Friday, April 3, 2009

Anniversaries and handcuffs. Today is my day for both.

One Whole Year. 415 Blog Posts. Look what the hell I've started!

I'll get to the handcuffs issue here in a minute...

A year ago I began writing a blog. No idea why! Just sat down and started typing. Here's what I wrote on Day One...

Wow.

Why is it that I feel 37 mentally and 57 physically? Gee, maybe because I'm overweight, out of shape, still smoking on occasion, and refusing to set foot anywhere near a gym? Let's face it, if I'm going to be sweating and breathing hard, there better be nudity involved. I'm just sayin.

So I decided to start blogging. Jump on the wagon, so to speak. (Hey, that would qualify as exercise, right?) I was told today that I should start recording everything I eat..."if you bite it, write it". That way you are more cognizant of your food behaviors.

Food behaviors? I eat anything that doesn't move. How's that for a food behavior?

OK so back to the purpose of this blog. I just turned 47 a few weeks ago. Clearly, I'm not getting any younger. So if I plan on taking one last run at being "all that" (ok so I've never actually been "all that", but I'd like to, at least once before I die, hear someone say "You're too skinny!" without any sort of medical intervention being involved!)...anyway, I need to get that last run started.

The thing is, I *know* better. My best friend is a naturopathic doctor, for heaven's sake! She has tried for years to get me on the right track (not to mention, to save my life) and I've fought her every step of the way. Whining at the top of my lungs..."It's too "hard" to eat healthy and organic and natural. I don't "like" to exercise. Yes, I "know" I have no business eating meat or any other animal products with my history of colitis, and family history of colon cancer." I can lecture other people until the cows come home about the bad effects of dairy on your body! (pun intended) So it's not like I'm stupid, or clueless, and have gotten to this point in life by accident. My body is what it is because of my own negligence. Period. I got nobody to blame but me.

So I figured accountability is a good place to start. I don't know if anyone will ever read this, so I'm not sure who I'm being accountable to or what I'm really even accounting for. Am I going to post what I eat every day? Maybe. That should be good for a laugh. Am I going to post how lazy I am and how much time I log being hortizontal rather than vertical? Possibly.

I'm just starting slowly at the exercise thing. If I type enough, I should have really skinny fingers, right?


So, check it out. Nothing here has changed in the past year! Clearly I suck at the accountability thing.

But what I've gained this last 365 days is a newfound love for writing, a way to entertain myself while indulging in my favorite past time, (which is talking about myself, evidently!) and most importantly, I've made lifelong friendships.

Those are things I had no idea I would get when I set out on this journey.

So I thank all of you who have brought your stories into my life, and allowed me to share mine with you. Your kindnesses have been as important as your kicks in my ass when I needed them. Your high fives and words of encouragement have brought me to laughter and tears.

Some of you have sent alcohol. That too has been very much appreciated. LOL

I hope each of you reading this right now has at some point, taken something away from this blog that affects you as well. If I have ever helped anyone through experiences or stories from my own life, then I consider my blog a success. You have no idea how many of you have changed my life with yours.

Thank you for coming along on this ride with me. I'll try not to drive us off into the ditch, I promise!!

NOW...on to the handcuffs.

I need a pair. You know, the real thing. A good pair of steel handcuffs, or whatever cops use. Preferably not brand new, more a pair that's been used a few times.

I'll give 'em back, I swear. I just need to borrow them for three weeks.

I work for an interior designer, and we do something called Decorator's Showhouse every other year, it's a fundraising type event here. This year, our room is The Vault...it's a wine cellar in the basement. And my boss always puts something unexpected in his rooms.

This year he wants handcuffs.

And I *know* one of you kinkmeisters out there has a pair you'll loan me. I'll pay for postage if you have to ship them to me but I need them by April 17th.

C'mon...confess. Who's got 'em, and who's gonna let me borrow them? (Fine, email me in private if you're too embarrassed to admit it publicly!)

Anyway...thanks for the 100+ comments you guys are leaving me today. I have total confidence in my readers!!!!

120 comments:

AirmanMom said...

Woo-Hoo!
Happy Blogiversary!
I'm the first of a hundred today!
~AM

Proud Mom said...

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.
Happy Blogiversary, Julie.

