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I absolutely LOVE the smell of Home Depot!

Whenever I walk through the automatic sliding doors (like I did this morning), I always take the time to stop and take a deep breath. I mentally “taste” the potent smell of sawn lumber mixed in with the faint aromas of manure and paint.

And oh, how I looove it.

I suppose it’s related to the fact that the smell reminds me of the times I spent with my Dad, the Handyman.

When I was little, I would tag along as often as I could on his Home Depot runs. I enjoyed touching all of the chains, collecting the paint sample cards (so smooth, so shiny!), and turning every doorknob mock-up in the store.

And most of all, I loved to watch my Dad create amazing furniture with the scrap wood that was around the garage. I admired him (and still do!) for his almost super-heroic ability to make stuff.

So if you happen to go with me to a Home Depot, and you see me stop, spread my arms wide, close my eyes, take in a deep breath, and sigh…

…please don’t act you don’t know me and walk away. Like my boss did… (T_T)

Happy Birthday, Dada!

As the title of this blog entry suggests, it’s true. The apple reaaaaaaally doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Whether its our shared sense of fashion…

Illustrating the Popular Belt-Over-The-Shirt Look

Our big eyes…

Yes, those are Ping Pong balls.

The obsession we have for fossil hunting…

The Hard Hats Are to Protect the World from Our Awesomeness

Or our lame–I mean HILARIOUS sense of humor…

Mm. Clementines.

Truly, I am my father’s daughter.

When 3-D (and Suspenders) Was Still Cool

I could honestly go on and on regaling tales of our hundreds of adventures together, but they all merely illustrate exactly the same thing:

My Dada is the best.

Happy Birthday, Dada. You may be one year older, but you haven’t changed a bit.

So THAT's Where I Got It From

A Cartoon Stuck in a Real Girl’s Body

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August 2010