After knowing my friend Cammy for over five years now, I finally got to meet her in person yesterday. We initially met online through our love for dorky science books. I emailed her to find out her full review of a book she mentioned reading so I could decide whether to buy it. I never ended up buying the book (I found it at the library), but I did make a lasting friend.
Through all this, we never had a chance to meet as we always lived too far apart for a day trip. Now that Cammy is living with her parents for the next year so she can do research for her grad studies, she is finally close enough that we could potentially meet for part of an afternoon. So yesterday afternoon, I filled up my gas tank and headed out on a drive that ended up at a smoothie joint somewhere between our houses.
We chatted for hours. It's odd meeting someone in person when you already know them so well from online interactions. On the one hand, we really have just met. On the other, we've known each other for years. After less than a minute, though, the latter won out and I didn't feel awkward or uncomfortable. Interestingly, we never mentioned eating disorder stuff. Not once. We mostly discussed science and our families and had a grand old time.
The other cool thing that happened yesterday was that...
MY SHOES CAME IN THE MAIL!!!!