Can't help you with the handcuffs, though.

Now you owe me... become a big hugger follower

Wheezer said...

I'm commenting, I'm commenting!!!

Happy Blogiversary! Here's to many more!

Megryansmom said...

I'm #4, I overslept a little.

Happy Blogoversary! Good luck finding those handcuffs :)

Soxy Deb said...

Give up my handcuffs?!?! You can't possibly be talking to me.

Kidding, kidding.

It has been a pleasure and an honor getting to know you this past year and I look forward to the journey ahead.

I linky-loo'd you on my blog to help you achieve your goal for the day.
Much love to ya Jules! Have a great day!

Ashley @ The Happy Little Home said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!! Unfortunately, I got nothin in the way of handcuffs.

Sue said...

Just doing my duty. ;)

Stephanie said...

Happy Blog-iversary! Hope it's a happy one & you get 100 comments :-)

Anonymous said...

well I don't have them at home!! but I DO happen to work at a police station! We have yellow ones, pink ones and the good ole standby Steel! I'll check when I work tomorrow and see if we have an old pair you can "borrow"! Now on to other things.. Congrats on your one year anniversary of blogging you have entertained me for many a year.. and this is one more way I envy your creativity.. Charge on my girl.. Charge on..

Love you
Cher

Liz said...

Happy Blog-i-versay chica!! LOVE YOU!!! I'm sure I've taken a lot from your blog. But nothing compares to getting my sweet Lexi girl since you went out of town :) hehe! So, thank you :)

No handcuffs here...I have a child in the house..what kind of woman do you take me for?!? LOL

Kim and Dave said...

Happy Blogiversary! I cannot imagine not reading this every day. You're hilariously funny, and keep me cracking up.

Danica Lynn said...

Honey I have fuzzy ones (black) if you want to borrow them.

Love you! Happy Anniversary! So glad we found each other. You've been one of my bestest friends and given the bestest advice.

I pimped you out on my blog, but honey I don't get the hits like you do.

Spread the love will ya?

Liza said...

Happy Blogiversary! Came over from Deb's place to wish you a happy day and say congrats!

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

Happy, HAPPY Blogiversary (or what ever we call it....is that a word?? It is now!!)
Hey, I can cover you on the handcuff thing. Sure you just need them for a lil fundraiser. That's what I said too when I bought the first pair. But look girl, you're amongst friends and friends don't judge friends....I'm just sayin.
I hope you party like you're 25 tonight :)

Steady On
Reggie Girl

A True Heart Girl in Jersey said...

I am in awe of your mad photoshop skillz! Real handcuffs can be purchased online at the police and special forces shops.

Under the Influence said...

Looks like you're on your way to 100 comments! Happy b-day.

Joanie M said...

Happy Blogiversary! I see you're getting some good hits on the handcuff search!

CaJoh said...

Was told by Megryansmom today is the day you've been blogging for a year. Happy Blogiversary!!

My Step-daughter has handcuffs, but she uses them for her job (probably doesn't have a spare pair either).

Diana said...

Happy Blog Anniversary Julie! Hope you continue blogging for a long time.
The only handcuffs I have are red fur lined. I don't think those would work for you. Or maybe they would???

Vegas Linda Lou said...

Happy Anniversary, beloved blogging BFF!

I, too, need handcuffs... just in case I ever run into Denis Leary and want to have a quickie. Whipped cream, too. A blindfold might be a little too kinky.

LOVE you and congratulations! XOXO

Jennifer Suarez said...

I have handcuffs, I'll admit it! I'll send them to you if you want, just let me know in an email for sure.

Much bloggy love to you!!

Tova Darling said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!!!! Hope your day is fantastic. Good luck on getting some handcuffs. Why don't you just go to your local police station and ask around? :)

Scandalous Housewife said...

I have a hot pink 'faux cougar' pair if you want to borrow. I'll need them back tho...

♥georgie♥ said...

Okay I gave you the primo spot on my blog right under my confession for today spot...we all know most peeps scroll past my hodge podge and just read the daily confession! LOL I kid I kid I think....

HAPPY 1 yr Julie!!!!!!
I ♥you like a fat kid ♥s candy no offense to fat kids or candy

Amy said...

