Elizabeth at Ordinary Times is one of my favorite bloggers. We are also (now) real friends (as opposed to only blogger/internet-I-feel-like-she's-my-friend-because-I-read-her-blog-friends).
Have you ever found yourself talking to someone saying, "I have this friend who is adopting . . . " and then you stop short, realizing that you really only know that person through their blog? Which is kinda weird. And maybe kinda creepy to some. And yet I really do feel like I know some bloggers like friends. Ya know?
But it's even weirder to say, "I have this internet friend who is adopting . . . ." That's even weirder. And creepier. And makes it sound like I go into chat rooms to chat with weird, creepy friends.
Anyhoo, Elizabeth is a real friend because we have had real conversations through comments on each other's blogs. (Does that count as being real friends?)
We have also had real conversations through e-mail. And the phone. (Real, real friends?)
Finally, we have actually seen and talked to each other in real life. I have even been to her house! (This is where you can gasp that one of my former blogger/internet-I-feel-like-she's-my-friend-because-I-read-her-blog-friends is really, truly, now a real, real friend, because-I-have-e-mailed-her-and-talked-to-her-and-even-met-her-in-real-life-and-been-to-her-house-friend.)
Except that after all this explanation she is probably going to think I am too weird (and creepy) to be her real friend. So maybe now she isn't my friend at all.
Anyhoo, anyhoo, Elizabeth has an excellent post today on raising a large family. I especially love her thoughts on the costs.
As for me and my herd-of-a-large-family-kids, we are off to the zoo today.
To meet more real friends.
To torture the animals.
And to give the other zoo patrons some large family entertainment.
Oh! And of course, to eat more snowcones.
To cool off the end-of-summer-blues.