So, today is my sister’s 24th birthday!! Yay!

This is Gioia riding on an ostrich. Both her and ostrich have the same expressions on their faces

This is Gioia riding on an ostrich. Both her and the ostrich have the same expressions on their faces.

Happy birthday Gioia!!! (pronounced like joy-ah, for those of you who aren’t fluent in vowels)

And not to sound like Leslie Knope from Parks and Rec when she compliments Ann Perkins, but my sister is becoming a magnificent, beautiful, amazing woman and I’m so proud of her.

gioia  (source)

My sister is the athlete’s athlete. She was a tennis phenom when she was younger. When she was 12, she was about 4 feet 8 inches tall and she was playing against- and beating, mind you- players from the boys varsity tennis team at my high school. Literally.

tennis karen

The two of us had a grand ol’ time together when I first got my license and I would drive her to lessons and then we’d go to TCBY after. We would turn up the radio really loud and sing even louder to chart-toppers of the day like Shania Twain’s ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’. Oh, and also Jimmy Buffet. I remember one day the two of us played ‘The Weather is Here, I Wish You Were Beautiful’ on repeat until we learned every. single. word.

Cut to the present, and we live on two opposite sides of the country :( We talk on gchat and email weekly about the important things but getting each other on the phone is hard. When we do finally find a time to talk on the phone that fits into both our schedules AND works with the time difference, they’re marathon sessions. 3 hours easy.

50s phone

So, this post is dedicated to the best sister anyone could possibly ask for. And in our family it’s sort of a tradition to mark milestones by making up an ode, so Sister, this one is for you…

Birthday Ode 

To my dear, darling, younger sister,

I was very glad you weren’t born a mister.

Because I already had a brother,

and I really didn’t want another.


But between the ages of 0 to 5

you were the craziest toddler alive

luckily you outgrew that phase

and now you’re just freaking AMAZE-(ing)


You have the strongest abs,

Of anyone I know,

And you’re my favorite person,

With whom to eat cookie dough.


You live across the country,

So its sometimes hard to chat,

Oh remember that one birthday,

You got that really cranky cat?


So to re-cap my darling sister,

I’m very glad you’re not a mister,

I’m insanely jealous of your core,

And I hope you LOVE being twenty-four!


Happy Birthday Sister!! You are a beautiful tropical fish. Love ya :)

little sisters


Do  you have siblings?? Are you close with them?

What’s the weirdest animal you’ve ever ridden on? (mine is probably a pony… I’m not as adventurous with things I use for transportation as my sister)