Happy Blogiversary! I was sent over from Georgie! I intend to catch up on some of your blogs, and follow you around. (i stalk like that). Ha! Hope you reach your 100 posts!

Maggie said...

Happy Blogging Anniversary! As for the handcuffs...I have black furry ones, if you can't find the real thing. You can borrow them but I need them back.

Lynn said...

Wow~ 415 posts in one year!! I feel like a slacker. I have been lurking around for a while and I think you are hilarious. Keep it up. Happy Blogiversary!

Elisa said...

Here is help on your 100 comments. I love your blog read it every day. I even had it put on my igoogle so I don't miss one.Can't start my day without reading you and a few others. Keep up the good work and good luck on getting your 100!

Mindy said...

Well, a long time ago... you know... about 20-ish of them, I did have handcuffs. They decorated the steering wheel of my car. Real, heavy-duty ones! Until the night that 2 policemen stopped me for speeding and confiscated them. I didn't think that was very fair.

Anyway, HAPPY Anniversary! I hope you have a wonderful blog-day!

Mindy said...

Oh BTW... you are to accountable! Look at what you've done in a year! Small steps are the best way to start something, baby!

Sandi said...

Julie-

I hope you know how how much I love you. I can't remember how I found you, but I have been reading you faithfully since October. You crack me up. You are one of my favorite places to come to in the morning. Thanks for all the laughs. and a huge thank you for all the tears, honesty, and damn depressing posts too. Because if it was all fun and games, I wouldn't feel like I know you like I do. So thank you for all of it!

I love you

Happy Birthday BLOG!

Gertrude Groggins - said...

HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! I'm glad to have found your blog!

J'Ollie Primitives said...

Happy Blogiversary Julie!

Looks like you're gonna have quite a handcuff display....hope we see pictures!

Harleygirl said...

Happy Blogiversary!! I am so glad to have met you on the 6 degrees-which I need to get on and check on all the peeps-I have had so much with you and love the friendship we now have-we need another "bunny ears" night!!-Love reading your blog every day-believe it or not I can not help with the handcuff thing-but I am sure you will end up with a pair!!
Love ya Jules ! xoxox

Stormy said...
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Stormy said...

Happy Blogiversary!!

Missy said...

Happy Blogiversary Julie! I DO have the real things, my husband is a police officer. We have several pair if you would like me to send you a pair to use. Seriously, just let me know. It's okay if you really don't want to tell us about you AND Bachelor #6. You are going to handcuff him to your stripper pole and have the raunchiest sex ever...c'mon share the love...You know you want him.
I stayed up till 2:30 this morning reading your blog and I have NEVER laughed that hard in my life. I am telling ya we were separated at birth, our lives are too similar. Anywho if you want those cuffs to go birdwatching with your Motel man (#6 if you forgot) just let me know my dear! Muwah!

Nap Warden said...

Happy Blogiversary!

Helga Marie said...

Yahoo Happy Anniversary!!!

Count down to 100.
and here's to another year more.

A. K. said...

Happy Blogoversary! All the best!

ModernMom said...

Happy Blogaversary! One year of blogging is really quite an accomplishment.
I'm sure you'll get your 100 comments.

DebraLSchubert said...

Hey, Julie. Happy Blogiversary! I'm coming to you straight from Linda Lou's. BTW: We're the same age - how cool is that? Also, I'd send you my handcuffs, but they're kinda sorta being used right now... Oh, and I'm following you, so you better behave yourself (yeah, right, like that's gonna happen.). Feel free to hop on over to my place and return the favor!

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A whole year...your'e doing great, and look great, too.

♥georgie♥ said...

I see putting you in the primo spot on my post is paying off I see some of my regular commenters names here...I'm just saying...tryin to do my part since I dont own handcuffs
;-)

Gaston Studio said...

Although I'm fairly new to your blog, I've thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to each visit.

Happy blogaversary!

Teena in Toronto said...

Happy blogoversary!

Amy Amy Bo Bamey said...

Happy Blogiversary!

I would lend you my cuffs but I am still cuffed to the bed cause Hubby lost the key! Sorry!

kidding...Homie don't play that. Don't have a pair!

