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First of all, to those of you that left a comment yesterday, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. It’s so touching to find support from people I have never even met in person. You are all so wonderful and have such big hearts – it really amazes me!

In light of yesterday’s news, I’m working on changing a few items on the blog. I’ll be changing the About section and editing some of the other pages to be more up to date, so please excuse the site if you see something funky for a few minutes. However, I’m still a self-taught student of HTML and CSS, so if something is really weird for a long time, send me an email so that I know I have to fix something.

I also think this is a great opportunity for me to introduce myself again to all of my readers. After all, we should be friends, right? And if we’re going to be friends, you might as well know a few things about me that you’d know if we met IRL:

  • For better or worse, I will always be me. Pretending to be anything I’m not feels like wearing clothes that don’t fit.
  • I am honest; it usually gets me into trouble. Don’t ask my opinion if you don’t really want it. (Though having a blog has taught me quite a bit about holding my tongue where appropriate – spreading negativity about someone else’s design efforts just doesn’t feel good)
  • I believe it’s the little things that make you who you are, because it usually requires constant effort. Ever try being nice to someone you don’t like? It may not be a big gesture, but it sure goes a long way.
  • I act like a 10-year-old around those that I trust. We’re talking giggle fits, expressive hand gestures, and just plain being goofy.
  • I sing (loudly) in the car or shower, and I don’t care if it annoys you. It makes me happy. Same goes for dancing (cars, shower, in line at the bank, etc).
  • I find that I constantly seek control, but am happiest when I don’t know what to expect.
  • I am Catholic, come from an Italian family (on my mother’s side), and a Taurus. I doubt you will EVER meet anyone more stubborn than I am.
  • I think there’s hardly anything more exhilarating than having a new crush. I love that nervous jumpy feeling that I get in my stomach.
  • Loyalty is a BIG thing for me. I believe the best friends are those who make me a better person and are there for me when I need them.
  • I believe in volunteering my time and money to help someone in need, from the homeless to Toys for Tots to Girl Scouts (hey, I remember what it was like sitting in the sun pushing Thin Mints – it ain’t easy). I do not believe in enabling those who can help themselves but simply choose not to.
  • I really, really wish there was a sarcasm font. My text messaging would be so much more understandable.

And then, there are a few observations that I’ve picked up from others that ring true for me. I hope you can relate, too!

  • Sometimes I will look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
  • Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. But jeans? Jeans never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.
  • How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile at someone because you still don’t understand what they said?
  • I would rather nearly break my back trying to carry 10 plastic bags of groceries on each arm than take two trips to unload them from the car. And if I’m smart, I’ll pull my keys out of my purse first so I don’t have to put them down to unlock the front door.
  • I’m hardly ever smart in the above situation.
  • I keep people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call. I even have a few that just say “Do Not Answer” – I have long forgotten who they were, but I still don’t delete.
  • I hate leaving the house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of any importance for the entire day. What a waste.
  • Dry clean only = always dirty.
  • I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks if I want to save any changes to a document I swear I did not make any changes to.
  • Try to do one thing every day that scares you.
  • You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you won’t do anything else productive for the rest of the day.
  • I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.
  • To fold a fitted sheet:  Remove from dryer immediately, crumple into a ball (hence negating the dryer efforts), stuff into shelf in linen closet.
  • Remember the compliments you receive; forget the insults.
  • Sometimes people suck. But then I see something fluffy, and it’s ok.
  • Don’t “Keep Calm”. Slap that b*tch. Hard.

Okay, so how’s that for an introduction? It may have been a year after this blog began, but better late than never, right?

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  1. Sarah :) I didn't comment yesterday because I knew that you were going to get such an outpouring of love and support. I can't imagine what you're feeling like right now, but I can't wait to join you as you rediscover your you. Looks like you're well on your way, and from that list it looks like we'll get along just fine!

  2. Sarah, I kind of just fell in love with you. Like, in a girl way.

    Every single line above describes me (except Italian Catholic, but those missing elements in no way detract from my unabashed, unrelenting stubborness).

  3. Ha! I think you may be my long lost sister! Don't you imagine people who are like this really WANT to be like this?

  4. My favorite anti-“Keep Calm” is “Go Insane and Eat Your Friends.”

    I liked this little insight into The Duckie, as we call you, and read several to Savannah. Pleased to meet you, lady.

  5. I feel like you wrote this for me…amazing!! We finally are tackling the dry clean = dirty issue! Our washer and dryer dry clean so we JUST got dry clean sheets. I doubt they work but at least we will feel like we can wear them again!

  6. We could have been sisters too! Almost everything you said above, rings true for me as well. Man, I really don't know anyone who can fold a fitted sheet! I have an 80's home that I've been working on as well….glad to meet you!

  7. I just love your blog!! I agree with so much of what you you have said, especially the part about the jeans!! I am glad I am not alone there!! Your such a sweetie, its nice to “meet you” although its not face to face, I feel as if I know you know!!

  8. I clearly stumbled upon this post late, but I'm glad I found it! As I was reading some of your self-observations, I kept thinking “Omg! I do that too!” Which, I probably said that to 90% of them.

    Also, if I ever find a sarcasm font – I'll make sure to send it your way!

    Thanks for making me laugh today.


  9. I love reading your blog, especially your honesty! And to be honest, “You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you won't do anything else productive for the rest of the day” is right about now. It's never a good sign when this hits before lunchtime.