Blue Steel*

My day started of with Hubby not feeling so well. We’re still in San Diego and, as of the end of today, we have two more days left to enjoy sunny California. I feel bad that he’s got the scratchy throat and the hacking cough (which has progressively gotten worse), because I’m pretty darn sure I was the one who gave it to him.

I tried to convince him to stay in the hotel room today and sleep, but Hubby insisted he wanted to return back for the second day of the San Diego Comicon. Apparently his love for all things Comics (which, by the way, is the main reason we’re here in SD) superceded his need to get some well-needed rest.

The next silly thing I did after dropping Hubby and our friend J was drive down a one-way street. But I swear to G*d … the street was two way five feet ago! And then, in a blink of an eye, I’m suddenly dashing cars headed straight towards me. Probably not a wise thing to do, especially in the midst of morning rush hour traffic (and not to mention Comicon traffic as well).

Last night, however, I vowed that nothing … including almost getting into a head-on car crash … would spoil my day today. That’s because today, I had plans to meet up with Kara.

As I approached the strawberry blonde gal studying in the cafe at the La Jolla mall we agreed to meet at, I was suddenly struck with such an almost indescribable feeling. It was like seeing someone I hadn’t seen in a very very long time. And, at the same time, meeting someone for the very first time. Which, in essence, is the truth.

I’ve never met Kara in real life before, but by reading and commenting on each other’s blogs, we both agreed that we felt we knew each other … really got each other. And that was what made it seem like we’ve been the oldest and bestest of friends. Or,as we joked around, that we have been really good friends for like twenty or so “internet years.” You know … kind of like dog years in comparison to human years.

So getting to really know one another, that is without the barrier of cyberspace, felt like a total piece of cake. I mean seriously … the minute we started talking, we talked about everything. Even the things we couldn’t really talk about on our blogs or comments.

And we especially talked about all the emotions we had about our inability to have children of our own flesh and blood. And it was raw … and sometimes tearful (okay, Kara … I’ll admit it! I was the tearful one! ๐Ÿ™‚ ), but yet it was like a breath of fresh air. Because you know what? For once in my life, I was eager to talk about what a number IF has done to me. And how it’s wreaked havoc on my otherwise normal existence. Or how it’s changed me from a normally upbeat and happy person to such a jaded and sadly disappointed mess. And I could cry about it and not feel ashamed for who I am and what I’ve become. Because Kara understood. Without hugging me or saying a word … I just knew she knew the shoes I was walking in. And I hope I did the same for her.

So after like, more than an hour of gabbing at this cafe … Kara insisted that we head out towards the beach. Because really … I was perfectly content in sitting at this place and talking. But since I had already confessed to her (and the rest of the blog world) that I love the ocean and the beach, she was intent in bring me to the coast. And after a beautiful drive up the coast, we ended up at Il Fornaio, a wonderful Italian restaurant in Del Mar that has this amazing view of the ocean. We then proceded to devour the excellent breads and thin-crust pizzas we ordered. And we continued to talk non-stop. We talked about our parents and family. We talked about our love of 80’s music. And, oh … we talked about how our cute waiter with dark hair and gorgeous eyes reminded us of B.en Sti.ller with his trademark “Blue Steel” look in the movie, Zoolan.der. Lucky for us, he was a nice guy who, not only provided us with more of their excellent bread to take home, but also was more than willing to take a picture for us. (It’s just too bad that I still can’t download any of my pics until I get home … grrr!)

After lunch, Kara and I had to part ways. And yes, I was incredibly sad to say goodbye. And even though my Hubby’s love of comics got us to visit San Diego, being able to meet Kara in person totally made my day and … I’m being totally honest here now … made my entire vacation!

So Kara … whenever you make it out to Michigan, you and Duane are more than welcome to visit us. And then we’ll plan a Michigan IF blogger round up. Or better yet … when should we start planning our trip to Las Vegas with the other bloggie friends?!

Ack … I miss you already!

* Again, pictures to follow once I get back home. ๐Ÿ™‚

8 Replies to “Blue Steel*”

  1. How awesome to get to meet a blog buddy in real life! And I’m sure it was even more awesome to be finally able to freely talk about IF and everything else to someone in real life, someone who actually understands you…I’m so glad you had this opportunity. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Ditto, Ditto and Super Ditto on everything in your email. Wild cars driving down one way streets the wrong way would not have stopped me from getting to meet you today.

    OH, the waiter… the bread, the water, the talking – today was just really beautiful – any way you slice it. Really, the best part was meeting you and chatting about everything under the sun. Knowing that I could speak openly and honestly about IF was so comforting.

    Thanks for the invite to Michigan and YES – Let’s plan VEGAS!!!!!!!

  3. how nice to meet a blog friend IRL! I was nervous and excited before I did it, but there’s really nothing quite like it. and how cool your hub loves comicon. great excuse to come to cal!

  4. How wonderful to meet a blog friend IRL! It sounds like the day was beautiful and special. I do not think you could ask for more than that!

  5. Aww. You gals are so LUCKY! I wish I could have been there, too (and not just ‘cos I’m dealing with serious bread cravings right now and your descriptions are making me hungry)!

    It sounds like your vacation has been amazing, even with the driving-the-wrong-way-on-a-one-way-street thing. I’ve done that once or twice before, and it is ALWAYS really scary realizing that all the other traffic is going the opposite direction!

  6. Can’t wait to see the pictures from your trip! San Diego is awesome!! So happy that you got to meet Kara too and that you totally got each other. I’m so happy for you Em.

  7. Oh, how freaking fantastic that you guys got to meet! I am so happy that you were able to connect like that.
    Um, Vegas? Can I come?

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