Monday, November 3, 2008

Nanny-Nanny-Boo-Boo!

A little over a week ago I mentioned to Kat my plans to head down to Georgia on November 1, to visit my parents and just soak up some Georgia goodness. Libbey would be out of school until the 5th, so it seemed an appropriate time for heading to the real south. And Kat was all, "Hey--Shannon & Angie are coming to Atlanta that weekend--you should meet up with us for lunch!" And I was all, "DUDE!" (Could I sound anymore like a wannabe teenager?)

Next thing I know Kat's telling me that Kori will be joining us, too. And Lizzy. It was like my birthday and Christmas all rolled into one. My excitement level rose exponentially as I counted the days 'til our bloggy get-together.

I refuse to tell y'all how long these fabulous ladies had to wait for me (darn I-75 traffic!), or how they had to change our reservation at the restaurant because of this wait. I'll refrain from regaling y'all with the story of how I accidentally elbowed our waiter's "family jewels." (Seriously--I'm certain it was the best bit of "lovin'" he got that day. Angie, back me up.) Nor will I tell y'all about Kori's hilariously endearing issues with germs and the perils of dining off restaurant dishes that have not been hand washed. Oh, and I'll not mention Lizzy and the hand gesture she lovingly bestowed upon me, because she's running a campaign and I have to maintain her image for another 2 days.

What I will tell y'all is this: Oh my head, it was so completely awesome meeting these wonderful ladies in person. What I loved best is that they are who they are on their blogs...not an ounce of pretension, not one bit of an act. I dig genuine women. And these gals are the real deal. It makes me happy.

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to meet up with fellow bloggers, let me tell you my experience. It's awesome. It rocks. It's a good time. Amen.

Oh, did y'all want to see pictures? But of course...I'll not leave you hanging.


Nope, I'm not leaving y'all hanging...just as Kori is not attempting to hang this chocolate cake-covered serving spoon from her nose. She has mad skills. How could you not love this woman? (By the way--Kori, you have now learned to never ask, "Can you say that any louder?" Because yes, I can. And that woman did look like Michelle Obama. Admit it.)

Here's Shannon & Angie, whom I'm certain are convinced I am the biggest nutjob around. Girls, your fears have been confirmed. They're so sweet & true that I was sitting there thinking, "They are never going to read my blog again--they're too good for me." Oh, dear. I heart you girls!

Katrina and Lula...and Lula's 18 chins. I mean, come on...I take the most unflatterinng pictures in the history of modern photography. But I digress. It didn't faze me to meet Kat "in person," because I feel as if I've known her half my life. So I was all, "Dude--I'm here--sorry you had to wait!" as if it's something I say to her once a month. On our regular lunch dates.

The poor restaurant manager--he kindly and patiently took picture after picture of us gals with each of our cameras. Not only did I get to meet Kat, but also her eldest, Katie. As well as Lizzy's girls, whom she's affectionately nicknamed, "the ladies." They are ladies, indeed.

Finally, no bloggy get-together would be complete without someone thrusting Twilight onto an unsuspecting person who has yet to succumb to our ardent fervor for this book series. Here and now I go on the record: I did not bring the book to Lizzy. It was not me. For months I've begged Lizzy to join our bandwagon o' Twilight fun. She's resisted. But someone who shall remain nameless (her name begins with a "K" and ends in an "i," cough-cough) thrust the book into Lizzy's unsuspecting hands. She then promptly and correctly paid homage to the book with a little kiss. Lizzy, I knew I always loved you.

My time with Angie, Kat, Kori, Lizzy, and Shannon has proven what I've suspected for a while...my blog pals are even more fabulous "in real life." And we need many more bloggy get-togethers, with many more people...I'm talking to each of you. Yes, you...reading all of my randomness. Come play with us. I'm just sayin', it's a good time!

55 comments:

Kori said...

Awww I had the greatest time. And you are everything I knew you would be... Absolutely Wonderful!

I can't wait to do it again.

Oh and for you other ladies that were there with us Saturday in spirit and cell phone calls. Use those frequent flyer miles and come on.

Oh and nana booboo I'm the first commenter on this here post. Because that's how I roll.

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

That was the BEST DAY EVER!!!!

No offense to my kids and the days they were born and all....

I was telling Mr. B all about it and he thinks we need to rent one of those huge cabins up around Gatlinburg and do a HUGE weekend bloggy/blabber weekend... would that not rock?

And how much do I love Mr. B that he would come up with the idea!

TattooedMinivanMom said...

How fun!!!

