I can’t believe it. I actually can’t fucking believe it. Today is not a big day by any means, but it is a big day for me. Why? Well it’s not because it’s a Friday, although Fridays are traditionally bigger days than most. The reason is because today is the day that marks the 1st anniversary of the genesis of Yo Cupcake. !!!
In all honesty, I wanted to keep this blog for my self, my friends and family and for all of you while I was in France, but I had no idea what I was doing when I started, nor did I know if I would be able to keep it going the whole year. Yo Cupcake. sprung into being on a hot summer day in the 303 and I haven’t looked back since.
True, I haven’t always been the best at blogging. And yes, there were long periods of time when I was too “busy,” or at least too preoccupied, to be regular about posting. But despite my faults I love my baby bloggy blog and I love having readers too <3
Thanks for sticking with me throughout this first year- I hope there will be many more to come. In the meantime, let’s pull out the fancy glasses and pour the bubbly!! It’s time to celebrate!
I just used a Starbucks bathroom and it reminded me of something I love about the US but had forgotten in my time away: hands free toilets. The ones with the automatic flush so you don’t have to touch the lever with your hand or even the bottom of your shoe. Yay for cleanliness! haha
Another thing I’m happy about is something that has changed while I was gone: free wi-fi at Starbucks. No longer do you have to pay out your ass for AT&T wi-fi. Free wi-fi for all!
On a sidenote- I just remembered a couple things that I’ve been meaning to mention for ages just because I think they’re sort of funny. #1. The majority of toilet paper in France is pink, and #2. “Wi-Fi” in France is phonetically pronounced “We-Fee.” How cute.
I’m sorry I’ve been gone for so long. I guess my transition back to the US hasn’t been as smooth as I’d like you to think. Being home has been nice but not always relaxed and this past month hasn’t exactly been eventful. I still think about my life in France and I miss all the friends I made. It’s something that I don’t know how to snap out of…
Working at the shop has been nice because the second language of the inventory is French (not Spanish! lol) so I still get to see familiar words daily. But little things have been hard. Like seeing friends is a rarity and learning how to share a bathroom sink again has been a struggle. And even just finding my place in my family, which seems like it shouldn’t be hard but so far it has eluded me.
But there have been some positives too I suppose. Now I make my bed every day and I actually feel good about it… and I’m never on Facebook anymore… like ever.
The eternal happiness-seeker that I am craves more though and so I’m trying to make the best of all the changes.
I want to spend more time doing things I love. I feel like this is my eternal goal. But I think it’s probably a pretty good goal to have. There’s a new sculpture garden in downtown Des Moines that is full of contemporary art sculptures that were donated by the Pappajohn Family and so I think taking a walk around there- 35mm slung around my neck- is my next adventure.
I’ll try to post more regularly, but don’t miss me too much if I’m slightly remiss ;)