Monday, June 20, 2011

Combing the BFF Archives






I have sent and received more emails from Sarah than any one else. Hands down.

We have written volumes, people. Volumes that have kept us connected across the ages.

In fact, for a couple of years we diligently saved every. single. email. that was sent between the two of us on a pipe-dream lark that we would one day compile them into a book, which would naturally be published and soar into best-sellerdom.

We planned to play ourselves, respectively, in the forthcoming (duh) movie.

For your enjoyment and collective head-shaking, I present to you a small collection of excerpts from the first three months of our years-long endeavor. Note: We did/do have an unnatural fixation on Hollywood. And we appear to have had a good bit of down-time on our hands.

(It pains me to note that the following emails were sent not in 1995, as it may appear, but in 2005.)

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To: Shannan
From: Sarah
April 20, 2005
So, I think that is the news except for my fashion scoop today. I'm loving my hair, always, first. and then today I'm wearing this fun netted scarf as a belt. I like it. But then I had been thinking about my new fashion thing I wanted to try that I've seen done (mostly in Hollywood) and so I have done it. I'm wearing two necklaces at the same time!!!!!! You might do that often, but I never had. It's a first and I like it. One is my silver S and the other is just another silver one that's longer.


To: Shannan
From: Sarah
April 21, 2005

On the way to work this ayem this little boy was walking with another on the sidewalk going to school and I spied him holding a sign made out of lined notebook paper. I slowed and turned to read, but he probably wrote it in pencil. He was holding it out for passing cars to see, when he saw me looking, he thrust it out, but I had to keep driving. What did that little towhead of 8 or 9 have to say to the world? SERIOUSLY.

To: Shannan
From: Sarah
April 22, 2005

i SO wish you could have joined me in my dream last night. It was seriously the bomb. I think you were in it, maybe, though. It was set in Larry's BARN. Light was pouring in (which it doesn't) and you could see so well, and I climbed up high, high, high and was hanging there pulling open drawers with all sorts of treasures in them. One thing i found I knew was for you (it was an old apron) and I was dying and I kept feeling a little bad, but then I was like, it's our barn, and someone (an aunt) came in and was like, what are you doing, and I yelled, I'm shopping in the barn! (That was a great funny line to say.) And then I came down and I opened this drawer and my mom was there beside me and there were these old journals she wrote to me and Karah and I started reading it and crying, it was so sweet and the infamous line (from the valentines card) "you light up my life" (the lyrics) were in there and my mom was sort of singing it. It was a killer great dream, SERIOUSLY. And so inspired by my real life desire to make it to the loft of the big barn.

Oh man.

To: Sarah
From: Shannan
April 22, 2005

A quick Cory note: He looked so dang hot last night! Seriously, every time I looked at him he looked so good. His hair is at a good stage or something. I am lucky!

Your dream was TO-DIE-FOR! Some of my all-time fave dreams have been those where I am antiquing and discovering treasures. Your sounds like the best ever! I needed to be there! It inspires me to just say, let's go home the same weekend sometime and tackle the loft together. We could do it!

To: Shannan
From: Sarah
April 27, 2005

Your assignment: Shannan, last night i made the good scrub and it rocked my world!!!!! You have to try it. I loved it!!! It was so good, I could have ate it (ok, i did take a tiny taste.) It's so good. I don't know if it works, but my skin felt great, and it seems really easy on the skin. Here's the recipe again, I want to share with Keisha as well. 1/2 juice of small lemon, 8 Tb of brown sugar, and 1 tea. of honey. Mix and put on your body. It was seriously so good. Could I market it?

To: Sarah
From: Shannan
April 27, 2005

I am v. excited to try your edible scrub! And I love that you tasted it. I told Keisha the good news of H&M. A funny thing about that: When I checked the website they had it listed as "Ford Wayne", but I confirmed that it is in the Glenbrook Mall. But isn't that weird that they misspelled the city?


To: Shannan
From: Sarah
May 10, 2005

Well, it's official, what the heck are they putting in that punch out in Hellay. Seriously. I see a divorce in ONE year, mark my words, maybe even an annulment.

To: Sarah
From: Shannan
May 10, 2005

You truly give Ren-Ken (HA!) only a year??? I know, you're probably right. You know me, ever the optimist about this crap.


To: Shannan
From: Sarah
June 1, 2005

I loved your ps of fashion news. I would love to see your outfit, that's one thing about not seeing each other enough, we miss out on all this stuff. I am wearing a fun new brown/army green outfit today. I am seriously in love with brown and green. It's weird.

