Truth and Tricks and Things in Between (AKA Sneaky Stephanie Bends the Truth)

Gather round, Peopleaneous, for I have a confession to make and news to share. I’ve played a little prank with the help of a fellow blogger. I’m pretty sure you know exactly whom I’m talking about. But don’t worry, I’ll tell you this time. Let’s get the confession out of the way, shall we? We shall indeed.


Confession 1: This one’s the real whammy – I didn’t go anywhere this past weekend, over Valentine’s Day / President’s Day. And I certainly didn’t go to meet a fellow blogger.

Confession 2: Josh and I noticed some time ago that people were leaping to conclusions about us and what may or may not be going on between us. Some of them kind of made sense, given the nature of our public conversations, banter, flirtations and challenges to each other. But some were wildly out there and hilarious in the far-fetched assumptions. So we decided to play a prank: to make you all think we were going to meet up over Valentine’s Day weekend.


Confession 3:Β Not only were Josh and I not together over the weekend, but I was right here in Louisiana – doing important shit around the house. And I actually had to work yesterday. President’s Day is typically only observed by government institutions, at least in these here yonder backwoods.

Confession 4: There is a real connection. Had we acknowledged it when we hatched the plan for the prank? I’m not telling. Is there now? I’m pretty sure that’s obvious enough that you know there is. And I don’t think either of us is trying to hide that fact.

Confession 5: Yesterday’s post should have been tagged “fiction.” But it wasn’t, as it was the final part of the prank. I wasn’t in any airport yesterday. I wasn’t on any airplane yesterday. Do I wish I was? I’ll leave that to your imagination. I’ll tell you one thing: I sure as fuck didn’t want to be at work. Ugh.


Truth Nugget 1: I just spilled a lot of truth up there. First off, the intention was never to lie, but more to play a harmless prank that we both hope you’ll find amusing rather than insulting. From the beginning, we both planned to reveal the prank as soon as this past weekend had passed.

Truth Nugget 2: I am planning to move to the Seattle area. Sooner than later. And I have been longing to move to the Pacific Northwest for most of my life. It’s always been a dream of mine. This year I decided to take control of my life, stop wishing and start planning.

Truth Nugget 3: I spent the weekend packing my house and hauling shit to the storage unit I rented a couple of weeks ago. I’m not done, but I’ve already begun the first stages of the hard cleaning so that I can put the house on the market in the coming weeks.

Truth Nugget 4: I’ve already submitted my very first application to a job in Seattle. And it’s perfect for me. So fingers crossed, y’all.

Truth Nugget 5: Do I plan to meet Josh? I won’t speak for him. You can go read his post on this to see what you think. But for me? Sure. Why shouldn’t I? What does that mean? If anything? I’m not telling. At least not right now. I may or may not. Go ask Josh.


The readers that Josh and I have in common – hell the readers we have, period – know that we’re both irreverent, snarky, playful and mischievous at times. I promise you this: any time you’re pranked (which I have no plans for as yet), you will always be told in the end. And if it’s the Flat Out Truth, you’ll know that, too.


But the question remains: Just who was pranked in the end: you or us? That’s for us to know and you to find out. For now, we’ll all Float On okay.

143 thoughts on “Truth and Tricks and Things in Between (AKA Sneaky Stephanie Bends the Truth)

  1. Well…I did read between the line. But I must have read wrong. Jumping to conclusions is a thing I do way too mich…albeit silently from the sidelines. Or…the world just played a prank on you,right?
    Goodluck on your big move. It will bring with it loads of laughter and happy memories, like all big moves should!

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  2. Obviously I do not pay nearly enough attention to other people’s blog lives. So… Good? Or something.

    Now, for the move: I have an AMAZING realtor. I will put you in touch if/when you are interested. Let me know. πŸ™‚

    Good luck on all the boxing and cleaning. I know *exactly* how much work goes into selling a home. 5 words, to get you through this transitional time: take-out is your friend. (Hmmm… Is that actually 4 words?) (Note: I did NOT major in Math.)

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    1. Oooooo goodie! Thank you so much – I assume you mean for the Seattle area? That would be so freakin’ awesome!

      And thank you – I’ve been doing take-out almost exclusively. Gah, this is so much freakin’ work. But I’m pumped, so that helps heaps!

