Thank You Thursday {10}

I don’t think about receiving. I think only about how I will next give which is why it is so strange to receive anything more than a smile or a “thank you”. When giving, I only ever expect to receive in return the rush of happiness that I get when I see the beneficiary smile.

I used to, and still do sometimes, get very flustered whenever people pay me a compliment because I am more comfortable being on the other side. So, whenever I receive a compliment from another, “thank you” never feels like enough. Two syllables don’t seem to be able to encompass just how happy the compliment makes me. This feeling is exponentially magnified when receiving a gift. I don’t know if there is a small phrase that can accurately describe my feeling of excitement or the rush of gratitude or the absolute titillation that I have felt when opening my mail lately.

 

J&L W.
I hope that you two had a wonderful Easter as well. I am looking forward to showing you just how much your gift helped. At the end of May I will be taking delivery of something absolutely sublime. Stay tuned for photos.

D.A.
In the shortest letter I have possibly ever received, you wrote, “Hope this brings a little smile”. Rather than bringing just a little smile, your gift brought a major case of shock! I have caught myself staring into the distance quite a few times since I have received your letter wondering how something that I did inspired you SO much. This summer I will be posting many, many pictures in your honor.

 

These are definitely cases where “thank you” doesn’t seem like enough but before I can inundate you with pictures and emotions, “thank you” is going to have to suffice. Think of it as a down payment on the displays of gratitude that are yet to come.

 

Love and smiles,

Alexis

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Cameronstache

There are few facial hair formations as fabulous as this $3.95 Stache on a Stick. My dearest brother, Cameron, has taken to growing these in his spare time. While he currently has seven varieties taking root in his man garden, the Fancy Stache, featured here, has by far been the most prosperous. Note how this mustache curls up just so at the ends. He one day hopes to achieve such magnificence in the rest of his stache collection. Once Cameron graduates from the University of Colorado’s Broticulture program, he hopes to travel the world and bestow beautifully barbered bristles abroad.

I am so proud.

Acts of Kindness

It’s fun to leave random notes anywhere and everywhere (other ideas).

Happy Post Its

Left this compliments poster on the window of a local fitness club.

Compliments poster

These were for the furry friends at the local shelter

doggie treats

Left these rocks at Texas Neurology for anyone in need of a little inspiration.

random rocks

Picked up a few bouquets, divided them into mini bundles in our van, and then left them with a note on random vehicles in the parking lot.
The note read, “Science shows that a single smile has the equivalent hormonal value of a bar of dark chocolate. So, share a smile and create a daisy chain of cheer.”

random flowers

Put a dollar bill in your movie rental and return it for someone else to find.

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Thank You Thursday {9}

 

Basia
I really appreciate all of the beautiful messages that you send to me. I know I should reply more often, but even when I don’t, you are very understanding. I will make an effort to speak to you more often. You are so wonderful!

Kenzie and Daphne
I was just thinking about the beautiful cards that you sent me for my birthday and how absolutely elated they make me. You two are so talented! Your pictures are gorgeous. I am so excited to see how you both progress artistically in the coming years.

Hank Green
I love your videos. I spent many hours last night devouring both Vlogbrothers and Scishow. I love to learn, and I have a special place in my heart for biology. You explain science very well, and your video pacing and humor make the videos very enjoyable to watch, which I appreciate. Thank you for being so amazing!

Brett
I know that you don’t know me personally, but I know about you through Roy and I also follow your blog. You are so outstandingly hilarious! Roughly 97% of your posts make me crack up. Laughter, of course, is it a beautiful thing and I thank you for giving me that gift on a daily basis. Good luck, by the way. I hope you find something that makes you happy and also pays a livable wage at the very least.

