Monday, October 14, 2013

Madam, I had HOPED to have made that announcement MYSELF.

I'm telling you guys something really special and exciting tonight, you see, but it seems that Petie, aka Country Girl, over at All Things Bright and Beautiful has written a post TOTALLY STEALING MY IDEA and even publishing it at the exact same time.  What EFFRONTERY.

Ahem... I'm getting ahead of myself.  Gather 'round, boys and girls, because I'm going to tell you a story.  

Once upon a time there was a little girl named Petie and a little girl named Amy, and they really weren't little girls by the time they met each other-- the fact is that Petie was seventeen and Amy was sixteen, both of which ages are kind of past the time of being termed little, ya know?  Anyways, Petie was visiting Old-Fashioned Charm one day and came across a link to Amy's blog, which she clicked upon, and I could say that the rest is history from there, but that wouldn't be fair to you if you want to know the whole story.  (If you don't want to know the whole story, you needn't keep reading.)  

So Petie commented on and started following Amy's blog, and Amy visited Petie's blog and started following at that very first visit (which is something she almost never does-- there was a connection here, people) and after a great deal of commenting back and forth, Amy began to think that this girl was a real kindred spirit.  

Then one day Petie started selling personalized bookmarks from her blog, and decided to host a giveaway to promote them, and Amy ended up winning the giveaway (on her seventeenth birthday, how fitting!).  And that's how Petie and Amy exchanged email addresses... and that's how the correspondence started... and that's how Amy started bugging Petie to watch the Les Mis concerts.

And that's when things REALLY got rolling.  Because, see, the Les Mis concerts kinda became Our Thing.  We talked of little else.  Valjean, Enjolras, Javert, Enjolras, Eponine (we're both huge Eponine fans), Gavroche, did we mention Enjolras?  Yeah, we kinda like that guy.  And we kinda like Ramin Karimloo and his shirtsleeves and leather wrist thingies AND HIS VOICE -- he was our favorite portrayal at the time.  (Amy now just slightly prefers Aaron Tveit but thaaaaaaat is another story for another time. *hastily ducks away from Petie's rising wrath*)

In fact, we even ended up hosting a Les Mis Concert Comparison week that summer, which was AWESOME in every way and succeeded in bringing us even closer together.  Pretty soon we had ridiculous nicknames for each other (she's Puddle and I'm Chauvelin... don't ask...) and phone and Skype conversations started happening.  It would be so cool to meet each other in real life, I said several times... to which she replied with, "I KNOWWWWWWWW!"

But nothing came of that, of course-- it was just wishful thinking.  Until last Friday, that is.  Because last Friday another phone call happened, and this time it was Petie telling my mom (I wasn't available at the moment, unfortunately) that HER mom was coming to my home state for a conference and could my Puddle possibly come along and visit me during her mom's conference?

Ummm... let me think a minute about this... YES.


And so, it's settled. In a whirlwind of planning and squealing and emails flying back and forth, it is now official-- Petie is coming to visit me from October 24th to 26th, and I am FREAKING OUT EXCITED.

So is she, for that matter.  Funny how that works.  

We intend to have a good time.  The poor girl has not yet seen TSP82, folks.  THIS WILL BE REMEDIED.  

Ten days more, people.  Can you believe it?  TEN.  DAYS.  MORE.  


Hamlette said...

Have so, so, so much fun with your friend! I met one of my best friends via our blogs, and we've been friends for 8 years now, and have visited each other over and over. It's wonderful. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

And yeah, I teared up a little over this. And that last picture... CHORTLE. So us. :)
Haha, apparently we remember things differently... I thought I found your blog through your comments on *mine*, but you're right, I think I found it through Old-Fashioned Charm. :P Ahh, the ol' memory just isn't what it used to be; I've slept since then. ;D hahaha.

Isabella said...

YAY!!!!!! Another meet up!!!!! I am so excited for you guys-er- girls :D Oooohh yes, I am a fan of those sleeves with the leather wrist thing :) Girls :P Have fun!


Miss Dashwood said...

