Let's see...Friday. It started off early as usual as I went to work at my normal hour of 5:30am. I did manage to get quite a bit of work done before I had to leave early at 1:15pm. (My typical time to leave work for the day is 3:30 or later.) I was headed to the doctor's office for a re-check of my back. The re-check ended with the Physician's Assistant telling me that I need to go to physical therapy. Oh the thrill of it all! From the doctor's office, I drove around the corner to Coldstone Creamery for a creation all my own. I have to admit that I tried the Cake Batter flavor for the very first time. OMG! It was so good! But I went with the tried and true flavors of chocolate and sweet cream mixed with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Yummy!
Home I went as I finished my ice cream. There I hung out with my younger brother's fiancee, Shayla until Joseph told me that I really should go up to Reston Town Center to meet up with a bunch of bloggers. I went.
See, Jackie, the author of one of my favorite blogs, Moving at the Speed of Life, invited me over Facebook to join her and a few other bloggers at Cosi. I wanted to go so badly, but I wasn't sure if I wanted to go alone. Joseph is honestly the best husband a girl could ever ask for. He pretty much Made me go. I love him for it!
When I reached Reston Town Center, I entered the first garage that I saw, following an SUV up through the levels looking for an empty space to park. Little did I know, that in the SUV were two of the very bloggers I was meeting. After driving up to the roof, I found a spot and took the stairs down to the street. Meredith and Mombabe were in front of me the whole time. Only I didn't know that until later. When the three of us reached the street we arrived at Cosi within moments of each other. That's when we realized that we were all there for the same thing. We told the hostess that we were supposed to be meeting other bloggers there, but she seemed oblivious about any meeting occurring there. So we decided to wait outside. Until Suburban Correspondent came from inside and asked us if we were bloggers. After we joined S.C. (forgive me for shortening it! I am typing as fast as I can so I can head to bed.), we explained how we had ended up invited to the 'party'. Not long after, Rachel joined us and I discovered that she had been invited by Jackie as well. We talked, and talked, and talked some more while, in the mean time, Annie came to join in the fun. At some point after that we were joined by three others, while Rachel and I tried to explain to everyone who Jackie was. The three others, as I learned later, were kcinnova, Alice, and Dysfunction Junction. When Jackie showed up, she was greeted like a celebrity. I honestly don't remember what all we talked about, but it was FUN!
What I do remember:
We're planning on getting together again to go to McKay's sometime in the future.
The waiter was RIDICULOUS! Awful. Lazy. (I'm sure if I took enough time I would eventually run out of adjectives to describe the stupidity of our waiter.) Short story...He forgot Meredith's food, Jackie's cheesecake, and water throughout the ENTIRE meal. He didn't take care of our checks, didn't clear the table, didn't ask if we wanted dessert even though we sat there for hours talking, wasn't helpful and Definitely NOT willing to serve. Lousy...that's what he was!
What else...oh yes:
Rachel's learning Danish.
Jackie's visiting Denmark in August.
Annie and Meredith were quiet for a while, but once a topic piqued their interest, they were right in the middle of it with the rest of us.
We laughed A LOT.
We took pictures. (that I'm not sure which I can share. Privacy people! It's a necessity!)
We stayed late.
All in all I have to say that I've never had an experience quite like that night before. Don't know that it will ever happen again, but I am so glad my Joseph said, "Hannah, just go."
Ya'll readers and other bloggers don't even KNOW what fun you missed! BUT...if you go check out everyone else's blogs, you might get an idea of what it was like.