Julie I am glad you decided to just start writing because I would not have known you otherwise! You are a Great Gal no matter what Deb says about you! LOL kidding!

Julie said...

OK folks, we're halfway there. This is the 48th comment!!!!

Thanks to everyone who has left such sweet messages. Welcome to all my new visitors and I'll be around to repay the favor!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I'm so glad that you discovered blogging. If you hadn't, then you and I would never have met! You are such a great person and a wonderful friend! I hope that your blogversary turns out to meet all of your wildest dreams. Maybe Mr. Right is going to make a comment today?????

Sorry...no handcuffs here!

Emily said...

Happy Blogiversary!!

Keep up the good work - love reading about your antics and bachelors du jour! :)

*hugs*
Em

Jessica G. said...

Stopped by from BSU. Congrats on the one year anniversary! I like your writing style.

Jessica G. said...

Oh, and sorry, but the only handcuffs I have are red plastic with fuzzy fabric on 'em. Gag gift for Valentines, I swear!

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

Happy Blogoversary, you are witty, clever and beautiful.

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

Patricia Rockwell said...

I'm here for the first time. Congratulations! Not sure where you can find real handcuffs, but you could get fairly authentic looking ones from any online prop company (that sells props to theater companies, etc.). Not sure of names, but a Google search should reveal. Good luck!

Deb said...

My trainer at my gym gave me a list of things I can eat and also told me that it is so important to log down what you eat and write down the calories of each item - or just google a banana or apple if you have to - to get the caloric info... It did help a lot, because I would look at what I was consuming within a day and if I did go overboard, it was accounted for, so I would basically either work out harder the next day or eat less.

It's hard. It's almost rigid too. But once you start doing it, you'll see the fluctuations especially after a few weeks into it.

Hang in there and it'll be fun! Make it fun! And by the way, you CAN be "all that" if you aren't already. I think people have their heads up their asses as far as what beauty "should be".

You're beautiful regardless.

Good luck! I'll be watching! :)

E said...

Happy Blogiversary!

Today is the first time I have visited your blog, but I know I will be back.

Anniversaries should all include handcuffs ;)

Treasia said...

Happy Blogaversary to you. Sorry no cuffs here my collection does not include those yet. Notice I said yet? LOL.

My Moon said...

Julie,

Happy, happy Blogiversary! I have enjoyed your blog and appreciate your sense of humor so much! I feel like I have so much in common with you and I share so many of your views. I am so glad I found your blog and appreciate reading it everyday. You crack me up on a regular basis. Thanks Julie!!!

Crystal said...

K, I think I"m #59ish, or something!

:-)

Helen said...

I have arrived at your blog courtesy of Mamma Sarah Lulu! And, I might add, very happy to make your acquaintance! Way to go on your blogivesary milestone! If I had handcuffs, I would send them for sure - but, for sure, I will be back to read what you have written during the past year!

Lyndsay said...

Happy Blogiversary!!! You go girl!!!

Coloradolady said...

Happy Blogiversary! No handcuffs here...sorry.

Ashley @ The Happy Little Home said...

62!!!! You're almost there and it's only 2:30!!!

travel girl said...

You know how much you have helped me! I don't know what I would do without my soul sister, lesbian lover, vitual friend whom I will meet in person IN 49 DAYS!!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Blogiversary! I have been reading your blog for almost a year. I am the same age as you and went back to school(nursing)when I was 46 you helped me laugh my way thru some pretty rough days. Thank you. By the way my name is Julie too.

Swizz said...

Happy Blogiversary! I just started my blog in February and am having fun finding new ones to follow.

I saw your comment on Blog Stalkers as you trolled for comments...I feel like I troll for them EVERY DAY!! I'm a commentholic that doesn't get enough "hits"!

Hope you reach 100!

Detroiter said...

Popped over from Linda Lou's blog to read about your anniversary. Congrats, and I will follow your exploits along with everybody else. Hope you make your 100.

Anonymous said...

Just a stalker........HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY....

Not sure where I found you. I'm 36~going on 37~single mother and trying to find my place. You inspire me. Keep on keeping on.

Denise

Miz Q said...

Megryansmom sent me to wish you a happy happy Blogoversary! I get to be commenter #68, and it's not even 2 yet, I think you're gonna easily make your 100!