Aaaack, you have no idea how encouraging your story about your friend is to me. I am quite pleased by the idea of seeing blogging friends many times over the years. :D Thanks, we intend to have a BLAST!

My Puds,
ME TOOOOOOOOOO. THIS IS GONNA BE SUPERDUPERCALIFRAGISTUPENDOUS. (Yes, it's a word. I made it up. Hush.) And that last picture IS us. We should recreate it. The same pose and everything. :D I'm pretty sure you said you'd found my blog through Old-Fashioned Charm, but I could be wrong... it's happened once or twice. :P I do know that I visited yours through a comment of yours on mine, though.

Heehee, join the club. We like to call them the Manly Bracelets of Power and Awesomeness. :D And we shall indeed have fun-- I feel incredibly blessed to have another blogging meet-up so soon after the last one! I hope there will be many more... *loud wink*

Kiri Liz said...

So happy for you guys!!! I know you'll have tons of fun, and then you can *ahem* tell us all about the nonsensical things you do, you know, if you feel like it. And no, that wasn't a hint. Where would you get an idea like that? *winks*

Haha!!! I love that last picture! "We're not plotting anything." Amy, Amy... knowing you and Petie, I highly doubt it.

And just for good measure... virtual confetti, random outbursts of Les Mis, and SQUEEEE! *grins*

Alexander said...

Awesome! It's always so much fun getting ready for friends to come over.

Natalie said...

That is sooooo exciting for you!!! Have lots of fun!!!

Alicia Showalter said...

OOHH - you guys are gonna have so much fun!!!! I am so excited for you and I hope to hear everything about it! I was going to say take lots of pictures - but I don't think that's a needed reminder! ;) haha OH never seen the TSP? -Sink me! that must be remedied! ;)

Caroline L. said...

GOOD HEAVENS. She has not seen TSP82????? Well, she is in for a treat!

I'm so happy for you girls! Congratulations! You definitely don't need me to tell you to have fun. ;]

Maribeth B said...

Ach, she has not seen TSP82?!?! This MUST be remedied! ;)

Hope y'all have a great time!

Molly said...

Yay!!!! You are so excited, my dear sister. I am so happy for you, and am excited myself about Petie coming!!!!!

Marie said...

Wow, so happy for you girls!!!

*gasps* What, you HAVEN'T seen TSP82? Well Petie, prepare to be Floored By The Total Awesomeness. :D My first time watching it was with Amy, too.

Alexandra said...

I'm almost as excited as you guys are, and I'm not gonna be there! EEEEPS, PEEEPS!

And yes, that was intentional. Speaking of LAST TSP1982 shall be remedied. GOSH. :D

Alicia Showalter said...

Haha, I was introduced to TSP by Amy as well! ;)

Miss Dashwood said...

Oh, yes, of course we'll be telling you all about it. We MET through blogging, after all. How could we not??? :D


Thanks, we will!

Never fear, many MANY pictures will be taken. :D Petie is an insanely good photographer and I have a feeling her camera will be by her side at all times, heehee. And yes, TSP will be EPIC!

Caroline L,
It must indeed-- and shall! Thanks, we intend to have a splendiferous time!

Sink me, I couldn't agree more. :D Thanks!

YES! We're going to have SUCH a good time.

Oh, yes, floored she shall be, yes indeedy. Aaaahhh, yes, fond memories of that first time you guys saw TSP... that was SO fun.

Hahaha, this time she know's she's a poet... :P SO EXCITED. You'll be getting a squealy email when it's all through, I'm positive. :D

Just call me the queen of TSP indoctrination.

Rachel (Cynthia) Heffington said...

Not that you have any brothers that need to be married off yet, but I'm only saying that Abigail and I started off by emailing and now she and my darling Gent are planning on getting married (not engaged yet, but like to be.) What I MEAN TO SAY is that internet-friends are sometimes the very best. My friend Julia and I met online and now we bear our souls and tell the most appalling secrets. ;) Anyway, I am SO excited for you; this has got to be amazing! :)

Joan said...

Have a great time! I love getting to see friends that I haven't seen in awhile or before!