I finally had the opportunity to meet, in person, one of the wonderful women I've met through blogging. Linda of Crone and Bear It was on my route to Ohio on September 11, so we decided to meet at a local Panera for a cup of coffee. What a fun couple of hours we spent chatting it up and laughing! She is the most awesome person - as funny and warm in person as she is on her blog! We lost track of time, and several hours later I had to tear myself away, as I still had 3 hours of driving time left.
It would have been so easy for me to breeze on past where she lives, in my hurry to get to Akron and family. But I've really been trying to rethink this bad habit of "hurrying" -- I mean WHY? Why are we always in a hurry? Why do we never slow down and appreciate everything around us, including the people who are in our lives? I find that it becomes this nasty habit. We are always in a hurry, and if we stop and ask ourselves why, sometimes we will find there truly is no reason to be in this hurry.
And so I've been trying to catch myself every time I find I'm in a hurry - to get to my destination, or to get home, or to get through the checkout line at the store. When there's a long line at the store, I ask myself "am I in a hurry?" Usually, I'm not, and then to take it one step further, I've even been letting the person behind me in line go first. That makes me feel good, esp if it's an older person who maybe can't stand as long, or someone with about a thousand items less than me.
My new philosophy is working quite well - I've also met a new friend here in KS, only because I took the time to stop by her house one night after work a few weeks ago. I stopped by again on Tuesday, and we went to lunch on Weds with several of her other friends, so now I've met even more great people!
So, 10 pictures later, this was the result after propping my camera on my car. The first few were of our smiling middles. No faces. We laughed some more. My camera didn't seem to be connecting with the remote (see goofy pic below, of me being annoyed with the camera). We finally got it right though!
Linda, I am SO glad we took the time to meet, it was so wonderful to chat with you. If I hadn't needed to get to Akron, I'm sure they would have found us eating dinner at Panera!
Emma's Dining Room (Before & After)
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