While the iron is hot


It’s been a doozy of a week, y’all – the kind that makes you take drives just to cry, and slam your laptop shut in frustration, and call your mom only to say negative things, and listen to your “Life Support” country mix on repeat. The stress has come from every angle, and while I wish I could tell you that I’ve handled it all with grace, I’ll just go ahead and admit that it’s pressed me down like a trash compactor.

But now it’s Friday night, and I’m posting a blog. No one reads blogs on Friday nights, or even on the weekends, but my blogging opportunities come so infrequently, I have to strike while the iron is hot.

So if it’s Tuesday and this is still the most recent post, well. You’re welcome.

I love lists, and while I tend to try to avoid list blogs – because does anyone really care about my lists? – they’re a good way to catch my people up quickly. In that (half-hearted) spirit, here are some of my happiest, most lovely, favorite things that have happened as of late – because life is too short to blog about the negative.

  • One of my not-so-nearest yet dearest, Christina, had her first baby this week. His name is Duffy, because THAT IS THE MOST ADORABLE EVER. It’s such a sweet thing to see your best friends become parents. I need to plan another trip to Boston as ASAP as possible (as possible) to meet the little mister – not that I mind, since Boston is my home in a parallel universe.
  • I’ve been super into “The Bachelorette.” It’s a disease – but who can blame me? Emily plays the part of the narcissistic Disney princess, and the guys are ridiculous, and it’s all for my entertainment.
  • My favorite Melaroose (AKA Mel, AKA “M” of the JAM House) did a heroic thing. See, I was in Nashville last week, and stopped into that Francesca’s store – “Frannie’s,” to the uninitiated. They have all sorts of cheap jewelry and cheesy gifts and dresses that barely cover the butt cheeks of a tween (I really hope I don’t get in trouble for saying “the butt cheeks of a tween”) – but when I was there two weeks ago, I found an awesome black and white striped tank. Which I didn’t buy. But a week later when I was still thinking about it, I asked Mel if she would go find it for me. Which she did. And then she sent to me. And I love it.
  • One time at a wedding in Austin, I met this guy named Brett. He had a mustache. I don’t know if he still does. Anyhow, he’s a contributor to the Corner Booth, which is written by several of my favorite people – and last week, he posted a story from his life. As a fellow fearer of dancing, it was among the greatest things I’ve read.
  • The lines on a Solo cup are FOR A REASON.

And with that, I’m off to clean the kitchen, file my papers, pay my bills, and pack my backpack for a hike tomorrow morning. Because what else would I do on a Friday night?



  1. Marijke on June 15, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    For the record, I read your blog on Friday night. We’re in the same boat, sister. Happy hiking!

    PS your blog: still my fav

  2. Bob on June 15, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Reading Hootenannie on Fri nite…

  3. Hitoshi Yamaguchi on June 15, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    “It was like a big group hug. With lots of bass.”

    Free form dancing is certainly way outside my self-consciousness comfort zone. But I LOVE (and have gotten pretty good at) contra dancing. The basic footwork is essentially walking, and a caller tells me what to do. Just got home from a weekly Friday night dance. It’s one of my favorite things in life at present.

  4. carin on June 17, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    OMG, I had no idea you were watching the B-ette.
    You must subscribe to this blog:

    See you next week!
    lv, CT

  5. Christina on June 19, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Awww, yay! It’s Duffy’s first blog shout-out — a big day in any baby’s life :)

    Thanks for the love, friend. The Duffster can’t wait meet you! Boston is always waiting to re-envelope you into its welcoming arms.

  6. Whitney on June 19, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    I’m glad you are striking when the iron is hot.

    Also, Duffy is the cutest name ever. Love.

  7. jodie_velour on June 25, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    watching the bachelorette is what i look forward to on mondays. and then, later in the week, i read knox mccoy’s recap and then i just die.

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