July 10, 2022

Forever Friends

I've been posting every single day for two and a half years now--it started as a New Year's resolution in 2020 and then I just didn't want to break the streak. I thought about doing it today, but I still can't bring myself to do it!

I was just about to go to bed when I realized I hadn't prepped a post today. For the past few months, I've been writing in the morning on most days and it's nice knowing it's done. I guess I just forgot that I hadn't written already.

My friend Sarah is visiting from Arizona (I've mentioned her quite a bit on my blog, but not regularly because she lives so far away) and she and her husband, Ne, came over. (The Spanish word nene--pronounced "nay-nay"--is a reference to a young child. Sarah's husband is Mexican and his name is actually Norberto, but his childhood nickname stuck and everyone calls him Ne now.)

Sarah and I were born three days apart and grew up two houses apart on the same street. We were best friends all through school and then college roommates. After college, Sarah moved out to Phoenix and has been there ever since. I always look forward to her visits, though. And Ne is a great guy--interestingly, he and Jerry are very much alike. We chose well ;) 

It's so weird to think that Sarah and Ne have been married since October 2011, when Jerry and I flew out to Arizona for the wedding. I wrote about that trip on my blog at the time--and now they have two kids and a house and the whole shebang. Time goes SO fast. Things like that make me glad that I've been blogging, because it's kind of like a journal; I can go back and read about things like that!

Anyway, Sarah and Ne came over this afternoon to visit with Jerry and me. I love that no matter how much time has passed or how infrequently we see each other, Sarah and I can jump right into a conversation like we'd talked every day. Jerry and Ne have always been kind of fascinated at how Sarah and I can finish each other's sentences and practically read each other's minds.

The most extreme example I can think of: we were playing a board game where you have to describe a word without using particular words. My word was "cliff" and knowing Sarah as well as I do, I said, "Murdoc..." and she yelled "Cliff!" without missing a beat. The guys thought we were totally cheating. 

When I was young, MacGyver was my very favorite TV show--my siblings and I loved it and we watched reruns as well as new episodes. There was an infamous villain named Murdoc on the show, and I remember the scene of an episode where Murdoc falls off a cliff. I guess I told Sarah about it and for some reason, it remained memorable to us both. We used to try to convert each other to our favorite shows--she watched Alf, which was in the same time slot as MacGyver. So... that's how "cliff" and "Murdoc" relate to each other ;) 

This was the first time Ne has been here since I finished remodeling the house. I'm so glad that things are feeling a little more normal since the pandemic. Visiting with friends feels like a luxury!

I forgot to get a picture with Sarah today, which is a bummer, but here is a fun picture of the two of us from when we were little. How funny would it be to recreate this photo?! 

I would probably have to make the bathing suits--I can't imagine finding some that are even similar. But it would be a fun picture to do over!


  1. I am really glad you don't give up your blog. I so look forward to reading your interesting posts and photos. I don't always comment but I read it every single day. Sometime it feels like you're a friend despite never having met. :-) I'd surely miss it if it was gone. Thanks for keeping it up.

  2. When I was about the same age, my cousin's family stopped by on their way to a wedding. She and I went to the park and covered ourselves with mud in a similar way. The adults weren't laughing!

  3. I love that picture of you two! A perfect example of childhood innocence and fun! It's the best having friends that you can always just pick up where you left off like no time has passed at all :)


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