My Dear Friend Jaime

My dear friend Jaime is the kind of friend I call in a crisis. From a silly crisis to a full on uh-oh spaghettios scenario, Jaime is one of my go-to gals.

When I was in Toronto for Zach’s wedding (the Zach who taught us to make peach pie), I stayed with a group of male friends. Which was wonderful. Except for when it was time to get dressed for the wedding. No one had extra anything in a pinch.

Just as I was putting the finishing touches on my make-up, I couldn’t find my mascara. I dug through my luggage and unpacked it twice, I emptied the contents of my make-up bag again and again, but (as always happens when you are frantic), it was no where to be found. It was time to meet Jaime to get our hair done and I was still searching for the missing mascara.

I sent out an S.O.S. text, “am I going past a drug store on the way to the hair place?” I wasn’t.

I texted Jaime again, “Are you going past a drug store on the way to the hair place? I lost my mascara.”

Jaime replies, “I have extras. Do you need regular or waterproof?” Waterproof. My best friend was getting married, after all.

After we got our hair done, we left in opposite directions. Jaime shouts, “Stacey! The mascara!” And she comes running towards me and hands it off like a baton in a relay race. We thought it was so funny, we re-enacted the photo for Facebook.


Perhaps our relay “zest,” could use a little more pizazz. Or we could use more coffee. Either way, Jaime saved the day. Yet again.

Earlier this week, Jaime emailed me that she had a blog idea.

The email read:
Today I was in the book store and was struck by inspiration for a blog. There was this box of cards called “a year of gratitude: a kit to inspire 52 weeks of giving thanks.” And I was thinking of making some New Years/Rosh Hashanah resolutions, and I was buying a card for someone (because I love giving cards and gifts) and I decided that I want to start a blog! I want to call it “52 Thank-yous” and each week I will write a post on different themes/something I am thankful for. I also want to send one thank you note a week, whether it be by email or snail mail. I haven’t fully thought through the idea but I was pretty excited about it. What are your thoughts?

What do I think?! I think it’s an awesome blog idea! I also told her that I (and probably others, too) could use a little more encouragement to (a) be thankful and (b) send snail mail to our friends.

Jaime asked for advice on blogging and this was the best I could offer:

Tina Fey quote

(Image via The Short and the Sweet of It’s Facebook)

Jaime launched her blog this morning. Good luck my dear friend. Let me know if you need me to come running with mascara (or anything else).

In the spirit of your new blog: this week, I’m most thankful for the readers of my blog. Thank you for reading! Thank you for the comments! Thank you for participating in Book Club! You all warm my heart in more ways than I could ever thank you for.

And you? What are you thankful for this week? If you’re a blogger yourself, what advice do you have for someone starting out?

Until next time!


Postscript: Don’t forget to go check out Jaime’s blog! Make a new blogger’s first day.


  1. That is a great idea for a blog – and hurray for awesome friends. Friends make the world go around.
    My only advice is to just stick to your guns. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the blog world and start comparing and then get down on yourself. if you want your blog to be profitable, then it can be a bit of a balancing act between what you want and what your readers might want, but if you are blogging only for you then I say do what you want and ignore everyone else….and don’t look back.

    • Hi Kelly,

      OOoo! Great advice! I’ve found that I enjoy blogging most when I’m writing things I love. And the best is when readers enjoy it, too!!


      • Thanks Kelly and Stacey!!

        Great advice! “It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the blog world”. I can already see how that is true.I already told Stacey multiple times that I am confused/have a lot to learn/my blog hates me, but I am excited as well!

  2. Such a great idea for a blog! I’m looking forward to following along! I second Kelly’s advice. Don’t focus on what everyone else is doing. Blog for yourself first and everything else will fall into place!

  3. I love it! My advice would be to write for an audience. It’s easy to get sidetracked into writing what you think, feel, like, etc. But if it’s written in a way that is not meant to drive a point or share some piece of information, readers have a hard time following because it’s more of a one-way conversation.

  4. Stacey!!

    I could not imagine a nicer post/endorsement for my blog! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the advice and support you have already given me (in life and in blogging) and in advance for the future!

    Love the Tina Fey quote (and it’s so colourful!)!

    Also I completely forgot about that picture of the mascara relay race! Amazing! Such a great weekend!

    xoxo to infinity

  5. I don’t have a blog. But, I am lucky enough to have you both as friends and I say the following things:
    1. GREAT IDEA JAMMY – I really, really, really love it… and might use the idea in some way myself (not as a blog, but as a card-sending-making-people-feel-nice thing)
    2. I love the re-enactment picture.
    3. You are both wonderful, amazing, and lovely individuals – I miss you dearly.


  6. Love,love,love the idea for Jaime’s blog. My advice would be to try and have fun with it and not take things to seriously. I often have to remind myself of this! I also love the Tina Fey quote because I will often want to wait for the perfect timing and there is no perfect timing. Cheers to good friends!