return from philly.

The day I left for Philly, I padded down my apartment stairs and across the lawn, towing my weighty wheeled suitcase behind. The trees rustled with brightly colored leaves, and the ground was green, splotched with vibrant fallen leaves. Fall was just beginning. Perhaps, I thought, I'd return home from meeting the blog girls, knowing their faces and calling them good friends.

Yesterday, after eight hours of traveling from Philly, I returned home...I hoisted my hefty suitcase up the porch, over each stair. Bare tree branches clattered above me in the wind and crumbly brown leaves crunched below my feet. So much changed in one weekend. Fall had come and gone. And I was returning home, with a bucket full of memories and more than a handful of new friendships, which somehow felt far from new...and more like old, tried and true.

My newfound friends lovingly named me "Unicorns", after Shannon and the others agreed that my world seems as glittery and charmed as a Lisa Frank poster. I laughed so hard at this thought, because that's just one portion of me. The girl who loves whimsy, romance and crafts is very much me...it inspires me creatively. I love me some pastels. You bet I feature the sunshine and glitter...but if you think that's my entire world, I am sorry to tell you that I don't even own a unicorn. Can you believe it?! (Note to Gabe--Christmas is coming...)

Behind the glitter and crafts, beyond this space that I keep for reflection, connection, writing and creativity, my very nearest pals will confirm that I am kooky. My apartment is rarely spotless. I'm not too ladylike to cuss. Not too picky to eat Taco Bell several times a week. Not too buttoned up to have a drink...or three. And never too grown up to make an fool of myself in hopes of a few laughs. Yet, it's not often that I completely reveal that kook inside--only among my very closest friends.

And here was the best part about this weekend: My new friends brought out the kook in me. They got it...they understood that behind every blog--whether devoted to whimsy, food, home decor, family or hilarious stories about in-laws--there was a real girl that showed up...a real person with flaws, a sense of humor and a very real life.  My hair was down. I was kooktastic. And glittery. Occasionally crass, and occasionally cheesy. Dressed up, dressed down. Often acting completely ridiculous.

It was the best, and exactly what I needed in so many ways.

I can't wait to wade through my photos and share. Since I walked in my house at midnight, I've got a full day of classes and unpacking before I can get to editing and sharing. So in the meantime, you'll have to pop over to Shannon or Kate's posts for a little wrap up!


  1. This resonated so much with me:

    "They got it...they understood that behind every blog--whether devoted to whimsy, food, home decor, family or hilarious stories about in-laws--there was a real girl that showed up...a real person with flaws, a sense of humor and a very real life"

    Miss ya already!

  2. I totally understand where you're coming from. To strangers or acquaintances, I'm shy and reserved and quiet. To my close friends and family, they know me as funny, sometimes ridiculous, sometimes cheesy, and definitely not afraid to make a fool out of myself (though it's usually not intentional). The best friends not only love you, but they love all the cheese and kookiness and little imperfections!

  3. so glad you had a good weekend with them :) sounds like it was just what you needed.

  4. I'm not sure how to *like* a blog post but if I could, I would. This is beautifully written... funny and touching at the same time. :) I'm happy to hear it was a great time for you!

  5. Heyyyyy Unicorns! You really nailed the whole point of doing this whole meetup thing. I loved getting to know you and the rest of the girls and everyone's fondness for gummy bears and emergency champagne!

    Insert 1500 Always Bloggy inside jokes here. And a hashtag.

    Miss your face!

  6. I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time!
    That picture is very, very lovely.
    This post was a joy to read.

  7. Oh it sounds like the most wonderful time! I looked at Shannon's post and loved all the photos. Can't wait to see yours too!

  8. i loved reading this post! really, i just love how you write :)

    and by the way, the thing about taco bell... yep, i can totally relate!

  9. you are such a gifted writer, beth. it's so non-fussy and so personal. that's gotta be a reason why they got you -- they got the real you.

    miss you!

  10. I just love the way that you write. I am unashamed to say that the very first time I found your blog I spent a good hour reading through your archives. Such a joy!

    PS. Giveaway happening right here....

  11. we all love you just the way you are. i'm so glad it was a blast!


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