Last night I had the pleasure of meeting Steph. I was excited and nervous to meet someone that I knew online but had never met in person.
I met Steph on Babycenter since our boys are both born in May 2006. In reading her blog, I saw someone on her blog list that I also knew. This was unusual since I am located in South Carolina and I believe she was living in Illinois at the time. We emailed and realized that we both worked in the insurance industry. Her territory included NC and SC but my agency did not have her company.
We decided to meet at a really neat restaurant in downtown Columbia, California Dreaming, that is located in an old train station. When I got there, Steph was already waiting. We introduced ourselves and went back to a table for dinner. As soon as we sat down at the table, we started talking and didn't stop until our food came. We continued talking after dinner and the restaurant started to clear out. We decided to go to the bar area and continue our conversation. I felt like I was meeting with a long lost friend.
Steph was sweet, funny, and very down to earth. We have a lot in common and talked about everything from our boys to husbands to baby girls to insurance. Since she is due with a baby girl in May (and she looked adorable with her baby bump), we talked about going from one kid to two and the changes that come with that.
We talked for almost 5 hours and I think we could have talked for 5 more. The time flew by and I had a great time. It was also really nice to be able to have a meal that wasn't interrupted by someone needing a drink or wanting to eat my food! It was fun to meet Steph and we plan to get together again when she is back in the Columbia area for business. What wonderful things the internet can make possible!
And of course, the night wouldn't be complete without a photo of the two of us.