Thursday, January 07, 2010

happenstance (alternate title: hooray for blogging friends!)

I've said many times how I've so enjoyed meeting my 'imaginary' friends here in the blogging community.  You are all my outlet to a social world while a slave to housework and nap schedules.  I have a slight addiction to people and friends!  I love meeting them, talking to them, getting to know them.  I think that's part of my blogging addiction!  You all are so interesting!

So here's a funny story for you. 

I'm in sunny San Diego right now.  The weather is amazing!  I used to live here, but I must have forgotten.

We went to the beach yesterday, it was awesome - but that's not the funny story.  I just wanted everyone to be sure they knew that San Diego was sunny and 75 on January 5th.

The first morning we were here we went to the little breakfast they have here at the hotel.  My husband had already left for work and I was helping the kids finish up their breakfast. 

I mentioned earlier about me liking to talk to and meet people right?  I can't help myself sometimes, I just start talking!  So there was this guy there - he had on Marine issue boots, but no camos.  I asked him if he was with the Marines and he asked me about my kids.  He told me he had two at home that were only 15 months apart.  I told him my husband was stationed at Quantico, he told me they lived one county over.  We were like, cool!  a fellow Virginian!  Then he left for work, and I went back to my room with the kids to get ready for the rest of the day.

When I opened up my laptop I had several emails from my blogging friend, Karen.  She lives not too far from me and we have been trying to get together for a while, but both of us having little ones and busy schedules, it just hasn't happened.  She's awesome though, and I feel like I've known her for a long time!  (See I really do love my 'imaginary' friends!)

This is what her first email said:
OK this is weird -

my husband is still out in California -

this morning in his hotel he meets a lady - i guess in the restaurant - who has two little ones with her - a little girl and a little boy - the woman is pregnant -

Then he finds out she is from Stafford, her husband is with the Marine Corps and works from Quantico - are you in CA?

2nd email:
are you in VA? or are you traveling?

3rd email:
I can't believe it!

That man you were talking to this morning at your hotel who was asking you about your kids IS MY HUSBAND!

What are the chances? I CANT BELIEVE IT!


So of course I called her immediately and we woahed, and oohed and ahhed about the likliehood of this happening.  She is one smart cookie for figuring it out - We are both still incredulous about the whole thing.  But isn't that SO cool!!! 

I'm really not making it up, I have proof:

and kindly ignore the tired, I just landed yesterday and it's 3 hours later to my body than it is here and I'm tired and pregnant look.

You can read her account here.  She's much funnier than I am.  But seriously, can you believe it!?  All I can say is that we are for sure getting together and I think we will be friends for life.  I can't think this was really just a coincidence.

So in case you were wondering what you are doing blogging and emailing people you've never met, you just have to know that there are real people on the other end who appreciate your friendship, in real life or virtually, and I'm one of those people!  Thanks everyone!!!

19 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Laura said...

Classic! Such a small world.

Anonymous said...

OK that is totally COOL! SUCH a small world!

Lara said...

Just goes to show we live in a global village. What I wouldn't give for some sunshine right now!

Dee said...

one more reason I know we are meant to be "people" persons on the look out for God moments...moments to connect with others and make a difference, no matter how small we think it might be!

thanks for the encouragement today and bless you and your family! enjoy the weather and sit in the sun for me today...please!

Amy said...

Seriously amazing. I'm kind of in shock and can only imagine how you must have felt. Really really cool.

Busy Little Quilter said...

I love this!!!

I feel the same way about you and my blogging friends.

beth said...

Do you mean to tell me all those people out in blogland are REAL??
How cool is that!
This story is amazing!

Natalia from Piece N Quilt said...

That is awesome! It is such a small world! :)

Leslie said...

what a great story...the chances of that seem pretty slim. you probably could not have planned it!!!! you two are destined to be friends!!

Jenn said...

This is really cooL! What's even more special is that both of you acknowledge each other as true friends that will last a lifetime! Sometimes the internet is a terrible evil, but even good things come from wierd places! Thanks for sharing!

Alexis said...

That's such an awesome story, it's such a small world. I'm totally jealous about the warm weather! I hope you have a fun vacation.

Mary said...

Valerie said...

I still can't get over how funny this is! I can't even imagine what the odds are on this one. I'm glad you and Karen live close -- maybe someday I'll come out to beautiful Virginia and visit the both of you...:)

Sara said...

That is just too cool! I love it!!!

Val said...

That is really something. I was at a quilt show one day with my Mom and a lady came up to me and asked if I was Valerie......I said yes. She said I know you through your blog. It was so neat. I felt like I knew her too.

Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

That is goosebumps amazing!!

wishes, true and kind said...

That is an amazing story! Sometimes it really is a small world!


Rita @ Mochi Studios said...

how funny! what a very happy coincidence (probably fate!) it's great to have friends that you can connect with everywhere in so many ways!

prashant said...

What I wouldn't give for some sunshine right now!

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