I decided to start a segment of my blog that will consist of positive things that occurred during the month and who I would like to thank as a result.
Here is my first entry…
1. Thank you to the man who high-fived me after I rear-ended him at a stop light. We both got out of our cars and I began apologized profusely. He stared at me and said nothing, which made me a bit nervous, so I continued to explain that I was staring straight ahead, but I was lost in my thoughts and I swear I saw his car move forward! Still silent, he peaked his head around to look at the back of his car, then looked at my car, and saw there was no damage. Then, he held his hand up signaling me to give him a high-five, still said nothing, got into his car, and drove away.
I’m pretty sure it looked like this:
2. Thank you, Dan, for being our wrapper. I loathe wrapping gifts. It’s on the top of the list of chores I hate doing. I would rather dust and take out the garbage. My wrapping skills are pathetic and I’m sure a 6-year-old would do a better job than me. Dan, on the other hand, is awesome at it. He is quite the perfectionist and he takes the time to make sure the gifts are wrapped perfectly. I learned of his wrapping skills almost 7 years ago during our first Christmas together. I knew we were a perfect match at that moment. I even have a photo of it. He looks like such a baby here!
3. Thank you, Ashley Fisher. Ashley and I met while we were planning our wedding on a site called Project Wedding. I felt a special bond with her after she created a group for brides who have lost one or both of their parents. My dad died suddenly in 2001 and every time I envisioned myself walking down the aisle without him, I would tear up. Ashley was planning her wedding after losing both of her parents. Grieving aside, we both had fabulously wonderful weddings. Once we realized we both had started photography businesses, we began communicating regularly. This was less than a year ago and we have already exchanged 1,274 texts. Ha!
Ashley is one of the most genuinely helpful, giving people I know. She is always there for me to bounce ideas off of and we help each other figure things out in this crazy (but wonderful) world of photography. She is also one of the smartest people I know and she doesn’t hesitate one bit to share her knowledge with others. She is so lovely and I am very grateful for her. She came to visit me in Seattle in November and we had a blast! While she was here, she helped me create the video that I submitted to Jasmine Star for reSTARt and I can’t thank her enough for that, as well.
Here is a photo of Ashley from when she was here in Seattle:
4. Thank you, Jasmine Star, for choosing me for reSTARt. Like, thank you from the bottom of my heart and the depths of my soul type of thank you. I cannot wait to get started!!! Let’s just say I roller skated, did the running man, and dressed up in Dan’s work clothes in a video expressing why I wanted to do reSTARt and all of the embarrassment was totally worth it. You can read more about this upcoming experience and hear me screaming at the top of my lungs when she told me she chose me if you click here.
5. Thank you, Jet’s Pizza, for existing. If you have ever eaten Jet’s Pizza (square), you know exactly why I am thanking them. I just wish they would expand beyond the mid-west. And don’t think I didn’t look into opening a franchise in Seattle so that we can have the buttery, cheesy, golden goodness whenever we want…but, it turns out you need something like $350,000. So, we will continue stuffing our faces with the best pizza on the planet each time we return to Michigan to visit our family. I shamefully ate it 3 times during my visit there last week.
My topping of choice is mushroom, but here is a photo of pepperoni:
6. Thank you to Diem at Safeway. Diem is an employee at Safeway who makes sandwiches at the deli, among other things. She is fast and friendly, remembers my “usual”, and makes it very yummy. I love friendly people. They make me happy. I emailed Safeway corporate to tell them what a great worker Diem is and, according to the email below, she will be recognized.