But clearly that didn't happen; we're still here, sans 50-gallon drums, and we have become extremely good friends with The Husband's online buddy and his entire family.
But this post really isn't about that friendship (although we could discuss how this very same family was kind enough to send my 3YO a vuvuzela). It's about the friendship that I have made with another group of people I have only met online - my "sisters from other misters" who brought you Pie Week, Cookie Week, and Cake Week. In this last year, we have become fast friends who joke with one another, send encouragement for special events, and even plan out virtual runs sometimes. This is a group of ladies I would love to live on the same street with.
|Clockwise, from top left:|
Mads, Kirsten, Megan, Kat, me, Jeanne
Recently, we started talking about sharing more than pictures and a common theme. Being in different parts of the country as we do, we have our various Favorite Things to Use in each of our actual kitchens with which the rest of us probably aren't that familiar. Thus a little "care package" project was born.
This year, we'll be taking turns sending each other some special gifts from our home area that are part those Favorites and part "Hmm, That Looks Like Something (Recipient) Would Really Like."
This month, I received a wonderful package from Mads over at La Petite Pancake, who somehow manages to blog while going through the rigors of grad school, so I can't really complain (although I do) about blogging while working full time and having HRH as my COO.
Mads is a Trader Joe's fiend. She loves it, and she has a tradition of buying one novelty item each week. This could go either way, and she certainly has had her share of both "OMG, this is awesome" and "OMG, this is awful" moments.
But I certainly lucked out, as I received her favorite salsa!
|This guy and I have a special date with a bag of chips,.|
In addition, Mads sent me garlic-roasted pistachios and banana-carb granola bars from her local farmers' market. Neither of these made the photo lineup, and I apologize, but drastic measures had to be taken. As I was looking for a treat one afternoon, I discovered that half of the granola bars had "mysteriously disappeared." To make sure that the other bar didn't end up in someone else's belly, I took swift - and tummy-satisfying - action. They were for refueling after running, but I again, time was of the essence here. I can tell you, though, that had I had the opportunity to try them after a run, they would have been extremely revitalizing - great crunch, some sweet (from the banana especially), and filling - it would be perfect after a long run day.
I had to turn similar attention to the pistachios. The Husband likes nothing more than plunking himself down in front of some sporting event on the television and eating himself sick on pistachios. I knew as soon as he saw them, his eyes would start to gleam like the dad in A Christmas Story gets around turkey. So basically the second I saw what was in the box, I devoured all the pistachios. It had to be done. You understand, I'm sure.
But that wasn't enough for Mads. She knows that I'm 1) a runner, 2) a dog lover, and 3) someone who loves reading, so she sent me something that made my heart go pitter pat - a NEW BOOK!
|Look - it's so shiny and new!|
I want to extend a huge thanks to Mads for basically reading my mind and knowing the Perfect Things to Send! It was so much fun to both send (see below) and to receive! :)
If you want to see what else everyone sent along, check out my BBFFs' (best blogging friends forever) sites:
Kat at Tenaciously Yours,
Kirsten at Comfortably Domestic
Jeanne at Inside NanaBread's Head (she received my package)
Mads at La Petite Pancake
Megan at Wanna Be a Country Cleaver
What do you and your close circle of friends do to keep in touch when you are far away from one another? Does the internet help you keep in communication with people you might otherwise lose contact with?