Did you meet any new friends this year? How did they impact your 2011?
contributed by Jen [livingabrighterlife.blogspot.com]
These are two ladies who I've followed since 2010, and I look forward to their posts popping up in my reader every week.
Jill of Home Sweet Hopkins
Not only is Jill a great cook, talented scrapbooker, wonderful wife and rescue doggy mom, she is a sweet, funny and down to earth person in real life. I finally got to meet her in real life back in June at a Weddingbee local meet up (Pssst! Any other Research Triangle locals coming to the December 8th meet up at the Melting Pot?!?), and it's been great keeping in touch with her ever since!
If you're not already following her blog, you should. And she just recently revealed an exciting secret over there, so go check it out!
Katie of Dress Floozy Anonymous (aka Mrs. Magic on Weddingbee)
Katie is a hilariously funny, lay it all out there (especially the suckiness that wedding planning sometimes was) blogger. And she is just as funny in real life, plus a fellow wine and kitty lover. I've loved getting to know Katie in person since we moved to NC, even though if most of the times we've hung out we didn't get around to our intended goal of finishing her wedding crafts, but instead drank wine, watched live webcams of African animals, and learned how to Dougie. And now that her gorgeous wedding is over, I can't wait to read her recaps, once they're ready! Add her blog to your reader too!
I've really enjoyed getting to know my blog friends in real life over the past 6 months or so. It's like an extra, added dimension to getting to know someone, if you read their blog too. Even if I go a few months without hanging out with them in person, I am still up to date on what's been going on in their lives. And I'm so thankful that both Jill and Katie have kind of taken me in, as a newbie to North Carolina. I've really appreciated every time they've reached out to invite me to do something, or include me (especially since I've gotten really bad about inviting people to do things, since my old set of friends were so flaky, I'd about given up.). I'm really lucky that I've been able to meet and be friends with both of them!