Been here a few times before, and also wanted to compliment your new background and layout! love the puzzle picture too! Very nice :o)

zelzee said...

Happy blogiversary!

Really enjoy your blog! Keep the entertainment coming our way!
(and , no this wasn't a reference to the handcuffs)..........
Yeah right, Decorators Showhouse.......lame

Mary@Holy Mackerel said...

Happy Blogoversary, Julie!!!

So glad you're here!

Love your blog, love you. Love your new layout, and I think you're pretty darn cool for 47. I'm just behind you...goddammit.

Keep on blogging!!

Swirl Girl said...

Hope my best wishes add to you quest!

Happy Day (here from Soxy Debs)

American in Norway said...

HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY! Just popping be from Deb's love the blog & the layout... you'll see more of me...
(not a threat... lol)

CJ said...

Here via Soxy Deb... congratulations on your blogoversary!

Grammie said...

Comment # 75
Good luck!
...and, happy Blogiversary!
: )

JamieD said...

Happy blogiversary to YYYOOOOOUUUUUUUU!

Ginger said...

Congrats to you on your blog. I hope you get 100+ comments.
I hope you get the handcuffs. Maybe try Craigslist. They sell all kinds of things.
Ginger

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Well..I came over because on one blog it says you are begging...and..um are offering other things for a hundred posts. I didn't really pick up on any SERIOUS begging for anything other than handcuffs....but whatever the case I really don't want to be responsible for PUSHING you over the edge... :) So..Happy Blogiversary.. and here is my comment!! You OWE me! LOL
Mona
#78 ONLY 22 MORE TO GO!!!

Lou Cinda said...

I will be comment number 79!! So glad I could help! I just started blogging a couple of months ago and I have had such fun!! Met new people and laughed ALOT!

Have a great day!

Lou Cinda :)

♥Trina♥ said...

Happy blogiversary!!!!! I have to be perfectly honest and tell you that I actually have not had time to read your post, YET. (I AM SOOOO SORRY!!!!) I'm going to be internet-free this weekend, too, so I won't have a chance to do any catching up on blog reading. I DID want to wish you a happy blogiversary, though!!

{{HUGS}} Have a GREAT weekend!

T~

smalltowngirl09 said...

I love reading your blog. You can make me smile on my shittiest (is that a word) days.

Happy Blogiversary Julie!!!!!

Nancy McCarroll - Arts, Crafts and Favorites said...

I'm saying hi 'cause Jane said to. SO HI! I enjoyed your writings/musing, btb.

pam said...

Congratulations on celebrating your first year of blogging. Georgie sent me over, and I will be back!

Lorri said...

Happy Blogiversary!

jaded said...

happy blogoversary!
i guess i am #85!!!! i was so hoping i might be 100.
i absolutely love your blog, so keep the posts coming!
this post got me to seriously thinking: why the hell don't i have handcuffs??? i have had other questionable toys but why not them? what's wrong with me?!!!!
and i dated a cop once! and um yes, he was good and no we never used them!!!!
i guess you don't live until you get handcuffs...

oh sorry, you needed them for work right...it's all about me sometimes...

Smart Mouth Broad said...

I don't have any handcuffs but wanted to stop by and say hello. Gaston Studio sent me over. Great stuff.

Beth said...

Happy Blogiversary!

No handcuffs here but I have a whip. I can explain it. And it has never been used for anything kinky (unless trying to kill flies with a whip is kinky - and then if that is so, who knew?).

♥georgie♥ said...

wooooohooooooo your almost there!!!

Me said...

Wow a whole year!! Great job Julie!!

Anonymous said...

Sorry no handcuffs, but happy anniversary and I hope to keep reading for a long time.
Sorry I don't have a blog so I can't bring any readers to you.
Cassie.

Missy said...

Adding another comment for you.... i am sending the cuffs to you! My hubby and I are working the NCAA Women's Final Four tomorrow so I will try and get to the post office before we go. If not, they will go out first thing Monday!

samygrl said...

Hi- I'm Susan, I read your blog, but don't think I have ever commented. Happy Blogiversary!!
and many more...:)

dana said...

I've been waiting and waiting and I can't wait no more. I wanted to be #100 and here I am, coming in as #92.

