Rosemary Nicole, Dixie Lynn, Abigail Leigh

May 15:  Rosemary Nicole

How this character arrived in my life:  In 7th grade she was just there – with the cool crowd, in cool clothes, doing cool things, listening to cool music, watching cool movies that were probably rated R, drawing cool drawings, being cool.  Our circle of friends had an overlap.  I wanted to be cool like her.  I still do.

My favorite memory with this person:  Standing outside our English class our senior year and seeing a poem Rose wrote about her boyfriend on the bulletin board.  She used fancy words I didn’t even know.  Now he’s her husband.

One word to describe this person:   Artsy

What I admire about this person:  I’ve always admired Rose’s ability to be unique – whether it’s through her style choices, her preferences, her favorite things.  She has always had something just unique and cool about her.  Most of my junior high and high school years were spent telling my mom how cool Rose was….and even now….when we’re considering buying or doing something we’ll say “well, it’s basically as cool as Rose Marshall.”  She is who she is, unapologetically.  I admire that she just has something special and unique about her!

Fun facts that makes me love this person so much:  Rose has a cool name.  She is super artistic and an interior designer which is basically every girls dream job.  She is funny and laughs at most things.  She is straightforward.  I think her parents were hippies, but if they weren’t, they still seem like they should’ve been and they have a cool-factor too.  She started dating her now husband back when we were in high school – he didn’t go to our school, again, making her even cooler.  She’s adventurous.  She’s pretty!  She’s unique!  She’s smart.  She’s the type of person that if she bought you a gift it just seems like it will be either something so cool you wish you would’ve thought of it to give someone or it’s something super artsy that she made.

Rose is another person who falls into the category of all our pictures together existing in pre-digital camera days.  This one pretty much sums her up though.

Rose

May 16:  Dixie Lynn

How this character arrived in my life:  Called “sister” by my Dad, called “aunt” by me.  Dixie has been around since the day I was born.  We spent the first 18 years of my life living in the same town.  She was a part of my gymnastics meets, weekends, family gatherings, random shopping trips, babysitting me when I had chicken pox, and everything in between.  Dixie got married when I was a senior in high school and moved to Colorado, but that hasn’t changed our relationship at all.  She’s still there to support me and tease me whenever needed and I still think of her often even when we don’t get to see each other as much.

My favorite memory with this person:  So many, I could fill this blog!  One of my favorites though…Dixie took me to the Bahamas as a college graduation gift.  We decided on a whim we’d go see a show that you could buy tickets for that same day (see, we should’ve known).  The short version is – they kept running her credit card through the machine thinking it wasn’t charging, and they went through the crowd after their poor excuse for dancing putting a microphone in people’s faces to join in their singing.  Dixie ended up with thousands of dollars charged on her credit card while I made my singing debut.  My abs are still sore from laughing.

One word to describe this person:  Loving

What I admire about this person:  I admire her because she’s an awesome aunt to me and my cousins.  I’m now an aunt to 4 little girls and I’m always thinking about the things Dixie did for me, all the time she spent with me, all the money she spent on me!, and all the memories we made together.  She is always thinking of us and that is so appreciated.  Sometimes you don’t even realize how much you appreciate it until you grow up and become an aunt yourself, but I feel lucky to have her as a big part of my life!

Fun facts that makes me love this person so much:  Dixie loves jewelry, more specifically, real diamonds.  Real big diamonds.  She taught me growing up to never marry anyone who doesn’t buy me real diamonds.  She is superstitious when it comes to gambling.  If you ever go to the casino with her it’s quite the routine – you have to sit on a certain side compared to where she is sitting and near the end and smile at the machine, etc.  She has beautiful eyes!  She works at an eye doctor’s office and sometimes is in the room during eye surgeries and has crazy stories to share as a result.  She is really close with my Grandma.  She loves shopping (we have this in common!).  She would do anything for anyone in our family.  She gave me and my 2 friends (the 2 friends from my last blog post) our first jobs doing data entry on the weekend.  She teases me relentlessly.  She used to pay me to do random tasks like organize her closet and I think of that every time I clean out my closet.  She lives in a cool town in Colorado.

Dixie

May 17:  Abigail Leigh

How this character arrived in my life:  In junior high with her twin brother.  We started as acquaintances and became good friends by 9th grade.  By 11th grade I was bumming lunch money off her on a daily basis.

My favorite memory with this person:  Sometime in high school I decided running should be a thing I do.  I re-told the story of my first outdoor run I did the next day at school, and when Abby asked me how far I made it I had to break down and tell her I made it as far as one of our friends houses (who was my neighbor).  I literally made it 2 houses over.  I vividly remember laughing about this for hours.  I even remember where I was standing at school when I told her.  I actually still think of this nearly every time I go for a run outside.  At age 30, I broke down and did a marathon just to shake the scars.

One word to describe this person:   Easy-going (a dash makes it one word)

What I admire about this person:  Abby has a calming demeanor.  In all the years I’ve known her I really can’t remember ever seeing her as stressed, worried, worked up, etc.  She is practical and easy-going and never seems rushed.  She’s not someone who ever has drama swirling around her.

Fun facts that makes me love this person so much:  Abby laughs at my jokes which inflates my ego.  She is one of those subtle smart-asses in a crowd that can say things under her breath that are hysterical.  She is super smart.  She’s loyal.  She reminds me of home.  She is easy-going and up for most things.  She had a late curfew in high school which was obviously cool.  She’s a twin.  She’s a great friend and never seemed much for the gossip scene.  She’s fun to be around.  I can’t remember a time that we weren’t laughing (mostly at ourselves).  She’s a great listener.  She was there for the baby shower we had for my step-mom (that baby is now a 16 year old!).  She was a part of every holiday slumber party I had in high school.  She’s responsible.  She’s pretty and has great hair.  She can find humor in most anything.

Again, a friend from pre-digital camera days.  Plus, most of the pics I have with her probably include me with braces so let’s go with this one instead.  Love this picture of her!

Abby