Happy Birthday, Varmint!

This is the face of the man I love best. And today, he turns 39.

This is the guy who makes me laugh so hard I fear incontinence.

He's the one that says the right things, does the right thing and makes me want to be better because of it.

He's the friend who's thoughtful and brilliant and makes you feel you are, too.

He's got a million talents but only rarely (usually in a disarmingly hambone way) seeks the spotlight.

He's the guy people go to for advice, a gentle guy with a heart.

Most of all, he's the sort of person where the more you know him, the more you want to know him. How many people can you say that about?

So despite all of the times, say after a public D&D quotation or pratfall gone awry, I've slunk away and pretended not to know him, today I publicly state for the record that my most stunning moment of brilliance was in saying yes to marrying him: The Varmint. My husband, my best friend.

I've never been happier than I am now in my life. And a better father our future daughter could not have chosen. We're lucky, lucky girls.

I love you, Shan. Happy Birthday.


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I am a writer and lazy artist who loves travel, architecture and design. Right now, I'm into photography. My fabulous husband (a.k.a. The Varmint) and I are also the principals of a San Diego-based creative agency - and new parents to the divine Baby Mak. Read More >