October 2, 2013


Above: Dinner at Pizzeria Toro. Front row center tickets to Colin Meloy. Sunday Funday beers at Fullsteam Brewery. Mannequin arms. Brunch at Vin Rouge.

We celebrated the end of Micah's 30th year, and the beginning of his 31st, all weekend long. We ate a whole bunch of food that we had only dreamt about during our Whole30. We visited our favorite Durham brewery for the first time in a while, and did a little Sunday Funday drinking. We slipped into an unexpectedly deep conversation (my favorite kind) about how far he's come in the last year, and how he wants the next year to look. We also somehow ended up at Walmart late one night, searching for a $5 DVD of Full Metal Jacket (which we found! – a birthday gift from The Universe).

I presented him with two body-less mannequin arms, and two front-row tickets to see Colin Meloy (of Decemberists fame) in Durham's historic Carolina Theatre. (I also re-upped his Scythe & Sparrow membership.) I toasted him every time we had drinks, reveling in all his achievements and growth, and making a lot of "silver fox / old man" references, all of which he accepted gracefully.

I can't wait to see what he does – and who he becomes – in the next year.