Wednesday, February 14, 2007

We Interrupt this Blog...

Hi. I'm Laurie and I have a little website where I talk about cats and poop and traffic and divorce and sometimes, occassionally, knitting. I am hijacking Annie's blog because she's halfway to Minnesnowta right now, and she's busy with things such as "keeping sane."

Here is a picture of me and Annie on the one-year anniversary of my divorce:


She had no idea when we met up that night at a Chinese restaurant in Los Angeles that we were marking a rather infamous occassion. It was right before Christmas, and cold outside, and things had been threatening to go cold inside me, too. You can be over a thing, for all intents and purposes, and still the anniversary of it stings a little.

We sat at that restaurant with Drew, the Crochet Dude, and we talked and laughed and ate amazing good food and then later, when we practically closed down the joint, we moved on to a local coffee shop and chatted some more. It was Annie's idea to go get coffee, and I was so glad she suggested it! I hadn't had so much fun in weeks and weeks, just gabbing with old friends and relaxing, the three of us sharing ideas and even getting to see a peek at Annie's flip-books, still in concept stage at that point.

There are a lot of things you don't know about Annie Modesitt, like how funny she is, and kind, and how she fills up a whole room with her exuberance and energy. She likes going barefoot, and has two of the most beautiful kids on the planet, and I tell you all these details because on this day, Valentine's Day, I wanted to share with you the one gift Annie gave me that cold night in December. She gave me warmth. I saw the way she talked about her husband, her kids, and the joy on her face just gave me hope and made me think that perhaps somewhere out there, even in a crazy mixed-nuts place like Los Angeles, maybe there is a fit for me, too. And when I speak about him, whenever and whoever it might be, I hope my face lights up the same way hers does about Gerry.

That is a lovely, beloved gift.


Suzanne said...

Happy v-day Annie!

That warmth comes through on tv and in the blog--but its great to hear from the intrepid reporter CAP that you are like that in real life too!

February 14, 2007 7:11 AM  
anne marie in philly said...

you got that right, laurie!

when annie talks about her kids or gerry in person, she lights up a dark room with the love she feels for them.

she is making this move for them; she knows gerry has been miserable in his job lately.

and having dinner and drinks with annie in person - you may have just met her, but she makes you feel that you have been BFF!

I feel lucky to know this special person!

February 14, 2007 9:09 AM  
Anonymous said...

What a great tribute to a friend on Valentine's Day. I do not know Annie, have never even been in a room with her, but that beautiful part of her that loves her family ,is devoted to her friends, and is so very 'real' shines through and keeps me coming to visit her on her blog.
Happy Valentine's Day
Punkin in Oregon

February 14, 2007 11:05 AM  
Kathleen C. said...

I have been reading your blog (as well as Annie's) for some time now.
And from her blog I had gotten that impression that Annie was, as you said, funny and kind and exhuberant. And I always got the impression from your blog that you are too.
And I think so even more now.
Happy Valentines day to all...

February 14, 2007 12:08 PM  
Anonymous said...

Guest blogger---you have done Annie proud!!!!

laurie d

February 14, 2007 12:55 PM  
martha in mobile said...

That is such a nice tribute to you and your family! It makes me wish I knew you and CAP. Neither of you ever stop by Mobile, Alabama, do you?

February 14, 2007 1:05 PM  
Dorothy said...

From one knitting heretic to another, happy Valentine's Day. I hope the love that Laurie can hear in your heart, continues for years and years to come.

February 14, 2007 1:46 PM  
Anonymous said...

What a lovely tribute.

February 14, 2007 2:34 PM  
ruth in Morristownship said...

Lucky her going to MN. In South Orange today we have had ice and other disgusting snow, sleet, freezing rain moments.

February 14, 2007 5:48 PM  
Tami said...

Very sweet. And yet, I am still boycotting VD. (Yes, STD's and Valentine's Day.) Though I do hope to meet that one that makes me light up too. Sooner would be nice.

February 14, 2007 6:17 PM  
JuliaB said...

Hi Annie, I usually hang out at Crazy Aunt Purl's blog, thanks for the opportunity to visit with you. Great writing as always, Laurie, you always tug at my heart. Annie, I've loved your books, and your irrepressible optimism! I'm left-handed, so I am always being called out on doing things in an unorthodox (I call it innovative) way. And you will find yourself right at home in Minnesota--people there are full of energy and enthusiasm, always up to something (I like to say that the year I lived there was the best 3 years of my life). And it's really true, it's a DRY cold (just dress in layers) unlike here in New England, where the damp northeast wind goes right through you--heck, I'd pick up and move right along with you, but DH, the kiddies and the kitties would complain. Best of luck with your move!

February 15, 2007 6:15 AM  

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