20 January 2012

what was once nothing is now something.


elementary art print by john tibbott

plenty of happy things are abounding. i feel lucky. today, since we awoke rather early, we ran to target for no good reason (but found a few toddler lumberjack plaids for $3 each! hip hip!) and shared a sausage mcmuffin. two major favorite splurges. since dan was on a mini business trip, we hung out with my parents (another favorite thing) and talked the night away until i fell asleep mid-sentence. another awesome event was running into the grand america last night to meet up with a friend for dinner (meeting for the very first time; ala julia child and her longtime penpal). i had serious jitters about the whole thing. the big conference ALT is happening, so i definitely felt like i was crashing or spying. a wee bit exhilarating. i was just in the lobby, so it wasn't anything shady. but i ran into a few blog favorites! hurrah! artist kal barteski was browsing the toy shop and i basically mauled her; she's such an inspiration to me. i loved chatting with her in real life; how genuine and kind she is. and then i saw brooke white (of american idol) and jordan ferney rushing by. i decided to admire from afar and not overdo it. and then i saw mr. justin hackworth and his wife, amy and chatted them up. i felt super happy to bump into them. they are nicer than nice and mighty talented.

then my dear internet friend, suzanne of SHE paperie strolled by. she is a petite darling thing; holding a bundle of pretty packages practically toppling over. which, now i realize, was perfectly suitable for our first meeting. she is the queen of swoony packages draped with ribbons and colorful trimmings galore. it was unreal to meet someone in real life that i feel like i really know via the internet / email exchanges. we i started talking and didn't stop for three hours. we went to a favorite cafe of mine and discussed blogging, how long posts take to write, divorcing google reader (go suz!!), all things graphic design, all the good stuff i am missing at ALT, photoshop magic, our families, oprah, babies, logos, etc. i had been so nervous to meet her and have a pile of clothes still strewn on my bed of undecideds. meeting her was so refreshing and fun. to think, we would've never become penpals had she not emailed me a year ago and said she read my blog! the connection, the collaboration, the creativity exchange is my favorite part of all this. i love when almost impossible friendships are suddenly sitting right in front of your face, sharing a giant slab of bread pudding. possibilities are closer than we know. 

sometimes i forget that friendships are not just for fourth graders. it's good to branch out, especially as adults, and meet someone new. learn new things and listen to new stories. and share a bit about ourselves. even when it's a little scary and you don't have a thing to wear.

p.s. suz, this post took me a half hour. fyi. xo.

11 comments:

{amy k.} said...

i love kal's work and her blog. she seems real and genuine and i love her little 'GO!' at the end of her posts, so motivating! :)

sounds like a fabulous time, how fun for you!

cecilia said...

hooray for so many good things in this post! friendship is not just for 4th grade - so true!

Hil said...

What a fun day and evening! I hope your weekend is just as great. :)

Erin {pughs' news} said...

That's totally how I would feel if I had the good fortune to bump into YOU, Marta!

Happy Weekend...

Justin Hackworth said...

That was so fun to run into you! That really made my day.

talesofahummingbird said...

i just lived deliciously, vicariously through your entire awesome evening! thanks for sharing, i'm excited about it and i wasn't even there. bravo. :)

Beth said...

Can I just say thanks for your blog? You do such a great job. And it makes any ho-hum day an awesome, sun-shiney day. Thanks.
Beth

Briel79 said...

Sounds like fun!

Why would divorcing Google Reader be a good thing?

Amanda said...

"possibilities are closer than we know." YES! Thanks for the reminder! So happy you had a chance to chat with a friend!

{ SHE } said...

What a delightful surprise to have read such a sweet post, thank you! Meeting you was for sure the highlight of my ALT experience. 3 hours and a huge slice of bread pudding was not enough!! We must do it again. ;) Thank you for just being your beautiful self. And PS-will you teach me how to create a blog post in a half hour?

.caroline armelle. said...

Oh cute Marta! I was wondering where you were this year! I was hoping to see you! But, now that you are a local, let's get together sometime soon!
I'm so behind on reading blogs, I don't have as much free time these days... But, I need to catch up on your cute blog!

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