Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Another One Bites the Dust. So to Speak.

Look at these two cutie patooties sitting in the dim light of the Palace Kitchen. I had a great time meeting Anne last making those blog buddies real. She's just as charming as her blog suggested she'd be...a brainy, logical woman, the sort who gets the task of figuring out the bill at the end of the evening because she's good with numbers. But the brains are balanced nicely by a sweet, funny personality.

We talked about jobs and kids (I was late for our meeting because I'd gotten into a screaming fight with The Child...which she totally understood) and husbands and life. And having now successfully met so many blog buddies, I didn't actually go through the whole "will she like me/will we have anything to say to each other" pre-event jitters. There she was, in the hotel lobby, and after a big hug of greeting it was like we'd always known each other. 'Cause we kinda have.

Today she's coming over for dinner here (and I didn't get the house picked up beforehand so I guess there won't be any pretense about my meticulously managed household) and then we're going to watch PR with The Neighbor and MAB. What could be better than that?



Blogger sageweb opined...

How cool for you! I can't wait till I swing up north and meet you.

So now we can mark Anne down as a real person!

October 01, 2008 7:26 AM  
Anonymous Gina opined...

Okay...I'm crushed...I'm no longer on your blogroll. :( I get it - I wasn't posting... but now I am. Can I get back in your good graces? ;) And lucky Anne and you for getting to meet. How cool is that?

October 01, 2008 7:28 AM  
Blogger Leah opined...

See-You are so cool! Sometimes I think the web lets us forget about our human, more personal side. But seeing the friendships you've cultivated and *real* people you've met is really inspiring.

Great photo-you guys look like you've been friends forever!

October 01, 2008 7:31 AM  
Blogger Anne opined...

Yes, Sage, I am a real person. Sheesh. You can even go over to my blog and read what really happened.

Yes, Gina, I am Lucky.

I'm happy dancing right here in my hotel room! It was way fun last night!

October 01, 2008 8:57 AM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Me too, Sage. You really have no excuse. I mean, Anne lives way over in the other Washington for crying outloud.

Gina, you shouldn't be so easily crushed. But if you're really and truly blogging again...

Leah, never overestimate my coolness until you've seen the backseat of my car. But yeah, the whole Velveteen Rabbit component of Blogtopia is way, way cool.

October 01, 2008 9:09 AM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

And just think, Anne, in a few short hours you'll be mauled by my dog and we'll get to watch PR with the girls.

October 01, 2008 9:10 AM  
Blogger Sling opined...

Your 'Bloggers I have met for real' list is very impressive Rainey.
I think you should be the Official Ambassador of Blogtopia!
Quite naturally,applesauce cake would be the official dessert.

October 01, 2008 10:31 AM  
Blogger Buck opined...

What happened to your bangs??!!

I'm packing my scissors. I'll be there in two days. I'm just sayin'.

October 01, 2008 10:41 AM  
Blogger jp opined...

You're rocking the long hair. And I think you've lost weight.

Anne is pretty, too!

October 01, 2008 11:34 AM  
Blogger Mom opined...

Now you will just have to make a trip to this other Washington to meet the rest of us. I will get the lowdown on the "real" Lorraine from Anne when she gets back home.

October 01, 2008 11:47 AM  
Blogger LostInCO opined...

Yippee! what fun! and now Rainey is the Official Ambassador of Blogtopia! Sling said it.

October 01, 2008 12:59 PM  
Blogger rosemary opined...

I'm only a day tomorrow or something. So, was the card wonderful?

October 01, 2008 1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous opined...

Ba Ha Ha Ha (Note no W)

Hhhhhmmmm, is the child just a tad stubborn?

Yay, the more people the merrier!!



October 01, 2008 5:17 PM  
Blogger Anne opined...

thanks JP!

October 01, 2008 6:54 PM  
Blogger Miss Healthypants opined...

I think it's so cool that you make an effort to meet up with your blog buddies. :)

I'm ever so glad that Iwanski and I met you, the Spouse, and the Child! *smiles*

October 01, 2008 7:38 PM  
Blogger Buck opined...

I'm kidding. You look as sweet as ever.

Besides, the airline won't let me bring my scissors anymore.

October 02, 2008 12:09 AM  
Blogger D.A. opined...

That's so cool! Have fun! I've yet to meet a single Blog Buddy. I wonder how much it would cost to fly over to the west coast at the end of October...

October 02, 2008 4:32 AM  
Blogger Monica opined...

arr! i am gonna be the last one!

October 02, 2008 8:48 AM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Well, natch, Sling. I'm going to need a Secretary of Brown Liquor. Interested?

Buck, my bangs are fine. They were just swept back because of that sweeping-back-the-bangs thing I do when I talk. Step away from the scissors.

Thanks, Poodle. Muuuah.

For real, Mom. Not to mention Anne explained all the DC blog connections. I gotta think I can fanagle a trip out east sometime in '09. Maybe for Barak's inaguration...

Lost, yes, apparently I am. It's because I can see Blogtopia from my house.

Rosie, I know, I know. But aren't we talking about an all Blogtopia meet-up in Idaho in the spring? I thought we were...

And yes, the card was quite wonderful.

Anonyba, The Child? Stubborn?

Well, ya are, Anne. Pretty, I mean. (Also way skinnier than me, but I'm not going to hold that against you).

MHP, I'm quite sure that the whole inclination to meeting blog buddies owes to the superfantastic success of our Chicago visit.

Buck, whew.

DA, I don't know how much it would be but surely it would be worth the investment. Plus, you know, the whole free room and board while you're here thing.

No, you're not, Mon. I won't allow it.

October 02, 2008 11:57 AM  
Blogger D.A. opined...

Just for fun, I found out how much it would cost:


Credit crunch,anyone???

But thanks very much for the generous offer of hospitality.

October 02, 2008 12:14 PM  
Blogger rosemary opined...

Hot damn...are you all really thinking of coming? Have you and JP started on the plans????? Really!!! I can hardly wait.

October 02, 2008 3:43 PM  
Blogger Kimberly Ann opined...

Enjoy your viewing with your IRL buddy! (Wow, gamer speak enters my vocabulary - eek)

October 02, 2008 3:56 PM  
Blogger greeny opined...

What Sling said- all of it

October 06, 2008 3:57 AM  

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