Although I've known this was coming for a long while, I was still very sad to see that one of my oldest blog friends has written her last post. Now this is not a post trying to convince her to keep blogging - because what's the point of doing something you're just not that into anymore?
But rather I just wanted to send a big thank you, throw a bit of a virtual going away party, to my dear friend Rachel of Diary of Why. I first started reading Rachel's blog in early 2009 and I was immediately smitten with her writing style and her stories and her sense of humour. Plus, she was an expat living in France at the time and I was inhaling expat blogs like they were the only thing that were keeping me alive. And in some cases they were. Diary of Why was one of the few blogs from that time that I've continued to read for the last 4 years and frankly have become such a part of my life that I find myself saying things like "Well my friend Rachel says" or "Something similar happened to my friend Rachel" - even though we only met last year...
I think I've read every post she's ever written, bingeing on her archives and extracting all of her wisdom and wit. Sometimes screaming out at the in justices of life on her behalf, and even occasionally crying.
Rachel and I share a love for Ally McBeal.
Last year, I got to meet Rachel while I was in Washington DC briefly and it was just the most amazing thing to finally put an audible voice to the voice that comes out so strongly through her words (like this post! Perfection + a Friends reference! Oh my goodness and this post which reminds me of when a date told me that I reminded him of Shaun White...sadly, I knew exactly who Shaun White is).
Anyway, I just wanted to thank Rachel for writing her story and sharing it with us - congratulate her on getting her real estate license - and generally introduce you (again) to one of my favourite human beings.
With that, let's all toast to Rachel! Hip Hip Hooray!