offered to you through these cockamamie posts.

Most importantly, I have hope in my heart – and hope is just another word for “something wonderful is about to happen.”

So here I am.  28-years old, the luckiest girl in the world, with hope in my heart.  Something wonderful is about to happen.

I am never allowed to complain about anything, ever.



  1. Greta Weisman on August 4, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    Uh oh. I sort of hope you rescind that last part at some point, otherwise I’m going to feel like a royal jackass when I call you to vent about something.


    Besides being the luckiest girl in the world, you are also one of the most WONDERFUL girls in the world, and one of the most essential parts of MY world.

    And Micah and Tyler never fail to provide hilarity.

    And I love, love, love this line: “hope is just another word for ‘something wonderful is about to happen.'” Once again, you bless my soul with your words, wisdom, and friendship.

    How about a round of applause for this incredible gal, world???

  2. Val on August 4, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP!!! (Just joining Greta in the round of applause.)

    Happy, Happy Birthday to my dear friend Annie! You are everything good and fun and wonderful and sparkly and hilarious and wise and musical. Love you.

  3. The Bug on August 4, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Happy birthday! Once again your CD was a big part of our recent road trip – thanks for putting it out there!

  4. Little AP on August 4, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Your blog never fails to make my heart happy. :) May you have many more… humidity-free summers. Oh, and birthdays, too.

    Clapclapclapclapclap! (Joining in with Greta and Val)

  5. Sarah D on August 4, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Happy Birthday, Annie! What a beautiful, hopeful post! Even if it weren’t for this post of sunshine, gratitude, and optimism, your honest words always have a way of making me smile and getting me through days that don’t feel so hopeful. Thank you for sharing your birthday, and your every day, with us. I hope I get to meet you in person in Arizona this October!

    Best wishes,
    Sarah the Farmer

  6. Tim on August 4, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Happy Birthday, ANNIE!!!!!!

  7. Shannalee on August 4, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    OK, well first of all, not only do you share a birthday with my blog, but you are exactly, and I mean EXACTLY, three weeks older than me. Which means we are practically twins! Yesssss! I think I just got cooler. Happy birthday!

  8. Peg on August 4, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    clapclapclap too – so, not to frighten you, but I turned 28 while working in Alaska and within 4 months I was teaching English in China! Happy Birthday – be open to anything with all that hope!

  9. Pamela on August 4, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Happy birthday, pretty lady!

  10. kim on August 4, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    a very happy birthday to you! you know, i’ve always said you get a birthWEEK… not just a day! its for real. so soak it up and enjoy it! this was a great post. my workday was uplifted after reading. i will have a glass of wine for you tonight birthday gal! hope you have a fantabulous, wonderful day/week!

  11. Laurissa on August 4, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    happy birthday Annie! Thanks for being so charming and sharing your life with this blog!

  12. Allison on August 4, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    no humidity. jealous. although my new old car has a/c, so this summer…there is less weeping.

    happy birthday!!!! i love reading your blog, and feel so happy when i see that you’ve updated.

  13. Anya Elise on August 4, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    First of all: Happy Birthday!

    Second: Humidity-free summer days basically give me reason to get out of bed each morning. (Dramatic much…I think not!)

    Third: Your use of the word “cockamamie” has made my evening. Such words are neglected far too often!

    Thanks for continuing to send your thoughts and writings out into the world. Your blog is great!

  14. katherine aka JIAF on August 4, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    Happy birthday Annie Parsons! You are one amazing individual. I hope the rest of your birthday exceeds all expectations! I am so grateful for the way you share your life with myself and the rest of us internet creepers.

    I may have to steal the wonderfully nerdy, “one score and 7 years ago” description and claim it as my own in a few years.

  15. Laura on August 4, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    Happy birthday!!

  16. Meagan on August 4, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    happy birthday sweet sweet annie!! I will make you a birthday treat when I come to denver. This will happen sooner rather than later because my brother is about to move there in a couple weeks! Also, I met Kelly this weekend. Holy cow–you pick really wonderful friends! Hope that your day is magical and that you feel very very loved!

  17. Carmen Goetschius on August 4, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Hey Good Lookin!!! Happy, happy birthday to you! Hope you feel fabulous and celebrated and young and fabulous again. When you are 32 you will think, “28 was so young!!” A toast to you from Philly!

  18. Brooke on August 4, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    I, for one, am glad for your cockamamie posts. Thank you for sharing your life, wisdom, and shenanigans with us! The world is a richer place with you in it. Happy birthday!

  19. Darcie on August 4, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    Happy Birthday Annie! I love your attitude, it’s just the best! It’s inspiring & encouraging and I beg to differ on the whole you offering us thing….I believe you offer more than you will ever know on cockamamie posts.

    Here’s to HOPE and here’s to YOU…..Happy 28th!!!! :)

  20. Katie @ cakes, tea and dreams on August 5, 2010 at 8:18 AM

    Happy birthday Annie!! (I know I’m a day late, but I did wish you a happy birthday on Facebook so I figure I’m OK.)

    May you have a year full of all kinds of “something wonderful”…you are sure something wonderful in my life, and all of our lives.

  21. Jessica Beecham on August 5, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    happy birthday! i try to read your blog every day but i missed yesterday.. and i’m no longer on FB so i didn’t know yesterday was your birthday until i caught up today. so HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! love your grateful heart! so blessed to be a small part of your world! xoxo

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