Kelly said...

i ain't even madatcha that pappasito's may not be in the stars for us this trip. but if greg doesn't get to meet you, he might start crying. just so you know.

heathersister said...

Wow, what a motley crue! Looks like good times. How long did you hang at the restraunt taking up tip time from other customers? Hehe.

Have you ever heard
nanna-nanna-boo-boo
stick your head in dog doo? Don't know why,(your title maybe) I just had to tell you that.

Heather said...

I LOVE Lizzy's idea! I love Gatlinburg, it's pretty central location, and late springtime in Tennessee is just heavenly.

So let's make our reservations, girls!

Look at you, all smokin' hot in your purple shoes, color coordinating with your sweet girls. I love it!

And can I just say, I love that you called me at the end of Trueblood last night? 'Cause I was jumping up in the bed in excitement, and Joe was just pissed that I wasn't jumping for another reason. And then the phone rang, and he's all "who's John Litton?" and I screamed "answer it!" and it was you.

I love your accent (I understand every word), I love how you make me crack up laughing...girl, I love you!

Safe driving tomorrow, okay?

Amy said...

I'm so glad you had fun. What lucky ladies!! You rock yourself.

Mrs de Miranda said...

Kori was telling me the other night she had just gone to atlanta to meet you all!! I think that is awesome! I told her that I just live in myrtle beach, which is not far from atlanta so next time you all go you need to call me! OH! And I go to Richmond once a month too!

Im glad you all had such a good time!

Angie's Spot said...

I am STILL reeling from all that fun we had Saturday! My cheeks still hurt from laughing and I'm still fat from all that wonderful pasta and chocolate cake that I woofed down. Yum!

And yes, we simply must plan another get together with more peeps, because I know that there are tons more way cool blog friends out there that would add so much to a get together!

And you were exactly like I knew you would be. Love it!! :-)

sassy stephanie said...

*green with envy*

Kat said...

We did have an amazing time...and of course we waited for you. We easily entertained ourselves in the lobby. And blocked the way for all the little old ladies who needed to go by us because they couldn't take their walkers through the revolving door.

And all the things that we convinced Kori to do...and our pounding on the tables...and I have not released the photo I have of you showing off your bra...that will be up tomorrow :-)

ParentingPink said...

Wow! This looks like so much fun. Over the weekend, I met for the first time EVER one of my fellow bloggers. I'll admit, it was a little "weird" at first - it seemed like she knew me so well (must be from reading all about my strange mishaps) but it turned out to be a wonderful experience! You are right!

Vicki said...

That sounds like it was a blast! And it's so cool that y'all are close enough to each other to get together!

Shannon said...

Mommy Blabbers Weekend 2009

LOVE it!!!! It is so on.



Dude... Saturday was the best! You are exactly like I thought you would be! And Kori and Lizzy, too. My amazing bloggy-sistas! I cannot wait to meet up again.

Mrs. S said...

Thanks Lula! But wait until I post a picture of my husband as Snoopy!

Mrs. S said...

And I really want to see the movie, but it depends on A) if it'll fit in our budget B) if we can find a sitter.

It's only about book 1 right? Because I don't want to spoil 3 and 4.

You're right...the end of New Moon left me hanging....

Jori-O said...

What a fun, crazy day!

Kathi said...

That is sooo cool....what fun!!

angela | the painted house said...

Dude. You were not at that Maggiano's on Saturday, were you? WHEN I WAS THERE DINING, TOO???? Tell me we didn't just miss each other by a fettucini noodle. Tell me.

angela | the painted house said...

Oh, and Lizzy, I know a great cottage in the mountains near Asheville where the rent is free...that is if you invite me! :)

Mama Dawg said...

I'm sitting here trying to figure out how far Atlanta is from where I am.

I can do it. Maybe.

Kat and Rhea are trying to get up another meet near me that I might get to go to. I'm excited.

Gina said...

Wahahahaha. Not fair.

Becky said...

Awe!! I think that is so neat that you guys all got to meet up! How very cool!

I think you all look beautiful in your pictures! I hope to be able to meet some of you some day!

Kristina P. said...

Hey, is someone trying to steal my kissing Twilight thunder? ;)

Melissa said...

Okay, I'm soooooo coming on the next trip. Make no bones about it. I'll show you my bra, too....:)

Carrie said...

Lucky ladies!!! How much fun is that? Maybe one of these days I'll pack up the midget and the wieners into the bug and drive from Michigan...

Now that I write it, it sounds obscene. Boooooooooo sssssssss I need to move closer to the bloggy epicenter of the world!

