Posts Tagged ‘Anne and May’

Are you a fan of Nancy Drew? I’m honoured to be guest blogging today over at Anne & May about Nancy and other childhood heroines. Go on over and have a look – and please comment! Thanks!

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I’m breaking in my maid-of-honor shoes. (Silver and strappy, with a 2 1/2- to 3-inch heel. From Payless, because I’m cheap. But they’re actually really cute and comfy, at least so far.)

In just three days I will stand in a gorgeous ballroom, in front of several hundred people, wearing a seriously pink dress, and watch my little sister vow to love, honor and cherish the man of her dreams.

I’m choking up just thinking about it.

As the sister and matron of honor (I hate the word matron, don’t you?), I have to give a toast, and I’ve spent quite a while this morning writing and reworking it. So, in conjunction with Anne and May’s free party for the release of their newest book, Breaking Up is Hard to Do, here’s my toast, aka a tribute to the sister I can’t imagine, and can’t remember, living without. (I REALLY WANT FEEDBACK here, people. Your comments are much appreciated!)


Welcome, everyone. First, I’d like to say, on behalf of the families and wedding party, thank you to everyone for joining us today. And on behalf of everyone here, thank you, Betsy and Stephen, for inviting us to be part of your special day.

At my wedding ten months ago, Betsy gave a brilliant and beautiful toast, and in it she mentioned that we’ve always had adventures together. And it’s true. She was born when I was just seventeen months old, so I can’t remember when she wasn’t around. And all through our growing-up years, we had adventures by the dozen. We sold pink lemonade for ten cents a glass with our neighbor Allison; we rode bikes around the neighborhood and had acorn fights with Dad; we took dozens of road trips to Ohio and Missouri, singing along to George Strait albums. And she was always more than willing to push and pull me along into the next adventure. She was and is my complete opposite, and yet my best friend.

Well, as she said at my wedding, now Betsy has found someone else to have adventures with. The poet Nikki Giovanni has said, “We love because it’s the only true adventure,” and even less than a year into marriage, I believe that with all my heart. Stephen, you’re a lucky man, and the two of you have the rest of your lives to continue the adventure of loving each other.

So whether it’s golf, hunting, traveling or just enjoying your new life together, here’s to many years of adventures for the two of you.

To Betsy and Stephen!


I will likely be a sobbing, quivering mess on the day when I try to toast the tall, blonde, hilarious, bluntly honest, beautiful social butterfly who is my best friend. But the above is what I’d like to say. (Again, feedback appreciated!)

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Abilene appears to be drowning, or at the very least, it’s soggy and wet under yet another grey blanket of rain clouds. I know it’s near blasphemy for a West Texan to complain about rain, but we’ve had weeks of it. For heaven’s sake, we are literally an inch or two away from our average rainfall for the year!

However, I’ve been distracting myself for the past week by burying my nose in the Harry Potter series again. I’ve only read them once before, beginning in fall ’05 when Val all but shoved the first one under my nose, and I enjoyed them quite a lot – they’re clever, well written, absorbing, and often laugh-out-loud funny. (I adore Fred and George, the Weasley twins, who are first-rate practical jokers, and witty sentences such as “Just then, Neville caused a slight diversion by turning into a large canary.”) I’ve read the first four books over again this week, blazing through them all in a day or two each, which has definitely helped ease the boredom of long, nearly silent hours stuck at the office.

Another recent read that I highly recommend: The Book of Jane, new from my friends Anne and May. If you love chick lit, sharp wit, lovable characters, a well-drawn story or all of the above, go get this book. Now. Read it with your feet propped up, and enjoy it. And then hop on over to their blog to tell them how much you liked it.

Nearing the end of the workday…Happy Monday!

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