So I started this new blogventure (I was hoping that was gonna sound way cooler) back in March, right around when Charleston City Paper published their “Best of Charleston 2011” picks. This guide outlines the best schools, restaurants, bars, churches, doctors, (blah, etc., blah) picked by loyal readers. It was quite fitting that my eyes immediately zeroed in on the “Best Local Interest Blog” category (right after the “Places to Unexpectedly Find Billy Murray Waiting Tables” category…yes he lives here!). The Readers’ Pick was Christina Orso’s blog — Hungry Meets Healthy. Well, I had to check it ASAP! I was worried that the content wouldn’t be relatable to a person who tends to be just-hungry-and-not-so-much-with-the-healthy (←me). But, I knew it had to be much more than just healthy recipes to have won this category. Of course, I quickly became hooked and right away knew that we HAD to be friends. I commented on Christina’s blog along with providing my blog address (she was asking for followers’ blog names at the time), she e-mailed me, and the rest is history! We have been online/text dating ever since. No, for real.
Here are snippets from our first e-mail exchange…Me: Yay – I was so scared you’d reject me. Christina: Reject you? Heck no! I can already tell you are awesome. I believe in love at first site, blog-world only. haha. Me: I saw you a couple of weekends ago (my husband and I recognized you from your blog picture) at Shem Creek at Red’s. I wanted to say hi, but really? STALKER! lol Christina: AND YOU SHOULD HAVE SAID HI!! Next time you better!!!
Since then, we’ve been building a friendship via blog commenting, Facebook, and texting. (That’s right folks, it’s the year 2011!)
Until we finally met…
I have to admit. I was nervous. I’ve never been on a blind date before. What to wear? Where to go? To hug or not to hug? What if there are awkward silences? Lots of “what-ifs” and “what nows” and “oh mys” to think of!
Luckily, Christina is totally normal and it all worked out swimmingly. I’m pretty sure we hit it off…I think this friendship has serious potential to make it out of the virtual world.
Christina — thanks for being so great…and for the awesome chocolate chip cookies! (Why didn’t I think of that?!)
Yes, y’all, she’s that gorgeous in real life!
Guesses on how many picture attempts were needed for my eyes to actually be open? It was either 4 or 5! Seriously, my blinking problem is no joke.
Please check out Christina’s blog – so witty and fun!
“Hello” to new readers!!! Thanks for taking Christina’s word for it and checking ME out! =)
p.s. Happy 1st birthday, Nolan – we love you! xo
p.s.s. Southern Thesaurus entry promised for tomorrow!
p.s.s.s. Christina…too much?! lol
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