13 February 2007

A New Bestie... Miss Aimee

WARNING: I'm pouring my heart out on this one. If that doesn't interest you (it's sappy) then don't read this post and wait for the next one (coming soon - I'm working through all my images).
Introducing one of my new 'Besties', Aimee. She lives in Arizona with her husband and gaggle of kids. We met at a photography conference with 100 other photographers over the weekend on the California coast. This event has changed my life; it's been turned upside down and I'm completely serious. Like a ton of bricks just fell on me (and I LOVE it). There was so much learning, sharing and laughing (y'all know how I like to laugh). We were lucky to have several amazing photographers to lead us in shoots with volunteer couples and models on the beach, in the rain and walking about town. Yeah, rain. Flying to CA you wouldn't expect 3 days of rain but that's what we got. It was actually invigorating to work outside our box, so to speak. Anyway, back to Aimee. Have you ever met someone for the first time that you feel like you've known forever? That's what happened with me and Aimee. Her brother, another bestie (so glad Cathy came up with this expression so I can have more than 1 best friend), explained it like this...
"It's like trying to figure out deja-vu. When you try to think about what exactly it is you saw, it's gone in a flash, and all you're left with is a feeling."
It's like you just KNOW each other without having to explain a thing. That happened with me and My Lisa upon our first meeting - it was instant, difficult to explain. Aimee and I laughed like school girls LONG and HARD when we were together (wish we had more time to laugh). She said her abs hurt in the morning from the workout I gave her. It was pee-your-pants kind of laughter that gets funnier as you try and calm down then the other person makes a peep and starts it all over again. We have the same taste in food and pink lemonade (as long as it's got the right ratio of tart to sweet). There's no explaining each other. Sure, you tell stories and share experiences but there's no judgement or criticism - just a bunch of love. I couldn't get enough of her and just wanted to stuff her in my pocket and take her home; maybe put her in a little terrarium on my kitchen counter. Perhaps next to the giant rooster? When I got on the plane to fly back home Sunday night, I couldn't help but think about the time I had and all the changes that will make my business better. As I sat in a middle seat, I started leaking out of both eyes. I wasn't bawling like a baby (that came later), it was just a gentle tear fest that didn't want to stop for a while. Tried to think about why I was crying (were they happy or sad tears) but I guess that just made it worse because I just kept thinking about all the great people I now count as friends and family. The kind of family you get to hand pick (that's a little shout-out to Ryan). After a while I got the leak under control (call a plumber already) and read the paper to take my mind off of it. As we prepared for landing the leaking started back up again when I was brought to the realization that my weekend is really over and I was going back to the real world (it was like a fantasy, really). I was excited to be back with my family and smooch on my kids, don't get me wrong - I love my home (not Utah as a whole, just where I live), but the euphoria from the weekend is something I didn't want to wear off. As Ben asked about the trip I told him about the logistics because when I started talking about the people I will miss the leak showed up again. As soon as I got home I called Aimee to find out how their drive back home was going. That was when I realized that the euphoria doesn't have to end. My new besties are just a phone call/text away. So there's a little glimps into the tender heart of Shannon (gotta stop before I leak again). No matter how tough I act I can be a cry baby at the drop of a hat (like I have been since Sunday night). My cup runneth over. Aren't I lucky?

12 comments:

Rebekah said...

Shannon-

I missed you and your blog. I've been checking it daily to see when you'd get some stuff posted up from OSP West. I am so happy that it was so awesome for you! Now you have to tell me some of the great stuff you learned! AND POST SOME MORE PICS! I'm dying to see some!

Lucky Red Hen said...

Awe, sniff sniff, thanks ;o) I'm working on the RAW's right now and hope to have something soon. IT WAS TOO MUCH FUN!!!

Your Lisa said...

I love the shout out to Hope Floats...

K.C. said...

"I couldn't get enough of her and just wanted to stuff her in my pocket and take her home; maybe put her in a little terrarium on my kitchen counter."

Talk about an ab workout, that was too funny. Thanks for the laugh.

Jen said...

Shannon, you put my feelings perfectly into words! I miss everyone so much! It's amazing how quickly we all got to know each other and how close we all became in such a short period of time!

Lunch with you on Saturday was so awesome! Glad we got a chance to hang out and get to know eachother better!

Can't wait till the next time I get to see you!

Lucky Red Hen said...

K.C. you're welcome.

Jen! Thanks for letting me tell your husband off LOL - he's such a good photographer - especially those band pics! They're SICK! I'll go to Jack In The Box (we don't have them here) with you anytime :o)

Aimee said...

You don't know this yet, but I love roosters and chickens. They are all over my house. Funny that you want a mini-me in your terrarium, that made me laugh.

Every time I see your face I grin from ear-to-ear.

Miss you so much

wilshers said...

Looks like your having great fun Shannon, just had to add that you look totally cute in these pics and love your Hawt avatar pic on OSP

- Ryan Flynn Photography - said...

thanks for the shout out!

i ain't no hollaback girl, but i'm hollering back anyways. :)

dude, your blog is getting so much love!

Lucky Red Hen said...

Jacqui, you should've come - you might feel better about waiting for Britain. I feel that way about having to wait for Seattle.

Ryan - admit it, you ARE a Hollaback girl LOL. Yes, I love the love.

b. said...

What I love about you most is your ability to make instant friends. I love that you make people feel like you've known them and loved them their whole life....it's a rare gift you have been blessed with....
(cue the newest broadway show tune ".....She's here, It's Shannon, it's really, really Shannon.....")

Lucky Red Hen said...

b. I only treat them like I've loved them my whole life if they deserve it. Like you. Come on, you save lives and make me laugh. That's all I ask. And I love YOU.