Sara Jensen gave the girls these glasses when she and her family came over to stay with us for a few days. Aren’t they funny? The girls wanted to wear them to the barbeque at Unha’s to surprise the hosts when they rang the doorbell. Kenny laughed and laughed. I think the last thing you’d expect when you open your door to guests is see a couple of kids in groucho marx glasses.
It’s been a pretty amazing week despite the mid-week bump – I played catchup up with a dear old friend from my grad school days and had more first meetings. Sara and I met Anna and Evan for the first time over dinner on Monday night. Anna is as amazing in person as she is on her blog. We kept groaning over the word “tweetup”, but I guess it totally was since I got to know both Anna and Sara on Twitter. Sara and her family are making their way back to the NW right now. We’re going to miss them.
On Tuesday I met Molly for a late lunch, who despite only meeting for the first time that day, has been just amazing to me all week. Her generosity and willingness to brainstorm ideas and help is something that I will never forget.
I think this is one of the things that I have learned this year. It’s okay to reach out to people for help. I have a tendency to try and solve everything on my own, but sometimes you really need the support of people around you even if it’s a nice word or two from people you barely know on Twitter or here on the blog, or the generous offers from people that you just met but feel like good friends you’ve known for years. It’s been really fun to meet so many people for the first time this summer, like Holly, who has always been a great supporter of our business. She is sweet and lovely as you would expect and I was inspired by her humbleness and her devotion and support of artists and designers.
I only hope that I can return the favor.
When you meet people through email or online you can sometimes tell that you will just click. There is no mask or disguise and what you see is the people they really are when you finally meet in person. I feel like I’ve made some good friends for life. All of this – the blog, twitter – all of it, makes us feel like we are never alone.
I went to the New Museum with my friend Karen yesterday. On the ground floor was an installation from Brazilian artist, Rivane Neuenschwander, called I Wish Your Wish. As a visitor, you get to select a ribbon with a wish that speaks to you, which you then must tie around your wrist. You then replace the ribbon with a wish of your own, written on paper. Tradition has it that when the ribbon falls off, your wish will be fulfilled. Karen told me that hers fell off already. I still have mine on and I’ll be waiting patiently. What wish did I choose?
I wish my fears would not limit my actions.
Have a great weekend everyone.