11.22.2011

never trust bloggers...they're great liars.


A few days ago my Seattle blog friend Nellie, who I met at Always Bloggy in Philadelphia last month, emailed to say she'd be stuck in Minneapolis for a work weekend and "would you like to drive up on Friday night for dinner + drinks, and to crash at the hotel?" I replied (with many excited "!!!") that I would love to meet up Friday night...I couldn't believe my luck! Getting to see one of my AB girls just a month after meeting was blowing my ever-lovin' mind.

Fast forward to Friday: I'm frantically packing my bags, Facebooking Nellie with my phone number and tweeting my Always Bloggy girls about seeing Nellie. They tweet back with messages of jealousy.

A few hours later, I'm in downtown Minneapolis, rolling into the lobby of the Radisson, hugging Nellie and jetting up to her room to drop off my bags. We chit-chat on the elevator and down the hallway to the room. As Nellie slides her room key, she says,

"I have to apologize for something...because I kind of lied to you..."

My eyes hit the room and I see the far bed, which is covered with presents, treats and aqua garland. Then I come fully around the corner where I see...my blog friends Shannon, from Philly, and Karen, from Virgina, sitting on the other bed screaming, "SURPRISE!! HAPPY BACHELORETTE PARTY!"

Lest it ever be said that I'm not a spazz, I give you this video. I couldn't stop crying. And jumping. And flapping my hands like I was about to take off in flight.


For a full five minutes, I don't think I stopped spilling tears, even through our champagne toast. Every time I tried to say thank you, or to express how overwhelmed I was, those pesky tears just kept coming.

In part, I cried because I couldn't believe these girls who I'd just met a month ago...all of them with a husband and baby at home...dropped life to come to the freezing Midwest and see me. I was overwhelmed with gratefulness, almost humbled and embarrassed that anyone went to so much work for meBut, I also cried because I absolutely could believe it...I feel the same. Until that moment, I didn't realize how much I'd missed them! I cried because I'd absolutely fly across the country in a heartbeat to see any of them. Because although we just met face-to-face 30 days ago, we've somehow forged what we know are lifelong friendships.

Given that I thought I was just coming up for dinner, I left my camera behind. But we had an amazing weekend together. The girls took plenty of photos (albeit, some of them incriminating) which they're kindly sharing with me...and I shall share them with you later this week! Needless to say, I'm still on Cloud 9 about my early, unexpected Bachelorette Party...my heart still feels pretty freakin' full...

...and I've cried about seven times watching that video. :)

28 comments:

  1. This makes me really happy!! You have certainly forged some friendships for life! So thoughtful and touching!!

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  2. Are you Kidding?! That is beyond AMAZING! Its great to see such sheer surprise, joy & happiness in your face when you open that door. This really made me smile. You have some really special friends!!

    Have a WONDERFUL thanksgiving :)

    Jackie
    http://sweet-as-tea.blogspot.com/

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  3. YAY! I am so glad this happened!!! :)

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  4. That is so awesome of them! I wish I could have been there!

    Hope you had a fantastic time!

    LB

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  5. That is so sweet, how amazing. Love this post.

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  6. this post made my heart smile! your girlfriends rock! talk about kindred spirits :)
    -a
    http://scribblesbya.blogspot.com/

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  7. OMG! That is just too sweet!! What awesome friends!! I just about cried watching the video! xo

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  8. OMG how sweet1 This gave me goosebumps as I was reading! What great friends you have!!!!

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  9. Aw, I love this! What a completely awesome surprise. Too sweet :)

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  10. Awwww! This warms my heart. :) I'm so happy for you girlie! I hope to someday meet some bloggy friends who would do the same thing for me. :) Rock on lady.

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  11. The video even made me cry - how incredible

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  12. This is by far the sweetest thing I have ever seen. You are one lucky lady to have made a friendship like this with these ladies. What a special weekend :)
    http://​sunshinelifelove.blog​spot.com/

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  13. what! amazing! the internet is a magical place indeed. so happy for you, girlie.

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  14. Aww...and I cried watching it! What an amazing and special thing they did for you...and I have no doubt you deserved it! xx

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  15. My internet is playing up and wont let me watch your video :-(This is such a beautiful story, what lovely friends you have!

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  16. I have watched this video plenty of times now. It makes me smile like a fool! I'm so glad you got to see some of your close girlfriends and it was so sweet of them to come together to surprise you. A big SHOUT OUT to your girlfriends for being amazing!

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  17. congratulations! what great friends :)

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  18. You're so lucky to have such good friends! That's awesome that they threw you a surprise bachelorette party!

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  19. Awww... that is so sweet! Your reaction is the cutest, too :)

    Glad ya'll had fun!

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  20. This is really, truly amazing. I'm one of the (tons) of people who found you through pinterest. I'm loving that you write a blog that I enjoy, that is both entertaining and honest, and that you're close to my age.

    I'm so glad you found friends who love you back the way you deserve to be loved. :-)

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  21. I just found out about your lovely blog and I'm truly happy for you! What an exciting surprise and amazing friends!!
    Congratulations on your wedding, blog and everything! :))
    Cheers from Brazil!

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  22. oh my gosh, that's absolutely amazing - so happy for you!!

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  23. What a great surprise! And a great bunch of friends...

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  24. oh my God! you're such a lucky girl to have girlfriends like them..=)

    -Macy
    www.maccyy.blogspot.com

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  25. oh my gosh, this is so sweet! i'm happy for you that you're so loved :)

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  26. This is such a sweet story! There is nothing better than having amazing, thoughful women in your life, am I right?

    I'm sure this is one party you'll never forget :)

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