There are days when I’m amazing.


I have brilliant conversation and I’m extra funny and my jeans fray just like they are supposed to and my pedicure is exactly the right color and the curl at the front of my hair that randomly passes for bangs hangs in the perfect spiral.

It is a good day to be me.

And then?

Just when I get all about myself.

Just when I mentally pat myself on my back.

Just when my red pedicured toes take one giant step forward.

Life happens.

And I take two steps back instead.

Yesterday I sat in the middle of this restaurant with my friend Kim.

If you haven’t met Kim yet, run over here and read about this project and this project and this project and….oh wait….this project. Words will then not be necessary. You will understand immediately why I adore her and think she’s one of the most amazing people on the planet.

We live at opposite ends of the Dallas Metroplex and every month or so we get together for lunch. It’s one of those lunches where you see each other and start talking and then you talk and talk and talk without ever taking a break and you look up and three hours have passed without you even noticing.

That’s how it was yesterday. We ate at this amazing restaurant in the Bishop Arts District with live edge wood tables and reclaimed wood chairs and white linen table cloths and beautiful succulent centerpieces.

Suffice it to say.

It’s fancy.

Extra fancy with succulents on top.

And there I sat.

Me and my amazing self.

Kim and I were laughing and talking and waving hands and lost in the world of our conversation. It was all about blogging and business and creative ideas and how to grow our brands and stand out in world of influencers.

And I was eating the yummiest cheese and bread combination on my own personal cheese breadboard with its own piece of honeycomb.

My curl was spiraling perfectly.

My toes were tapping with their shiny red polish.

My jeans had frays in all the right places.

And the best part?

I was telling a story that had Kim on the edge of her seat. It was full of mystery and mayhem and characters out of a movie and in the middle of the telling, I decided I needed props.

You know.


To accentuate the point.

Nothing gets the true point of a story across like props.

So I picked up a sugar packet for emphasis. I held it up and pointed to it and with great emphasis and great deliberation I raised my hands above my head for emphasis and circled them around and around and around.



Except I didn’t realize that the sugar packet was OPEN.

And all that sugar?

Right there in the middle of that fancy restaurant in the Bishop Arts District, with sugar swirling through the air….

….all that sugar came down on my head.

And the linen tablecloth.

And the beautiful succulent centerpiece.

All the sugar.

All the time.

(total aside: if you look at the picture with the succulents, you can still see tiny remnants of the sugar in the top left—after I thought I had wiped it all off)

See what I mean?

Some days.

Some days my friend….


And then?

One amazing spiral curl, red-toenail, frayed jean step forward.

Two sugar steps back.

PS This is Kim and me post-sugar. See the hair on the top of my head? It’s still sticking up from ALL THE SUGAR.

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  1. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    Yes i do understand and it makes me want to crawl under the seat, accept nobody usually even sees me,lol! Looks like you had a good time anyway.

  2. Image for Eileen Eileen

    A quote, "A spoon full of sugar make the medicine go down", sung like you are in a Mary Poppins movie set!!! Or in your case, UP!!!!


    Been there-done that!!!! All you can do is laugh and carry on!!!! You amazing woman you!!!!! PS your lunch sounds amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Image for Lynn W Lynn W

    I’m laughing to myself here in the break room!! My coworkers I am sure think I’m crazy 😜 This is something that I can see in my head, plain as day!! I’m really laughing with you ❤️ What an awesome lunch and how great is it to have friends like Kim!!!


    Oh! KariAnne! I just love your stories! It's always nice to get together with friends -- sugar or no sugar! You are such a "sweet" gal!

  6. Image for Kris Kris

    Oh good, you do those kinds of things, too! A few years ago I bought a hot pink jacket (on sale, of course) and I was strutting all around town thinking about how gooood I was looking in my jacket, only to get home and realize I had forgotten to remove the dangling price tag from under the armpit. Hopefully I at least made somebody laugh at my silliness! In different news .... oh, that table at the restaurant! Gorgeous!

  7. Image for Amy Kaminski Amy Kaminski

    I think that sounds like a perfect day! If we can't laugh at ourselves ......well, I don't know what will happen, but I know we have to laugh at ourselves :-) Today is a good day for a good day too! :-)

  8. Image for JC JC

    Hahaaaaa, this is funny! It's so good to laugh at ourselves, isn't it? Probably, if we think about it, most of us have done somwething funny like this in public, at one time or another. You're not alone!

  9. Image for Jenn Jenn

    Ha! You have probably stumbled upon the next big thing in hair products! Sugar is the new dry shampoo! Bye bye home decor...hello beauty blog! Or maybe sure make us all laugh anyway!

  10. Image for Kim Kim

    Omg friend. I am still laughing at your props gone haywire. I wouldn't expect less from your fun stories though. I adored our lunch and can't wait till the next one. I always leave you feeling full and inspired!!!. Much love Kim

  11. Image for Connie Connie

    Thanks you for the funny story! A big thank you for Kim's blog, one I didn't know existed I had so much fun reading her remarkable stories and viewing the hard work they have done in renovating their home. Also, another Christian lady living her life with God's inspiration each day!

  12. Image for Mary S Mary S

    Laughing out loud here. I was reading with interest afraid you were going to say you slipped off your chair - but alas... it was JUST a sugar packet... Not to worry! Just don't go outside for any length of time in case there are any bees near you. And I'll bet the succulents didn't mind a little sweet treat as well. Sounds like something I would do too! You crack me up, Karianne!

  13. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    OH. My GOSH! I totally just giggle snorted for entirely too long a time. You poor hilarious souls. This is classic.

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