Monday, September 21, 2009

I went to New York and all I got was these friendships

I'm planning to write this post before I read anyone else's account of the trip. I will be brave and say it - this trip to New York to meet "strangers" was one of the most fun trips I have ever had. We talked and laughed and ate and drank and talked some more. Every person was exactly as I imagined them, but with a little bit of extra oomph in their personalities.

Bridget was just as stylish as I thought she would be. As expected, she oozed with southern charm and enthusiasm for her girls.

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Rita was just as outgoing as I thought she would be. As expected, she was strong and opinionated and warm.

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Cacey was just as introspective as I thought she would be. She had the talking speed and energy of a 24 year old but the heart and mind of someone much older. (Cacey I'm thinking book jacket photo for this one.)

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And of course she was the most willing model in my picture escapades.

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Joanna was just as a I remembered from last fall - smart and witty. She hits my funny bone in just the right place.

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Seriously can I tell you how much we were laughing all weekend? It was probably a bad idea (and an awesome idea) to have us room together because we stayed up way too late talking and laughing.

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And then there's Lindsay, who in real life I call my "best blogfriend." It's odd to me that out of the hundreds of blogs I have seen and read, I can somehow pick the one where I feel like I know the person the best and I was immediately comfortable.

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If only the two of us could meet somewhere between Dallas and Raleigh to watch SYTYCD every week!

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We did do a little bit of tweeting and facebooking...

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but for the most part, we spent the time talking. And more talking. And eating while talking. Usually with my introverted ways, I need a break from all the talking to regroup but I was just so happy to get time with everyone in person that I didn't want to miss anything.

Of course I took group pictures everywhere to make sure we got one that turned out well. I took them at Rockefeller Center...

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and Central Park...

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and Central Park....

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and even though I lined up the pictures and accosted PLENTY of strangers to take our pictures we never got one that was awesome of all of us. In the end, I don't think having a perfect picture mattered because I'm sure we will never forget this amazing trip.

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We had such a good time we're doing it next fall too! In the meantime, I hope these girls know my life has been so much better having them in it and I am so thankful for these friendships.

25 comments:

London said...

Yes! That is the perfect pic. Great post, as usual!

HeatherV said...

So glad this was the awesome trip you have been planning and anticipating. Looks like you had super weather and an amazing time.

The kids had a great time at soccer so know Campy Daddy was lots of fun when I saw N and A Sat am.

Sadia said...

I'm glad you had a good time. Our visitor this weekend was actually here FROM NYC!

Susan said...

Awesome post. Neat that you are able to do this.....encouragement for other bloggers to do or something similar. Very cool.

Jennifer said...

I'm so glad that you all had a great time! I'm sure the laughing and talking did everyone good! (And btw...I hope you didn't worry much about your hair...it looks great!).

Julie said...

Looks like a perfect get together! Its strange meeting up in person with a blog friend isn't it? They know the minute details of silly stories involving your kids, but less about your bigger picture--your history and the less tangible stuff that doesn't come through over the internet. Love the photos!!

Karen said...

Glad to hear that you all had a great time! Thanks for sharing the pics and I love NYC in the fall.

Amy L said...

I'm so glad you guys had such a great time! Since Lindsay is one of my oldest and closest friends IRL, I'm happy (and a little jealous!) that she was able to go on this awesome girls' trip. I'm looking forward to talking to her and getting a first hand account of all of your adventures!

Mel said...

So jealous! What a great trip! I would love to meet each and every one of you. You all have some celebrity status to me since I keep up with the blogs. Amazing that the blogosphere can be such a real community where friendships are formed.

Get Real Girl said...

What an awesome trip. I can't wait to meet some of my blogger friends IRL someday.

Mel said...

I just got your comment. I would love to go. Sounds like fun! It depends on if I have Mariele weaned by then. That is right around my target weaning time, so we will see :)

Joanna said...

Dude...Poor man's Wal-Mart. Seriously.

nonlineargirl said...

That sounds (and looks) like an incredible weekend!

JenFen said...

Looks like so much fun and it is no surprise to me that you all had such a good time and that all of your personalities shine through and ring true in your blogs. I would love to meet all of you someday too as a I count my blog friends as true blessings every day.

Lindsay said...

*sniff*tear*

I'm finally getting a few minutes on my laptop instead of my blackberry - hope to post tomorrow!

Thanks for being the photographer!

Beth said...

Stupid Flickr--I can't view pictures at work. Can't wait to see the pics when I get home. I'm so glad you guys had an awesome time, but of course you guys were going to have an awesome time! I wish I had been there, but there's always next year. I'll email you about flickr, btw. One advantage to Photobucket is that I can see the pics at work, but I'm thinking of bailing on all of them, because it's just one more step to upload to another site. I may just stick with Blogger's crappy quality.

Lesley said...

Yay! Sounds like you girls had a blast! Fun fun fun! Of course I don't think you're crazy for meeting strangers on the internet since that is how I met my husband and flew 2000 miles to another country to meet him in person. =)

Megan said...

Love the pictures! Oh my god! They are brillant! So glad you got in some of them as well! THe blackberry picture is amazing. :) So glad you all had a great time together and that you hit it off so well in real life! I give you all a lot of credit for being so brave and willing to extend yourselves. What a great post!

Heidi O said...

Really I am jealous. I know that I just disappeared for a while. Here is hoping I am back and can get to know you ladies even better over the course of the year.
The photos were great. It looks like you had an amazing time.

Carrie77 said...

Does Bridget have a blog? I haven't been on the May 06 board much but I remember her being the stylish mommy! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all your photos!!! You all look like you had so much fun and you all look GREAT!

*Kc* said...

How fun!! I'm so so jealous :)

All of yall look exactly as I have you picture in my head as well. Glad yall had such a good time!

-Bridget said...

Love the pics and the post. It was so awesome to finally meet you. Looking forward to next time.

And Carrie, yes I have a blog but it has been sorely neglected. I just wrote my first post since March, ouch! Thanks for the compliments though!

Kara said...

Awesome post and excellent pictures!

Steph said...

Awww, it's fun to see so many blog friends and May 06 moms all in one place. Sounds like such a great time!!

mames said...

so damn cool. it makes me a little sad that southern california is not going to happen at thanksgiving...:(. but i know it will happen someday. any thoughts on going to blogher in NYC next august? marnie (life with twins) is thinking she will....maybe we could all room together and tell twin stories all night...just a thought.