Love and smiles,

Alexis

Therefore I Am

At around 2 o’clock this morning, I had to go to the bathroom (which is, incidentally, where I do all of my best thinking) and a sudden memory struck me. About seven years ago, when I was in the eighth grade, I had a teacher named Mr. Bleemel. He taught pre-AP US history, which was one of my favorite subjects at the time. We were watching the movie, National Treasure that day because we had finished with some project or another and didn’t have anything else to do. My seat was near or perhaps right next to Mr. Bleemel’s desk at the time. I was drawing, as usual, when students were gathering around his desk while he was writing things on sticky notes and giving them to us. I can’t remember who else was in my class or what anyone else got on their sticky note. It was supposed to be a silly thing; just something for him to do and something for us to enjoy, but it meant more than that to me because of what he wrote on my sticky note.
On that one inch by one and half inch pale yellow sticky note, in his blocky, all caps handwriting, he wrote,
“I draw, therefore I am creative, therefore I am.”
I have kept this pale yellow sticky note for the past seven years. I still have it. When I got it it went between the pages of my sketchbook, then when the adhesive began to wear off, I put it on my corkboard where it stayed for years. Its current residence (if I am not mistaken) is in the top left drawer of my dresser at my dad’s. The reason I still have this pale yellow sticky note that my teacher wrote for me as an offhanded observation pertaining to the sheer amount of art I tended to crank out around that time is actually pretty simple. At a time in my life where I didn’t really know who I was, my pre-AP US history teacher managed to sum me up in a sentence.
“I draw, therefore I am creative, therefore I am.”
And I can’t honestly say I have changed much since then in regards to this statement.
The following are some drawings proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that this statement is true.
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Have a smile on me,
Alexis

Thank You Thursday {8}

I understand that today is Friday and not Thursday. Yesterday, I had a doctor’ s appointment, which was very tiring. Hopefully, I will not be late again. Thank you for your understanding and enjoy this week’s thankful shoutouts.

Grotto
Thank you for being so accommodating. Your customer service is incredible, as is your food. The bruschetta was incredible and the four cheese pizza is the best pizza I’ve ever had ever (parmesan cream, mozzarella, fontina, parmesan & goat cheese). What the hell even? On top of the food and atmosphere (which was as stupendous as the delectable om noms), I had the Elderflower Cocktail, which is one of your specialties. It was rather strong for me, but it was delicious all the same.

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Prophets and Outlaws
I am so glad that we ended up at Grotto. I really enjoyed your live cover of ‘Valerie’. Of course, your music on the whole is mind blowing. I will definitely be seeing you again.

For those of you who have not heard of Prophets and Outlaws, you can check them out here. They sound just as good record it as they do live, and you can check out four of their songs on their website.

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Heather the receptionist
I’m very glad and that everyone enjoyed the rocks that we left up at the office. Thank you for saving the plate for us. We will be doing that again and leaving them at another location for more people to enjoy. I also really appreciate how you always greet us with a smile. I hope you have a wonderful year.

Spoons
Although this sign on your front is slightly confusing, and you may have possibly been closed whenever we went inside, you still happily rang up the brownies that we purchased. They were delicious, by the way. Next time, I will probably try the pie.

Adorable Pei Wei Manager Guy
You made both myself and my mom smile yesterday, whether you realize that or not. You have such a happy face and sweet demeanor. Thank you for your sweetness and the food!

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Love and smiles,

Alexis

Thank You Thursday {7}

Heather
Thank you for helping us so much at the clinics. We really appreciate your support and compassion. Mom and I also think that you are adorable, so there’s that too.

Diana
Thank you for your constant positive feedback and support, especially when it comes to my art. I really enjoy talking to you. I miss you. I look forward to working on this new thing with you!

 Pinterest People
Thank you all for giving my mother such excellent recipe ideas. My taste buds rejoice frequently because you have decided to share your this or that with the world, and my mom found it. May you have many excellent meals.

Pinterest people part two
There is another portion of you who do not impose recipes or food ideas, but rather art references and inspiration, and for that I am grateful. Feet are really hard to draw, but I know where to go whenever I am in need of assistance. Thank you.

 

Sydney
I get music suggestions from you off of Spotify, and they are wonderful. I am actually listening to Patchwork Girlfriend right now. I miss you, girlie. I hope to hang out with you whenever you come down!

 Love and smiles,

Alexis