I caught up with some of my best friends (Here’s lookin’ at you, Annie, Erin, and SueEllen!) when I was in San Diego. Even though it had been 14-20 months since I had seen them, I always have that comfortable closeness to settle back into. Skip the chit chat! Straight to the good stuff! (And there was some good stuff!) It was like I still lived there, and we were catching up over dinner. I love that so much. I’m so lucky to have friends that know me, love me, laugh with me, laugh at me, and are down with sharing the crazy that is our lives.
On the flip side, I also had lunch with two people I had never met in person – two of my favorite bloggers, Emily (my blog BFF... who is back on the blogging train after a very long hiatus) and Devon (a fellow USD alumna with mutual friends, believe it or not)! Earlier in the trip, my dad and I were talking about my plans, and I differentiated between the plans as going out with my "real friends" and my "other friends." I felt like "blogger friends" didn't do the relationships justice (and let's be honest, the whole online thing is a bit "1999 creepy chat room" to non-bloggers), but I also hadn't been face-to-face with them before, so... "other friends" it was.
Well, when we were finally all in one place, it was exactly like being with real friends. Em and I have been in touch over phone and Skype since last year, so I knew she was awesome. What I love about Devon is that she is exactly who you think she'll be... but with a whole lot of feisty sass! We talked for hours about hilarious things that we don't share on our blogs (Stop outing us, Em!), our homes, future kids, possible upcoming life changes, southern California, the fact that only crazy people think snakes are beautiful, and of course, some blogger stuff. I would be remiss not to mention that Emily is a giant next to Devon and me and that she was sure to snuggle us in her bosom for good measure. Also, they're both really, really gorgeous.
It was hard to believe it was the first time the three of us hung out. It was so much fun! Just a lunch with friends. Real friends!
- Devon, I loved seeing and listening to you outside of your blogger "shell," you wild one, you! Thanks for recommending the good eats.
- Em, thank you for driving down from Redondo Beach! You are the best blog BFF!
- Little blog, thanks for continuing to be such a great friend matchmaker.
- To Emily’s husband, J: I’m real! Your wife befriended an honest person through blogging! No Catfish action here!