Blogging is about a lot of things...
...being creative, sharing information, using new technology, and one of my favorite side benefits - developing relationships.
A lot of blogger friends of mine get the opportunity to meet up and attend blog-based social events on a frequent basis, of which there are tons. For example, you'd have to be living in a refrigerator in your basement to not have heard of Blogher.
But bloggers in my demographic (married with children) don't always get the opportunity to take off for a weekend to Chicago or L.A. to chill with the peeps. Or more accurately in my case... never get that opportunity.
So when I do get the chance to meet up with a fellow blogger face-to-face, I grab it every time. And by pure coincidence, I not only got a chance to spend time with one blog buddy recently... but TWO - in as many weeks! This is indeed a good thing.
My first meet-up was with a fellow Minnesotan and long-time commenter known as Gette (pronounced "jet") from Sauce for the Goose. Gette was due to come up to St. Cloud to take some teaching certification tests at St. Cloud State University, and was kind enough to ask me if I'd like to join her for coffee. Here I am with Gette and her husband iPastor having a mega cup of joe at McDonalds.
And here is Roseanna with her darling kids, whose names I can't remember because I have the memory of a fruit fly, and I didn't take notes. D'oh!
We had a wonderful and waaaay too short visit that I didn't want to end. Gette and her husband are both musicians, are bloggers and awesome funny people, so we obviously have a lot in common. Heh.
Anyway, I'm glad to have met them and I'm looking forward to the next time she has to come up here to test for 8 hours. Probably a lot more than she is.
You can read her account of this meet-up here.
My next blog-buddy meet-up took place yesterday at Jennine's house.
Those of you who have been long-time readers know that Jennine and I have been friends since way back in '06, shortly after I started this blog. We've had the opportunity to meet up twice in the past - here and here - and I have cherished our visits each time.
But yesterday's visit was extra special.
Since it was my dad's birthday last Friday, Jennine and I conspired to throw him a surprise party. She pretended to invite Bill and Lois down to her house (about 2 hours away) for an afternoon BBQ for "no special reason" but without me and my family because we were supposedly going to be "busy" that day and not able to attend. And then when they arrived we were all going to jump out and yell SURPRISE and give Bill a heart attack and kill him on the spot.
It would have been great!
Except that when the time came to attend the party, we were actually LATE because of a traffic jam and an ironic lightning strike* that nearly killed US instead which technically worked out better anyway because Bill said he already knew we were going to be there because we "overplayed our hand" so he was actually MORE surprised that we weren't waiting there and then became EXTRA SURPRISED when we finally DID arrive later! Got that?
Anyway, here are some pictures of our awesome afternoon (courtesy of Jennine):
So yes, we had a fantastic time. Jennine and her family are amazing and fun and welcoming and warm and just plain great people to hang out with. I truly consider them to be good friends.
The real deal.
p.s. You have a jar of my pickles Jennine and I want them back.
p.p.s. (*update) Read Jennine's
* Ironic because all the way to Jennine's house we were driving in a huge storm and discussing what would happen if lightning was to hit our car. I'm happy to announce that even though lightning actually DID explode right above our car, we did NOT get fried into crispy Cheetos-like critters like I told Roseanna I thought we would. In this specific case, I was OK with being wrong.