I screamed. Mostly because I didn't expect a human being to be standing directly in front of me when I opened the door, but also because it was freaking hysterical. We had a conversation the week before where we decided that caroling should not just be for Christmas. We thought it would be much more impactful to go door-to-door and cheer people up (i.e. annoy the shit out of them) by singing Michael Jackson tunes when they came to the door. But here's the thing...my buzzer didn't work. She had buzzed and fully expected that I was coming down to answer. I, on the other hand, had no freaking clue I was about to be serenaded. Oh, how I love creepily perfect timing.
Oh and um, if you haven't read the book, well, here she is making new friends.
Since the book came out, Kerry has moved away. As sad as I was to see her go, I knew that Austin would bring her happiness. Sometimes we all just need a change. (Plus, I have an awesome new vacation destination!) She was excited when I announced 12 Resolutions because it fit in with her plan to shake things up, but as the month went by, I began to think maybe she'd take this one off. It's easy to slip when no one is holding you accountable. I had to give her credit, she was meeting new people every day whether she wanted to or not.
Well, the girl doesn't disappoint. I received the picture above and the two below via text. She said:
Ok, I did it, dammit! And I traumatized them all in the process. My first new Austin friends are those I work with[...]. I hope they'll still be my friends after that ambush.
If this doesn't make you wanna get out there and befriend anything and everything that moves, you should probably turn in your "human being" badge. This is it. The LAST day to send me a photo to prove how great it is to connect with someone new for no other reason than because it just feels good. (And you are fulfilling a resolution, but more that first thing.)
Put on your Shelly glasses and let the world in. People are nice.
I'll be doing a reading/signing event at City Lit Books on 2/12 at 6:30. Hope to see you there!
PPSPP. If this is your first time here, Welcome! (where the hell have you been?) Also, this is January's Resolution. February's will be introduced tomorrow.