We talked about doing it for a while.
We kept saying "when we see each other…"
We chatted on our blogs, on email, on google chat, on the phone and on Skype.
For three years.
Enough with this "pretend" friend thing. Let’s make this IRL.
I sent an email about a break and a possible visit. She said let’s do it.
I confirmed. I reconfirmed. I reconfirmed my confirmation. She was going to be stuck with me for three whole days.
And, then I did it. I purchased my plane ticket and flew off to Kansas for a weekend.
She drove on newly iced roads and brought her girls into the airport in the snow to get me.
And then we met and hugged.
It’s so surreal meeting somebody for the first time even though you’ve "known" them for so long. We knew so much about each other and yet there were so many gaps.
There really wasn’t much quiet time. We filled it all with talking and filling in those gaps. Putting faces with names and putting all of the pieces together.
We ate a lot of delicious food, had a wonderful pie, was gifted some cookie cutters, had food delivered by a train, had a Starbucks treat (or two), had pedicures and met a BFF.
I truly had a great time and can’t believe that I was just there. It was a packed three days and I hope we get to do it again. I’ve already started my "too see in Atlanta" list.
Thank you amanda* and family for having me in your home. It was a blast and I’m so glad we did it.
* I know you all are dying to head over and meet amanda, but she’s private, so you’ll just have to trust me that she (and her girls and husband) are just that awesome.
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