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Warmth in the midst of winter's chill [Mar. 22nd, 2004|03:12 pm]
Zoethe
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Occasionally an event will occur that leaves both theferrett and me both so humbled and grateful that we are struck silent.

Yes, I realize what an astounding concept that is. And yet it is true.

Friday evening we were shown the newest book published by CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) guru Eric Meyer, the second edition of Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide (accept no substitutes!). We oo-ed and awed over the coolness of it and then went back to making smiley faces at Carolyn. Then Kat showed us the acknowledgments page.

Eric included us in the people he thanked, as the two people with "odder names but the biggest hearts" that he and Kat knew, and said that we helped them get through the year.

Through a time when I felt badly because it felt like I was continually telling them "no." I had to study, I had to write, I wished I could come over and help baby wrangle more, but the demands of school and work were eating up all my time. We tried to be there for them, but there were lots of times I simply couldn't. Ferrett took up a lot of the slack, dragging Eric away from his computer now and again for lunch and some fresh air, but there were a lot of times when we just didn't have the capacity to reach out. And yet the Meyers still felt, and still radiated back, the deep affection we have for them.

And they gave to us, oh did they give to us. When we were in crisis and staring into the abyss, they just kept loving us and supporting us. It meant more than words can say.

I don't have a book being published in which I can thank these wonderful friends. But then again, I don't have a perfunctory page limit in which to do so either. So I can say, thank you, Kat and Eric, for loving us through the worst of times and celebrating the best of times with joyful hearts. Thank you for letting us share in your lives.

We are blessed.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-03-23 02:27 am (UTC)

Re: no, thank YOU...

[hides face]

Aww, shucks....
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[User Picture]From: moominmuppet
2004-03-23 03:11 am (UTC)
*smile* That was beautiful. And from what too brief chance I've had to meet all of you, you're all pretty amazing. I'm really sorry that moving will mean I probably won't ever get my schedule in order enough to really get to know you all better face-to-face.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-03-23 11:31 am (UTC)
It is a shame, but if you ever get back here don't hesitate to look us up - we enjoyed your company for the short time we were in it.
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[User Picture]From: moominmuppet
2004-03-23 11:55 am (UTC)
Hopefully I'll be back reasonably frequently to visit folks (I was talking to someone else recently about how it seemed likely that I was just trading the direction of my vacations), so I'd love to take you up on that at some point...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-03-23 02:10 pm (UTC)
Definitely! There's always a soft surface for sleeping available, couch or guest room.
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[User Picture]From: moominmuppet
2004-03-24 12:54 am (UTC)
Thanks!

(oh, while I was packing, I finally found the terrifyingly hideous art I threatened to give theferrett the time he visited over here -- I'm still contemplating doing so, but I don't know if I want to inflict such mind-searingly bad 70's sci-fi art on you)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-03-24 01:51 pm (UTC)
Of course now I'm afire with curiousity. [g]
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[User Picture]From: moominmuppet
2004-03-25 08:29 pm (UTC)
Well, it's green, orange, and brown, laminated onto some sort of sculpted pressboard. Probably 3'x4' or so. It looks like Dali went to a porn. Surreal sci-fi landscape, but when you look closer, there are melting breasts and penises everywhere. It really must be seen to be believed.

I think maybe what I'll do, rather than force any one individual to cope with it, is give it to the Peeps, my college group. I'd gotten it from a member who's now dead (he joined after he knew he had terminal cancer -- decided to have some fun before he went), and this is just the kind of weirdness that the Peeps collect as a matter of principle.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-03-25 09:41 pm (UTC)
I would still like to see it, but I am just as happy not becoming its mother [g].
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[User Picture]From: moominmuppet
2004-03-26 02:24 pm (UTC)
*chuckle* Having been stuck as its mother for the past decade, I have to agree with your assessment.

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[User Picture]From: albumlady
2004-03-23 04:01 am (UTC)
I'm so thankful you have friends as wonderful as you are!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-03-23 11:34 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks. We feel very fortunate.
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[User Picture]From: tevriel
2004-03-23 06:34 am (UTC)
Weirdly, my father has, and swears by, that book. (Cascading Stylesheets: The Definitive Guide.)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-03-23 11:39 am (UTC)
Well, the updated version is coming out soon, so let him know.
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