Thursday, October 22, 2009

So I married met an axe murderer a good friend.

I have a friend.

I've known her for awhile now.

But I just got to meet her 3 weeks ago.

Now, I know what you're probably thinking. Shoot, I used to think like that too.

What if she's an axe murderer?! (My hubs DID ask this.)

What if she's some crazy stalker chic?! (He asked this as well.)

What if she's really a man?! (This may have even been a question in his mind. Or Mr. Rascal Raisers.)

And before this whole bloggy thing, I probably would have had those same questions. Don't get me wrong. There are some situations where you would definitely want to be asking these questions. You still have to be very careful, protective of your family, and smart about it. But I just KNEW she wasn't all those things....cause we just "get" each other. Was she goofy like me? Yes! ...thank goodness! Crazed, psycho, stalker, I'm-gonna-tie you-up-in-the-basement, and travel-all-the-way-from-Arkansas-to-Oregon-to-do-it creep? NO.

There's several women I've come to know through this blog world. I got to meet Gretchen (precious, sweet lady!) in the flesh too...cause she lives in WA and us Pacific Northwesties gots to stick together. But I never thought I would get to meet any of the others (who, sadly, mostly live across the country) and be able to seal the friendship with a hug, a laugh, or a PDDP.

So when Amb messaged me that Mr. Rascal Raiser would be taking a little business trip to Oregon and she was hittin' the Oregon Trail with him, I was so ding dang excited I made myself a paper chain to count it down!
And you thought I was kidding....

The Day arrived. She texted me that she was almost to my house.

I was excited...and a little nervous.

I opened the door and....we hugged. (Cause she must have left her axe at home and I turned out NOT to be a 400lb man who wanted to chain her up in my basement. :))
And it felt like we had been friends forever.

And my hubby texted to make sure I wasn't dead.

And she texted her hubby to let him know I wasn't a man, that she wasn't tied up in my basement and that she didn't need his emergency code word (Sponge Bob) after all.

And we had a little coffee with our creamer.

And we ate coffee cake..which was a little dry.

And we ate carmalitas too...which is dessert, but both of us are OK with eating it for breakfast. Cause that's how we roll.

And my kids asked her a hundred questions, talked her ears off, and asked her to play with them. And the oldest one who was at school cried when he didn't get to meet her. Cause she's cool like that.

And we exchanged our gifts of bling.
And because she KNOWS me, loves me, and doesn't want to cause undo stress in my life she brought me Non-Bangle Bling.
Isn't it cute?! LOVE it!!

And we talked and talked and talked and talked and talked...about silly things and about important things.

And we laughed.

And the hubby who would just roll his eyes at it all, make fun of us for IMing for hours instead of picking up the phone and calling but then boot me out of the way to "chat" with her, came home early from work just so we could go out and have some kidless time to together.

Chipotle. Talk. Drive. Talk. Listen to Hannah Montana. Talk. Talk. Talk.

What was I talking about again???? Oh yeah...we self-diagnosed ourselves with adult onset ADD, too. (Added to our list of things in common.) Which is why it's taken me so long to put this post together, and which also explains the post itself....

Sonic. Pineapple Diet Dr. Peppers. (Cause she's the one that lured me over to the dark side.) Matchy debit cards. (Just one more way we're twinsies.)
E.Z. Orchards for apple cider donuts (I promise the fresh, hot ones are MUCH better!), lemon honey stick (Yuck!), Fartless chili, popcorn, beans (Genius.), and goofy pictures.
Outlet mall. (Cause we both like to get our shop on.) Not enough time. (We didn't eat there! Amazing, I know. But we had to preserve our stomachs for the next stop.)

And then off to meet the thoughtful husband mentioned above and Sponge Bob Hubs at The Cheesecake Factory for dinner...because apparently we both like to eat. Avoided an altercation, but received a tongue lashing from a crazed "I just spent 10x my Mercedes payment, impulse buying at the mall and my man's gonna be ticked" lady.
And we laughed. And we did NOT make fun of the waiter who talked in a disturbingly quiet voice while using smooth and dramatic hand gestures as he gave us his take on chutney. Ahem.
And we talked of things you usually don't talk about with people you've just met. (But remember we've known each other for decades. I mean years. I mean months. Days? Hours? Technicalities.)

