23 July 2008

HNT - What a Tangled Web We Weave

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This week's HNT is a bit different for me. As some of you know, I spent my birthday weekend with my girl friend Tali. Now, when I say "friend," understand that I don't use that term lightly. Tali is someone I first met on-line, and later met in person. Over the past 18 months or so our friendship has grown into something very special. She knows my secrets - in fact, she knows more of my secrets than any other single person. I trust her. I admire her. I adore her.

She's the one I called when I was let go from my "d
ream" job in November. She's the one I called when husband and I had the argument that escalated to the point that I had to call the police. She's the one who IM's me when she sees storms coming through my area to make sure Cam and I are safe. She's the one who asks me what kind of cake I want for my birthday. And she's the one who gave me this gift - an HNT with her - the way I wanted her.

Thank you Tali, for all of the things you've done for both Cam and me. Thank you for being gentle when I needed it, and for whacking me up along side the head when you knew that would be more effective. Thank you for listening when we both knew that I was talking crazy, and for introducing
me to Polito's Garlic Special pizza. You've been not only a great friend, but a safe harbor for us - a place where it was perfectly alright for us to be ... well ... us! And most of all, thank you for letting me share this little glimpse of our friendship on HNT!

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“Some people weave burlap into the fabric of our lives, and some
weave gold thread. Both contribute to make the whole picture
beautiful and unique.”

~ Unknown


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87 comments:

Talisman said...

<3

MarcelloNYC said...

that is the meaning of friendship.

Cherish her.

HHNT!

TK Kerouac said...

Looks like you've found gold, HHNT!

Jason said...

that's sweet. hhnt.

Dana said...

Tali, <3 right back at you!

Marcello, I do cherish her!

TK, she can be a little burlap too *wink*

Vixen said...

That brought tears to my eyes.... I love what you two have. *happy sigh*

happyHNT, very lovely.....

Anonymous said...

Pretty amazing thing you pulled off there. Good stuff!!

FMD

Bad Bad Girl said...

Lovely post. Good friends like that are truly a gift!

Polt said...

Good for you guys. And good for Cam too.

HAPPY HNT to allthree of you. :)

Madame X said...

To have friends like this... love the picture.

smarmoofus said...

What a lovely outpouring. And I love the tangle of legs. This is a beautiful photograph.

Happy HNT!
-smarmoofus

Dana said...

Jason, I got a little sappy in this one.

Vixen, thank you. In a life that often doesn't feel very safe, she makes me feel safe.

FMD, oh the stories we could tell *wink*

Dana said...

Bad Bad Girl, and sometimes she's even a boobie prize!

Polt, it has been good for all of us.

Madame X, thank you! HHNT!

Jay said...

That WAS sweet.

And hot. ;-)

Evening said...

What a beautiful picture. But the post was the real beauty here. I am glad you two have each other.

HHNT

Boo(duh) said...

Oh, I'm all boo-hooey now. That was a beautiful tribute, and that photo came out fabulously.

Dana said...

smarmoofus, and it was even more fun to get tangled.

Jay, I'm all about sweet and HOT - especially HOT!

Evening, I'm beginning to think I should have left the words out so everyone would notice the picture *wink*

Ms. Inconspicuous said...

Aww...I love it. What a sweet HNT!

mo said...

It came out so well!! I'm so glad you and Tali found each other!

TUG said...

That's so cool. Having someone like that in your life sure makes a difference. HHNT!

Anonymous said...

I'm trying to stifle my enormous envy. LOL

That picture is beautiful. I really love it.

Ms. Lily said...

Picture is great, the words were very touching, friendship is a wonderful thing.
Happy HNT!
Lily

Helga Hansen said...

I spy with my little eye... another tattoo... yours? Or the lovely Tali's? You're so lucky to have a wonderful friend like that... I do too, and I adore mine to bits!! I'm sure it doesn't matter that he's male! ;) HHNT!

Blissfully Wed said...

I love this shot so much. And your kind words about your friend speak volumes.

Thanks for the smile.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! Such a delicious surprise! HHNT!

Maeve said...

Seems like you were having a lot of fun!
HHNT!

blue said...

HHNT! Friends like that ARE to be treasured.

d2b said...

