Not even sure where to start with Tricky Troyer... I guess I'll start with her response.
We met the summer before my junior year of college while working together at a youth camp called TimberLee up in Wisconsin. Tracee was the cool life guard girl and I worked at the climbing tower. When I got to the camp, I knew no one. I had prayed that God would connect me with someone that I could be good friends with...and Tracee was the chosen one. I remember thinking that she was a free spirit with just enough of a sassy edge to keep things interesting. I was attracted to her creative side and always remember her tricky backpack that she drew on and the tricky way she used color coating to highlight her Bible. I did think she was a bit nuts when she would go to a random Rest Stop on the side of the highway just to do some journaling. That would have been much too scary for me...because aren't Rest Stops where all the bad guys hide out!?? Regardless, I admired her bravery.
That summer was a very stretching summer for me, but together with Tracee we were able to keep it interesting and make it through. Its been awesome to reconnect again after all these years through facebook! Tracee...you will always have a special part in my heart!
What an interesting summer that was! My parents set it up for me and I'm sure they did so so I'd be out of their hair for the summer. I was NOT looking forward to working at a summer camp, much less alone being a 185 pound life guard. I don't remember anyone else from that summer but Stephanie and another gal, Evangeline. I remember the laughs we would have. We'd get up each morning, have breakfast and split off to our section of the summer camp. Me the lake, Stephanie the climbing tower, which I never once climbed.
I do remember we had a girl that lived in our cabin that had a small clepto problem and Stephanie was furious about it! Random things started to go missing and Stephanie had ZERO tolerance for stealing. We ended up figuring out who it was and had some sort of intervention with the thief. Which is rather funny if you think about it - a bunch of young ladies sitting around a table confronting the culprit. Stephanie, remember that? Unfortunately it didn't do much good. The culprit, who I now remember, tried to steal my boyfriend a few years later. I guess once a theif always a thief. Truth be told on that subject, I kind of wish she could of stolen him, would of saved me a lot of heart ache. The ex-boyfriend could be a blog of it's own. To give you a little taste, he's a convicted felon that I met at church. I believe he's on the up and up now, but when he dated me, he was a mess, which in turn made me a mess. Again, that's a whole other Oprah kids.
I had Stephanie dig up some pictures of us and I think she did a rather fine job of commenting on them. I just knew Stephanie still had pictures and I'm glad she did - because these beauties are funny!
But honestly - why the heck were we posing on toliets!!! And who was taking the pictures?!?
The backpack. I ended up sending it to an old high school teacher years ago. He for whatever reason always thought I'd be famous and he loved my writings. So, I shipped it to him before I moved to Colorado. Had I known Stephanie thought it was so tricky, I would of given it to her.
No comment on these.... just pure laughter.
I told you I gained the freshman 30 or 50 for that matter. Note the tan lines on Stephanies feet and I was wearing my favorite shorts of all time - cut of long john underwear, with the pee hole and all. But biggest question of all is - is there something special with that large clump of sand?
Stephanie and I communicate quite a bit on Facebook, I've been meaning to call her, she's going to Haiti on a mission trip; that's currently where my other brother is a missionary. With all this sewing I'm noticing I'm dropping off of the human contact realm - now everything is via Facebook.
She recently had an encounter with a fox and she was rather fond of it I think. She posted this picture on Facebook.
This was my reply to her.
Dear Tricky Troyer, how about some of this foxiness on the back of your quilt?
Stephanie: Love it That would actually be fun in a weird way to incorporate some trickiness like that!
Yes...I have just decided that will be your goal...you must incorporate a fox some where on the quilt...
Tracee: I wasn't joking either.
Stephanie: Yes!! Sometimes a quilt will take on a mind of its own...you might think you know how you are going to make it...but then a little fox will pop up and totally come up with a whole other story to tell!!
I haven't quite figured out what I'm going to do with it, but I will -
So anyways, Stephanie, I too am thankful that you are in my life. You make me laugh and I don't hang out at Rest Stops or Truck Stops anymore; I go to Starbucks. Luv you gurllll!!!
On the quilt front, Pretty in Pink is quilted! Woot! Woot!
(Side Note: This picture is pretty lame.)
I'll sew on her binding tonight - and I will let you all know that I found out yesterday in a meeting that you're suppose to sew your binding tails together before hand-stitching. Oh yes, I got laughed at.
On the weather front...
No listen here snow - you need to seriously simmer down... a hour in the car to go 15 miles! What part of time is of the essence do you NOT understand?
And finally - day 5 of not biting my nails. :)