Standing offer


A few weeks ago, I was driving home from the airport when I looked at the thermometer on my dashboard.

“109 degrees!” I cried. I know that Denver gets hot, but it had been ages since I’d seen a temperature that high.

A minute later, I looked again. “110 degrees!” I was freaking out. It was the apocalypse. We were all going to die.

But don’t worry. It was just the odometer.


Thank you all for your kind and compassionate words about the loss of Toad. She was so special, and I feel her absence just about every minute. I’m realizing that although she was “just” a dog, I’ve never lost anyone who was such a constant part of my everyday life. It’s a big deal.

But life doesn’t stop, and I haven’t slowed down. I’m about to board a flight to Nashville for Brandon and Miranda’s – Mirbranda’s – wedding weekend, and look forward to spending a few very full days with some amazing friends. Did you know that Miranda and I met through this blog? And now I’m about to be a bridesmaid in her wedding (strangely enough, this isn’t the first time this has happened).

I’m thankful for the community assembled here, the connections that have formed, and the sweet virtual words offered to me in recent weeks and months. This season has been a doozy. Sometimes I want to run for the hills. But I’m thumbtacking your encouragement to my spirit.

Basically, if any of you ever need a bridesmaid, I’m your girl.



  1. Michael on August 1, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    I don’t think we’ll be needing that particular service, Annie, but it is a very sweet offer. Seriously, your opening story about made me spew my beverage…so very Dana Bug. Have a great time in Nashville! Thanks for posting…you have been in our thoughts.

  2. The Bug on August 1, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    I was JUST sitting here thinking that that’s the kind of thing I’m famous for! Ha! So funny…

    Have a fabulous weekend – all these folks are lucky to have you in their weddings!

    Dana Bug

  3. Hope on August 1, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    God Mother? Too far? ;)

  4. Val on August 1, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    This magical, friendship-creating blog.

  5. Catherine on August 1, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    I can’t wait to see you in a few hours! Nashville is buzzing with anticipation for your arrival. Mwah!

  6. Emily on August 2, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    They’re never “just a dog.” :)I think it’s only non dog people that say that!

  7. Sarah on August 3, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    I would have said “just a dog” before I adopted my first, 2.5 years ago. She is definitely more than “just a dog.”

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