One more thing I keep forgetting ot mention, it's just a funny. When Tianna and I were watching Tom Cruise on Oprah (did you see that?) we had to crack up b/c he was telling Oprah how he had been her "work" and "admired it" etc. and wanted to meet her. And I was like, Hello, Her work on DAWSON"s CREEK or in FIRST DAUGHTER?? HA! I mean, come on. Although Pieces of April was good and you know I've loved her on DC, but seriously.

I cannot get over them.

To: Shannan
From: Sarah
June 21, 2005

Subject: I HEART BOBBY
Anyhow, Bobby (i'm not sure if I am spelling that right, is it bobbie) is for Bobby Pins which I seem to increasingly enjoy, but feel like a fool in. I don't mind my partial top up in one or two, but today I went way out there and busted up the top half of my head back in like 6-7 pins all over. I think I must look ridiculous, but some days I can't handle all the hair down, it just always wants to part down the middle and I feel so bored by it. Anyhow, I'm pushing through. Today I'm in pink and brown, a new fav combo, which I believe you have seen me in.

From: Shannan
To: Sarah
June 22, 2005

I'm happy to hear from you again, and such a short email! (Not) (I love reviving the stupid "not" from time to time!) I loved your words of wisdom to the world on how to cure a low-self-esteem day. Good for you for busting out your finest! And you are right, I was lying in bed last night lamenting the fact that I did not get to see Bobby Pin Madness. As for me, you only really missed my skirt and bracelet, and only b/c I was out getting dirty earlier and the skirt wasn't conducive to working.

Oh, my Ebay chandelier came today! Sarah, it is TO DIE FOR! Oh my word. And the girl I bought it from is so fun, I just know it. It is a tried and true beauty, although it def. needs rewiring. I'm thinking of putting it in the boudoir, although I sort of hate to give up the ceiling fan. It's ugly, but functional. We use it all the time in the summer. But who likes to be functional, anyway??? Cory, that's who.

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That's just a glimpse.

I could go on.

And on.

In a sad twist of fate, the sum total of Sarah's archives were destroyed at the hands of an overzealous IT guy on the last day of her previous job. Poof. All of my words of wisdom were gone. (Thank you, overzealous IT guy!)

I love that with the click of my mouse, I can time-travel back to a different era in my life. One where I had time to micro-manage my wardrobe. One where I watched Oprah at my leisure. This is the history of a friendship, the history of connecting. I'm so thankful I have it archived and at my fingertips, when I have a hankering to go back. Embarrassment be danged.


17 comments:

  1. I am signing up for tickets to the movie right. this. second.
    Seriously.
    The bomb.

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  2. This is hil-ar-ious! Especially loved the 2 necklace comment...

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  3. Glenbrook!!! I was just there this morning!!!!

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  4. Well, my friend, here are my esteemed comments on this post:
    1. I couldn't believe that I wrote a few of those, I have no memory. I wondered if you made it up. Then there I was again, totally recognizable.
    2. I don't know if anyone will pick up on that my double necklace and bobbie pin phase was totally courtesy of Carrie in SATC. I was so going through that phase.
    3. That barn email was the best. Swoony dream come back again.
    4. Was that chandelier the one hung at my wedding? Perhaps fate?
    5. I wish I knew what possessed me to write "what do they put in the punch out in Hellay?"
    6. RenKen = i am a genius.
    7. Somewhere in there, I got that feeling again, "Yes, we are so worth a book and maybe a movie, this IS great stuff!" HA!
    8. Actually, I think we could have had way more embarrassing, weird posts about our strange fascination with H-wood.
    9. I wonder who I had the hots for back in 2005. Wait, I think I know. Let's move on.
    10. I remember the face mask and it was THE BEST! Why did I never make it again?
    11. I never want to stop writing numbers here. I want to go on and on.
    12. I got a little sad because my emails in the last year to you have been SO NOT FUN!
    13. I don't remember that boy holding out that sign, but I remember someone (obviously a kid) putting a huge "I love you sign" on a garage door one morning outside of a home near work. Slayed me. Remember I wrote Eli about it and I think I even sent her a pic of it.
    14. There are (Drumroll please)... 2,116 emails in my "Shannan" folder dating back to 2/11/05!

