I feel a bit silly writing about this as I did not know this woman and I had not even heard of her until shortly before her death when I read about her wonderful Advent Calendars on notmartha.
Anyway, I was thinking about Leslie Harpold's calendar yesterday and wondering if perhaps her website was still up with previous year calendars on it. It isn't. I realized quickly that I was looking for her on the one-year anniversary of her unexpected death at the young age of 40. Her advent calendar in 2006 was stuck on December 7.
I recall last year reading so many online tributes to her and how she sounded like such a fascinating person. My favorite story goes as such:
I met Leslie Harpold six years ago when a large cardboard box showed up unexpectedly at my door. Inside was a large 32 gallon stainless steel trash can that I'd added to my Amazon wish list a few weeks before on a whim.
The gift note inside said (... and I'm paraphrasing) "I wanted to meet the sort of freak who'd put a 32 gallon stainless steel trash can on his wish list. —- Leslie Harpold"
It may seem and feel silly writing a brief entry about someone I never got to know but I found the tributes to her to be so interesting that I know a lot of people are thinking about her this weekend.