November 6, 2008

on the peach that is Ashley...

So, I just got back from meeting up with the lovely miss Ashley, and although I have a million things to do around here, I figured that I would instead sit down in front of the computer and blog. Mmmkay? I have priorities, you know. It's fun times.

Anyway, I didn't realize how nervous I was going to be when I left to meet Ashley. It's the most bizarre thing, going to meet someone face-to-face that you've known for what feels like forever, and who has had the ability to sort of get inside your head a bit through reading your blog. It's almost like a backwards getting-to-know-each-other. We already know so many detailed things about each other and our lives, but when we meet face to face we have to start at the beginning, the basics. Does that make sense?

Anyway, back to my story.

I was nervous about meeting her, because I always get those usual insecurities. What if it's awkward? What if I talk too much? What if she thinks I'm cooler online than in person - ahhhhh? But, no. I was happy to discover that we got along just as well as I figured we would. Ashley is just as sweet and beautiful and friendly as I figured she would be! And, seriously? Such a peach. (When I said I wanted to put her in my pocket and take her home with me, I was not kidding.) She was even nice enough to give me a bunch of pointers on my camera - helping me discover settings that I didn't even know where there. "What? That's what that thingy is for?" (Yeeeeah. I really need to see about that users manual one of these days.) As for photography on my end, I found that I didn't take many photos; for some reason I get entirely too nervous to take photos when I'm around someone who is, obviously, so incredibly beyond my level of photography. (This photo made me happy, though, so I had to post it. Ahhhhdorable.) I wish I'd taken more, actually. But I'm sure you'll get to see her amazing photos soon enough! And really? I walked away with so many new things to try out and work on, that I can't wait to see my family tomorrow and force my little sisters to be models again.

Aside from the photo goodness, we had some great conversation. It was funny how often our words were peppered with, "Oh, I remember you blogging about that!" or, "You twittered about that, didn't you?" or, "I remember you posting something about that!" Only between blogging friends, eh? Heehee. We did agree that we both feel like we have a huge group of friends thanks to the amazing ladies we've met online. I would've never thought I'd find such an amazing support system and circle of friends through this blog. But I'm so thankful for each and every person I've had the privilege of getting to know!

I'm so thankful that Ashley was able to make the time to meet up with me while she was in town! Next time around, I'm definitely going to make sure we're able to schedule a shoot with Jay and I! (Yesterday Jay told me, after I was telling him how sad I was about us not being able to have our photos taken by Ashley, "We can just go to JC Penney." And I wailed, "IT'S NOT THE SAAAAMMEEEE!" I'm mature, obviously.)

Ashley, you are a dear. Thank you for being such an encouragement to me, and such a wonderful friend - online and otherwise. Your talent is a constant inspiration to me, and I wish you (and Colleen!) the best of luck at your absolutely amazing art opening this weekend! This is only the beginning for you, my dear, I just know it! (Oh, and thanks for helping me cross off #98 on my list! Hurrah!)

16 comments :

  1. That must have been so awesome. I'm glad you ladies got to meet eachother. What memories you will have now and the bond is even closer. Yay for you's! :D

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  2. Awww that's so sweet. I want to meet everyone!!!!

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  3. You're totally right - it DOES feel like you're going on a blind date! But the other person already knows all about you! SO funny.

    I'm glad you girlies had such a lovely time! I can't wait to meet you!

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  4. p.s.
    And yes Ashley is such a peach! Love her!

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  5. Meeting blogging friends in real life is so awkward, but usually turns out to be so fun. I'm glad you had such a wonderful time!

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  6. eeeee!!!

    i, like the rest of blogland, are so happy you two got to meet up. and i'm especially happy it went just as well as you hoped it would!

    =)

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  7. HOW FUN!!! I'm so glad you guys had a nice time! Ashley is the greatest, isn't she?!

    When I met her and Emilypie for for first time we did the same "Oh I read about that on your blog" stuff. It was kind of weird to "meet" somebody for the first time, but to already know so much about them. Its fun. Meeting blogging friends is so awesome.

    Yeah for crossing off another item on your list!!

    P.S. I'm too lazy to sign out of my photog account and back in as See Sherm Blog.

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  8. that is just so cool you got to actually meet someone from the blog world! + hurray for finishing an item off the 101! so good to read the story, thanks for sharing friend! :)

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  9. Hi wishcake!! I am PeasNluv's partner. I was reading some of your posts. that is awesome you got to meet Ashley, and the whole thing about not wanting to take pictures because you feel nervous haha i have been there so many times. I was smiling the whole time i was reading this. It made me happy. Good luck with your photography and learning more things about the camera.

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  10. Ash is rad for shizzle. (<-- did I *really* just write that!?) I'm glad you had a fun time hanging out!

    Sadly, I don't know any bloggers in my geographic area... not even close! But maybe the day will come where I get to meet someone in person!

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  11. awwwww...... i feel the same way. i loved meeting you. you were wonderful. and that photo of me cracks me up! i think the way im standing i look 500 lbs, it's hilarious. I love it, work that aperture priority lady!

    xo

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  12. oh how fun, I worry about what it will be like to meet online friends in person. Especially about the part of them thinking I am way cooler online than in person. Can't wait to see more pictures from Ashley and how awesome that you got to cross one more thing off your list!

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  13. A "user's manual", what's that?!? HA!

    I'm with Alyssa, I want to meet peeps too! You all are adorable!!! And the pics of you, on Ashley's post, are superb! You are so pretty...and I mean that in the least-stalkerish-way possible!

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  14. Yippee I am so glad you guys met!
    It is so cute that you were nervous.

    Peace - Rene

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  15. aw that is so fun. ashley is pretty awesome and i felt the same way when i met her at blogher, or heck any blogger. i'm always so nervous meeting them!

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  16. aww how fun! I love blogger meet ups! I love how blogging takes on a real life of it's own!

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