Meeting blog friends in person for the first time is almost like online dating. You cyberstalk them as much as you can, add their number into your phone and then you continue to get more nervous as your day of meeting gets closer and closer. I’m happy to say that I’ve been able to meet up with quite a few of my blog friends over the past few years, but most happened locally in Louisiana or on a trip to Texas. Never have I traveled roughly 13 hours to meet a blog friend, but obviously the first time this happened, it had to be with my blog soulmate, Nina from Hugs and Lattes.
When I decided to roadtrip to South Carolina to see my dad, I couldn’t resist texting Nina to ask if she wouldn’t mind me crashing at her place so we could finally meet in person. Most people would probably find this weird, but Nina and I have been virtual friends for about three years, so it wasn’t even awkward when we met for the first time.
I had only ever driven through Tennessee, but I never had a proper visit. Admittedly, everyone I told that I was going to Johnson City, Tennessee said they never heard of it. The only thing I knew about Johnson City was that it was mentioned in this song:
Saturday, December 19, 2015
I went to an ugly Christmas sweater party the night before with intentions of just having a drink or two and leaving the party early so I could finish packing and get plenty of sleep. Needless to say, this didn’t happen. I left the party at 3 am, and my alarm was set for 6:30 am. When it went off, I woke up, grunted, turned it off and reset it.
I finally left Louisiana at 9:30 am and drove through Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia before making it to Tennessee. Between traffic, frequent gas and food stops and a time change, I didn’t make it to Johnson City until about midnight.
Even though Nina had warned me that it would be cold, I had still dressed for the Louisiana “cold” and not Tennessee cold. All of the cars had frost all over them, and I was so excited to get into Nina’s toasty apartment. I was pretty exhausted, so you’d think we would just go to bed, but instead, we stayed up until 2 am talking about randomness. It was so great.
Sunday, December 20, 2015
In the morning, Nina and I tried and failed to get breakfast at two places. We went to a local donut place called Donut House that Nina had been wanting to try, and it ended up being temporarily closed for personal reasons. We decided to try Starbucks, but the line was way too long, so we ended up going to church on empty stomachs. Church was very lively and fun, and I also got to meet Nina’s boyfriend, Pai!
After church, we went back to Nina’s apartment where she had put some lemon pepper chicken into the crock pot to cook while we were away. Sadly, the chicken got a little overcooked, but we still enjoyed a delicious spinach salad, some rolls and some mashed potatoes.
After lunch, we exchanged gifts. Nina got me my favorite (and one of her favorite) fall candle, Mulled Cider, and I got her a mug (to add to the collection that I didn’t even know she had) and the Harry Potter coloring book. When I say Nina and I are blog soulmates, I’m not just throwing that term around lightly. I don’t think there are many people in the world who would find as much happiness as we did in coloring in the Harry Potter coloring book while watching several episodes of Friends. It was kind of perfect.
Pai came over after he was finished watching football, and then the rest of the day went a little something like this:
// Went to Mr. K’s Used Bookstore (because we’re both bookworms)
// Ate dinner at Miso because they have half price sushi on Sundays (my favorite food!)
// Watched Eloise at Christmastime while eating Nina’s homemade caramel popcorn and drinking moscato out of Olivia Pope wine glasses (does life get any better?)
Monday, December 21, 2015
Admittedly, during my entire Christmas week roadtrip, my body refused to adjust to the hour time change, so I slept in every day, but when I woke up on Monday, I was greeted with some delicious biscuits and gravy made by Chef Nina. She’s so domesticated and makes me want to cook more. Maybe one day.
After breakfast, I got all packed up, and I followed her in my car for one last adventure. She took me to her favorite coffee shop that just added on a bookstore. It was so cute inside and much bigger than I thought it would be. I got a hot chocolate that I pretty much slaughtered. We asked the woman who delivered our drinks to take a photo of us, and Nina told her about our blog relationship and then she spilled her drink all over herself. Another thing we have in common: we’re both a little clumsy.
I was so sad to leave Nina because the trip pretty much solidified that we were meant to be friends. We already have some plans in the works to meet up again in March and add the beautiful Erica from Coming Up Roses to the mix. Can’t. Freaking. Wait. #thethreebest[blog]friends
When I left Johnson City, Tennessee, I started making my journey to Wilmington, North Carolina. Continue on my Christmas roadtrip with me tomorrow!