Sunday, July 12, 2009

My Grand Slam--part I

Photographic evidence coming soon, (because I brought the wrong downloading cord) but I MUST tell you what it's like to meet your blog buddies before I burst at the seams.  

Okay, so I started my journey to the Provo Olive garden with nothing more than a handful of butterflies in my belly and a jealous GPS in the palm of my hand.  That GPS hates me, I know it, which only confirms my suspicion that she is having a fling with my hub.  First she runs me around every which way and then tells me I'm off course in that smug little voice of hers.  

But even that trampy little GPS couldn't mess with my mojo yesterday.  Unbeknownst to her I actually do know my North from my South (depending on which direction I'm facing). 

I'm trying to find just the right words that will help you understand what it's like to be speeding along the freeway towards the Olive Garden to meet your blog friends.  

All I can think to say is it's soooooo weird.  I mean, it's soooooo stinkin' weird.  You do things you wouldn't normally do.  Like squeal.  And speed.  And tear up when David Archuleta sings on the radio.   

It's like the ultimate group blind date, only it's not because you know these people.   And they know you.  

You have a history together.  Inside jokes.  You've laughed together and cried together.  But you've never seen each other.  

The weirdest part isn't seeing your blog friends for the first time, it's hearing them.  You've heard their voice in your head a thousand times, but you've never really heard it, you know. 

The first person I saw was the Nutty Hamster Chick.  We raced into each other's arms like long lost sisters and we couldn't stop hugging and jumping up and down.  

It was SO weird to hear her speak.  

No, it was SOOOO weird to watch her speak.  She surprised me the most of anyone.  

YOU GUYS, there is nothing nutty about the nutty hamster chick.  And there were no hamsters either.  It's all a big act.  She pretends to be a loony stalker,  but she is lovely and poised and surprisingly serene.  She never interrupts you when you speak.  How can you not interrupt people when they speak?  How can you not finish their sentences and hurry them along and help them spit out what they are trying to say?  She just listens. 

And then I saw Julie Youngblood and Barbaloot and Debbie from Cranberry Fries.  We all hugged and I then I just stared at them and jumped up and down and giggled.  I looked down at Barb's feet and she was wearing her tiny ruby red slippers and I squealed as if I was seeing Jack Johnson for the first time.   

Then suddenly we saw Kristina P coming.   We jumped behind out of sight so we could ambush her, which we did.  It was sooooooooo weird to see Kristina P.  And yet it wasn't.  She is exactly as I pictured her to be.  A freakin' rock star.  A cool cool cat.  Little Miss Thing.   She brought Brittany from Author Bee and Jillybean.  They brought me a surprise.  And let me just say that Jilly Bean is the best bedazzler ever.  Photographic evidence tomorrow.

Then came SHELLE BELLE from Blokthoughts.  Aaaaaah.  She is a total belle with a capital B. She is EXACTLY the same as she is on her blog.   Adorable and funny and sweet and sassy.  We laughed and laughed and I felt like we'd been twins forever.   I especially enjoyed listening to her and Julie Youngblood talk about (s.e.x.).  Julie is the cutest thing ever.  I totally dig her.

Then my BFF Lisa, the Funny Farmer came with The Crazy Lady from Dancing Together Through Life, who is not crazy at all, btw.  I was so excited to meet Lisa because she discovered my blog and catapulted me into the limelight.  She encouraged me and made me believe in myself and showed me the ropes.  And you should see her in a snuggie.  She looks surprisingly sexy.  Photographic evidence coming tomorrow.  

Then came VAL OF THE SOUTH, who knocked my socks off.  She is so vivacious and fun and talkative and open-hearted.  She brought me homemade bread and jars of Jellies.  

Oh Gad!  Oh my goodness!  Oh my goodness!  Honest to Pete.  My hub is pulling me out the door and I still have so much to say.  I pinky promise I will write part II tomorrow--complete with photographic evidence of everyone, including my MIL, and  the most famous snuggie in Utah. 


Heidi Ashworth said...

I can only comfort myself with the knowledge that I have met MOST of them. Can't wait to hear more!

Kristina P. said...

It IS like meeting old friends who you haven't seen in forever. When I tell my family I'm going to a blogger lunch, they just roll their eyes.

Every single woman there yesterday is fun, warm, and smart!

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

I pinky promise I am nutty.

Honest to Pete. And Paul too.

IWA (e - va) said...

Awwww... can't wait for the pics!

