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Saturday, April 26, 2008

What Happens When Bloggers Don't Have Their Computers

What happens when Bossy rolls through town, and local bloggers can't decide in what public bar to meet up, so they all come to your house instead? Well, first comes anticipation:


Then comes inebriation:

Then comes celebration:

And finally, inundation:


Did you know that if you send several fabulous (and fabulously tipsy) women out to get White Castle burgers at 1:45am, in the car of another wonderful (not tipsy) woman whom they've never met before that evening but whose taste in music they are quite happy to endorse in full-volume singing voices, you will end up with a minimum of several dozen burgers, ziggity fries, and the this-is-just-wrong concoction that is the White Castle Chicken Ring? And did you further know that you will eat most of them? Because...don't they look luscious, sitting there all pert and melty in their little paper sleeves?


And did you further further know that White Castle burger sleeves contain factoids on the bottom of each one? Me either. But if you eat enough of them, you can learn useful things: "To make one lb. of cheese, a dairy cow must first eat three lbs. of food." And absurd things, such as that it is possible to "Warm your buns in White Castle underwear."

But, probably, you will only learn these excellent factoids the next morning because you will be too busy stuffing your face with the little slivers of burger heaven at 2am to read anything.

Between anticipation and burger heaven, here's what else might happen, if you're lucky:

You'll eat approximately 1.5 pounds of cream cheese cleverly disguised as Salmon Fabulosity; you (assuming there are eight of you) will drink six bottles of wine and the better part of a bottle of Skyy vodka, along with doing shooters of icy-cold blueberry vodka that end with sucking on a heavily sugared wedge of lemon (don't knock it till you've tried it); you will have fantastic conversations about fears of urban areas (reasonable and unreasonable), about the state of the blogging world, about journalism, quilting, traveling to Africa, photography, mothering, dogs, backyards, and whether or not someone would just open another bottle of wine already.

You will realize around 9pm that no one has eaten a real dinner yet, and that, very sadly, the stuffed shells haven't arrived, so you'll make chicken-and-asparagus pasta. Because everyone knows you don't get dessert until you've eaten a healthy dinner...and there are chocolate covered strawberries and homemade tiramisu just begging to be sampled.

And you'll keep trying to get everyone to sit on the comfy chairs in the living room and to take advantage of the lovely lace tablecloth in the dining room. But they'll all stand around in the kitchen anyway.

And then suddenly it will be 1am, and no one will know where the time went because the conversations were so good, and the laughter so hearty, and the popcorn snack so salty, crunchy, and perfect. (Thanks, Act II!) And a few people who have to drive very far will leave, and a few more who are certainly in no shape to drive will not leave.

And then someone will want White Castle.

And it will strike you, at some point in the middle of the hilarity and the overeating, that life is GOOD. So very good, when the world is full of smart, interesting, beautiful, strong women--and handful of whom are in your kitchen. And you will want to thank Bossy from the depths of your heart for dreaming up this crazy road trip and then making it a reality. Because although blogging is about making connections--connections between people and people and between ideas and people--those connections are mediated through the computer. And this makes it doubly special when the computer gets removed from the equation even for one night, and you get to hug these women, and laugh with them, and talk to them, and hear their real actual voices.

But you will, of course, forget to thank Bossy for this because you are too busy laughing at your space-age wine opener with Nancy, or draining pasta behind Marie's back, or admiring Tiff's martini skills, or crunching on Julianne's luscious salad, or yukking it up with your dear neighbor and your crazy sister.

So: Thank YOU, Bossy. Not just for stopping, staying, talking, but for being the catalyst who brought together such wonderful women for a great evening.

20 comments:

Nancy said...

Thank you for hosting such a nice get together. I'd say a splendid time was had by all!

angie said...

You better not be too hung over to party. I am reading to tip back glass after glass of... fancy lemonade drat it.

See you soon.

lattemommy said...

I'm so glad you had such a fabulous time! I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical when you first told me that your house was a stop on Bossy's roadtrip. However, you had it right all along! How did hubby handle losing his office for the night? (What on earth does a man do when he can't WoW all evening???? I wouldn't know...)

joshenry said...

It was great meeting Bossy-so glad I crashed your very classy soiree. So much fun! I am regretting the WC sliders, however. Sorry about that! I hope you're not having the same symptoms I've been having all day. . . (so that's why I only eat those every 5 years or so!)

joshenry said...

It was great meeting Bossy-so glad I crashed your very classy soiree. So much fun! I am regretting the WC sliders, however. Sorry about that! I hope you're not having the same symptoms I've been having all day. . . (so that's why I only eat those every 5 years or so!)

joshenry said...

It was great meeting Bossy-so glad I crashed your very classy soiree. So much fun! I am regretting the WC sliders, however. Sorry about that! I hope you're not having the same symptoms I've been having all day. . . (so that's why I only eat those every 5 years or so!)

joshenry said...

It was great meeting Bossy-so glad I crashed your very classy soiree. So much fun! I am regretting the WC sliders, however. Sorry about that! I hope you're not having the same symptoms I've been having all day. . . (so that's why I only eat those every 5 years or so!)

foolery said...

An eloquent expression of what I think most of Bossy's readers have been feeling. She has done a huge service to the greater blogging community, especially for those who joined her, but also for those of us who just read, laughed and added new blogs to our blog rolls.

Plus, it looks like you are the hostess with the mostest.

-- Laurie

MommyTime said...

Nancy, thanks. We should do this more often (though perhaps without the White Castle, I think Joshenry would say?).

Laurie, I am sure so many people have felt lucky to be part of the encounters Bossy is bringing together.

Latte, THANK GOODNESS he was able to play while we were downstairs with the vodka and lemons! Otherwise, I think it would have been disaster -- you are absolutely right.

mommypie said...

I am sooooooo jealous! Sounds like you guys had a great time. Which one in the photo are you?

MommyTime said...

Mommiepie, I'm the one tucked just behind Bossy's curls. Or, if you look on her site, you can see a fabulous photo of me wearing lemon lipstick. Charming, no? *snort*

Tootsie Farklepants said...

Do you know that I've never had a White Castle burger? After watching Harold and Kumar and their adventures to get there and now this post, I must know its addictive goodness.

MommyTime said...

Tootsie, be forewarned: they are best approached from the land of multiple martinis and much laughter with friends. I don't think they'd pass muster for an actual meal in the harsh light of day. I'd never had one before that night either, and although they were dee-lish at 2am, I'm not exactly going to run out after them again anytime soon. :)

MIQuilter said...

Thanks to MT for hosting and everyone else for just BEING there Friday night. I was definitely a top 10 evening EVER. It was fabulous chillin' with the girls! Oh, and I have to second the White Castle comments... it really is only good at 2am after multiple martinis.

sara said...

sounds like you had a great time!

mommypie said...

MT -- the lemon lipstick link took me to a pic of a semi, which I don't think is YOU! I'm guessing you're the one with dark hair behind Bossy ...

And, speaking of hair ... I sent you an e about Big Hair Festival tonight -- we'll get er done!

pb&j in a bowl said...

Sounds like an awesome get together. And, now- I'm craving White Castle. Thanks

All Adither said...

Pretty blue martini glasses.

Angie (from AllAdither.com)

Kimmylyn said...

It sounds like you guys had a kick ass time.. love the photos!!

Domestic Goddess said...

Gosh I hope Bossy didn't get sick from those burgers. We need her here in PA to bring the sunshine.

 

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