Saturday, February 24, 2007

Happy Birthday B&B

One year ago today, Bean and I started this blog. After learning about blogs from my friend Wood, I had been toying with the idea of starting my own blog for months. Then, one day, while sitting in my toxic work environment surfing celebrity sites and other blogs, procrastinating and avoiding my worthless work (take a look at my first post to see what I was dealing with), I called up Bean and told her that I wanted to start a blog with her. I thought it would be a fun activity that we could do together that would give us both a creative outlet. Like the perfect little sister, she immediately agreed. In the infancy of our blog, she was the technical expert who figured out all the basic html we needed to tweak the design of our blog, including finding the precise shades of purple that I wanted. We had countless exchanges that went something like this:

Bean: "Do you like this one?"

Buttercup: "Wait a sec, let me open it up. Yeah, kind of, but I like number 675632 better. Can we make it a cross between those two?"

Bean: "What about this?"

Buttercup: "What about that other one?"

Bean: "Hold on, I'm republishing."

Buttercup: "OMG, where did it go???"

In the past year, I've written far more often then she has, in part because she's nearing her last month of pregnancy, and in part because from the beginning I wanted this and needed this more than she did (if she'll allow me to speak for her). Bean's not a tormented soul. She's actually quite well adjusted, and she's amazed me repeatedly during the past two years with how together she is. She's married to a loving husband, expecting a baby, owns her own house in the mountains, has two dogs, works, runs her household, and still manages to find time to send our mom Valentine's Day flowers (from all of us) and to be a wonderful, loving, supportive sister, wife, and daughter. Other than Wood, she's one of the only people I can unselfconsciously crumble in front of when I need a good cry. I'm lucky to have her and I love her very much.

But getting back to me: As you probably know, unlike Bean, I have not felt very together for the past two years. I'm not being hard on myself, and I recognize that in many ways I'm exceptionally together. However, the last two years have been very challenging for me, both personally and professionally. In the midst of all the turmoil, change, and growing of the past year, this blog has provided a safe place where I could share my thoughts, be creative, talk about what I was passionate and pissed about, and reflect upon all that was going on in my life. It's also provided something I never expected, an amazingly supportive community and a network of wonderful friends. Thank you to all of you for being a part of that community.

I hope you like what you find here, because I'm going to be sticking around for Year # 2; a year that's shaping up to be pretty damn good (minus the muggers).


Carly said...

Hi Buttercup,

I just wanted to say, as a regular "lurker" of your blog and a faithful RSS subscriber, that I truly love what you do and will surely be here to root you on (sometimes even without saying so) for year #2 and more to come...

Bless your heart for all you've been through. The mugger, the job (and job offers)... everything. I've really been pulling for you.

Here's to year #2 being a lot less dramatic. :)



Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! When I first started blogging at LJ, I had no clue what I was going to write about but it is so addictive!

Starshine said...

Happy Birthday, B&B! So glad to have made friends with you through this fantastic forum. :)

gravelly said...

Happy Birthday Buttercup and Bean! Carly's comments made me tear up! Hope this year will prove to be amazingly good!

turquoise cro said...

Happy Blog Birthday! Buttercup and Bean! Here we go together, Year #2!!! Woooooo Hooooo! Thanks! for wishing my Blog Happy Birthday! xo,Cinda

Sparky Duck said...

happy birthday blogger and nice job on keeping it going blogger buddies

Waspgoddess said...

Happy blogiversary! It was great to find you on my blog a few days ago, I hope you have managed to get your hands on a fastlagsbulle by now.

I've read some of your previous entries and like your style. And your interest in meditation, pilates, Ronia, Oryx and Crake AND terminator II (only the best film ever) good, good... the addition of a liking of fastlagsbullar makes me smile in delight: ah, here is a kindred spirit. Look forward to your second year.

Buttercup said...

Carly, Caledonia, Starshine, Gravelly, Tuquoise Cro, Sparky, and Waspgoddess - Thank you for the birthday wishes and for reading!

Wood said...

I can't believe it's been a year already! a big year for both you and Bean, huh?

I can't wait to see what happens this year.

One more thing: I'm so glad I'm one of the select few you can crumble unselfconsciously in front of. I wouldn't have it any other way.


Gypsy said...

Happy blogiversary!! I'm so glad you started blogging. Your words have enriched my life and it's been a pleasure getting to know you. :)

Buttercup said...

Wood - And you were the inspiration for all of this!! About the crumbling, I'm sure it will continue to happen so I'm glad you don't mind. :)

Gypsy - I feel the same way about you and your blog.

InterstellarLass said...

Happy Bloggy Birthday! I'm glad I found you, and I have so much fun reading about your days in NYC. Keep up the good work!