Friday, March 28, 2008

Annie has big news!

Thanks for waiting. Here is my big news:

It looks like I am going to need a new t-shirt for the Fruita Fall Festival!

It turns out, "I'm a big an even BIGGER deal around here!"

Last week I went to lunch with my friend Allyson, (She's moving and I'm super sad.) her sister, Adi (who is looking super hot), Adi's daughter (who loves the movie "Annie" therefore she loves me), Allyson's mom (one of the most powerful women in the Grand Valley), and Allyson's mom's friend. (Lost yet?)

At lunch Allyson's mom told her friend that I write for the Charm page (the women's page in the Daily Sentinel). To which her friend responded,

"Isn't the Charm page about to go through the a big change?"

(I'm like, wah? I thought you worked for the Heart Association. How come you know more about my job than I do?)

Not wanting to look like I was the last to know, I replied.

"Well, yes, they are going to re-tool and make it more relevant."

I thought it was a good cover, but I was actually way off base.

This news made me really nervous. I didn't know how much writing my column meant to me until I thought it might be coming to an end. I stewed over this for a couple of days until I got a call from my editor. She said, in fact, the Charm page was coming to an end. It will be replaced by a photo page.

BUT, because my column is "extremely popular" (her words not mine) they would like to move me to the Home and Garden section!

Home and Garden?! Wah? Then I realized that the Home and Garden section is in the weekend edition. They aren't burying me. They are promoting me! The Saturday edition has way more readership than the Thursday edition!

So that's it! That's my big news. I hope you are not disappointed. I'm not. I am really excited for the change. Of course, I will continue to put the Internet links to my column for you out-of-towners, so you can keep up with me.

I know that words in general have been few and far between on my blog lately. It's hard to imagine by all the weird Idol pics and video logs that this blogger is actually a paid writer, but it's true. I save up all my words for The Daily Sentinel and the Denver Post blog. I would like to think I am forever-flowing fountain of creativity, but there is a limit to what I can produce.

Here is the text of my last and final column for the Charm page.

Hi Mom. Hi Dad. Hi Frank. Sometimes I think my parents and Frank, my favorite checker at City Market, are the only people who read my column.

There has to be more than that, after all I have been writing for the Charm page for a year now.

I keep writing my column and Ann Wright keeps putting it in. She’s good like that.

I know I’m not controversial like Gary Harmon. Well, except for the time that I had the gall to suggest that Vans weren’t appropriate footwear for a professional environment. Can you believe the nerve of me?

No, I am not controversial, I am just Annie. I write about traumatizing my twins, living with a Secret Agent Man, Bollywood movies, globe-trotting, well, globe-tripping in my case.

Do you recall my column about the vision I had complete with angels and devils when I saw the red front-loading washer and dryers for the first time at Lowe's? Or the two-part column about the time I switched our dead pet hamster for a live one without my kids knowing? That was a goody.

People, and by people I mean my parents and Frank, often ask me where I get the ideas for my column.
I tell ya, I’m brilliant at two o’clock in the morning. When it’s quiet and dark in my house that is when I come up with my best stuff.

I have a little notebook next to my bed where I write down all my ideas. Fortunately, Secret Agent Man is a heavy sleeper and doesn’t mind the lamp clicking on and off 3 and 4 times a night.

But, then the sun rises and the reality filter shines a bright light on my “brilliance” from the night before, it ends up that only a third of what I write in the middle of the night is actually good. But hey, one-third, that’s not bad odds, I’ll take it. If you like one out of the three columns I write that’s good enough for me.

Now, more than a year after the conception of the Charm page it is coming to an end. But, before you go and cancel your subscription, you should know that you will now be able to find me in the Saturday edition on the Home and Garden page.

I am so excited about this change. My greatest passion is for my family and making our house a home for them. To be able to share with you my ideas, successes, and some missteps in homemaking is going to be a wonderful journey and dare I say, a piece of cake?

So, if you’re out there and you like what you read, follow me to the Home and Garden page. We will keep the conversation going and leave a comment box on each of my columns at, so you can leave your own ideas, comments, and criticisms.

Just be gentle, I’m really sensitive. Remember, I cry at hamster funerals.

But, for the love of Dick Maynard, please don’t leave me all alone, just let me know you’re out there.

Mom, Dad, Frank and I thank you for it.


  1. Eagerly awaiting, elbows propped-up on the computer desk..... :-)

  2. I'm not waiting around for this.

  3. I can't wait for the news???!!!!

    Thank you for the good mail today!!

    I love the card. I think I might frame it and hang it in Abigale's room!

  4. Let's bet on what the good news is!

    I'll put $3 down on her moving to my ward and volunteering to be Compassionate Service Leader. :)

  5. Is it ridiculous to think that your friend's husband has been found?

    Rest assured that I will be waiting, aka lurking;)

  6. Tell us, oh TELL US!!!


    Pretty Please?

  7. I think I just remembered what the good News might be!!!! Am I right? Oh, please let me be special and know first!!!!

    You get back here right now and tell us :(

  9. -You are moving to Portland
    -You are having twins
    -You are going to be in a movie
    -You won the lottery
    -You won a $1,000 shopping spree at Target
    -You met David Duchovny (and he finally cut his hair)
    -You are going to the American Idol finale
    -You are going to be in The Apprentice
    -You are going to be an extra in The Office
    -You read Twilight

  10. I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't enjoying keeping you in suspense.

  11. Spill it already.

  12. OH?! You haven't told me already?

  13. Yes my friends, she is now going to be famous! Don't forget me! I knew you when you parted your hair down the middle!

  14. Oh pish. Your forehead is fine - it's just that your eyebrows are set a little bit low.

    Now I won't have to make up excuses for reading the Charm page around my brohams.

  15. Oh Bad!

    If only you knew. That is how the big forehead thing got started. In highschool a kid that had the tip of his nose cut off in a bike accident told me I had a big forehead. I've been self conscious ever since.

    Man! Now I have to worry at my low eyebrows.

  16. 1. Sven
    2. Kid from high school with abridged nose.

  17. Congrats! That's huge news, and such a great compliment from your editor! I don't live near your paper's distribution area, so I enjoy the links from your blog here. Keep up the good work/writing!!!

  18. You are such a big deal!!!!!!! Hooray!

  19. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You ARE A BIG deal :D

    And I loved your last Charm column, made me go :)

  20. How exciting for you!!

    You're in some pretty high cotton now!

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  22. Congratulations! Loved the column. :)

  23. Such completely exciting news!!!!!

  24. I hate to brag, but I knew a week ago. That's one of the perks of being the sister to the most fasmous mom in Fruita.

    Congratulations you dirty rat!

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  27. I am so excited for you! You deserve every good thing that comes your way! WOO HOO, you go, girl! :D

    Those two deleted comments were me. I am so lame, I can't stand typos...and I did the same one twice! :S

  28. Congrats Annie! You are sooo the super stud of Fruita.

    I assume you're talking about Mike A. from high school...did you know I used to hang out with him a lot my Sophomore year and never knew that's how he got that ding in his nose? Shows how not "nosey" I am. Tee Hee! :)

  29. I'm always so happy to read good news from Blogger land! Good for you. I wish you much continued success with your new column!

  30. I'm so happy for you. I guess I can switch to a "weekend only" subscription now.

  31. Genius!

    You need some elastic waist band pants cause you is big time now. They'll allow you to stretch and grow even further!

  32. Yay for you Annie! Good luck with the weekend readers!

  33. Congratulations!

    I love that t-shirt.


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