JANE said...

Oh girl you are so lucky, Mama Bloggers and Atlanta all in one day! And I'm so close!

JourneytoFamily said...

That's awesome!!! What a fabulous bloggy get-together! And yes, I want to do that. How about you and I meeting up somewhere sometime? hee hee.

Amy said...

Looks like you had a great time. I know Lizzy won't be disappointed in Twilight...I wasn't :D

KimmyJ said...

I'm so jealous, I can't stand it. I'm stomping my feet like a regular ole bratty girl over here!!! Pout!

Swirl Girl said...

I am so jealous I can't tell you!

You left out the most important thing about your meeting...
what y'all have for lunch??

Sheri said...

I just had to let you know. My ex-friend finally put a copy of Twilight into my hands. I was going to Charlotte for 3 days. I read Twilight in 24 hours, and promptly dropped 60 bucks on the final three. Read "New Moon" on the way back, and am hopelessly addicted!

Brandy said...

It looks like you guys have sooooo much fun...I wanna play too!

That's so cool that you all got together and took fabulous pictures.

I got my books Friday...woot! I took your advice and checked out page 58(was it 58?)...woowee. Hawtness.

Caroline said...

You didn't happen to pass by central NC and neglect to call me, did you? When are WE gonna get together?

Brenda Jean said...

I'm so dang jealous. I just have my cats to talk to. Oh, and my husband and kids. BAHAHAHAHAHA

CaraBee said...

Sounds like you gals had a blast. I am really and truly jealous! I love the purple shoes, too! Now Miss Lula, you take a fabulous picture, so don't be putting yourself down!

Julie said...

I will have to connect with you next year when we are home in VA... where exactly are you? We will either be driving from NOVA to Charlotte, NC or from VA Beach to Charlotte... we will have to discuss

Robin said...

That sounds like so much fun!! Isn't it great just to get together with friends that you can just "be" with. No uppity-ness, just hang and be loud and silly with. I'm glad you ladies got a chance to be together.

manic mariah said...

I'm SO flipping jealous!

Jen said...

if you took a picture of me right now, I would be all green!
Seriously, I am so glad that you guys had an awesome time. I would so like to meet some lovely bloggers. Maybe be some day, if the stars align, I will *sigh* one can always hope...

angie said...

LUCKY you. I wish that Angie were me! So fun to recognize Kori and Lizzy, too!

angie said...

P.S. I knew you had a great smile. :)

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

I'm jealous.

Laura said...

I'm so jealous!

Mrs. S said...

Hey Lula! Head on over here: http://kreutzerfamilyblog.blogspot.com/
and welcome my cousin's wife to the bloggy world!

Marrdy said...

I am totally jealous!! What fun.

Steph at The Red Clay Diaries said...

Oo, oo! Even though I'm closer to Athens (Go Dawgs!), I still consider myself a suburban Atlantan.

If you plan another get-together, I'll come!

Carissa(GoodnCrazy) said...

If Jiggety can be a wanna be teenager you can too.

Just sayin'. Can I come to your next bloggy meet up?

Wait. Will you come to mine?

Live.Love.Eat said...

Can I be happy for you and jealous all at the same time? That's awesome you all got to get together!!!! And you look beautiful!

nosmallfeat said...

Too bad I didn't find your blog before you came to Atlanta (where I am stationed)! I am "blog-friends" with Julie; I am likewise obsessed with Twilight (and LOST). It would be nice to meet others who have O.C.D. like me.

Though this is my first time in Lulaville, I am sure I'll be back. :)

Pinky Roth said...

I know you had a blast! Glad you and the girls could come visit for a few days...

Mom

Rhea said...

Can I tell you how badly I wanted to be there?!! I can't believe I'm missing out on all this fun. I must make the next one! I MUST!!!

Debbie said...

How truly wonderful that all of you were able to get together. That picture of all of you is fabulous!

MarciaBrady said...

That's so awesome you get to meet so many people you blog with!!! You are SOOO popular it seems!

From your blog, you seem like the life of the party!!!

I think the Gatlinburg trip should be planned. I mean, I know I'm new at this and haven't really talked to that may on here yet, but it sounds like a lot of fun!!!

I'm sure you'll have fun this coming weekend w/Heather and her sister!!

Kimberly said...

I have to laugh whenever I see someone in another state mention I-75, because that particular road starts here in Michigan before it gets to you folks down there.

It goes right by my house, so in a sense we are connected.

Is that just about the dorkiest thing ever? yes, I know.