At the time we met in Texas, our jobs required us both to live in these little green dark cubicles across from each other. We were both considered the odd balls in our world of IT professionals who spent their days writing code and handling technical service calls from around the globe. Why? Because we were both women in a male dominated world and our friendship was solidified by a shared love of crafting and DIY.
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Looking back, I think our constant chatter about our kids, craft projects, and interior design drove our male coworkers a little crazy. They spent their days handling technical issues and their nights playing online video games against each other. Even the few other female coworkers leaned toward this nerdy obsession and considered us a bit strange at times.
They did their thing, we did ours.
But we didn’t care, we had each other and creative things to chat about instead of the latest video game release or the latest computer technology craze.
It was also during the time we were all working on the Y2K workarounds to prevent the world from coming to a grinding stop on 01/01/2000!
And yes that was a real thing and thankfully hundreds of other workers like us were also living in tiny cubicles changing and testing old computer code so that the rest of the world had a huge letdown on New Year’s Eve of 12/31/1999 and then considered the whole thing a hoax. The memories and the irony of it all still make me smile.
It is a friendship that has lasted over 25 years, across two different states and millions of emails and chat texts. She was the first to encourage me to pursue my interest in Interior Design and listened to my tired rantings as I struggled through school while still working in the IT world.
She was also the first person I told about starting a blog.
We have shared job changes, moves across the country, trips to Disney and Universal for just us girls, stories of raising teenagers at the same time, being parents with kids in college, weddings, deaths of family members, and now becoming a grandparent.
Our former coworkers who thought we were odd – well I have no where they are at today. Hopefully doing well and still playing video games at night.
As for us, we are still chatting and crafting all these years later.
Here at home in TN, another friend and I share the love of cross stitching, interior design, DIYs, thrift stores, bible studies and discussing HGTV shows.
We first met in our local Sunday School class when I first moved to Tennessee 22 years ago.
We have raised kids the same ages at the same schools, have visited cross stitch stores together, shared our latest thrift store finds, and constantly talk about what projects we have planned for our homes. She is a dear friend and others have asked why we are so close. The answer, we share the same interests and crafting is at the heart of it all!
Since become a blogger, my circle of creative friends has expanded to include bloggers from around the globe. To me, it is one of the special blessings of blogging.
I can’t imagine not having some sort of creative outlet and a messy craft room full of unfinished and hopeful future projects all piled together in glorious chaos.
And wonderful friends to share it with.
Proverbs 27:9 “A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.”