This year I am THANKFUL for…

1.  My Amazing Husband Gary.  He is my rock.  He inspires me everyday to be a better person.  His love for me keeps me going during the tough times.  He is my best friend and I love him with everything that I am.  I am so, so thankful that I have gotten to spend the last ten and a half years with him, and I can’t wait to spend many, many more.

2.  Family.  My brother Sean.Sean and I are really close, even though I live 165 miles away.  He has had some hard times, but he has pulled himself up and done great things with his life.  I love him to death.  I am thankful for him, my Mom and the rest of my family.

3.  My Awesome Friends.  This photo represents only a few of the incredible people that I call my friends.  People who accept me, celebrate with me, and stand beside me.  I love them all dearly, and my life wouldn’t be half as wonderful without them.  I am thankful for all of my lovely friends.

4.  My Involvement with LGBT Activism.  San Diego has an amazing LGBT community.  I am so glad that I found my place helping and playing in the community.  Everyone I have met and worked with has been so positive and inspiring.  I will not stop fighting, and I am so glad I get to fight along side them.  I am thankful for the LGBT community.

5.  Being Alive.  My health.  Even though I have gained a lot of weight this year, I know what I have to do to turn it around and I am actively making changes.  I have no diseases, disorders or illnesses.  All of my body parts works, I can walk.  I can see.  I can hear.  I can breathe.  I am thankful for being alive.

6.  Music.  Music gets me through my day.  Lyrics inspire me.  Going to see an artist or band perform is the ultimate experience for me.  I am thankful that I have gotten to see so many of my favorite artists (Jason Mraz) this year, and that I can listen to good tunes whenever I want.

7.  Obama.  Election season was stressful on all of us.  I am so very, very thankful to be living in the United States with Barack Obama re-elected our president.  I had nightmares about what would have happened if he had lost.

8.  Camp Aranu’tiq.  I am so thankful to everyone at camp, especially Nick for giving me a chance and letting me being a counselor this past summer.  Working with transgender youth gave me a new passion and appreciation for my involvement in the community.  I found a direction that I want to go with my career.  I know I want to work with transgender kids and their families.  And now as I apply to graduate school, I am so thankful for all the kids and staff at camp for changing my life.

Gary and I at the event on Tuesday

Gary and I at the event on Tuesday

Gary and I at the Jason Mraz concert on Saturday Night.  

Gary and I at the Jason Mraz concert on Saturday Night.  

Gary and I… our first Christmas together in 2002

Gary and I… our first Christmas together in 2002

I saw a photo like this a few months ago and I knew I wanted to make one with Gary.  With all the stuff going on with Chick-fil-A, I thought now was a good time.  Really makes you think, doesn’t it?

I saw a photo like this a few months ago and I knew I wanted to make one with Gary.  With all the stuff going on with Chick-fil-A, I thought now was a good time.  Really makes you think, doesn’t it?

Text Message Conversation with my Husband just now...

  • Gary: The ladies at my work said I should buy you "50 Shades of Grey". What is it about?
  • Me: EW!
  • Gary: Why the Ew?
  • Me: It's some lame Twilight fanfiction turned into a book. It's about some weird guy who is into bondage and sex. The writing is trash, but women are so desperate for sex that they think it's amazing and that the main character is a sex god.
  • Gary: Oooohh. That's what they meant by I will be a happy camper.
  • Me: Haha. Your wife reads better sex fiction than that.
  • Gary: Noted.
  • Me: Tell them I said to go look up James Deen.
Happy Anniversary my love!

Happy Anniversary my love!

Roses from Gary for our 10 year anniversary

Roses from Gary for our 10 year anniversary

Today is a special day…. Gary and I have been together for 10 years.  Happy Anniversary my love!