Six years.

Every year I’ve written something profound on missing my father, on this – the day that I always think of as the day that we lost him. 22 September was the day he vanished – was thrown into the coma from which he never woke.

Today, I can’t. I’m too heartbroken. Too tired. Today, will just be brief reminder to the world that this amazing man lived. Loved. And was – and is – loved so, so much.

You can read last year’s tribute here and a brief “things I learned from my father” post. One day – not today, I don’t think I can do it – I will write the full story for this blog. It’s a story that needs to be told.

Here, instead, is a picture of my mom and dad taken sometime in the 70s. If I have half the marriage they did, I’ll be happy.

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Day Four – #30DayBlogChallenge

Day Four: Your favourite photograph of your best friend. Click here for the rest of the topics I’ll be covering.

I must admit, yesterday’s and today’s topics were the two I was looking forward to the least. Much with yesterday, I don’t believe in one “best friend”. I have loads of different, very dear friends that I love with all of my heart. I would share pictures, but I’ve not asked for permission (can you tell I work in the media?) and it’s late and I’m tired. So, a rundown.

There’s my best friend from high school, N. We bonded over being the two weirdest girls in our grade, dated two best friends and still keep in contact pretty regularly. We spam each other with over-emotional Facebook messages and still discuss everything from break-ups to new relationships and work stuff.

Then there’s X. We’ve grown super close over the past year and bonded over judgey emails and catty Gtalk convos. And lots and lots of wine. She’s ridiculously accepting of all of my stupidity and is the person I usually have my freakouts to. She’s remarkably patient with me.

Best guy friend person (and actually, famously, the “male version of me” at one stage) is T. He’s sweetly protective of me (I’m sorry, future husband, but you’ll have to pass the T-test first) and quite possibly my biggest cheerleader in the world.We met in the queue at registration at varsity, then again at a random computer workshop. Fate decreed that we would be friends.

Then, L. She’s been there for me through absolutely everything in the world and I have no idea what I’d have done without her in the past. She’s the kind of person that will drop everything and drive halfway across the country to come to your dad’s funeral. True story.

Best person in the world is my baby brother S. We live together and are a great team. Nobody gets us, and that’s okay.

I know you were expecting a photo, so here’s a photo of my lifelong best friend. He grew up with me, he went to high school and varsity with me and he helped look after my dad while he was in the hospital. His name is Gund, and we met when we were six months old.

Gund

My dear Gund.

Isn't he handsome?

Day Two – #30DayBlogChallenge

2) A photo of something you ate today. Check out the full list of topics I’ll be covering here.

Right, so it’s not particularly thrilling to just post a photograph of an arbitrary foodstuff. This, my friends, is allegedly “Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni”. It was pretty tasty, though there was more cheddar in there than most other things.

When we got the meals they were pretty much volcanic – they scalded my hand pretty badly – and then, because it’s an office full of journalists and editors who are often more curious than is healthy, I had to lurk around to find a place to snap a photo of my lunch. They already think I’m totally mental, no need to add fuel to the fire.

My workplace provides tasty lunch from the Italian deli downstairs twice a week. It’s mostly some pasta-type-thing, although said deli makes the most epic Prego rolls that you’ve ever tasted. It’s pretty much 45% garlic, and that’s okay. But that was not what I ate today, sadly.

By the way, note the dedication to the blog. My telephone line at home is broken (allegedly a whole exchange went down this afternoon) and so I came back to the office to post. Oh, okay. And update the Oscar nominations list. And check emails. And stuff. Shuddup. I’ll be going home to watch Disney movies and eat chocolate soon. It’s been that kinda day.