Sorry for the lack of posts the past few days, I’ve been busy getting together and catching up with family here in Southern California. My cousin had a lovely wedding last Friday and I’m so glad I was able to attend that special day. Anyway, I wanted to interrupt my blogging silence to let you all know about something that I’ve been waiting for since I started my blog a few years ago: I finally met one of my US blogging buddies in person! Before flying to the States, I sent an email to my good friend Michelle of See Michelle Read if it would be possible for us to meet up. She mentioned that she was about two hours away from where I would be but that she was willing to make the drive down. I’m thankful that she wanted to do that and we got to hang out today:
Michelle is just so nice – as if it wasn’t enough that she made arrangements to meet up with me, she also gave me this package (which includes a copy of The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty, one of the books in my wishlist. I though it wasn’t available in the US but she got a copy through PaperpackSwap):
We had lunch at Chick-fil-A because my cousins kept saying that I had to try that place. We kept talking about books that we’ve recently read, what are the ones that we loved and the ones that we thought were just okay. We also talked about books and authors that were all-time favorites. We gave each other updates on our lives outside of blogging and reading, which was nice because it made me feel like I got to know her better.
After lunch, we dropped by Barnes and Noble, where we kept pointing at books that we’ve read to ask “Hey, have you read this? What do you think of it?” We didn’t end up buying anything there because they didn’t have the books that we wanted.
We did get to buy some bargain books at the nearby Goodwill:
I had such a great time with Michelle. I told her that it felt a bit surreal to finally meet her in person. We both talked about how difficult it is to explain to other people how you develop friendships through the internet. I can’t even remember when I first started talking to Michelle online, I just know that we’ve known each other for years. Thanks again for a wonderful day, Michelle! I know I keep saying this but I wish I could go around the US and meet up with all of my American blogging buddies.