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Patients say the darndest things.

Working at a front desk is way more thrilling than I ever expected it to be. I mean I was in this for the stress-free environment and the opportunity to feel truly competent and successful at the end of the day. Done and Done. The bonus has been getting to talk to people on the phone and by the coffee machine all day. Don’t misunderstand me, I have had many a “uh, sorry boutcha sir, that’s on you” moment, but for the most part patients are really funny.
The other day I had one kind sir who was emphatic about my hair color and how well it fit me. I don’t even think at this point it looks dyed anymore, but he was a big fan of it, so that’s fun; affirmation!
Then yesterday a cowboy/ horse shoe-er taught the hygienist the chorus to Lady Marmalade  (Vouz le vouz couche avec moi se soir) without telling her at all what it meant until right before he left, so I got listen to a 30 minute french lesson where she was asking him if he wanted to sleep with her tonight, then he cackled his way out saying “you gotta have the fun, because some people are just (insert stank face here) and it’s no good in life. You got.tah. have. the. fun.” as he fist bumped me for tricking her into saying all that without knowing.
Once a lady called to move her appointment and ended up talking to me for 30 minutes about her weekend plans with her family that was coming into town and how her husband hadn’t listened to her, but she knew about downtown parking, and when women have intuitions you have to listen but men don’t know that so you end up walking 10 blocks just for a drink and you get a ticket anyways, but that can’t ruin your time at the lake because there are boats and that’s why the appointment has to be moved because you gotta live life while it’s warm out.
And then a precious old lady recently widowed calls to cancel her husband’s appointment because he isn’t here anymore, and you just have to cry on the phone with her for a minute.
I LOVE that I get to see so much humanity here. Every day is so full of every mood and character trait and so many moments ripe with, well, just humanity. People are real and when you’re face-to-face with them all day, a dismissive one followed by a complimenting one followed by a grouchy one followed by a jokester, it starts to mean a lot that each of us are known so fully and wholly.
I used to really struggle with that. I mean who doesn’t at times, but I mean daily, crippling, perspective-changing struggles over the possibility of not being known. It’s sad. And draining. But we are known. Fully. And we are overwhelming loved and wanted. No matter what our personality or character shows us to be. Great mystery. I don’t understand, but I like getting little glimpses into it. And I like lamenting over the coffee company not making everyone’s favorite anymore and laughing with people over wild animals making them late to their appointments. I like this a lot.


BFF Allison does this fun reoccurring post on her blog called “instalife” and it’s always my favorite to see glimpses into her world so I decided to copy her. Also it’s sort of a rule of thumb for me that if Allison does it, I want to because she’s just like, the most cool, you guys. So here’s some (fairly) recent pics from the life and times.

picstitch-2picstitch.1so briefly, and I’m sure elaboration will follow in days to come, I’ve enjoyed:

Birthday parties for one of my most favorite boys
NOLA and catching up with my dear Andrea
Path Project
Fresh ink
Luminous (& co.)

April was a fun month. And May has begun with a bang!


Playground Musings

I’ve been editing all morning for a project, and it’s got me. They’re right you know, you can’t write unless you write. So I finally am going to finish this draft I started weeks ago. As you may know I work at an elementary school, and I am learning a lot. Aside from the fact that saying “back pack” is so 2002 (kid, it is a PACK that goes on your BACK. get off me.) (it’s “book bag” if you’re trying to be in with the 10 year olds these days), I’ve made several observations on the ol’ playground. (Don’t tell them I called it the ol’ playground, they’ll kick me out I tell you!)

One of the first things I noticed is that little girls love playing house. Now look, I’m not all “AH, negative gender stereotyping, save the feminism!” (If you want me to go there bring up twilight which is all sorts of the worst thing I could ever imagine on every level) (Don’t bring it up, I will shun you) But I am really confused by it. You’re 7. You wake up and someone makes you food, you fight with a sibling, a parent drives you to school, and then in the afternoon you rinse and repeat. You’re 7.  At some point after lunch you’re on the playground, and you decide that you are going to make invisible food  for another 7 year old who is your daughter and then she’s going to fight with her other friend/her pretend sister and then you’re going to walk  drive a pretend car around the swing set to drop them both off at school. So here’s my thing; is playing house extremely meta or is it just weird and creepy? *