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      1. Yes. πŸ™‚ Her office is in Kirkland but she works all over the Puget Sound area, and she’s very down-to-earth and uber professional.

        I remember being SO EXCITED about cooking after we got moved last time. It felt like we’d been eating out of boxes for MONTHS, and I was all, “Oooohhhh–! An omelet! How EXOTIC!”

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      2. That sounds AWESOME! I’ll definitely be in touch with you when it gets closer. Right now I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the job I applied for. I know how astronomically rare it is to land the first thing you go for – but it’s so fucking perfect that I’m holding out on applying to other places. At least for the next couple weeks.

        It’s such a relief to have a realty connection – thank you so so much!

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  3. Heh. Well I can tell from this post, I was not the biggest of jumpers to conclusions. I certainly didn’t think engagement, but I want you to know, I can think of worse things πŸ˜‰
    I did actually turn to my husband and ask, “Who the hell takes a trip in the midst of clearing a house?” He shrugged and said, “Crazy people, Baby.” I said, “Young whippersnappers, hm?” So I do feel a bit vindicated. I have entirely too much OCD to leave in the middle of any project. (Unless my goal is to chew off all my cuticles and the inside of my cheeks and to start smoking again.) Just thinking about it makes me twitch. lol
    That was a fun one, though. Better than my and Josh’s faux internet fight!

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  4. I am happy that you are taking steps to change your job situation , and looking forward to a better place , and totally believed you were spending the weekend somewhere else , and even spending time with someone from the blog world , but somehow never thought of it as a romance situation πŸ˜‰ Maybe because I don’t always read all the conversation going on in comments , or because I really am quite slow πŸ™‚ Turtle Hugs

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    1. Thank you! Haha don’t worry…I know not everyone reads every single thing. There are lots of comment readers, though – I’m one of them. I love reading comments. Sometimes the conversations going on there are better/funnier than the post!

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      1. Yes! Totally truth , and when I find a new blog I like to go through comments to kind of “feel” the person behind the blog . But I don’t always have the time to go through all the comments , and often times the commenting goes on for hours and even days after a certain post has been published πŸ˜‰
        Turtle Hugs πŸ™‚

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      2. Haha isn’t that the truth?! I’m still having conversations on some of my older posts. But you’re right, there isn’t enough time in the day to read everyone’s posts and comments. That’s the bitch of it. 😦

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  5. May I say – welcome to the beautiful Pacific Northwest! Seattle’s my hometown – well, I was born there, and lived there for a little over 10 years…but, you’ll love it!

    Congrats on the move!

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      1. It’s definitely new for me. I’ve always gone through life on someone else’s terms. ALWAYS.

        I definitely think the medication is helping me come through the fog to the other side.

        This feeling of hope is new – or at least I haven’t felt it for years. And I’m going for it!

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  6. I definitely have been way too busy but thought what I read came in out of left field. I am way too late for a few things as the past 10 days have sucked.

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  7. Haha, love it! I must admit that although I read your posts, I don’t always read all the comments so I was completely in the dark over whatever this ‘liaison’ was / is! I love winding people up anyway and who’s business is it if something does or doesn’t come of it? Yours only. Good on you putting plans in action to move though – fingers crossed on the job front πŸ™‚

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  8. I feel privileged that you told me about this prank before posting this. πŸ™‚
    I, for one, think the prank was on you. πŸ˜‰
    I was taken back when I first saw your post, as I also posted a confession yesterday – what interesting timing! Mine was just a teensy weensy one.

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      1. Hahaha! Elaine!

        Maybe we should just start over with emails. I’ve been so swamped at work and with the packing stuff that I’m woefully behind on emails and blogs. People probably think I’ve turned into one of those who only writes but never reads anyone else’s stuff. Bleh.

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      2. D’accord, laissons-nous recommencer!
        Bonjour, je m’appelle Puddles. Et toi, comment t’appelles-tu?
        Tu as lu le texte que j’ai Γ©crit sur mon blog hier…incroyable! πŸ˜€

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      3. Bonjour, Mlle Puddles! Je m’appelle Puffin. Je sais je sais. Choquant que je lis le blog de quelqu’un d’autre pour un changement. Je suis un mauvais mauvais puffin. Aussi, je ne reΓ§ois pas les notifications par courriel lorsque tu postes. Ce qui se passe beaucoup ces derniers temps, et Γ§a me fait chier!