So Ladies was Crash exactly how you thought also? Isn't she great? I loved her too the first time I every heard her give the best Sunday School Lesson you will ever have!

Sandi said...

Good idea Iwa--- we need to hear from all who were there what they thought of the divine miss CRASH!!
Man I wish I was there!

Sandi said...

p.s. if I ever do make it to one of these things, I hope somebody brings me homemade bread and jellies too!!

Barbaloot said...

That blog lunch WAY tops any blind date I've ever been on so I think I'll stick to blog blind lunches from now on!

I wore flat shoes to church today to compensate for the extra wearing of heels yesterday:)

Anjeny said...

Geeze Crash, I'm at the edge of my seat I can't wait to see all the photos.

And yes, I'm going to go along with Sandi and Iwa...come on people tell us what you think of the infamous blog dummy.

Crash and Nutty, you both did a great job relating the lunch day, I really did feel like I was actually there or I'm watching this on a screen only the volume is on mute, totally feel and looks like loads of fun.

Did you guys do the tim tam slam then? I want to see photographic evidence, ya hear? LOL

Oh yeah, how sweet is that...Kristina actually have someone decorated her beloved snuggi in your are one lucky dummy, u know that? I'm so green with

Mariko said...

Okay everyone, I'm going to have a meet and greet at...
I'm the only one here.

Boo hoo.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

CRASH is absolutely BEAUTIFUL... (and not just because she is my twin) inside as well as out. So warm and inviting and made everyone feel included and special. She made me laugh and laugh and then she made me think and then she made me tear up!

I just LOVED everyone at the lunch also... Seriously... everyone was so, I don't know without repeating myself, but it was SUCH a great blogger lunch.

I love YOU ALL!

And Nutty Hamster is like the best friend you never had... barbs shoes and beauty... julie's laugh and my partner in crime... VAL of the SOUTH... I LUB LUB LUB her!

And the new girls I met... all smart and funny.

KRISTINA P! That girl is fun and exactly like you would think... at least for me... plus she let me CatWalk her snuggie... I won't shower now all week!

Debbie said...

Crash you're just the cutest thing ever!! I saw you walking into the OG and just about squealed too. It was so great to see you and play with so many friends.

Crash is so so sweet. She was just so enthralled with all the stuff happening. It was like watching a little kid in a candy store, just not sure what to do first.

Plus I love love love that we have so many things in common. I can't wait to talk more!!

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

It's all true peeps. Crash is even better in technicolor than black and white.

T said...


(who me, jealous much?)

Brittany Marie said...

Thanks for letting me.. uh... crash your party. :p You are awesome!

Homer and Queen said...

Me and T...bitter to the end! Hey T! let's go to the next one and not invite Hamster Chick to go with us!!!

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

Hey Queen, play nice. I know you are dying to meet me.

Martha said...

Glad you guys had so much fun, but I need pictures. I'm so confused on who is who. How does Crash keep all these people straight?

April said...

I soooo wanted to be there! I loved NHC's pics! She IS awesome! Next time!!!!! As Gad is my witness!!! I will be there!!! Or this Thurs or Fri if Crash is free for breakfast....whichever is first.

Barbaloot said...

It's what they all said-the real life Crash is even BETTER than you'd expect. She was the perfect glue to hold together everyone at the lunch and made sure we all knew who was who.

And she had a sassy new hair cut that was amazing, and rock-star painted toe nails. And she brought food to share...except my brother stole my caramacs! Except maybe I gave them to him cuz loves stuff like that...either way.

And maybe Julie and Shelle started conversations that single girls shouldn't listen to...but I did anyway. Best blogger lunch ever.

Amber Lynae said...

So when are the bloggers doing a Virginia Tour? Mormon Mommy Blogs US Tour coming to a city near you. I will market it you guys get your tickets. LOL

I am LoW said...

I'm so stinkin' jealous.

But you've heard my voice!! So you won't be surprised by it when we acutally meet, will ya? :)

By the way... I DID find the secret message you left me in DC!! I'll blog about it.... soon. Thanks for leaving it!!!

Anyways, again, I am so jealous that everyone's got to meet you except for me. Humpf!

The Crash Test Dummy said...

I am wiping tears you guys. Tears of laughter and joy. You guys are THE BEST FRIENDS EVER!

I'm going to respond to your comments here (with photos) on my next post. Too sleepy to do both, since it's 2:30 a.m.

Anonymous said...

Wow. So sad I missed it. Still, Vegas was fun...;)