Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Kusjes

This new site has already been a huge source of joy for me. I never expected everyone to make the transition, but I also never expected the large amount of you who did. And for that, I'm truly grateful.

Because over the two years that I've been doing this every day, blogging has taken on different meanings. At first I was only doing it for myself. It was a dark time in my life and I needed something to document all the little moments in between feeling like a worthless lump of unemployed garbage. It helped keep up my writing skills and showed me that there are small everyday pleasures to be found if you look for them.

Then it turned into something else. I started connecting with people. I forged friendships. My family started reading. It wasn't just about me anymore. Sure, I still treat it like a diary -- a very public and embarrassingly honest diary -- but your comments and words lift me up when I'm down, keep me laughing when I'm up and even reassure me that I'm not the only idiot who accidentally walks into the wrong bathroom at restaurants sometimes.

So it probably comes as no surprise to some of you that I've asked for a digital camcorder for my birthday next month at the expense of something much more practical. My parents generously offered to replace our death trap dishwasher as my early birthday present, but, um, I'll have a lot more fun with a camcorder. Maybe I'll even get a video of when the dishwasher decapitates me. I'm sure Jerry would post it. Because he'd know I'd want him to.

In the meantime, I want to extend my gratitude to those of you who realized that I didn't step off the side of a high rise building when I stepped off Xanga. And I know a few of you have expressed frustration that the comment feature doesn't work on occasion, but I assure you that the kinks will be eliminated in time.

So, thank you. Thank you for making this site feel fun and familiar in the course of a few weeks. Thank you for taking the time to mouse wrestle with the comment box. And here's a special thanks to everyone reading in Amersfoort, Netherlands. I'm not sure what "kusjes" means, but I imagine it means "You rock!" So KUSJES!

And one final thanks for this. I love hoodies. I really do. Almost more than air.

28 comments:

Tippy said...

I miss having your blog with the others on xanga, but when I do remember to visit, I get to read about 3 posts at a time. I love that you share so openly with your virtual audience. Your stories make me laugh, cry and appreciate life. Thanks.

MandaKay1184 said...

Hoodies are a staple of my wardrobe and I am not ashamed to say it. I would almost say they are the reason I get up in the mornings, especially if the mornings are those in which ice covers the ground and the wind chill makes the air around you a negative bajillion. Plus, they match any pair of jeans you decide to wear and you don't have to worry about matching the shirt underneath the hoodie. Very ideal for someone as fashionably lazy as I tend to be. I'm glad your new site is working for you! I am one of those who have followed you (I promise I am not a stalker) from xanga. Love your stories!

www.xanga.com/nothingbeast said...

I really want a Digital Camcorder too.

But I haven't found the right one yet.

One project i've already decided to do is to take my computer and the camcorder with me and my bro as we Road Trip across our state. Set it up in the back of the car and roll 24 hours a day, just so others can experience the idiocy that is me and my brother when we're alone in a car and bored. :)

Heidi said...

Congratulations!!! You sure snagged that award just in time! And, on MSN, I just asked my aunt who lives in the Netherlands what kusjes means. It means KISSES!!! You deserve lots and lots of kusjes!!!

www.xanga.com/the_plainsman said...

Kusjes? Entered the word and something from Amazon came up:
Products tagged "kusjes" are also tagged: computer armoire; white writing desk. Naw, that can't be it, so tried one of the online language translation services: kusjes translates to, uh, kusjes!

the plainsman said...

HA! Heidi came up with the obvious while I was entering mycomment!

Sheryl said...

Ahhhh---I see I was beat to the translation. Kusjes means kisses or smooches. A very fun word to know!

Thanks for sharing your life like you do. I feel like I've got another friend in PA. In fact, a few weeks ago one of my friends and I were talking about you at church and another friend walked up and said, "Who's Kelly?" We both laughed. It's hard to explain to the novelle uninitiated, but maybe someday they'll get it.

Amy said...

I haven't commented on your new site till now but I have been reading daily
I love the site the picture of Toby at the top always makes me smile.

Glad you're having fun with it

ajandmac said...

i simply bookmarked your new site so all i have to do is click it. a lot of my friends are hooked on you as well, so thanks for writing.

i got this new digital camera that has video and photo capabilities and i love it. i never knew how much fun it was to have random movies of friends until i started pushing the record button when they least expected it. :) do your research, and get a good one.

