A visitor among us

I generally find people pretty fascinating, and bloggers particularly so.  Individuals who maintain an active blog often do so with wonderful creativity and good-natured humor.  From the gal who sees a cow every day to the guy who makes fun Lego-man scenes, from the woman who set out on a quest to meet all of her Facebook friends in-person to the new college grad who celebrated a holiday every single day of the year, the energy, enthusiasm, wit, and wisdom that is shared for fun and for free in the online domains of a blogger’s world delights me.

Last year I stumbled across a blogger who committed to getting rid of one item from her home every day, to “spare [her] kids from renting a gigantic dumpster later”.  As I adore clutter-free spaces, I began following this woman’s blog and reading about her daily experiences; and over the course of a month or two she and I became online friends.  Her “Keep or Pitch” blog is finished, but this year she started a new adventure, “Cardboard Me”.  “Cardboard Me” (aka Flat Ruthie) is a spin off of Flat Stanley, so while this blog concept isn’t 100% original, it’s fun nonetheless.  Ruth (the author of “Cardboard Me”) asked me (Stef) if I would host Flat Ruthie for a day and write a post for her blog space.  I’m usually game for fun and/or silly adventures, so I said “Sure! Send the flat gal my way.”  So this is a very long introduction to how I found myself snapping pictures amid a variety of settings on a cold winter day, turning heads and provoking grins among strangers.  Here’s a summary of what Flat Ruthie and I did during our time together:

Often you can find me in the yoga studio…but Ruthie isn’t so flexible, so she stood by as I got into Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward-facing dog).

(Yes, this is me.)

Life is a balance of play and work, so after the yoga class I went to the grocery/discount story for the weekly food/supply stock-up trip.  Ruthie got to ride in the cart.

(“Pardon me, small shopper coming through…”)

Returning home, Ruthie got to hang out with the puppies while they relaxed in their bed – and she quite enjoyed their company.

(Fortunately Ruthie isn’t allergic to pets. {If you squint, you can see Jojo’s head off the left side of the pet bed.})

Ruthie has seen some pretty amazing sights in her first few months of travel, so her visit to my home wasn’t particularly spectacular from a scenery point-of-view; but spending time with a friend is sometimes the best vacation of all.

Ruthie, good luck to you as you continue your journeys!  Safe travels.


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23 Responses to A visitor among us

  1. Stef! Thank you a million times over for mentioning The Celebrationist! It has been a crazy party. Thanks for reading!


  2. rutheh says:

    Lucky Flat Ruthie. I will link to your post so flat ruthie followers can see what she is up to in MN
    You did a great job entertaining her.
    She is having some wonderful adventures snd I am so glad she got to meet you and the boys :-). Great post! Thanks Stef

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  3. Shira says:

    Great post and thanks for all the links to some super creative and entertaining blogs!


  4. Thanks for mentioning my Every Day I See a Cow Blog. I documented 365 days of cows in 2011 and I’m slowing down a little for 2012 (I do have a life after all, or so I’d like to think…) but still see them every day.

    By the way, I just noticed you’re doing the 101 in 1001 challenge. I am too!

    I’m part of a group where we support each other in this challenge and we’d love to have you join us. If you’re interested, let Sarsm know and she’ll make sure she lets everyone know you’re one of us.


    • Stef says:

      I read your 101 list – impressive! If you need some ideas for your #89, feel free to check out my once-a-week recipe blog (http://savorysundays.wordpress.com/). I did connect with Sarsm, and let her know you sent me her way. 🙂 Thank you for commenting, and good luck with your 101 list!


      • I love the idea of giving myself 1001 days to do these tasks because I can pace myself. I’m wondering if I’ll ever get all of them completed (I know I’m struggling with several) but they are still a great exercise.

        Thanks for showing me your other blog, I just subscribed. So much has happened in our lives recently, it’s made this task very difficult but I hope to pick up the good habit pretty soon.


      • Stef says:

        Having 2+ years to do all of the tasks was a big selling point for me, too. I also made sure that each of my items was a one-time deal, to help keep the list more manageable for myself.

        Thank you for subscribing to Savory Sundays; I appreciate it! 🙂


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  6. Mad Dog says:

    I think Ruthie needed a quiet day 😉


  7. Kim says:

    Ruthie’s got good hair… 😉


  8. ChgoJohn says:

    Now she’s in Minnesota?!?! She sure does get around! Ya know, if Travelocity ever ditches that gnome, Flat Ruthie might have a pretty good shot at taking its place. She’s certainly qualified.


  9. fgassette says:

    Flat Ruthie get around, up and down, everywhere she can be found. Nice post.



  10. mybrightlife says:

    Such a lovely post. Look forward to exploring the posts mentioned. They sound like such fun!


    • Stef says:

      I’m a fan of these blogs, and definitely recommend poking around them and experiencing what they have to offer. They usually make me smile. 🙂

      Thank you for commenting; I appreciate it!


  11. Carla says:

    Ruthie went to the Mardi Gras, but I completely forgot to take her out of my bag for a photo all day! But she did get out to see at least one parade! 🙂


    • Stef says:

      I did see her livin’ it up in NOLA for the big Fat Tuesday celebrations – she’s a lucky gal to have such an informed (if maybe a wee bit ‘absent-minded’) tour guide! 😉


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