Seriously, you folks are very nice. I really appreciate all your congratulatory comments (perhaps even more than I appreciated the lovely tuna sushi on Monday night (or at least almost as much)). Really, you make me want to have a baby, just to tell you all. Thank you.
I've really been amazed how awesome this blogging thing has turned out to be. At first it was mostly just my family and a few college friends who read it, but it's been so fun to meet new people and find great new blogs and feel like I have real friends in people I don't really know at all.
A few months ago, I got a comment from Kayla who'd gone to BYU too - we'd had a number of mutual friends and I'd heard her name a lot, but I think we'd only met once (and that was briefly). We started commenting though and then switched to emailing and sometimes we send upwards of 8 emails back and forth (and these aren't wimpy little one or two sentence emails, folks, these are REAL emails. . .they rock). When I see a hideous wedding dress and need someone to discuss the merits of bolero jackets with lapels with, well, Kayla's the one I turn to.
Another person I vaguely knew from college (we had a class together, she worked for my father-in-law, my husband was a teaching assistant for a class of hers) found my blog and we've IMed many a time now, sharing stories, talking about people we both know, asking for recipes, etc. It's too bad that we waited until we lived many states apart to become friends. Alas. She introduced me to her sister's blog and I love reading about their families and their crazy adventures (you should see the pictures from "Talk like a Pirate Day" - it's quite awe-inspiring). (By the way, both of their blogs, while awesome, are private, so I can't share).
A few weeks ago, I got an email from Chloe, asking if I knew anyone doing the MBA program at UT and if so, could I connect her with them? This email made my day - my presence on the internet was doing someone GOOD (also, I didn't have to talk on the phone, but just send an email. Whew! Hooray for the Internet not usually wanting to phone). I've never met Chloe (she's a friend of a friend), but I feel like I know her well.
When I was trying to decide what programs to apply to, Ben had some excellent advice on the subject of "library school." (Good thing too, because the school I was asking about had such a horrendous website that I couldn't find any of the information I needed to make an educated decision).
I have had lovely exchanges with Isabel, Janet, and Heidikins - all people I've never met and have no connection to in the real world at all, but who I feel like are, to some extent, my friends. Those people are the Internet. . .they are so cool!
Anyway, just thanks. Thanks for commenting, thanks for sharing, and thanks for being fabulous.