This weekend, I had the extreme pleasure of meeting with Susan Cooper of Finding Our Way Now. You might remember Susan, as I interviewed her a few months ago. When I found out that she was coming to my neighborhood and wanted to visit with me, I was thrilled! This was quite a treat, and extra special since Susan lives in California, and I live in Ohio. No small journey for Susan, and since she was coming to spend time with family, I felt honored that she would take some extra time out for me.
I visited with Susan on Saturday, and when I walked into the lobby, I immediately spotted her. It felt as though it was not the first time I was meeting her, as we have been involved with each other’s blogs for several months now.
We had arranged to start our meetup at her hotel, with a Google+ hangout with two of our other blogger friends, Cheryl of Geek Girl USA and Dan of Your Turn Our Turn. This was also a first for me, as I have never taken the time to add my video camera to my computer (on my to-do list now!). It was a pure delight to hang out with them! We talked about the desire for all of us to create ebooks on our respective subjects. We have decided to work together to make this happen, so you just might see an ebook from me in the near future! (Fingers crossed!)
After the Google+ hangout, Susan and I ate at my local Thai restaurant, sauntered through my favorite antique shop, and then I took her to our local wine shop. Susan writes wine reviews, so I thought this would be a perfect thing to do with her. There she taught me the proper way of wine tasting. I will never look at wine the same, as it helped me to taste the subtleties that each wine has to offer. I also video-taped her teaching wine tasting, and when she gets the video edited, I will certainly link to it for you.
In the meantime, I decided to share some pictures of our great adventure!
Vintage purses; Susan bought the black one in the front–it was too cute to pass up!
Local flower shop on the way to the wine shop
Susan, preparing to show me how to taste wine
Susan was right–the wine shop was a perfect background for a photo shoot!
I made Susan pose in front of the mannequin.
I strongly encourage you to make it happen if you ever come close to an opportunity where you can meet with your online friends–make it happen! It really is so much fun. If you can’t do a face to face, then try to do it via Google+ or Skype. It really was very easy to do and it was so much fun. It makes your friends online seem so much more real.
Have you ever met with your online friends in person? If so, what was it like?
Have you ever done a Google+ hangout? Want to do a hangout with me? I’m game!!