    LOVE YOU SO MUCH TONIGHT! Thanking God for our past, present and future together. XOXO Cosmic BFF! HA! Sarah

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  5. Love this completely. And love that I scored a *mention* in this post. #swooning

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  6. Thanks for the flashback to the days when I was privy to Shannan and Sarah banter. You both have a mastery of making the English language so much more interesting!!
    Miss you both
    Cch Shupemate

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  7. I want to be an extra. lol

    I love you and I love Sarah who I don't know. And I love best friends. There's nothing like 'em.

    You are awesomeness. :)

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  8. golden material. GOLDEN.
    does sarah blog? she ought to.

    whenever we'd visit "ford" wayne, i always chuckled at the funny little glenbrook mall. then i moved out here and have discovered the true title holder for lamest mall in america.

    xo

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  9. so enjoyable...seriously. Please make this a regular feature.

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  10. how super cute!!
    in true stalker fashion, i even love sarah's comment too!

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  11. Want to know something? Like 7 degrees of separation kind of something? I feel like I know "your" Sarah because for years I knew her as Tianna's Sarah. And even though I have never met her (or you for that matter), I know Tianna and heard many a story and somehow it feels like it's all coming together in some sort of internet Kevin Bacon connectedness. (Does any of that even make sense?!?) Anywho - yeah for friends and quirky emails. :)

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  12. 2,116 emails...that's nearly an email a day girls!

    I'm imagining your day must go something like this, care for littles, play with littles, teach/discipline littles, tea, sweat pants & a book, cook, garden, laundry, craft, take pics, email Sarah, respond to other emails, write blog post, edit blog post, publish blog post, time with Cory, time in the word & pray.

    Its no wonder you can't sleep. It appears that you don't...lol! Whew...I got tired just writing this & I left out all the everyday essentials like, stalk celebs & brush your teeth.

    You Martha Stewart/Wonder Woman/Proverbs 31 Woman you.

    Thanks for sharing true friends are the BESTEST!

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  13. hands-down, this post makes my Top Ten All Time Favorite Flavors of Shannan. and you didn't even know such a category existed.

    ps i think i should get a two second cameo in your movie, where you can see maybe a hazy profile of me in the distance, since i was the girl next door for an entire educational year. that's worth a couple seconds, right?

    pps have i ever told you my favoritest dream from high school? we were having a tsunami (in my dream), and the ocean pulled back to reveal a trove of gorgeous HUGE shells, and i was plucking them up and stuffing them in my pocket, and someone (probably my mom, because she's responsible like this) was literally pulling me from the shells telling me we needed to high-tail it to higher ground because when the water goes OUT like that, it's just about to come back IN, and i was all yes of course! everyone knows that! but look at all these SHELLS! and as she was dragging me i was still stooping down every now and then to pick up another.

    i woke up and was bummed for about ten seconds straight that i didn't get to keep any of the shells from my dream. and then i remembered that i don't even really care about seashells in actual conscious life, and all was well.

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  14. I love this because that is exactly the way my brain works. Always random. I love it!

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  15. Your timing is so great!

    Why, you ask?

    My BFF and I have started re-sending one another old emails that we've kept all of these years. Thank GOD I rarely cleaned out my "sent" Yahoo folder!

    It started about 3 weeks ago. We send about 3 per week. It is SO amazing to go back in time like that and re-read your own words, what was inspiring, troubling and even re-realizing "Dang! We are FUNNAY!" <---we both have a tendency to celebrate how funny and smart we THINK we were! In said emails, I'm stupid, I worry about dumb things that I shouldn't have wasted my time on, I never like my hair and I'm always chronically dissatisfied in relation to my love life (this was PRE- Hubby!).

    Ahh..so fun.

    Many favorites but here is the clear winner for me:


    "His hair is at a good stage or something. "

    So cute, so funny!

    Thanks for sharing! :-)

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  16. LOVE it!! I'm definitely seeing that movie...maybe I can be an extra or something ;)

    XOXO,
    Angie from Ohio

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  17. Y'all.are.a.hoot!

    A movie definitely needs to be in the works.

    Just recently I was cleaning out some things from my childhood and found a HUGE box filled with handwritten notes my two besties and I wrote back and forth in middle school and high school. Reading all the thoughts and inside jokes and code names and goofiness made me giggle and sigh and grin ear to ear. Good stuff.

    Oh, and Sarah totally called it about Ren-Ken. Wasn't it like 4 months or something? I'm always, always shocked and sad when I hear about celeb divorces. My glass-is-half-full-outlook likes to think everyone will always stay together.

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