Monday, October 09, 2006

The Blog World Comes to My Real Life, or What I Did This Weekend

This weekend was a really good one for me. I got to meet some new people that I had only heard of, and I got to meet some people that I'd been wanting to meet for a long time.

My mom and dad had a campout at their house over the weekend with some people that they have bible study with. Because my bed is only a couple hundred feet away from their back yard, I did not camp, but I did get to sit around the campfire and roast hot dogs (well, actually Husband roasted the hot dogs) with some people who are serious in learning about the bible. Most of the time that I was there, however, was not spent in serious discussion. Instead we sat around and quoted lines from what seems to be a favorite movie for most people: Sling Blade. We had a good time.

On Friday morning I checked my email and found that JettyBetty and Critter would be in town for a church event and that they were planning to attend Tony's church on Sunday morning. So I drove to Brentwood to meet them all at church, and it was great! JettyBetty greeted me with a big hug, and we began talking as if we had been friends for a long time--which we have--even though we had never met before in real life. I also loved meeting Critter, even though I don't read her blog as often as I read JB's. I also met Tony and his lovely family, and we also talked as if we'd known each other for years. In fact, after church was over, we all sat in the sanctuary, each of us on the end of a pew, just talking and talking and laughing until someone finally turned the lights out and we had to leave. They are all now well aware that I am not nearly as articulate in real life as I am on my blog. I really hope that we can get together again soon, and not wait until next year!


Tony Arnold said...

It as indeed awesome. You were too quiet but you did have a lot of competition. I thought you were very articulate.

No way are we waiting a year to get together again. Roasting hot dogs over a fire sounds like a good future plan to me.


JMG said...

I was quiet because you were running your mouth so much!

There's some good hot dog roasting weather coming up really soon. Maybe I can even smoke a brisket because I know how much you love beef barbeque!

Tony Arnold said...

A major weakness of mine. You just got plain steamrolled.

Beef brisket...sounds great, I love it. It just isn't barbeque! :-)

Well, off to class tonight.

crittermer said...

Well, I'll just join right in and vouch for the awesomeness of the conversation. I appreciate you for the convictions you hold and how much you encourage me. I'm so glad you're serving in the college community because you have much to offer!

I can identify with both you and Tony, as I have spent most of my life being the "quiet person," but have recently been accused of being a blabber mouth--at least when it comes to topics that really convict me.

jettybetty said...

You are just the sweetest person--how could I not just hug you?

Thanks for making the effort to join us--I have still not gotten over the awesomeness of it all.

Justin said...

You should have let me know you were coming to OC. I would have come by and said hello.

Of course, I guess I could just always go to your office to say hello. Did I tell you I'm not in school anymore?

JMG said...

No, Justin, I didn't know. But yeah, you're welcome to stop by my office any time. You know where it is.