Monday, October 22, 2007

Meeting Blogger Friends

Some long time blogger friends invited me to come visit when they were in New Orleans. As badly as I wanted to I didn't know if I could make it. However, despite obstacles galore, my final decision was that, if I didn't go, I would regret it - if I did go, I most certainly would not regret not going. Well, it turned out to be a fabulous evening (except for getting lost coming out of New Orleans at 10:00 p.m. Will blog about that later.)

I have a confession to make - since I had the "medical experience" in April, I have had a big problem with anxiety and its very hard for me to leave the house and I get exhausted very quickly. My girls thought I was crazy - but they don't blog. If I hadn't gone, I would have missed meeting some fantastic people who have been a part of my life for over two years as well as having one of the best nights of my life.

We met in the courtyard of the hotel, ah those fabulous New Orleans courtyards, what a way to meet blogger friends for the first time! Within a few minutes I felt like I'd known Candy for a long time. The evening started with a visit to a martini bar with the smoothest martinis in the universe, (and the funnest conversation in the world) and a small, elegant restaurant for a spring roll for me and onion soup for Candy, bread sticks and butter - we found we both love butter. The spring roll was so delicious it gave a new meaning to spring rolls. Then we scooted off to a concert - fabulous show,, an eighteen piece orchestra called The New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra, specializing in music from the first third of "this Century." The talent was incredible as was the sharp-witted tongue in cheek humor. This orchestra has a new fan! So how Chicagoans could find the best in New Orleans when I have a hard time finding anything besides the normal tourista traps, I don't know.

Candy Minx and Anthony Stagg are two great people. Candy is a long legged elegant, energetic blond artist and how can I describe her: an amazing intellect. One of those people you just know can do ANYTHING they set their heart to do. Stagg is a tall good looking sweetheart of a guy and a tremendous artist as well. The couple they were with were also in the arts and it was a stimulating experience and a treat meeting them as well. I could write pages on what a great time I had. And, even more importantly, I felt as if I'd known Candy and Anthony forever and my heart knit to them. I wish we lived closer to each other. So thanks guys, and I so enjoyed meeting your friends too! Words can't completely convey.............

Pics to follow after I fix grandson's breakfast and get him off to school. Daughter on her long night shift........and its raining cats and dogs and everything else out there - the roads are so dangerously close to be flooded already - - I wish it would quit!

11 comments:

tweetey30 said...

That is so cool. I want to meet some of my blog friends too. I know three of them personally. But to the rest of you I want to meet you all some day.

d34dpuppy said...

weres tha piccys ????so now u r prone 2 anxiety attacks u can take prozac r sumtin i do

d34dpuppy said...

ps g;ad u n candy hadda smashin tiem

Hattigrace said...

Sounds fun!!

Gardenia said...

Puppy, this happened since that pulmonary embolism thing. I'll ask the doctor what he thinks is going on. I don't know if prozac, etc. agrees with me - I've tried it in the past, they tend to aggravate the Crohns. I can sit down, breathe deeply and slow myself down, but it doesn't stop what I call the electric insides! It even goes on when I'm trying to sleep - I haven't slept longer than 3 - 4 hours, occasionally five since this happened either. It will work out - we did have a smashin' time. What a gal she is!

mister anchovy said...

I'm very happy you met Candy and Stagg! Tuffy and I must have been leaving while you were on your way in. cheers!

Red said...

So cool that you decided to throw caution to the wind and went to Nawlins meet Candy and Stagg! That must have been one fun-tastic MIRL (except for getting lost on your way home, that is).

Biddie said...

How cool! I would to meet some of blogg buddies, too.
I'm so glad that you beat the anxiety long enough to meet them. I know how difficult that can be :)

* (asterisk) said...

Glad you decided to meet up. you're right: it would have been a shame to miss the opportunity.

tshsmom said...

I was just going to ask if you met Mr A and Tuffy, but I see he already explained.
I'd really love to meet all my blogfriends!

Candy Minx said...

Oh hi Gardenia!!! Thanks for posting all these great pics, my camera seemed to have gone on the fritz that night....I have nothing...have to check out the cam corder hopefully it worked!

I am so so pleased you came to meet us, it was a wonderful evening and you are as wonderful and kind hearted ands warm in person as you are in your blog posts.

I think we should all try to do this again soon!