Kristin said...

Videos?! I can't wait!

Congrats on being Ms Xanga 2006! You totally deserved it.

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Anonymous said...

You know what's the first thing I do when I get to work....I read your blog. I hope my boss doesn't read that :-) I've gotten so addicted to it. Thanks for your wonderful stories. I have this new site saved on my favorites. I swear I'm not a stalker, I just enjoy reading your blog :-)

Chelsea said...

I always love reading your entries, and admire just how much you write on here =)Video cameras are much more fun than dishwashers!! Congrats on being Ms. Xanga!

JazzSaxKitten said...

Hoodies are definitely good things.

Thank you for keeping up with your blog. I didn't forget you when you moved... I've been reading every day, even though I haven't commented much. It's one of my daily doses of funny I can fairly well depend upon, and I love it. Thanks :-)
~JSK

Emale said...

I'm still trying to get back in the habit of reading daily. Your blog has always been inspiration for me. It makes me want to write better (in both English and Spanish). Basically, thanks for staying around.

-Emale

Erika said...

Hi! We never really met on xanga, but I read your posts every time. Of course I followed when you moved to your own website!! I love reading your posts because you are a REAL person, and there are thousands of times that I read something and nearly fell out of my chair laughing. You totally deserve to be Ms. Xanga. You are entertaining without being hatefully sarcastic or overly vulgar. KUDOS!

Anonymous said...

i have been a regular of ur blogs but never commented until this new site came up........
congrats on being ms xanga 2006...u really deserve it!!!!!!!!!!!
-sreenitha

Kristin said...

Yeah, I noticed that you won that Ms.Xanga 2006 thing. Congrats on the hoodie, lol. I love hoodies, too. I'm always wearing one. In fact, everytime I take my hoodie off, my friends are always like, "Omg....you're taking your hoodie off." Lol....but congratulations on winning, anyways, lol.

-KrIsTiN-

christie said...

So I've been MIA for a while... sorry about that. I've been to your xanga site many times but have been too, well, too whatever, to click the link to bring me here. But I am happy to announce that in the last hour, I have read all the posts I have missed in the last couple of weeks, and have bookmarked the new site so I can come here... I still miss you on xanga but I'm glad that you haven't left entirely... and as for the hoodies, no sweat, I live in mine. They are comfortable and hide the lumps, bumps, and monthly bloat... not to mention, they are just comfortable. Hope you are well. God bless you and yours,

Christie

Thomas said...

As soon as I found out you were switching blog sites, I bookmarked this one right away. I must say, reading your entries is one of the top things I look forward to everyday.

Emily Mc said...

I'm doing a horrible job updating and reading blogs lately: Somehow I've taken the opposite approach of not wanting to document feeling like a worthless lump of unemployed garbage. Hmm. Clearly, I have many things to learn from you!

Carla said...

Because you're a very good writer with lots of interesting things to say. That's what makes readers cling to you, Ms. Kelly!

esther said...

hi kelly

I guess im not from amersfoort since I live in Amsterdam but I still feel flattered that at least my country was named in your post ;) why the special thanks? Kusjes literally means ''little kisses'' Kussen means pillow or just ''kisses''. Every time 'je' is put on the back of a word it makes it small.
haha hope you enjoyed this dutch (and as im sure not really well explained) vocabulairy lesson!

smeeta said...

congrats on your title!! :D

many kusjes to you :)

Lauren said...

Sometimes I forget to come and check everyday, but, then I eventually get around to it and am delighted that there are new posts for me to read! So, kudos (I think that's the american word for Kusjes) on the greaaaat blogging!!

Lilany said...

I rarely commented on Xanga, and I haven't commented much on the new site...but I read every day! Congrats on the site and on being Ms. Xanga! We'll be expecting a pic of the hoodie!

Anne said...

I miss you on Xanga, but I think it's really neat that you ventured out into the blogosphere... this new site is really you.

If only you could get all your Xanga commenters to follow you here! Well, it's nice to know you are thankful for the few that are out here.

April said...

I miss u on xanga but thats ok.I added this place to my Favorites and now youre only a click away. :)