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      4. Mais non, je ne serais jamais ignorer Puddles! Pas sur le but, de toute faΓ§on! J’adore macareux – un ami Aussie m’a donnΓ© il y a que les annΓ©es surnom.
        Et je l’ai appelΓ© la dinde! Gobble Gobble! Les surnoms coincΓ©s. Haha!

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  9. Hilarious! I missed all of that since I’ve kind of been in hiding the last week or so. Love coming back to the bloggerworld today to discover the prank. I hadn’t read anything into your comments to each other, but I could see it as a good match. You guys are awesome. Thanks for the giggle. now I’m going to post the same damn thing on his page.

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  10. Steph and Josh sitting in a tree……
    Well regardless of prank worthy shenanigans, I think you and Josh should at least try to meet. I have spent my life missing opportunities so do not wish that to happen to you. In fact the latest one happened on VD when I contacted a girl I had been meaning to ask out for a couple of months only to find that she has started to see another chap.
    Shit bad timing or what!
    So don’t delay, do something about not today.
    And as for moving, I KNOW you will do that too…!

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    1. Ha! This is why you’re the best, Cameron.

      You’re too right, and I’ve let far too many opportunities pass me by. And more than that, I’ve let far too many people dictate what my life should be. So I stagnate and wallow in deep, dark depression. And I don’t act on my own behalf, because I don’t want to hurt the person whose thumb I’m under. Kinda fucked, but it’s learned behavior.

      I’m doing a far better job of taking better care of myself now, though it’s one or two things at a time.

      I’m sorry about your VD fiasco. I hope that wasn’t this year?

      Thank you, Cameron. For your always sound advice.

      We’ll meet. πŸ™‚

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      1. Yes it certainly was this year. Sunday just gone to be precise. A bit of a kick in the balls from life there so DON’T waste any more time and be glad you live your life for YOU and no one else. πŸ™‚
        Yes we will meet one day I am sure. I will be over in the states at some point, I actually have an idea for something that will bring me over….

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      2. My mysterious idea…? Well I am not sure yet but I am considering going around the world and interview all of the bloggers I have met. I’m nit sure how I would fund to or how I would do it as yet but I reckon it has some legs…
        As for my V Day, don’t sweat it, I’m used to it but you are very sweet to say I am a catch…!

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      3. Nasty girls with no taste. Well if I am honest, they aren’ the nasty ones. The last three that I have asked out I have known for a long time and all said no because they had just started seeing someone, although they were flattered to be asked. The one on Sunday said she would call if the guy she had just started dating turned out to be a moron which I thought was funny!!!
        Yes there have been a few dragons along the way for sure so to protect myself I simply just say the things I do and that way I get away with it.Don’t be under the misapprehension that I was always a decent bloke because I wasn’t so maybe I am getting some Karma coming back to bite me although for the past 15 years or so I have been a decent chap…..
        Go fund me, I love it!!

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      4. You are MEGA Steph, really mega. Thank you for your kind words and thank you for taking the time to say such sweet things. I will get there in the end I am sure, life is a trial but an enjoyable one on the whole so I try not to worry about it too much.
        I hope it all goes well for you when you finally meet Josh πŸ˜‰
        And keep the dream alive never letting ANYONE dictate what you should or should not do.
        You are ACE!!
        Now let me put together a plan for Go Fund Me because that is a wicked idea!!!

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      5. YOU’RE MEGA ACE! Seriously fucking awesome – you’ve always had such strong, powerful words of wisdom and encouragement. And your wit and personality shine through everything you say and do. So. Those are FACTS. Not OPINIONS. Deal with it, buster. πŸ˜‰

        Thank you, again, for YOUR superkind words and encouragement. We’ll see how it goes!

        You better post about the Go Fund Me page – and comment here to let me know since I’m fucking so fucking behind on reading because of stupid fucking word.

        And today on How Many Fucking Times Stephanie Can Fucking Say Fucking in One Fucking Comment!

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  11. You need your mouth washed out with soap, young lady! πŸ™‚ Don’t worry too much about all the what ifs. People move house all the time, from state to state and even to different continents. It sounds like it is an especially difficult move because of all the family trauma you are leaving behind. No matter how good that feels there will still be angst. Finally, I do hope you are having fun with Josh whatever you are up to. Hugs Kx

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