Those of you who have been reading this blog for any length of time and/or know me in a non-virtual capacity know who my Audriella is. We were suitemates in college (a decade ago), and have been best friends ever since. Following too much time spent in Florida after college (ha!), she finally made it back to Texas - Austin - in 2008.
Unless one of us was traveling, we have seen each other almost every day since her return. On the off chance that we didn't spend time together, we usually spent the day texting each other. She has been my go-to gal. She has been the best aunt Six Cents could ask for, offering walks and snuggles and too many treats. She has been a cleaning fairy, a laundry fairy, and an errand fairy. She has been a fantastic lunch and dinner companion, especially on short notice. She has been a nurse, bringing meds and food on days when I had a migraine (too frequently) or strep throat (twice in the past nine months!). She has been a dogsitter and a taxi service to and from the airport. We have spent holidays together and we have spent them apart; trust me when I say they are better spent together.
To say we can finish each other's sentences is an understatement, especially if a "Friends" quote is involved. We have a sense of UNAGI. She is the cheese to my macaroni, the Batman to my Robin (and vice versa, depending on the day).
As of Friday, March 26th, 2010, my Audriella no longer lives in ATX. She now resides in Washington, DC. I'll spare you the gory details of the move itself (it wasn't pretty), but I'm reminded of this fortune she received January 4th - "You will overcome difficult times." I am hopeful the worst is behind her.
On Audriella's last night in Austin, our good friends Bea Dazzler and UnScurvyGirl brought dinner from P.F. Chang's. Audriella's college roommate (and hence my other suitemate and our bff) Myrtle also joined in the fun. After she spent 12 hours watching movers pack all of her belongings onto a truck and then turning in her beloved car, Audriella opened her fortune cookie to reveal this not-a-fortune:
"Face any problem with dignity."
This was quite comical, given the day she had. She deemed herself a good candidate for a do-over and then received a second not-a-fortune:
"A small gift can bring joy to the whole family."
Myrtle's not-a-fortune was a repeat of my not-a-fortune from just two days earlier:
"Someone you care about seeks reconciliation."
My not-a-fortune left me baffled:
"A friend in the market is better than money in the purse."
UnScurvyGirl deemed her cookie insert half-fortune and half-not-a-fortune:
"Be careful! Straight trees often have crooked roots."
Audriella, I will miss you. I wish you the best.