No, I’m not really talking about the last time I posted, but that works too…
About a zillion years ago, I came across a blog called The Northwest Ladybug. Something about this blog, just sucked me right in so I marked it in my Bloglines (no I haven’t managed to switch to the other one that everyone seems to use) and started lurking in on Carol’s life.
Now, the Pacific Northwest is a huge area. As far as I can tell, it starts down in Oregon and then goes all the way up the coast through Washington up to (or depending on who you talk to including) Canada. Then it goes east to include Idaho and parts of Montana. Like I said, it’s a big region.
Despite knowing that Carol could live anywhere, I couldn’t shake off the feeling that she lived somewhere near my neck of the woods. Her photos of the area looked eerily familiar, the places she talked about… It just made me wonder…
Then one day, she posted this about her garage sale. I was in shock…I had just resisted stopping there as I passed that house on my way home. Carol was my neighbor! (At least now I knew why everything looked so familiar!)
My first impulse was to stop reading her blog right away and just pretend that I didn’t know anything about her. It just seemed kinda creepy to me…like I was a stalker or something. Then I realized that I didn’t want to give her blog up. Eventually, I decided I had to out myself.
Carol took the news that she had a stalker very well. In fact, we emailed a bit, talked on the phone, and made plans to meet up for coffee or go for a walk around the neighborhood in order to get to know each other better.
That was back in July, and we finally managed to meet for lunch…yesterday.
When I walked into the restaurant, I immediately knew who she was (after all, I had seen a zillion pictures of her) As we sat down to chat, it was like meeting with an old friend! Real Life Carol is exactly the same as Blogger Carol. She is warm, caring and funny. I really enjoyed her company. It was amazing how comfortable I was with her right away. We had tons of stuff to talk about on all topics. Then suddenly, it was time to go…the hour the hour had just flown by.
Now that we’ve finally met up in real life, maybe we’ll be better about doing something again…at least before another year is up!
Next post, I’ll tell you about the special Pay It Forward gift she gave me. Now, if you will excuse me, there are 636 posts on my Bloglines…I’m guessing I may not see them all, but I’ll give it a shot!