Roll Call

Last week I met up with an old friend who has been reading my blog for months. Now, in reality, I knew she was reading it but only because a mutual friend told me. She, on the other hand, thought she had just been anonymously stalking my blog. I know I have stalked other people's blogs and never commented either.

It got me thinking, "Who else reads this thing?" SO, come out come out wherever you are . . . who reads this little old thing, anyway? Let me know who you are - even if you comment all the time . . . Look, I will even give you a fun question to answer AND I will change my settings so that you can post a comment without creating a username and password . . . but if you do sign on anonymously, at least sign your name, would ya? It will be fun.

What was your favorite game to play at recess as a kid?


Blogger Tony Gambee said...

I do, but I have posted a couple times before.

Tony Gambee
Old acquaintance of Herb's, friend of Matt and Sherri, husban to Kelli, and the barber of seville.

9:58 AM, September 15, 2006  
Anonymous sb guy boulder said...

cara, i read your blog. ever since i met the beautiful brittany jane on a chance counter at a starbucks in boulder. i find i know her more by knowing her friends. and the more I know you, the more I love her. yes. I am that cool

10:21 AM, September 15, 2006  
Blogger Jennifer Coomer said...

I am cracking up. My dad put a similar post on his blog yesterday. My mom wondered if that was gauche in the blog world. I told her I didn't think there were any rules.

10:48 AM, September 15, 2006  
Blogger Cara said...

it is probably not "gauche" (nice word, by the way). it is probably completely self-involved and lots of other negative terms that begin with "self". . . . but i am still curious!

10:50 AM, September 15, 2006  
Blogger Cara said...

wait, gauche is negative.
then yes, it probably IS gauche.

10:51 AM, September 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE your blog and read it religiously. It makes me a little sad that we didn't spend more time together when I lived in Denver. On the flipside it makes me feel very connected to you. And, as a newlywed myself I appreciate your being so open and honest about how hard the first year can be.
My favorite game was chinese jump rope.

11:12 AM, September 15, 2006  
Blogger the daums said...

Hi Cara - I have read your blog ever since BJ posted an excerpt of your blog on HER blog. I am also recently married, and I love hearing your take on things. I appreciate your honesty, because it seems like lots of newlyweds are afraid to act like things are anything but perfect. And I love Anne Lammotte (but I can't spell her last name), so we have that in common. So anyways, blame BJ!


12:00 PM, September 15, 2006  
Blogger peanutgallery said...

Long time reader, first time commenter. Ok, not really.
Well, we weren't actually that creative at recess, we always played soccer. But my favorite game as a kid.... TV Tag after dinner in the summer. LOVED IT!

12:11 PM, September 15, 2006  
Anonymous sb guy, boulder said...

by the way, we once got in trouble at Little K in the 'ville for playing "Toilet Tag." It's a game of tag, where you get frozen, and one of your teammates has to help you out. The catch, however, is that the ONLY way they can release you is to sit on your lap and "flush", with accompanying appropriate sounds. Apparently, the parent's didn't think it was a good idea. And truth be told, I'm not quite sure why we ever did.

12:29 PM, September 15, 2006  
Blogger Jennifer Coomer said...

I don't think it's gauche. I think it's like performing an on-line poll. Like, "Do you think Brit-Brit and K.Fed will make it to their 5 year anniversary?

10:18 PM, September 15, 2006  
Blogger Cara said...

you should conduct said poll on your blog. www.pollhost.com
i will be looking for that on monday!

10:32 PM, September 15, 2006  
Blogger Kelli Gambee said...

Tetherball--I lived for tetherball.

Did you know that any of the above people were reading? I tried to ask this same question a while ago on my blog, but no one responded. WIMPS. I knew who was reading too.

5:38 AM, September 16, 2006  
Anonymous Jen Northcraft said...

HI Cara,
This is Jen Northcraft (formerly Ritter). I often visit your site by way of Hurricanic.com. I grew up with the Jackson gals in KCMO and then I followed Kelly's stories about CCF and I went to Truman for 3 years. I believe you were still in the ville my freshman year but I really knew your sister Amy better.
I love to read the stories on your site and I actually laughed out loud while reading your post about the slip and slide. What fun. You are such an enchanting writer.
On another note, I am proud to say that my husband and I just made the big jump to the wonderful state of Colorado when we moved here in August from KC. Maybe we can get together some day.
Wow, I feel better now that I have come out of the closet about being one of your secret blog readers!

12:34 PM, September 16, 2006  
Blogger Cara said...

i also loved tetherball and foursquare!
i know some of these folks were reading . . . the big suprises were jen and becky. and off course, the non-existant SB Boulder guy! :) i am always suprised when fictional characters are reading ANYTHING, let alone my blog!

jen, welcome to colorful colorado! where are you living? would be neat to see you sometime.

4:02 PM, September 16, 2006  
Blogger AguaDulce said...


Here I am! In my own defense, I thought of saying hello earlier, but didn't want to have to create a blogger identity... as it is, it took a couple of tries to figure out what username and password I'd created. Ack! I fear becoming addicted to blogging, I already avoid my homework enough as it is!

