“I’d like to fly across the country, hang out with some people I’ve never met before, stay with them–even share a bed with one or two, and I want to go all by myself. What do you think, Hubbinator?”
“Sounds like fun??”
That’s nearly verbatim the conversation I had with my hubby when I pitched the idea to fly to Seattle to visit some friends.
I started making plans to see Beth (The Cult of Perfect Motherhood), Lorinda (The Rowdy Baker), Rhonda (Bitch & Whine / Wine-y-Wife), and Rebecca (Frugalista Blog). Everything came together quickly and last month I packed my bags, boarded a plane, and flew across the country–all by my happy, single self. I left Hubbinator and the kids behind to spend time with close friends I had never met before.
Until that trip, half of the people I was going to see had only lived in my computer. We had messaged, texted, emailed, and even written a blog post together that had people convinced we truly were besties. I knew these ladies well, but had never met them in person. Someone asked if I was worried that it might be awkward. Honestly, the thought never crossed my mind. There would be no awkwardness, only awesomeness.
I was right. When I met these women, it felt like we had known each other forever. When I sat in Beth’s family room hanging out with her and her hubby, I felt sure we had known each other for ages. You know the kind of friends I mean: the ones you’re comfortable enough
to fart in front of to go through their cupboards and help yourself to their snacks … but I made sure to remind myself that our IRL (in real life) friendship was new and we might not quite be there yet. Soon, though.
I had a great time. Every minute was easy and fun … just like you’d expect with great friends.
En route: I was in a walking boot and caught a ride on the airport tram
because I thought Javier was cute to make getting through Chicago Midway a bit easier. I took a selfie with him (of course I did!) and because it was an especially unattractive photo of me, it was perfect for my #SelfiesThatEmbarrassYourTeen series!
Once in Seattle, I spent the first day with my BFF from college, April. It had been about 15 years since I’d been to Pike Place, so we spent time there. We ate truffles and soup which was perfect for the weather: the typically drippy skies of the Pacific Northwest. It was also perfect for a selfie on the corner!
Later that night, we went to a show by the insanely good Emily Asher’s Garden Party. It was particularly special because Emily publicly dedicated a song she had written just for Beth. (Click HERE if you want to hear Beth’s song. You do, btw. You really do.) We’ll just say that the drippy weather got stuck in my eyes while they played that song. (ahem) After the show, we got to meet Emily and have her sign our CDs. I even got to meet Beth’s oncologist and his wife because they came to the show. (How awesome is he that he came to the show where Beth’s song would be dedicated?? I’ll answer that: 100% awesome.)
Beth took me on the coolest touristy outing I’ve ever been on: an underground tour of Seattle. It was funny, informative, and much more interesting than any other Learn About Our City activity I’ve done before. It started in a bar, we learned that a madame was one of the most successful business people in the developing days of the city, and she ran her business as a Sewing Circle. Cool stuff, right?! Right. Naturally we had to commemorate that fun time with a selfie!
At breakfast the next morning, I met Rhonda. She and I are like peas in a pod. We both love good food (she shares her fantastic recipes on Wine-y-Wife) and we’re both fans of a good rant (which she does so well on her other blog, Bitch & Whine). We started blogging about the same time and have built a great friendship. I was so happy to meet her, I had to–you guessed it–take a selfie!
Beth and I met my bes’ fren’, Lorinda. She and I forged our friendship during Blogger Idol last year. I just couldn’t contain myself and laid a big ol’ smooch on her. She loved it. You can tell. (wink)
I peeled my lips off of her we were settled in, Lorinda, Beth and I headed to the mall where we found an entire store dedicated to Hello Kitty. With a find like that, there’s only one thing to do … you know it: Selfie!!
And, after accosting her with kisses and all that shopping, I wanted to get a good shot of us together. Squeeze in, we need a S E L F I E!
My last day in Seattle started with a three-hour brunch with Lorinda, Kristi (my BFF’s wife), and Frugie. Cheers to bloody marys and selfies!!
Then Frugie and I rounded out the day goofing around in the mall (she popped my Sephora cherry … no one could believe I had never shopped there before!), trying on fascinators, singing Let It Go in the Disney store, kissing Christmas gnomes, and–wait for it … wait. for. it …… TAKING SELFIES! (Did you guess that??? I totally bet you did!)
I know people who doubt the legitimacy of online relationships. They don’t believe you can have true friendships with people you don’t know in real life. My trip confirmed what I knew in my heart: the people who live in my computer are real … and our friendships are genuine. We share with each other in the joy and sorrow, the trouble and triumph, the fun and frustrating of our lives. And with the stroke of a key, we’re there for each other–to support, to cheer, to share … and to take selfies.