the girl shriek

Our trip yesterday to the "Happiest Place on Earth" was actually hosted by Disney's public relations team (who apparently cannot spell "resort") as a way of getting the word out about their new Halloween Time over at California Adventures. Because of my agreement with BlogHer ads, I can't really promote it here but will be posting information and thoughts at another venue when I get the chance. I did want to say that because of this, I was given the amazing opportunity to meet Tracey of Picture This and Mother May I.  I knew she was coming and wondered if I'd recognize her. Sometimes people just don’t look like their photos and I worried she'd come strutting up to me in all her fabulousness and I'd be all, "um... hi?" Instead, I caught the barest glance at her profile as she strode down a hallway 50 feet away and yelled out, "TRACEY!" like a mental patient. Then we flocked to each other, arms flapping and doing the girl shriek, hugging like old school chums. Ok, maybe I exaggerated that a little, but the meeting was awesome. She doesn't look just like her photos, she's infinitely more beautiful. She has this amazing swooshy hair (yes, that's the technical term) and the kindest smile and eyes you can imagine. I was totally in love. I'm going to email her relentlessly now in hopes of hanging out with her again. She's worth the drive.

I also got to hang out with Yvonne again, catching up on what's been going on since we last saw each other at the New Adventures of Old Christine set. She makes me want to flap my arms and do the girl shriek as well, but since my kids were asleep when we ran into each other, I contained myself. Barely.

And after a phone conversation with another blogger tonight, I was struck by how amazing it is to me that every time I connect with someone I've been reading it's like they're an instant old friend. No awkwardness, no "getting to know you" small talk. Nope. Just go. Talk. Dig in. Solve all the problems of the world. It's a beautiful thing you all give me, this stack of friends I've never actually met. I never thought that the little online journal I started for my eldest daughter would be such an amazing source of friendship, connection and fulfillment for me. Starting next month it'll even give me a source of income (more on that later).

You people rock. And I want more of these moments (only without me looking like a dork):