Sunday, January 18, 2009

where to start?

when my annual hotel conference was scheduled for new orleans, i was thrilled (having never been to new orleans, and all.) i made my reservations at the hilton new orleans riverside, and immediately emailed natasha.

"i'm coming to town. any chance of getting together?"

i think her response was, "for reals?!?" and the seed for my first journey of the new year had been planted.

my next email was to carlo. ever since our unsuccessful attempt to meet up at jill's blogger party last may, we have been navigating our hectic schedules to try to find a way to get together. after the stars aligned, and natasha upped the ante with a very generous offer of a place to stay for the weekend, plane tickets were booked. we were on our way!





somewhere along the way, i forgot to consider the fact that it might be a little bizarre to plan on spending the weekend with total strangers! i think it was easy enough for that little detail to slip my mind, because these women just don't seem like strangers to me. and if there was ever any concern that our meetup would be awkward or uncomfortable... well, those concerns have long since been replaced by the familiar twinge of this weekends' belly laughs. to say that we have had fun would be the understatement of the year.



yesterday was full of the French Quarter and Bourbon Street and Cafe du Monde. today will be tea at Windsor Court (we're leaving no stone unturned!) natasha and kim have entertained us and fed us, and even schlepped us to Target! i'm realizing that this post will end up being many posts - there is so much to talk about!



i have learned many things this weekend. we have decided that natasha is much less *serious* than we might have thought. and kim is constantly on the go, cooking and cleaning and being gracious while we hook her into our blogging world. apparently, i am more *reserved* than the girls imagined i would be, and carlo is ready to "facebook it" all!



we have laughed and listened and crafted. we have created stories about "the old days" at Tulane (i don't even know how to explain that...) the King has been found in the Cake, and i am going to be late for tea if i don't get a move on!!

14 comments:

Ann said...

The blogging world opens so many doors. It is fun to hear your stories. To be continued right?

rebekah said...

it's a hotel conference and they don't put you up at a hotel?

glad you have all clicked IRL!

Kelly said...

Oh my, I thought your King cake picture was a sandwich and I couldn't figure out what the baby was. Now that makes much more sense!

I love seeing all these pictures of you guys having adventures together! I'm so glad you've clicked in real life. It never seems to fail, though!

Becky said...

How fun?! Can't wait to hear the rest of the stories from your first *journey*. :)

Becky said...

"how fun" was supposed to have two exclamation points and no question mark--there is no question about the amount of fun you ladies are having! :)

Doodle Bugs Paper said...

I think I am a little jealous of this weekend with you girls! Next time- I want to be there!!!!!

Kim Sue said...

I can't wait to hear more. So glad you guys did it! Enjoy every minute of it!

Jill said...

Thank you for posting an update! It is so great to read about how your trip came to be and how different you all are than you thought. I still really want video of you all together so I can hear your voices and see you together (is that possible?). I can't wait for your next posts about this trip!

Hannah said...

So cool! Your impressions of each other is interesting. I would not picture you reserved at all! Can't wait to hear more.

michelle said...

I've been hoping for a trip update! It's amazing that we can feel like friends already without ever having met -- but I haven't had a bad experience meeting a blogger friend yet.

Sorry, but I don't imagine you being reserved...

Crystal said...

You reserved?? Really?? THAT'S HARD TO BELIEVE!!! haha!! I'm sure New Orleans will or has already grabbed a hold on you. I'm so glad to hear that you're having such a great time. AND I must say I'm a little jealous.

carlo said...

the belly laughs. oh the belly laughs. i can think of no better workout in the world.

so glad i have lived my 09 word

Holly said...

Glad you are having so much fun!

Love all the pics--though the one with the King Baby being *born* is slightly disturbing. Ha!

Janiece said...

It looks like you have had a wonderful time!