Friday, March 19, 2010

Ode to Carie


I think I have some of the most amazing people on the planet as friends. One of them is Carie Skinner. Her husband Mark and my husband Jeff were friends at BYU before either of them were married. If I remember right Jeff was Marks best man at their wedding. On our second date he brought me to their house. Carie and I clicked instantly. When they lived in Vegas for a short time we would stop in for visits on our way to and from Utah. Then when they moved to southern CA we went down and stayed at their house more weekends than I can count.

Carie and I share a love for reading, clothes, home decor, running and so much more! They moved from southern Ca at least 8 years ago. I haven't seen her since then. I don't even know if Jeff and Mark have spoken to eachother, but Carie and I have kept in touch. She talks about as much as I do, but is way more interesting, incredibly well read, totally classy and so much fun to be with. I am always anticipating her next blog posts, usually I feel validated by them, knowing that I am not the only person out there who thinks and feels or does like I do. Often I am inspired to try my hand at something new, a latest attempt to give Martha Stewart a run for her money. Always, I am charmed by her writing style and clever mind. I would that I could have half of her wit.

A day or two ago she had a post that has stayed in my mind. I love the idea of each of us having a default setting, and like Carie, I would love for mine to be open delight. I have copied and pasted her post onto mine, for those of you who don't want to follow the links. If you are willing to venture out, check out her blog from my column to the right.

(Below is Carie's Post)

A few months ago, I read "The Middle Place" by Kelly Corrigan.

I think about the following quote all the time. The author speaking of her father:

"I think people like him because his default setting is open delight. He’s prepared to be wowed—by your humor, your smarts, your white smile, even your handshake—guaranteed, something you do is going to thrill him. Something is going to make him shake his head afterward, in disbelief, and say to me, “Lovey, what a guy!” or “Lovey, isn’t she terrific?” People walk away from him feeling like they’re on their game, even if they suspect that he put them there."

I want my default setting to be open delight.


1 comment:

Carie said...

You are too kind. I'm going to print this off and read it whenever I'm feeling down.

I wish we lived closer.