Glad you and Herb had fun down and back, and you got some sweet pics of Courtney! Good work! Thanks so much for coming down. It was great to see you.

-Albuquerque Katie

4:21 PM, September 16, 2006  
Blogger Sherri Whiteford said...

It's me... I am a faithful reader, but never have many great comments in the moment. I enjoy it though - you make me smile!

12:55 PM, September 17, 2006  
Anonymous Kristen Guthrie said...

Oh goodess - I have been debating all day about whether or not to post - but what the heck!

I am DEFINITELY an anonymous stalker. I am an e-friend of Herb's, through a real life friendship with Scott Balyo. I found your site after Herb told me about your engagement site before you were married, and to be honest, I have been hooked ever since. I even have it bookmarked!

I just love reading your insights and your honesty and openess. I only wish I knew you in person (and Herb too, now that I think about it!) You have made such a good use of cyber-space, and I have to thank you for that.

Now that I seem normal, I hesitate to add that my favorite game was "butt ball" - something about a racquetball thrown at a brick wall and a chance to hit people in the backside. I think I liked it so much because it was a Christian school, and so the chances to say "butt" were few and far between.

Thanks again for being so open - even with a stranger like me. And, if you can get Herb back to Taylor sometime, I would gladly meet you at Ivanhoe's!

Kristen Guthrie

1:33 PM, September 17, 2006  
Blogger Cara said...

KRISTEN! oh, i am so glad you posted! thanks! i had no idea you were reading this blog. but i must say, i do know who you are . . . i even bought you a mug at the starbucks in st. louis a few years ago but herb thought you probably already had one.
butt ball sounds fun.
i always liked playing "honey if you love me won't you please please smile" at youth group. this is where everyone sits in a circle in chairs. the person who is "it" stands in the center. their goal is to get a chair to sit in. and in order to do so, they sit on people's laps and say "honey if you love me . . . " and do anything they think will make the person smile/laugh. i loved it because i got to sit on boys laps and flirt at church.
i can't believe they allowed us to play that.
that would NEVER fly these days! especially with the youth leaders playing!

1:43 PM, September 17, 2006  
Anonymous kristen guthrie said...

So fun!

Thank you for thinking of me with the Starbucks mug - but Herb was right, I do have a St Louis one, and we have instituted a "we have to have been there" policy since our cupboards are full (and really, that is much more fun)!

Do you know that Herb and I had a plan to get on The Amazing Race, because we thought our relationship, "met on-line, have never met on person" would make for great TV. Plus, I am a mapoholic, and clearly, the man likes to drive. So how great would that be?

Although Herb probably thinks I was joking, I really wasn't. In fact, my second thought after finding out I was pregnant was "Now I don't think I'll ever make it on The Amazing Race." - the first thought was one of joy, I'm sure. :)

Of course this was before your time, and from the tales of your trip, I am sure you two would travel together much more compatibly, but in the interest of full disclosure I thought I should share.

Oh, and I really like Kate Beckinsale and Jennifer Garner.

2:17 PM, September 17, 2006  
Blogger denverherbie said...

Kirsten, it's hilarious that you have been e-stalking us for so many months! Maybe I can transform cara into a driver and then you two can arrange to both be pregnant at the same time. That's a gimmick!

10:00 PM, September 17, 2006  
Anonymous jeremy patch said...

don't close the poll yet. i read the blog, too. cara, the slip-n-slide story was one of the funniest things i have ever read. now i know that will go to your head, but its true.

3:33 PM, September 18, 2006  
Blogger Cara said...

jeremy! how did you find my blog?
i absolutely LOVE that you read it . . . and as always, you know me very well. i will try not to let your compliment go to my head! :) so glad you commented!

3:52 PM, September 18, 2006  
Blogger Lolita said...


10:44 PM, September 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

um, does it count if i leave a comment on my reading a week later?...
i was a "spin yourself around on the metal bars and pretend that your a gymnast" girl at recess. I just knew I would go to the Olympics!
(in case anyone is wondering, i never made it to the olympics. there was a terrible accident... involving a bear... and a ski rope...)

7:39 PM, September 23, 2006  
Blogger Kristin said...

I read! I read! But my name is now a lie....Teek (coming from a mixup of my former intials K.T. as Kristin Tucker) are now K.F. (as in Kristin Fillingham) so I guess i could be FEEK, but that's sounds like somekind of fungus, so i think i will stick with Teek, just for s's and g's. Hey- i've decide your sis is my hero.

9:46 AM, September 24, 2006  
Anonymous jeremy said...

i got your original email that you sent out when you started your blog. glad you remembered me then, as it seems you've forgotten about me since.

3:01 PM, September 25, 2006  
Blogger Gary & Aly Rowe said...

I read you all the time though I am not much of a commenter (except in my head, where I nod and say, 'huh, huh, I get exactly what she is saying').

3:06 PM, September 27, 2006  

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