Hey y’all,

I’m going on vacation! And for the first time since I started The Messy Middle, I’m not going to post or check-in here while I’m gone. When my dad died, I was reminded there IS a clock and we are only given so much time in this stage of eternity. With this thought in mind, I emailed dear friends I haven’t seen in years and said, “I miss you. I want to see you. Can I visit?”

Also at the time Dad was dying I said I might run old posts for a while and my friend Gayle said the kindest thing. Don’t. Let us miss you. Be fully present with your family. We will be here when you come back.

I’m going to let you miss me :). But before I go two quick things:

1. Trusting Tuesday will be on THURSDAY the 19th this month. Just keeping you on your toes and maintaining my sanity.

2. My friend Mike left a comment that got me thinking. It was something along the lines of “this being a woman’s blog and all.” He said it kindly, and it made me wonder how you perceive this space. I don’t think of this as a blog for women and assume at least some of you reading are men. So I thought I’d use this as an opportunity to get to know you better.

Here’s the short survey. Thanks in advance for a couple of minutes of your time! The last question is to tell something unique or interesting about YOU! I’ll put mine after the survey, including a photo or two to demonstrate.

Amy’s Get to Know You Survey  (You can click on the link or take it in the embedded form below)

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One of my interesting/unique facts:

In high school I discovered I have a normal nose and everyone else doesn’t :). My sisters and I were having an after school snack when Elizabeth said, “What in the world are you doing?”


“No, I mean with your nose.”

Nothing, rubbing it.

“Why is it moving?”

What are you talking about? Why wouldn’t it move? It’s a nose!

As only siblings can do, we transitioned to touching each other’s noses and FREAKED out! It turns out I mostly have cartilage in my nose and she has bone. Disgusting hard bone. Like basically everyone.

If only you hard-nosed people had a built in party trick like this:

Amy's unique nose

I look forward to getting to know you better (though it’s anonymous, so you don’t have to worry about me knowing who said what) and will share some of the results after my vacation.


Squishy Nosed Amy

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  1. Mark Allman June 6, 2014 at 7:34 am - Reply

    So I could not tell but will you know who filled out the survey? I did not see a place to put my name; or a place to put that the Minnesota Vikings and Greenbay Packers were the best teams in football. Although I broke my nose in football it still does not move much. You did not ask but I wanted to mention that I appreciate how you must work hard to answer all your comments. That is appreciated.
    Enjoy your travels and you will be missed.

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      Amy June 6, 2014 at 7:55 am - Reply

      Thanks Mark! I hadn’t set it up so I’ll know who replied … so if someone doesn’t like something, they can honestly say. And thanks for the feedback on commenting, it’s helpful. Sometimes I wonder if it’s worth it, but even if no one but me reads them :), I have decided it IS worth it. (What?! There are other teams in the MFL? Just kidding :))

      • Gayle June 10, 2014 at 6:16 pm - Reply

        MFL? HAha – the muffed-it football league!!

        • Mark Allman June 12, 2014 at 7:04 am - Reply

          She was talking about the Bronco’s Gayle so I think it’s the Minor Football League. Hopefully they will make it to the NFL one day. :)

  2. Cynthia June 6, 2014 at 8:04 am - Reply

    Have fun on vacation:) Marco and I leave for our trip on Monday. Looking forward to family time, silly time and hangout time with Marco. And here’s to the hope that I get a nice suntan and not a sunburn.

  3. Rachael Underwood June 6, 2014 at 8:10 am - Reply

    Ace, some people get to miss you and we get to see you :) Safe journey and see you soon :)

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      Amy June 6, 2014 at 8:20 am - Reply

      SO EXCITED Rachel. So. Excited.

  4. Lorna June 6, 2014 at 11:59 am - Reply

    super excited here will be ace to see you :)
    I’ve got a wee girl that’s going to love meeting you xx

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