When I had my SIX HUNDREDTH BLOGVERSITY I had, maybe, 20 comments and here you are getting all these?

I don't think it's fair and if you want to make it up to me, you know where to send the money and how much I need. just sayin'

Ann said...

Well Happy Blogiversary to you!!!

Kris said...

New reader here...love it

Soxy Deb said...

You cant count all the times that everyone commented twice. Like this one - lol!!

Well you can if you want to since it's your day and all...but...
I say go for 110 just to be sure. I think you can do 120 or 130 anyway so what's 110?

Carol said...

Happy Blogivers!

I simply love reading your blog. Your sense of humor is priceless!!

Carol

Fragrant Liar said...

Hi, Julie! I had started to comment first thing this morning, and got waylayed (?).

Happy bloggy anniversary! You will hit 100 today, I'm sure. The only handcuffs I have are not steel, and they have pink fuzz all around them. You don't want those, I'm sure. But good luck in the basement!

dana said...

99

dana said...

ONE HUNDREDTH COMMENT!!! WHERE'S MY PRIZE?

Jenny said...

And here I am, putting you over the 100 comment mark :)
And I have handcuffs, but "the boss" ain't gettin' 'em :)
*love ya*

Alice said...

Happy anniversary - and congrats! I see that I'm # 102. Woohoo, you did it. Sorry I can't help you out on the handcuffs thing.

I am wondering if you went on a second date with that guy, though!!!

Fragrant Liar said...

I hear fireworks!! You made it over 100! Congratulations.

Um, okay, now it's my turn. ;)

sheila said...

happy anniversary! I came over from a twitter thing from Jennifer Suarez. (Whatever you call it, I dunno, I'm just learning about Twitter. I'm 44 it takes me alittle longer. lol)

Anyhow, I've been browsing your blog. Very nice! I like it! I have handcuffs, but they are those trick ones. lol. (not trick as in hooker...as in magic ha ha ha!)

Anyhow, I'll be back! Now I feel bad about posting a recipe today. Which I barely ever do. lol. I feel so boring now.

MindyMom said...

Yeah! You exceeded your record on comments! Congrats on that and your one year blogaversary.

missy said...

congrats!!!!!
it's your blogday!!!!!

WonderMom said...

Woohoo! Can you explain why after a few sips of vodka I couldn't get you out of my mind? Kinda scary. Anyway, vodka or not I remembered you (actually I did think about you several times earlier but never when I was near the computer).

Now enough of the sappy shit...talk to me about bachelors!

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

Happy Blogiversary to you!!!!

♥georgie♥ said...

woooohoooooo you made it to 108

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Holy Crap! Do you always get this many comments!!!!! I came over from Linda Lou's and think your blog is fantastic!!!! I can relate to wanting to be "all that" before you die, I am turning 50 in 6 months and was hoping to look better than I did at 30. Hmmm it ain't happening.

Andrea said...

Happy Blogiversay! Sorry I'm a tad bit late but I just saw your blog on Blog Stalkers I came over.

If I had handcuffs I would totally let you use them. Hope you find some for your project.

Mindy said...

Yay, you made it! NOW it's time to party!

Carissa(GoodnCrazy) said...

Hey there! When megryansmom tells me to come over I'M THERE!!

hi and happy blogoversary!

I do not have handcuffs and if I did I wouldn't admit it.. sorry! :)

Enjoy the blogging world!

Coloradolady said...

Well, you blew Vinnie out of the water...way to go!!

Lilly said...

Shite, and I am the last one here! But congrats on your day and you made well over the 100 comments and are well on your way to 200. You are a brilliant writer, have a fantastic personality and wit and will be published one day!! Here is to your next year of blogging and your next year of a wonderful fulfilling life!!

Betsy said...

MRM sent me over, just wanted to wish you a Happy Blogaversary!! lol. :)

tbonegrl said...

happy anniversary one day late, darling Julie!!!

phd in yogurtry said...

Happy Blogiversary! From one blogger staring down the ghastly gun barrel of fifty to another!

Yaya said...

Congrats!

Allison said...

I effing suck! How did I miss this? Happy blogiversary, Julie!!! Love ya, babe!