Carrie at Growing a Baby suggested we get together at Greenlake.
This is the woman who claims to be terrified of people she doesn't know and who refuses to talk to strangers. And then there's me. I'm an extrovert - but evidently an anxious one. I hate calling and talking to people I don't know on the phone. I really only do it because my husband is even more chicken than I am (he won't even call to order a pizza!), and someone in this family has to have the balls to talk to the cable company and order take out!
But back to meeting Carrie. I went through 857 stages of anxious. Do I do it? Do I come up with some excuse not to? Do I postpone until someone else can come to intervene if it's painful? Will she like me? What if she doesn't? What if I swear? I've been trying to cut back on that what with a baby whose first word I don't want to be a four letter shocker. What if we decide to meet but don't recognize each other and then we both end up waiting around like the kid that doesn't get picked for the kickball team in middle school gym?
I feel like I'm going on a blind date.
Being blog friends isn't like being friends in real life. Well, in ways it's more intimate. God knows I wouldn't admit what an anxiety ridden weenie I am in casual everyday conversation! So, I feel like I know and like Carrie already, but what if she's different in person? Or what if I'm different in person?? When you read something, you have the freedom to understand things however you want to. You have the freedom of skipping over the stupid or boring or uncomfortable parts. Real life is in your face, you can't ignore the hairy warts. And what if Carrie doesn't like my hairy warts?
I shouldn't have worried.
Carrie is adorable, and her little Ethan is a charmer and I'm so happy to have new friends! We talked a mile a minute about everything under the sun, and it's like we've already been friends for ages.
And just for the record, she's just as easy going and likable and thoughtful and wonderful as she is in her blog! I mean, she brought me (see: Good Eater) home-made zucchini bread! (By the way, it was so delicious I ate the entire thing last night. Will start diet maybe on Monday.)