Wednesday, January 26, 2011

In which I Gush

(Consider yourself duly warned, although the title may sound more gruesome than this post is meant to be. Some titles write themselves and will not be changed.)

I have this blogging friend. I love reading her blog. 2 1/2 years ago hers was one of the first I chose off of the MMB website because the first post I read was like something straight out of a Sophie Kinsella book.

Since then I have gotten to know her through her blog. I have read about her awesome life in the OC and her previous life in Louisiana with her deaf parents and a fine-cooking Pawpaw. She has a colorful existence that she writes about with humor and straightforwardness (two things I love).

In 2009 I had the chance to break bread with her (well, split a dulce de leche crepe -- still, division of a starchy food) . I have eaten her delicious mint fudge and have a recipe recommended by her on my regular rotation (corn chowder).

Things we have in common:
  • love of food
  • height (just under 5'6")
  • amazing husbands (plural! Not a common husband. Separate husbands. Both awesome, in different ways.)
Ways we differ:
  • she has fashion sense (mine went missing after college and has not been seen since)
  • her baby's a girl (mine's a boy)
  • her second-to-last child throws up sometimes (mine doesn't, really)
  • she writes books and they get published (I don't write any and they never get published)
On her blog, Write Stuff, she was once Melanie J but then she became Melanie Jacobson, because she is now a (soon to be) published author and authors have complete last names that they don't mind people knowing about.

Her first book comes out in March and I'm so excited. I've been excited about it since I mentioned it on my blog back when she was still writing it. That was exactly two years before it will be published (!!! Check out this post wherein I mention it at the beginning and end). And I can't wait to get my hands on it. In March. I mean, just look at this:

Until her book graces us we will get by on a few posts of hers that I LOVE.

First: A funny one. Very funny. Melanie is pretty secure in her awesomeness (and well she should be!) and describes a time when it backfired.

Second: A moral one. A story of an exasperated mother at her snapping point and a stranger who rescued her. One that makes you want to be a better and more understanding person.

Third: A moving one. This is one of my new all-time favorite posts. The sad story of true love and dying from the daughter of the lovers. I bawled. (I love every post about her parents).

She is a seriously great writer and awesome person and I'm so glad to call her a friend. If you haven't already, please read those posts!! And then pick up her book in March!


Melanie Jacobson said...

Oh, my gosh.

You have no idea what it means to me that you did this.

You have just made my whole weekend awesome!

I SO value our friendship. You are WONDERFUL.

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

What's not to love about Melanie? And sometimes I wish the world was smaller (In Spanish there's a saying that says "The world is a handkerchief.") so that we could all just get together for lunch or hang out and eat cookies while our kids play. But blogs are good too. Sigh.

Thanks for re-offering your help on PIP. It motivates me more to get it rolling.

Alison Wonderland said...

Amen and amen!

You can be the president but I want to be the vice- president of the Melanie J fan club.

Alison Wonderland said...

PS. Corn chowder? You guys are holding out on me.

Kimberly said...

Melanie truly is awesomeness incarnate. I can't wait for March!

Lara said...

Melanie rocks.

I also can't wait for her book!

PS You rock, too.

That Girl said...

Can't wait, either! Melanie defines awesomeness.

Luisa Perkins said...

Melanie is fantastic: gorgeous, funny, kind, and uber-talented. Excellent post!

L.T. Elliot said...

Melanie is super wonderful, I admit. I pretty much love her guts.

Annette Lyon said...

Totally agree--can't wait to read her book!