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Wednesday, January 5, 2011


It's Wednesday night and I have no idea where the week has gone.

Between Christmas and New Years, company from out of town, getting back into the groove of school, writing assignments and an out of control email inbox it's been a little bit crazy this week.

J and I are getting ready for our trip. Actually, that's not quite true. I've been getting everything organized and ready for the kids while I'm gone. Making lists and schedules, leaving notes and phone numbers for my cousin who will be here for a week. {She is brave!}

H is Very Important Kid next week at school, so the other day M and I pulled out piles of pictures for him to dig through to find his favorite ones to share on his poster pages next week. {What's that? You want me to share him and his completed project? Ok, you twisted my arm!}

While digging through the photos I found this one:

Circa 2001
Anderson Hall at North Park University

This, my friends, is how Simplicity came to be.

I really liked "Felicity" {read: after a marathon of watching Felicity episodes before the series finale, I decided I really liked Felicity} and I joked to a few friends that I'd like to be called "Simplicity" and it was a joke and a silly, laugh until we cry, sort of thing.

I would sign notes and letters with it. Using it every chance I got.

It kind of stuck.

Just so you know, I still get voicemail, emails and even an occasional note in the mail, addressed to "Simplicity"

I still love it.

Winner of the Coffee-Mate Coffee House GIVEAWAY....comment #1  Sorry for the delay!


Blogger The Petersons said...

What a funny story! And FYI, I definitely recognized the location of your photo before I got to the caption...I'd know those windows anywhere! I got a little too familiar with Anderson after three years there. Yes, three. The housing lottery was not kind to us in our junior year. I have many fond memories of the place, though.

January 6, 2011 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger Jon, Sara, Tyler, and Sophie said...

Love the story, thanks for sharing! I knew it something to do with college, but I wasn't sure of the whole story.

January 6, 2011 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

I love the story! So glad to know how the name came about!

January 6, 2011 at 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Holly said...

I remember a few times going out to dinner with you and using "Simplicity" as the name for them to call! Seems like it was yesterday! :-)

January 6, 2011 at 10:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love This!! I remember!!

Love You
Aunt Laurie

January 7, 2011 at 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Abbie said...

Good memory! The picture made me smile today...and also shed a tear!

January 9, 2011 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger Jenny and Kyle said...

I remember that picture being taken and I remember Rebecca making you that sign! You and Rebecca always got carried away with the craziest ideas... like switching dorm rooms? Moving people's futons into the hallway?

Also. I am a HUGE fan of Felicity (I own all four seasons) and became so after you left North Park, but you should know that I watched the finale with you in your dorm room and it was the only episode I ever saw of that show when it was still on TV!

January 24, 2011 at 12:51 PM  

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