I think there's not enough distinction in the word 'friend' for friends like this, there ought to be another word, more special.

Amorous Rocker said...

You're lucky to have such a wonderful friend. I hope the friendship continues on for you both for years to come. It's a wonderful thing when a person so great comes into your life.

Beautiful picture. Happy HNT!

I Smile 2 Much said...

Aaaawwww... *this* is soooo endearing and precious. LOVE your words and your pic of the 2 of you. Priceless & beauty-full. ; )

Happy Gorgeous HNT 2 U ; )

Mike said...

So sweet, thats what ture friends are for .
HHNT

An Artist Exposed said...

Beautiful words and picture. HHNT!

Nicey said...

I ve come over all gooey ; ) - hope it works out.

Matt-Man said...

Great friend, great post, great pic. Cheers to both of you Dana!!

Matt-Man said...

Holy Crap, I forgot to say...Tali has a Fightin' Irish tatoo!!! I think I'm in love. Shake down the thunder, baby!! Cheers!!

Dana said...

Boo(duh), I know I'm not usually this sappy, but I wanted to somehow give the picture it's proper context.

Ms. I, thank you!

Mo, it did come out well, didn't it?

Dana said...

TUG, yes it does!

FF, if it makes you feel any better, I feel quite lucky to have had the opportunity.

Ms. Lily, friendship has always been difficult for me - maybe that's why I needed to honor it.

Anonymous said...

That is what friends are for, you have a true one there! Delightful!

Anonymous said...

We all need friends like that, but few have them. Keep each other close.

buffalodickdy said...

Well, if you're happy.... but a Notre Dame fan? Jeeeez....M GO BLUE!

Dana said...

Helga, that tat would belong to the lovely Tali!

Bliss, I thought the shot was quite fun myself!

PP, *giggle* I like surprises!

Dana said...

Maeve, we were having a lot of fun!

Blue, yes they are! HHNT!

d2b, I don't do "friends" well - often expectations get in the way - but that hasn't been an issue here.

Dana said...

Amorous, I hope it continues to grow and survive as well.

I Smile, thank you! HHNT!

Mike, I've just not run into many people who I could really depend on.

Dana said...

Artist, the picture was fun to take - the words were difficult to get out.

Nicey, I like it when you get gooey on my blog!

Matt-Man, I was afraid that when you saw Tali's tat you'd betray me *wink*

Anonymous said...

No, what would make me feel better is if she'd do one w/ me. :P

It's all good. I'm just glad she was willing to show the world those beautiful legs!

Richard said...

Both of you together look so amorous, and comfortable. A perfect match.

Turnbaby said...

So lovely...just perfectly lovely.

HHNT

The Troll said...

What a nice friend. And a nice pic too. HHNT

Mike said...

Dana,

Same here as i`ve found out to my expense

M said...

I don't technically "know" Tali but I feel like I do from her blog which I've read since it's conception.

That is an AWESOME shot! I'll have to let her know that I totally love her tattoo :)

Dana said...

Kannon7, I have seldom come across this kind of friendship - maybe this has something to do with me opening up a bit? I'd like to think so!

N2S, yes we do!

Buff, not just a ND fan, but had to permanently attach he fanness to her body. I guess I can't have everything!

Dana said...

FF, well, I'm afraid I can't help you out with that, but I can tell you that her legs felt as good as they looked *wink*

Richard, comfortable is a really, really good word!

Turnbaby, I thought so! HHNT!

Dana said...

Troll, both are - IMHO - HNT worthy!

Mike, I'm always cautious with new people - age has made me a bit of a cynic.

M, I love her tat too, but it's in no way her best feature *giggle*

SeaRabbit said...

Great photo and I envy that friendship!!
HHNT!

Real Live Lesbian said...

You are one lucky woman! An intimate friendship is rarely experienced and it looks like you have found it.

Enjoy!

I am so happy for you!

(sniff sniff)

the good doctor said...

I do believe I see some hint of a "glow" in this shot. ;)

It's truly nice to have a friend like her to turn to for comfort and security.

Bina said...

Oh how I wish I had a friend like that. I don't trust any person enough, and I'm jealous, but OH so happy for you both! Beautiful, lovely picture. I'm so happy for you!

Dana said...