And our day was gone.

And my suspicions were confirmed. She IS just as adorable, sweet, beautiful (inside and out) and funny as she appears on her blog. We could be the best of friends. She IS a kindred spirit. And I can now move her from "friends from my screen that someday I'll meet" to "those I'm blessed to know in the flesh".

Blessed indeed.

I have a good friend.

She's not an axe murderer.

Her name is Amber.

We've met the flesh.

...and now I miss her.

Anybody handing out frequent flier miles to Arkansas???

***And for a different and (most likely) wittier version go here.


Kellie said...

OH this was a fun post!

I've decided that these long distance meet ups are precious, and yet bittersweet...

It's awesome to connect with someone in real life that you've connected with on the "net"...but ince you get a dose of the "real" person the net seems so unfulfilling doesn't it?

So happy your day was fun! Thanks for sharing it!

Carpool Queen said...

It makes me happy happy to see the two of y'all hanging out together, and reinforces my resolve to make up an excuse to fly across the country and see you.

One day, my pretty!

Amber said...

Well, now you've done gone and made my mascara run.

That would be running if I were wearing any, but I'm not because I'm in bed. Well, come to think about it, I do have yesterday's mascara on because I didn't wash my face last yes. Dern it. Now you've done gone and made my mascara run.

Can I tell you how much I adore you? So incredibly much. And it is totally NOT fair that we live a bazillion and two miles from eachother.

Because I would totally gag on a thousand honey sticks just to meet you again, my sweet.

I loved loved loved our time together. ADD moments and all. And it is so bittersweet, because like Kellie said, it just doesn't seem fulfilling enough to go about the net now that I know you for realz.

I love you.
And miss you.

Gretchen said...

I'm with Kellie. It's so lovely, but hard to go back. Not that I'd change a thing.

Well, actually, I guess Iwould. It'd be okay if everyone moved near me. I'd be fine with that.

Glad you had so much fun with Amber. Seems like you connected on every last little thing. Even down to having 3 kids. Heart you.

Hope you got that cornbread.

Mighty M said...

What a fun day - and any time you end the day without an axe murder I think you have to call it a success! :)

Tiffani said...

I know you girls had such a wonderful time together!!

You are both so very adorable!

Definitely an uncoventional way of making friends but brings you special friendships fact, more real and honest than some IRL friends.

Hope that it won't be long before the two of you can have all kinds of fun together again!

harmonysong said...

I've missed your blog posts lately!! Looks and sounds like you had an awesome time!! :) YAY!! So glad you got to meet a bloggy friend...and now IRL friend!!

Family of 5 said...

What a sweet time it sounds like you had! Sounds like a wonderful friend that you met!

whimzie said...

So, so sweet! I'm glad you two were able to spend some time together.

P.S. I had Oregon Chai yesterday and thought of you! ;)

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Hey look...a comment...which means I actually caught up on your blog!

So glad you and Amber got to meet. I just heart her!
And I heart you too!

Jo said...

Hi Cathy

So glad you and my sweet niece were able to get together. I enjoyed your run-down of your visit, and the pics. Looks like you had loads of fun!
I am kind of jealous, though. It makes me homesick for Salem. I lived there for 26 yrs, mostly on the NE side of town....went to EZ Orchards quite a lot. Loved that place!
I was there for 2 months, a year and a half ago, and am hopefully planning a road trip back out next spring. I miss my friends and the ocean! Even though Arkansas has and always will be my "home", Oregon has a special place in my heart.
So glad you're Amber's friend! She is special, isn't she?

Aunt Jo

N5forHim said...

Shame on me. I couldn't read this all because I got jealous.

It's a good thing she lives so far away other wise I'd have to tie her up in my basement.

Shame on me, I know.