So... I love men. I really do, and I know that sounds wrong and whorish, which I am not. I just like the company of men, as often as possible. It's not that I don't love my female friends. My closest friends are women, and there's nothing like a girl friend who understands exactly how I feel when I tell her, "My ex boyfriend just gave me an Ab Lounger because he said he noticed I've gained some weight." Women friends can understand immediately what you mean, and how you feel, and answer you back with a hug and a look, and one word: "Men!"
But, most of the time, I don't group men into an unfeeling bunch of douchebags, all equally bad. From having four brothers, I know no two guys are at all alike, but there are common characteristics among the guys I like having around, and I was lucky enough to have a bunch of guys around this week, who made this week GREAT! So, I had Thanksgiving with three of my brothers, my good friend Abbi's boyfriend John, my new friend Andreas, and good friend Jeff, as well as Katie, Cindy, Mom, the girls, Selah, and Kendall. I got to play football and have the familiar experience of Mark hitting me in the face with a ball, drawing blood. I got to play Uno with the guys and watch them cheat like crazy, making a stellar impression on Andreas, who is not an American and probably now thinks all Americans cheat at cards. But, we all laughed till we cried, ate and played all day, and Andreas was the last to leave, after giving us his email, cell, and address so we can come visit him in Germany. More on that in a moment...
Then, I got to see Kirk and Jared while I stayed with them in Minneapolis, and the girls and I attended a McCaffrey (awesome cousins!) wedding reception, and we found the coolest vintage clothing stores in the Twin Cities. I love that my kids are cheap dates, and happy bargain shopping. Kirk was himself, one of my favorite men in the world, and Jared was as cute and great as Kirk said. Happy to see them, sad to leave them.
Now, for my big awesome news. On the way home, Mark called to tell me he wanted me to research airfare to Germany so he could take me and the girls there over spring break. I'm going to Germany! It was second on my list of things I most wanted to do in life, and I get to go this spring! The girls are ecstatic, and already talking about seeing Andreas again. I am so happy, and grateful for my brother making this dream come true. Having brothers is a wonderful gift, despite how awful they were when we were little, I love them dearly, and love making friends who become like more brothers to me. I am so happy right now, cannot wait to find good flights and fly!!