Monday, October 30, 2006

More on the blogger deal

Okay, a few more details about the DFW Bloggers dinner (thanks to Shannon for her perfectly alphabetized list of attendees):
I only got to attend Saturday night's affair, but the rest of these crazy ladies met Friday night, Saturday afternoon, Saturday night AND Sunday morning. How's that for a Blogger Weekend? Aren't you just jealous? Lauren (who flew from Wisconsin), Carol and Jeana did a fabulous job coordinating this thing.

As I mentioned, my Saturday had been a little hectic, so I was extremely frustrated when I hit construction traffic - not ten minutes from my own home. There I sat (and sat and sat), wondering (as the minutes tick-tick-ticked away) if it was going to be worth it to go all the way out to meet these folks, only to find out they were all a bunch of ax-murderers and criminals really nice people?

Really, I was just wishing I could get off the freeway and at least go back to get the camera I forgot. Rats! I'll be stealing the pics from everyone else's blog posts very soon.

Then, since Antique Mommy (Tina) lives in The Most Confusing Neighborhood After Dark in Texas, I missed her street a few times. So I was OVER AN HOUR LATE. Everyone was finishing up their salads as I walked in with my contribution to the dinner: grated cheese (yes, I had a cooler in the car - whew!). Good thing Tina (incredible hostess that she is) was prepared for flake-out cheese-bringers. Guess what I got to take home?

But Shalee didn't seem to care. She walked right up to me and gave me a hug. "This is from Susanne," she said. "She wished she could be here to meet you." (I wish, too, Susanne! Next time, my friend!). I knew I liked these people! And it's pronounced Shay-lee, in case you were wondering. I was all wrong.

I was just sick that I missed Jan and Carol, who could not make it Saturday night. Jeana sent her mom's regrets (it took me way too long to figure out that connection!) and kept us rolling with funny stories in her place.

My sister Rachel and I inadvertently dressed alike, again. Just to keep things a little confusing (Hey, didn't I just see you at the desserts five minutes ago?). Black is just our color, what can I say?

Sarah brought miracle-baby Addison, GiBee (pronounced Gee-Bee - everyone needs a pronunciation key in their profiles) and Kelsey brought their little ones, and Lauren brought her sweet 9-year-old daughter. And we got to see Sean - albeit fast asleep on Antique Daddy's shoulder, as he tiptoed to bed. So I got my baby fix. I was sad that I didn't get to meet Faith's Little Man.

So that's how it was - I knew a little something about most everyone. Which is not the same as "knowing" someone, but it is quite a nice ice breaker. Not that this crowd needed much to get the conversation going!

Tina and I got a good laugh when we figured out we used to go the same church and never knew each other! We have several friends in common. Megan and I chatted about the joys of having five kids. It was fun to meet Jenn and talk with Kelly about her work in missions. And isn't it awesome to know Minnie, Shannon and Chilihead really are as crazy and gracious and funny as they are on their blogs?

Blogging may not be a perfect way to get to know someone, but honestly, I was not surprised by anyone's IRL alter-ego. I suppose it is pretty hard to hide what is important to you when you post your thoughts about life a few times a week!

I'd say everyone came across about the same in person as they do in their writing. Which means I've got a pretty good group of friends here - so warm and genuine and funny. I've enjoyed reading all these blogs for so long, but in-person laughter and hugs are just SO much better!

And not an ax-murderer in the bunch - aren't you relieved?

17 comments:

Susanne said...

I'm so glad my friend Shalee passed that to you my friend! One day!

That sounds like it was a tad stressful but I'm glad you made it there and got to have fun& meet everyone, except Carol and Jan. You'll have to catch them at the next one!

nutmeg said...

LOL at the "my sister Rachel" comment...glad I wasn't the only one confused!

Katrina said...

Oh how wonderful! Sounds like a great time. Thank you for sharing it with us!

Antique Mommy said...

Wonderful recap. Maybe I'll just plagerize yours... :)

org junkie said...

Wow! I would love to have been there with you. Sounds like lots of laughing was had by all and I love to laugh! I enjoyed your recap!! Laura

Barb said...

Katherine, I'd say you had a wonderful time! And oh my goodness, good job on all the links in this post.

I'd loved to have been there to hug my niece Sarah and hold my great-niece Addison. Even for a few moments.

Yes, bloggy friends are real friends. And I think we figure out who they are pretty quickly.

Good for you. I'm so glad you went and had such a great time with all these amazing ladies.

Christine said...

Sounds great! I'm glad you all had such a great time.

Shannon said...

You said it so well! It was wonderful to see you!

Beck said...

That sounds like such a great time - lucky you! I'd love to meet all of the bloggers I love to read!

Jennifer said...

I'm so jealous! If I was still a Texan I might have been able to make the long drive from Houston to Dallas. . . .

Lauren said...

Katherine, nice recap! I'm so glad I got to meet you, wish we'd have had more time to sit and chat. You came late, we left early and that didn't make for an awful lot of visiting, huh?

Well, for anyone who wants to know... Katherine is just tiny and simply adorable. Yep, just what she seems to be here.

Shalee said...

Even though you were there for a short time, it seems like you packed in much more than I did! However, do call your sister ahead of time and wear different outfits would you? You were twinky dinks... No matter, it was a pleasure to meet you finally!

And how did you think I said my name?

Anonymous said...

Oh I'm so jealous.....it sounds like so much fun! So glad you had a great time :D

Jenn

Gina said...

In a way I'm glad I couldn't make it (Though I would have loved to FINALLY have met you) but I think I would have been a wallflower with such a charasmatic/sanguine group of ladies. I feel much more secure and witty behind my computer screen than in real life, but maybe next time!

Kili @ Live Each Moment said...

that's awesome to hear because so many people say "you can't know the real person when it's blogging..." but you know what I think you can. I know for a fact, I am myself in blogging, and it's great to hear these others are as well.

Tammy said...

How did I somehow miss hearing about this!!! I can't believe how many of you all got to get together! That is incredible and wonderful (and yes, I'm a tad bit jealous!)
What a blessing for you all to meet in person like that...eating cheese dip at Antique Mommy's house and mingling with all those wonderful gals! WOW!

Faith said...

I loved meeting you. i wish it could have been longer! It was great fun though!!!