An Open Letter to My Reddit Secret Santa.

Alright, so, my reddit SS was absolutely incredible to me. I’m not sure what his reddit name is, but I was able to send him this message. I figure I’ll share it below so others can have a better understanding of how much this gift means to me, and why. Also note that I wrote a lot in my “About Me,” and only off-handedly mentioned loving to read/my books and wanting to switch over to a Kindle eventually. But that definitely wasn’t the lead in my write up, so this was beyond a shock to me.

Let me briefly explain reddit and what this Secret Santa exchange is for those who don’t know. To quote from the Wiki page about it: reddit is an entertainment, social networking service, and news website where registered community members can submit content, such as text posts or direct links. Registered users can then vote submissions “up” or “down” to organize the posts and determine their position on the site’s pages. Content entries are organized by areas of interest called “subreddits.”

For the past several years, they’ve been organizing a Secret Santa event, where you are paired up with a complete stranger who also has signed up to give a gift to someone else. You can be paired with someone from anywhere across the US, or internationally if you choose.

Also note that this gift exchange had a $20 limit.  Continue reading

See I will carry you through the hurricane waters…

Welp, we survived the storm. There were a few moments that seemed like they were going to be dicey, especially when we saw the type of devastation that happened just 30 miles away from us, but somehow we managed to come out of it unscathed–no damage or power loss.

Just a couple days before the storm hit, one of my best friends and I saw Citizen Cope to celebrate her 35th birthday. We had a great night out and had a fantastic time at the show.

Towards the end of the set, he played this song, off one of my favorite albums:

The title of this blog is a lyric from the song–the 2nd line is “I will remember you in the blue skies.”

After 4 overcast days in a row, the sun finally broke through today, just for a few brief moments.

I’m hoping everyone else out there is OK and my thoughts go out to everyone still dealing with the after effects of the storm…Hopefully the sun will break for you all soon.

Here is a link to some organizations you can donate to to help those who were most affected by the storms:

  • This article overviews a bunch of different relief efforts, including the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and Feeding America
  • Help the ASPCA or the Humane Society help animals affected by the storm

If you have any recommendations for other organizations to donate to, please feel free to post about them!