Words that I never thought would come out of my mouth: I’m off to South Dakota! (No offense South Dakota, it’s definitely me, not you.) While there are certainly beautiful things to see in South Dakota, I can’t say I know too many people who have South Dakota on their bucket lists. When people asked where I am traveling next (always a fair question since they’re usually something coming up!), I got a bit of a strange look when I replied, “South Dakota!”
This also happened when I told people I was going to Jackson, Mississippi in January. It’s all about who you know and where they are, obviously. (And Bruno Mars included Jackson in one of his songs, so it had to be good, right?)
But anyway. Eric and I are off to South Dakota to visit my blog BFF Jeri (and her fiance Kyle and her pug, Ollie), and it will be a lovely weekend! We have some fun things planned, but I’ll tell you about them all when we get back. In the meantime, it is also Friday, so let’s do a Five for Friday, Jeri and Susan edition.
1. I have no idea how long we’ve known each other.
We apparently started blogging right around the same time, which was the end of 2008. (Yikes…) I tried to find my first comment on her blog, and the earliest I could find before I realized I was spending way too much time on this was July 6th, 2009. Well, that was awhile ago, and my best guess as to when we first realized each other existed. So I guess we “met” around then and it’s fair to say we’ve known each other for about six years. Which I guess it wasn’t creepy when we first actually met…
2. We first met face-to-face in October 2011.
I ran the Twin Cities Marathon in October 2011 (still home to my PR!), and Minneapolis isn’t too far from Sioux Falls, so we had the great idea of Jeri driving up for the weekend. So she did. That was a weekend full of hanging out with people I’d never actually met before, and it went swimmingly.
3. We always share a bed.
Is it weird to share a bed with someone you’ve never met before? In Minneapolis, Jeri and I shared a futon. When she came to NYC last year, I gave her two options: we could blow up the queen size air mattress that takes up the rest of the floor space in my studio apartment (I lived in a shoebox) or she would share my queen size bed with me. Since we’d already gone over the hurdle of sharing a bed, we opted for choice two. (Which is great because setting up an air mattress that you barely have room for is difficult.) Was this awkward? I don’t think it was. Should it be? I have no idea. The internet is breaking down boundaries left and right.
4. We made a video.
A few years ago, Oiselle hosted a contest to win a trip the track and field Olympic Trials. We entered. We made a video. I still think it’s a wonderful work of art, and I can always take an opportunity to share it.
Minus a major near-catastrophe of Jeri’s videos not having sound when I viewed them on my computer (Mac vs PC problems…), I think it turned out pretty good! And you learn a bit about us!
5. I’m not lying when I say we’re blog besties.
There was a period of time when we talked about Jeri moving in and sleeping on my couch. (The fact that my couch was of the size that no one older the four years old would be able to fit is beside the point.) We both love running and sports (it’s FOOTBALL SEASON NOW, HOOORAY). We’re both introverted, but manage in this blog world. And neither of us are afraid to meet and hang out with (and stay…) with someone we’ve never actually met before. (And if you ever need a book recommendation, she’s your girl.)
I’m excited for this weekend, and I’m so thankful for the blog world for allowing me to meet so many people in different parts of the country (and world – although I haven’t quite gotten that adventurous yet…). I’m confident we probably never would have met had it not been for this whole blog thing, and that’s pretty cool. It’s exciting to get to Sioux Falls (as mentioned above, a place I might not have gone otherwise) and to hang out with an old friend. (Awwwwwwww.)
Have you made internet friends and actually met them? If not, I highly recommend it! I should do a post about this – it’s really awesome.