Wednesday, September 24, 2008

fireworks and ice cream

I am more than a little amazed. In my line of work, kudos are rare; I mean, really, the teacher usually only gets a call when someone is pissed or worried. So when someone says, "hey, you're alright after all" it's the same as fireworks and a cheesecake flurry on a sweet summer night. With no bugs.

And I would like to apologize for taking so long to pay it forward. I have that icky cold with the nasal drip, papers due for my masters' course, and, yeah, the rest. But here they are: this is my most awesome friend whose blog I seriously check several times a day. She is a talented photographer whose pictures just capture the essence and joy in every person. I love them. Is it creepy to want to be her friend? She has a hilarious, sharp, and real way of writing - the kind of writing I try to get from my students. Well, except for the part about her husband's boobs. Funny from her, but parents would complain.
I have laughed so hard reading her stories that I had to change my sweatpants. Who else would have an army of angry Transvestite Lego people that bear a crazy resemblance to Tony Orlando? I love reading what is going on in her life because she is like me - I feel like when I leave comments I'm just taking up my end of the conversation. It's all her fault I started this blogmadness. She was the first I read - I stumbled upon it while I was researching her for my bookclub (yep, English teacher nerd flag, right there). She is an amazing artist and I love that I get a little more of her writing nearly every day. Plus she keeps dangling a "mailing list" and "fabulous prizes" to keep us coming back. uh, he has Mystery Science Theater as his banner, which makes me love him without question. I like it that he asks questions of his readers and responds to the answers! He is such a fun, awesome read! Her story has touched me, intrigued me, and her humor has kept me coming back. Plus, who knew Canadians could be rednecks?

Those are my favorites, the ones I faithfully read every day. Their stories have inspired me to tell my own and I thank you all for that.


Katie said...

Thank you so much, Rikki! What a nice compliment :) Too late, you are my friend, no takesie backsies.

And THANK YOU! Tony Orlando, it was killing me. Those angry little legos need some sunglasses.

Will said...

Thank you so much for including me.

Jenny, the Bloggess said...

Hee! Now I'm all smiley at 6am. That's practically a miracle.

Thank you!

Karen said...

Thank you SO much, Rikki!!! I am very honored.

Katie Mihalak said...

Thanks so much for giving me a shout out Rikki. You are the coolest chick I know. I really liked reading everyone else's blog - jeesh - I need to get back to work. I think that we need to pick someone blog to discuss at book club. How fun would that be?