Let me start by saying this: I'd like to think that if I ever met Natalie and her family someday, I'd be able to say, "Holbs, this is Ryan. He, too, grows a red beard! You'll get along fine." And while those two talked, I would give Nat a big hug, followed by an enthusiastic (but gentle) pinch on little Huck's fat cheek. See, I've been reading Nat the Fat Rat for so long now that I think we're bosom friends, despite never meeting her, ever. This girl writes beautifully. She makes things magical. Most importantly, she understands that Meg Ryan movies are probably the best of them all.
Yesterday I discovered that not only has Nat been reading my blog, but she actually liked it enough to declare it (at Alt Summit of all places) an Up and Coming blog of 2012!
(Read about it here!)
I am so surprised and flattered and excited! But, also, a little nervous?
Now, I consider myself to be a blog reading professional. I've been reading the best of the blogs for quite some time. But to be perfectly honest, other than uploading photos and writing little bits, I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to keeping my own blog. I mean, I spent 3 hours yesterday morning researching how to put two pictures side by side on blogger, and I still haven't figured it out. And I don't know if you've noticed, but I made my header in Paint, so...
The good news is that I like blogging, and I'm excited by it. And learning a thing or two about html stuff doesn't scare me that much.
So. Now I'd like to say a few things:
1. Thank you, Natalie. If I ever do see you in person, I will hug you. You have been so kind to me.
2. Hello new readers! How are you? I'm fine. Thanks for stopping by! I hope I don't bore you.
3. HI MOM! Are you seeing this?