Wednesday, February 21, 2007
  so apparently my niece is a mini me

Amanda, all upset
Originally uploaded by estacey.

i was talking to kamille on the phone last night and she had to laugh at how she doesn't really need to miss me because, with amanda around, it feels like i never left.

for example: "she takes really, really long hot showers, and she sings the whole time."

"what's she like when she's having her period?" i asked. "awful," kamille said. "she sleeps and sleeps and sleeps and mopes around and says she feels like crying for no reason." i was like, omg, she is a little me!

to drive the point home, when i searched for pictures of amanda, i remembered when i took this one. it was after kelli's wedding. we were taking pictures and we told amanda that we wanted one of just the sisters, so could she go out of the shot? the poor kid didn't know how wedding pictures worked, so she heard that as, "we don't want you in the picture," and her little feelings were hurt and she cried and then we couldn't get her to come back for the rest of the pictures. very sensitive - yes, a little me. :)

call it a fault if you want - and yeah, it can feel like it sometimes, when i misinterpret something and get my feelings hurt over something i shouldn't have. but that just demands communication, which isn't such a bad thing. plus, chris made a good point - it means i treat other people sensitively, which i guess is true.

also, kamille says she is nerdy. am i nerdy? i guess so. :D

ALSO - this is cute.
i asked kamille if amanda was excited about coming down. "ja," she said. (i realized we say "ja" about every other word, like we're characters in fargo or something. like, "kyle is a handful." "ja?" "ja.") anyway, then kamille said, "about a month ago, i went upstairs and amanda was PACKING." amanda tried to say she was just packing away her summer clothes. "sure," kamille said. "in a SUITCASE?" ha ha! very cute!

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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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