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Monday
Feb132006

I know it’s a day early…

But dear Internet: I made you this valentine. It’s a red heart, see? I cut it out myself! With some bits of a paper doily all around the edges! It’s a little sticky from all the glue and sparkles. I pasted on some googly eyes, but they fell off. Oh, wait, here they are, on my shoe.

Why did I bother making this when you’re just going to throw it out? Because I love you. I love you, Internet. I want to date you. I want to invite you over, and bake you a casserole. I will gaze at you in misty-eyed adoration, and warble love songs at you as you eat. Sweet Jesus, you'll think, does she have to look at me like that? What am I eating? And why is she singing Anne Murray songs, of all things? and then you’ll make up an excuse about having to leave early. I’ll call you as soon as you run out the door and I’ll make kissy noises into your voice mail.

And then I’ll FedEx you the rest of the casserole.

You will be scared.

But it will all be out of love, Internet. You are my one and only. Don’t ever forget that. And never leave me. Ever.

Okay, okay. Seriously, now. Wow. I don’t even know what to say about the response I received to my last post. I am overwhelmed. Thank you.

The amazing Leah interviewed me, and you can read it here. Go see! Embarrassing secrets--revealed! And there’s a picture of me trying to look pretentious, and succeeding.

Did I say thank you? Thank you. It doesn't seem like enough, but it's what I've got.

Reader Comments (90)

I'm thousands of miles away from you but I can still hear the gratitude in your voice from way over here. Knowing that a few words from a bunch of people you'll never see made you feel better makes me smile as bright as the sun.
February 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDixie
I liked that writing about Henry vs. writing about your experience of Henry distinction thing that you said, so smartly in the way you say things.
February 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Kennedy
Oooh, I am loving the pale green of the wall behind you in the picture. And the box on the shelf is intriguing me. Spare disks? Computer wires? Severed body parts? (small ones, mind...)
February 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterNothing But Bonfires
Thank you for not knowing how to ride a bike. I felt like I was The Singular Non-Bike-Know-How-To-Not-Rider of America.

And Happy Valentine's Day to you, too, and may New Jersey for some reason be bizarrely more fantastic than you can imagine.

I read your here blog all the time, but I don't think I've ever commented before. Plus I'd totally chip in for a pair of jeans for you.
February 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterTina
Loved the interview. And what a sweet and sincere valentine! Would fed-ex deliver that casserole over here do you think? (Australia). If you had to share the whole casserole with all your internet community, we might get a teaspoon each, and it would have to be a damn big casserole.
February 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterNattyChick
I read your blog constantly. It is an addiction. I admire you style and your sense of humor.

I loved my Valentine. Thank you! If you were in front of me, I would shyly hand you a card that said, "Would you be my friend?"

And then I would run away.
February 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterKiker
Aw: I can feel the love tonight (love is where we are). I, too, greatly appreciated you noting the difference between writing about parenting of/experiencing life with your son rather than writing directly about your son: something good for writer's to remember - to appreciate and not exploit their subjects.

Is it a green bean casserole with the crunchy stuff on top? My brother-in-law loves those ...
February 13, 2006 | Unregistered Commenter~Dren
You're welcome! I mean, no one else was saying it. I am sure I speak for all of them. Just Kidding Fellow Interneters Of Course!

I liked the interview and thanks for the Valentine.
February 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterKrisco
Great interview! You are looking hot, mama! Oh, and I cleared a space on my crowded fridge for your Valentine heart, too. Had to toss one of my kids's drawings, but they will forget soon enough. We love you back, Alice!
February 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJenn
i would also enjoy dressing my mac in a tutu. actually, i think i'd like to wear a tutu.. too. er, anyway.

very nice interview, funny and honest - that's what we all love about T3h Finslippy.

and finally, your hair looks great. i'm sortof attempting to grow my hair (it's now about three inches long!) and your current 'do is giving me courage to put the scissors down. :P
February 13, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterkate
We love you, Finslippy!! (there's cheese on the casserole, right? If so, I am *so* ready to go steady...)

PS I comment because it gives me little shivers down my spine knowing that you are reading a sentence I've written.PPS Sorry, that was more internet stalker-creepy than cute-flirty, right? I lack judgment.PPPS Did I say, we love you? We love you!!!! :-D And good luck with moving. OH, and the fact that you are writing a novel gives me REASON TO LIVE (even though I messed up a complex analysis problem on my test today.)
February 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterNeb
Leahpeah: Are you Windows or Mac? Why?

Finslippy: Mac. For Macs are pretty, and I am a girl and enjoy pretty things. If I could put my Mac in a tutu, I would.

Isabel: are you sure your name is not Olivia?







February 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterIsabel
I so love you and accept your valentine with the adoration and stalkerish intent that it is...um, intended in, I guess.

Off to read your interview now.
February 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDM
You make my day, lady! I am sooo glad I found you! BIG SMOOCH!!! (and one for Henry too!) Keep up the good work, girlie-girl! I feel like we have a parallel existence going on at the extreme ends of the continent, and every time I read your blog, I just fall in love again... Thank you, my oh-so funny Valentine!
February 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterValorie
Um, I hate to tell you this, but that picture? Not so much pretentious as hot. I, too, liked -- and, I think, understood -- what you were saying about writing about Henry vs. your experience of Henry. That was very interesting to me. Smart and cute. If I didn't love you, I'd hate you.
February 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterLaziza
I love the part where your husband goes and humps a pillow. I laughed out loud. ;)
February 13, 2006 | Unregistered Commentererika
That last entry made me cry for you (and, okay, a little for me too - hit very close to home). And no more olympics benders dammit because i just read it today. (I hate it when I am behind on my stories). Much affection sent in your general direction this valentine's day!
February 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterLetterB
good god, how can you not have vomited in 28 years?

dont you miss it, just a little bit?
February 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJillian
Jillian: a couple of times I've even felt it would be a good idea. But my body was all, nuh-uh. Maybe it's the extra vertebra.
February 13, 2006 | Unregistered Commenteralice
You haven't vomitted since 78?! How do you do it!? I'm in AWE.
February 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterSusie
We love you, too. Happy Valentines Day!
February 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterShelli
Just discovered your blog (OMG where have I been?!?!) and love it! Thanks for the laughs today )
February 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJeff
Dude, I totally love Anne Murray. Snowbird? A favorite. Danny's Song! Tennesee Waltz! LONG LIVE ANNE MURRAY!

And I promise, I'm only 30. She transcends age, man. ;-)
February 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJonniker
Best interview ever! And my blog is not insignificant. Aw, you're so sweet. Valentine back.
February 13, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterozma
Oh, Alice -- I so adore you! And fussy had a link to your picture stream, so I watched it, of course, and my god -- hot husband, perfect child, and you are as cute as a damned button! So go ahead and make me a casserole! I will come over and make googly eyes back at you! Thank god for you, Alice. You remind me that the whole reason I'm sane is that I'm a little bit nuts, just like you! Hee!
February 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

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