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Saturday, August 28, 2010

IRL

Those of you familiar with blogs and message boards know the difference between "online friends" and "IRL (in real life) friends."  I have actually found that my online friends are every bit my real friends as the ones I have actually seen face-to-face, so it's just icing on the cake every time I get to meet one of those "imaginary" friends and put them into the category of IRL.

Last week, I got to meet a friend I've known online for a really long time.  I used to be big into scrapbooking (I still like to do it, really!  For instance, I went to a crop last night, but mostly I don't do it much anymore) and submitting pages for publication in scrap magazines and hanging out at scrapbooking message boards and stuff.  Sharyn, who is still big into scrapbooking, was on all the same message boards as I was.  She was (is) known as Torm, and everybody loves her.  Read her blog, and you'll see why.

As it turns out, she grew up here.  Right in this little place we have learned to love. Her mom still lives here, along with plenty of other family and friends, so she comes up to visit.  And we got to meet in real life last week.


Torm and me


She's just as I had imagined her to be.  Except shorter (I always think people will be as tall as I am, which is kind of silly since I am on the tall side).  We met (on a VERY windy day) at the Chutes and Ladders park and the kids played while we visited.  Bria and Wendy are only four days apart in age, and I think they hit it off pretty well.  At least, Bria keeps talking about her and asking when she'll get to see her again.



New friends


Bria is on the tall side, too, apparently.

And that is how it goes, folks.  Slowly, but surely, all my online friends are moving to the side of IRL.  I love that.

16 comments :

  1. And yet, there I was in Vegas, with a SISTER in Cedar, and we still missed each other. What the heck??

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  2. I've only been disappointed once when meeting a blog friend IRL. Don't tell DeNae.

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  3. So, am I real or imaginary? :)

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  4. Hey! Do I get points for being all three? I met you through a scrapbook message board, met you IRL through a scrapbook swap group (you're one of the only people besides me to have ever scrapped in my old scraproom) and THEN I re-met you though blogging. I should TOTALLY get bonus points for obtaining the triple crown!

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  5. I'm going to have an online-becomes-IRL moment next month, and I'm so excited. It's wonderful to finally get the "complete" picture of someone—to see all the gestures and expressions and mannerisms that go with the "voice" and face you've come to know.

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  6. Very fun! And fun pic of the girls!!!!

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  7. I have yet to make any online friends IRL friends. I am dreaming of that day, though. I think it would be slightly intimidating, but oh so much fun! And how great that the both of your daughters became friends too!

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  8. Kristina... LOL

    I have been happily surprised every time I have met a blog friend. It is soooo cool!

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  9. Meeting blog friends IRL is the BEST!

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  10. So fun when online friends cross over into real life!

    kristin

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  11. :) I love the pictures! The one of the girls is a hoot!! It was so fun to meet - and we'll definitely have to get together on a beach day next year!

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  12. How fun! I have yet to meet any of my online friends IRL. That sounds cool.

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  13. It's funny to me that I met you IRL first, but got to know you so much better AFTER we lived 2000 miles apart. In our newly married ward, we didn't really feel like we needed anyone else. We were happy just being together as a couple. I only got to know a few people through my calling and choir. I'm happy to be your internet friend.

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  14. I love it!!! I think the internet really can be an amazing place at times. And what a CRAZY conicidence!

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