Another observation I’ve had is that inevitably in every game of tag or hide-n-seek or king of the mountain, there is a loser. And when you’re on the playground, said ‘loser’ acts just as I suspect most creatures in the animal world act. In fact I’m pretty sure I’ve seen an animal planet special on like a diseased deer or something, and they wander away from their flock** and find a quiet place to die alone. The other day I witnessed a boy get tagged out, and instead of waiting to be tagged back in, he stooped over and wound his way through the playground equipment heading straight for the only patch of grass unpopulated by wild natives other children where I assume he intended to die a quiet death. Let me tell you guys something. I am not this way. I need you to know that if for some reason I am going down, I am going to do so in your midst–in the most central part of your midst no less–and I am going to give it all the Scarlett O’Hara returning to Tara/Dame Dench in Macbeth that lives deep within my soul. Be prepared for the dramatic performance of a lifetime because if you ain’t cryin’, I ain’t dyin’. Kids on the playground however, are not as creative as I.

They are funny though, and if I didn’t have the memory of a goldfish and wasn’t incapable of instantly blogging from the playground, you’d have a lot more proof.

*before you get all crazy on me, note that I have at several points in my past “cooked” mudpies for my baby sister and watched her eat them.

**yep, well aware it’s “herd” not “flock”. That word choice was to emphasize that I don’t even care about an animal.

everyone’s got baggage.

So I met this site via THIS fun girl’s twitter, and now I’m kind of obsessed with it.

It’s called Emotional Bag Check and it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like. You go to their website and see this:

Then you choose which you have and see one of these:

THEN you get emails from people with a song of encouragement and sometimes even sweet messages, or your songs and sweet messages get emailed to someone else. It’s humanity at it’s finest! The interwebs are getting all Galatians 6:2 on us!

Go! Try it! It’s the most fun.

birthday cake.

So last week on BFF Kimberly‘s birthday she wrote a blog post about 23 things you should know about her. I like that she did that, but the first thing you should know about me is I’m too humble lazy for all that. So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to tell you things in three pictures and hope that from them you infer all you need to know about me.


My Birthday is my favorite day of the year. This is me being happy. And also being 23.


Birthday Mail is the best. Really any mail, but pretty papers only ever increase excitement.


When I was 4-5 I would only take "Pop-eye pictures" I loved him a lot apparently. So, here's to you 1992!

They say no one loves you when you’re 23, but come on, who wouldn’t love a face like that?


P.S. I have the greatest people in my life, and all my friends are the best friends. For real. I feel so loved and it isn’t even lunchtime yet!

TWO in one day!

every year for like 10 years now BFF Kimberly and i share a birthday weekend. i won’t lie i was a little sad that tradition would change with my move this year, but alas, she’s coming up this weekend! i love it because birthday parties used to be a point of contention until we decided to join forces and dominate august with our joint parties. evidence below:

ok. i promise there was a party; we really did have friends, promise.

we also just love a party in general:

GaGa anyone? yes.

and for years we taught at summer camp together:

the perks of chaperoning youth hats.

AND also for several years we ended the old and brought in the new year together, which i really think is symbolic of our relationship because she’s seen me at my worst and best and loved me all the same all the while. she’s one of the very few people who was there through every stage of pain and growth that molded my character and i can’t begin to convey what a comfort she’s been to me over the years, just knowing she gets me. ohhhhh i love her so much!

P.S. Kim, as you’re reading this, let’s vow to take better/more pictures? we look a mess.

It. Is. Your. Birthday.

BFF Tori (aka BIRTHDAY GIRRRRLL) is the big 2-1 today. This girl is one of the most talented up and coming graphic designers, craftiest, vintage loving (and wearing), affectionate crazy girls I know. I’ve laughed until I couldn’t breathe with tears streaming down my face, and we’ve shared several sob sessions too. I’m so thankful she’s alive and that she’s OLDer. Yay Tor!

this is pretty much what she looks like all the time.
the type of photo we will take if together for more than 21 minutes.


tori and her fiance, walter. they cute.
this is us pretending we're cool/ making Ashlyn work hard for a photo.
this is who we really are.

YYAY TOR! iloveyouforreals.