Another turn of the wheel

Trip Start Jan 18, 2006
Trip End May 10, 2006

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Thursday, April 20, 2006

some thoughts on birth days...
the other week i was throwing away some packets of outdated yeast (while preparing to make bread for the first time in my life, which was so rewarding!) from 2004 and 2004 suddenly seemed like a really long time ago. 2004 was when i was 24, which was but a year ago but feels like much more.

i got to thinking, maybe that is how you can tell that a year has been an important or big one for you - when you actually feel, yes, i have been 25 for a long time, it must be time for me to be 26. this hasnt happened for me for many birthdays, most of them sneaking up on me before i even had come to terms with my current age. ("how can i be turning 22, i don't even feel 21 yet??") but i remember when i was little, when i could hardly believe that i was STILL 9, or 11... i think it is because at that age we are growing and changing so rapidly, each year is monumental and filled with change.

so as i move into the post-quarter century club, i guess i am realizing how much happened in my 25th year. it wasn't always obvious (although some things like moving to a new country, starting a master's, falling in love, were i suppose), and it definitely wasn't all easy. but it feels good. i feel excited to see what this turn brings.

celebrated with friends here by having a sushi and tempura party. the best part about living in a city with no sushi? well, it's a tie:
(a) good odds that no sushi = lots of nature. for the past couple of months i have been walking 5 minutes from my flat to the river, putting on my cross country skiis, skiing 15minutes along the river (crossing a "road" where cars in the winter drive across the ice, no bridge for a few km's!) and hopping on a trail through gorgeous finnish forest, 8km to a beautiful little lake. incredible. it's been keeping me sane, and i am sad to see the season end (even though i am very excited for warm days!)
(b) if you throw a sushi party, you are pretty much guaranteed to have the best sushi in town, and are REALLY popular with your friends :)
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