Friday, February 18, 2011

Dedicated...

by MaryAnn Carroll

to blogging.  As on many group blogs, each of the authors at LMAJ have certain days to post.  Today was Kelli's day.  Last night I got a phone call from Indianna at approx. 7:45.  Seeing that it was out of state, I answered the phone in the gruff voice that friends often give me a hard time about.  When I first looked at the caller ID, I saw that is was long distance and looked at the INDIA part of Indianna and think it triggered my recent issues with Dell technical support!  Okay, so that's a stretch, but my first reaction was annoyance.
So out came the "are you mad?" voice that, while at work, and walking across my classroom to answer the phone, I have to remember to change when I pick it up to say, "hello!"  Instead of my natural

"HELLO!,"

I work on the sweeter side of me that is more inviting to a friendly conversation, with a controlled, kind toned

"hello."

The crazy part of that too, is that I'm rarely mad and even when I am, I don't stay that way too long.  I think it is usually my hurried, distracted personality that comes through.  I guess you are never too old to work on change.  I'll continue my, so far, 10 year journey of trying to change that! ;o)

The kind voice on the other end said, "Mary Ann?"

To which, I, of course said, "yes!" 

And, to my surprise it was Kelli Pope calling......worried because her computer broke down and she wouldn't be able to post today.  She even went as far as calling her niece (I think she said) to tracking down my phone number since she didn't have a working computer to look it up on.

That is only the 2nd time that I've actually spoken with a friend that I've met through the internet in person (other than my husband who I met through match.com 6 years ago ;o).  I have to, once again, give technology some credit since the internet has made our world a much smaller place with opportunities that are endless. 

With all the said, and with all of Kelli's effort and dedication to the blog, I thought that I would do a little dedication back at her.....  I think everyone will enjoy seeing some of Kelli's most recent work and agree that she is a natural.

Enjoy...










Thanks Kelli!... and I'm saying that ever so sweetly ;o)

13 comments:

mairedodd said...

very nice, mary ann... one of the things that i find so fulfilling about being in this group is the extent to which the members really care -
i like how you explained your voices - it is interesting how you know each and every one consciously...
so i am very sorry about kelli's computer - but glad that you got to speak in person... it is a wonderful feeling to talk to someone that you might even talk to more than some people in your physical world! i love finding the balance...

Barbara Lewis said...

I know what you mean about the invasion of privacy that has become an everyday occurrence from telephone solicitors! I love seeing all of Kelli's work ... a retrospective.

Luthien said...

hello ladies :)
MaryAnn :) you are so funny :) like Maire, i enjoyed the conversation description ... the "hello"s really made me laugh!

thank you for sharing Kelli's work! it's unique and beautiful. i like that she combines hammered wires into her artwear :) elegantly done :)
HUGS!
luthien :)

Spirited Earth said...

thanks for sharing a selection of Kelli's work for todays post..lovely

LOL about gruffly answering the phone..i completley understand the "what now" first thoughts,i am guilty of that as well..answer nicely is a good thing to remember..as you can always slam down the phone later..
if you answer in another language it's more difficult to be sharp.

SummersStudio said...

Funny, isn't it how much the telephone solicitation has affected how we answer the phone if we don't know who's calling. It's nice to see Kelli's work. I love how she layers wire with other pieces.

VanBeads said...

I know exactly what you mean about Dell customer service, so I can't blame you for being a bit gruff on the phone! We have a game that we play when we get an unsolicited phone call... If they can't pronounce our last name, we hang up on them.

What a great showing of Kelli's work! Very inspiring, and so beautiful. I love her earrings!

D'Arsie Manzella said...

To avoid my grrrrrufff voice on the phone I will let the voice mail pick up unknown numbers. I love Kelli's work and this is a wonderful way to celebrate her devotion to the blog!

Jane Perala said...

Beautiful pieces!

Patty said...

You're a true friend, Mary Ann. Kelli's work is beautiful! Hope her computer is back on its feet soon. :-)

Kristi Bowman said...

Great post Mary Ann, gave me a good chuckle and I loved seeing Kelli's work. Like many, I rarely answer the phone if I don't know who it is.

Norma's Clay said...

Funny description on the answering the phone dilema we have these days. The question in my mind when the phone rings is: Is it junk(solicitors) or a customer?!! Many times I just screen calls. The necklaces are really beautiful.

MaCarroll Beads said...

LOL! I wish I could say that my problem was totally related to the annoying phone calls, but I will never forget....way back when... (I was about 17) My Mom was an office manager of a small business and I used to cover for the secretaries when they were out for vacation, etc. One of the first things she said to me (after answering the phone) was, "MaryAnn, when you pick up the phone, you need to sound pleasant." I was like...."okaaaayyyy Mom!" and then every time it rang, I had to find my sing-song voice for the business ;o) You would think that something like this should be so simple!

Kelli said...

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!! I'm all misty eyed!!!
Mary Ann, you are such an angel! (quite a gruff voiced angel.... :o), but an angel none the less!!! ha ha!!!) What a sweet post! I think I was just expecting an angelic voice to go with your angelic face and petite stature!! BTW, we are back up and running, although with a few REALLY aggravating glitches, which I'm fussing about in my best gruff-voiced imitation of you, by the way!!!! I can't thank you enough, Bubba.. um..uhmmm.... I mean Mary Ann... :) I'll be back next week with the new ceramic finished beads!!!!

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