SeaRabbit, from the sounds of it her HNT days are ending as quickly as they started, so I'm glad I was given this opportunity!

RLL, enjoy I did! Now wipe away those tears!

Good Dr., glow? Hmmmm ... just which part of the picture are you seeing that glow in *wink*

Bunny said...

What a wonderful friend and a wonderful picture!!

HHNT to you both!

Baby said...

Love the photo, but loved what you wrote more! Wonderful to have that special bond/friendship with someone!! HHNT!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Lapis Ruber said...

What a delicious entanglement - of minds as well as limbs :-) Happy HNT.

Biscuit said...

We should all be so lucky to have a Tali. I have a friend who knows all of my secrets, but holds back emotionally, and then dear deeply emotional friends who don't know all of my secrets. In the end, it equals lonely.

Dana said...

Bina, I wasn't sure that I could trust anyone that much either - and there have been a few times when I wanted to run away - but I didn't, and it was worth it!

Bunny, thank you! HHNT!

Baby, I had hoped the photo would reflect the words as they both mean a lot to me!

Bond said...

what a wonderful dedication to your friend...

a very lovely picture...but I was hoping for more on the "click through" hehehehehehehe

Dana said...

Lapis, delicious ... I like that!

Biscuit, I do feel lucky to "have" Tali for the very reasons you mention. It's never a good thing to be in the company of others and still feel lonely.

Bond, getting a bit greedy, aren't you? Some things are better left unspoken - or at least without photographic evidence.

Knight said...

Looks like a birthday weekend well spent to me. I'm glad you have each other.

Anonymous said...

Alright Dana- Tali told me last night when this was up and I thought I put a comment up and I don't see it, pish posh, that photo is so amazing you did a good job w/ it. I think it is great all the nice things you said about her, she is such a nice person and I am thankful to have come in contact w/ her. Keep up the good HNT!!

Karen said...

Very touching tribute to your friend. And great photo

Lu' said...

Fandamnfriggintastic Dana. Very nice indeed. The picture is as heartwarming as the sentiment. True friends are one of the rarest things on the planet.

BTExpress said...

Now I understand your comment. I'm happy for you both and "for letting me share this little glimpse of our friendship".

Happy HNT!

Dana said...

Knight, I'm still saving the Jell-O for you *wink*

Beer, Blogger must have eaten your first comment in hopes that you'd leave a second. And yes, she's "good people."

Karen, once in a while I think it's good to tell people how you feel!

Dana said...

Lu, yay! You liked the picture too!

BTExpress, I knew my comment would eventually make sense to you as long as you came on over for a visit *wink*

Slick said...

Wow!!!!! Awesome pic...

I vote more next week?? :)

Ro said...

74th comment? What can be left to say? Oh, I'll just tell the truth: that's some friend you have there, it's a hell of a photo and that's a very intriguing tattoo!

Happy HNT to you and to your friend :)

doggybloggy said...

is this a 'before'or 'after' shot....?? Loves me some skin!

ambergail77 said...

This looks like a good time was had by all. Sexy shot.

Dana said...

Slick, so sorry! Tali has ended her HNT career as of this publishing date *snicker*

Ro, seems there are a few fans of her tatoo out there! HHNT!

DB, before or after what??? *smirk*

Ambergail, we did have fun - so did her husband who was taking the shot *wink*

tt said...

**sniffing here!!**
it's so good to see your sappy side come out. You two have a very rare friendship. I'm glad you found each other. :)
Cheers to many,many more!!!

tt said...

lol....it took me a bit to figure out the leg configuration....Tali's hubby is one lucky guy...I'm thinking. :)

Ellie said...

This photo is so warm. Thanks for sharing it.

d2b said...

Yes, I can really see that the friendship between you and Tali is something really special ;)

Tequila Mockingbird said...

ohhhh what a beautiful picture! i am oh so jealous!

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

In other words, "it takes two to tango."

Vixen said...

I put you up this week Sweetie... xo

Have a great wkend.

captain corky said...

Simply amazing!

As American as Apple Pie said...

Ok, first I have to say..."where's the click through???!!!"

And second, it's a great pic anyway and your friendship is to be admired.

Thirdly, I'm jealous.

Oh...and HAPPY BIRTHDAY a little late!

Anndi said...

Now that's something to smile about.