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Mini Meet Up – Everything You Wanted to Know

Our mini-meetup for Blogger Interactive was a fun night out for us six bloggers (and two blogging hopefuls?) that made it out.

Now here’s all the gossip you were dying to know…

  • Yes, we did look act like family.  The manager even asked, in a quite polite way, for me to explain the connection.  Twice.  If you’ve ever wondered if you’d have anything in common with a blogger you don’t follow yet, the answer is yes.  You have a respect, appreciation, and knack for stories.  If you’ve ever wondered if your significant others would get along, then also yes– only they can understand what it is to be in a relationship with a blogger and his or her blog.
  • No, we didn’t really discuss blog stuff– that is, if you mean “widgets and such”.  We did, however, discuss first crushes, lame answers to staple questions, Private Dancer, life goals, destiny, small business adventures, cat toys, indigestion, blog prompts, microwaved meals, tantrum-throwing monkeys, non-profits, books, the Crash Test Dummies, Scott Bakula, Silence of the Lambs, overly-empathetic readers and movie watchers, general awkwardness in small moments, termites, food poisoning, and the Extrovert vs Introvert life conundrum. 
  • Yes, blogging is a little cult-ish.  Either that, or I’m just obsessed with converting normals into bloggers.  (Can we call them normals? Is that politically incorrect?)  Either way, apologies to the non-bloggers if they felt like they attended a sales pitch for blog-awareness.  I hope the deformed dinosaur toy makes up for it.
  • Yes, California is gorgeous. It was slightly windy, but the sun was out.
  • Yes, Deborah is glowing, and yes, she’s about the friendliest closet monster I’ve ever met.  In fact, if she represents all closet monsters, I think we can stop worrying.  About everything.
  • Yes, Dani’s hair is as show-stoppingly beautiful in real life, and yes, her laugh is gleeful and wonderful, and yes, her lovely wife really is as entertaining as reported.
  • Yes, the Little Prince is a tiny pocket of charm.  He’s walking now!  (Can you believe it?!) The Queen is still picture-resistant, and yes, those of us who got to see her ever-smiling, multi-tasking, capability in action are luckier than those who did not. (Sorry, but truth is truth.)  And Matticus? Even though he claims to be sleep-deprived, he’s as quick-witted and affably centered as ever.  Plus, tall.  Have I mentioned how tall he is?
  • Yes, I wore an orange dress with a green sweater jacket.  It totally matches if you’re a dinosaur.  I promise.
  • Yes, my husband and I hold hands under the table… and apparently in pictures, too.

Here we are, looking all respectable…
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but you’d probably recognize us more in this one…
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or perhaps even this one…

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One of the highlights of my night, aside from meeting all these fabulous friends, was a thoughtful gift from the wonderful Dani.

#dinosaur #lego … A gift from the fabulous Dani. I named him Columbo. #rawr #BloggerInteractive

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It’s a Lego Dinosaur and his dinosaur helmet is removable.  <- This sentence was originally written in all caps and was followed by several exclamation marks, but I know some who read this blog have sensitive heart conditions, so I toned it down. You’re welcome.

Thanks to everyone who came out, even those who opted to stay out of the pictures!  And thank you to Blogger Interactive for inspiring the meet up!

Be sure to check out the bloggers who made it out.  Spread a good deal of RawrLove their way, because without them, I would have just been a dinosaur in an orange dress all alone on a big table (aw):

104 comments

  1. Look at those faces! Ah, I’m so happy that you were able to get together, and on such a wonderful CA day. I actually think it’s really cool that there wasn’t any need to “network” network as it sounded like you all made genuine connections with one another.

    Thanks for hosting, Rara! I’ll be in touch about the next one.

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    1. Thanks, Jen! 🙂 Yep, it was a small enough group that it worked out well, because our venue was a little busy… I’m not sure if we could have heard anyone in a larger group. 🙂 I’m also glad it wasn’t formalized networking because chatting about random stuff is way more entertaining, 🙂

      I’d love to help with the next one– maybe we can schedule it at a time when you’re down here, too?? 🙂 My new email, by the way, is hello@rarasaur.com… I can’t get anything at the old ones anymore. 😀

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  2. How come no one ever wants to get together in Ontario during February? I think it’s some kind of anti-Ontario bias. Shocking.

    Cool pics, my friend, and sounds like it was a great time.

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    1. I’m a native Texan, Trent… half Indian and half Mexican… hot weather is in my blood. I’m pretty sure Ontario’s February would slay me. But if you ever want to have a Skype party, I’m there! 😀

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      1. I won’t lie, it’s pretty bad up here, especially this year. So cold I’m not sure even Skype would work.

        Peace, Rara. My folks are from Punjab, and used to the warm weather.

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        1. That side of my family hails from Punjab, too… though my dad has lived more of his life everywhere else. I always say he’s more French than anything, as confusing as that makes my family culture. 🙂

          Stay warm, Trent! Too cold for Skype just doesn’t sound healthy.

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      2. We could always do an August meetup in Nashville. Pllllllenty hot here that time of year! lol Glad you guys could do that. Would love to organize something here in my neck of the woods.

        Oh, wanted to thank you for the advice on changing my theme, Rara. I took the plunge this weekend and am SO glad! Bop on over there and check out the new look, if you get the chance. Would love any thoughts you have.

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  3. That sounds like so much fun! (And I am jealous of the nice wearher from over here in Chicagoland) Wonderfully-told. Most good writers have what I call a “poetic lilt” to their writing. I felt that here. A joy, both in the lived experience and the writing of it. Thank you.

    Dan

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    1. Haha, good question! I don’t know. I guess part of my brain thought it’d be all blog-talk… but then as we moved from one topic to another, I remembered that all topics are “blog talk”, hence the awesomeness of blogs. 🙂 Thanks, chica! I wish you were on this coast! 🙂

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  4. Y’all look great!

    I never thought of DJ as tall. I guess I don’t think of anyone’s height, really.

    I want your dress, and sweater. And how adorbs y’all hold hands all the time 🙂

    (It’s 4 am here…”adorbs” is all I can come up with)

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    1. Right? Even though I’ve met him twice now, I’m always surprised. I’m 5’6″, plus with heels… I’m usually not still significantly shorter than people. It’s not something you really think about while reading. 🙂

      As to the hand-holding, it’s something I don’t notice till I see a bunch of pictures, ha! 🙂

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      1. Now I want to do a height survey, just to see how far off I am in guessing!

        (obviously I won’t, because…lazy. And it would be weird LOL)

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          1. All in the name of statistics! A blogger census, with real and inane questions. Now that makes it NOT weird! 😀

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    1. I’m not sure! I think Deb said she was an introvert, and I’m a pretty standard extrovert… and both of us hide from awkward scenes in movies. Yet, those same movies that make us cringe are often seen by others without any sort of reaction. Perhaps it’s good readership which makes for over-empathising?

      Thanks, Sue, for the ponder! 🙂

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      1. All introvert, all the way! I felt somewhat accomplished when the evening ended and I realized I’d passed my usual one-hour threshold for interacting with more than one person. Which is, I suppose, another way of saying I agree with your kinship conclusions here. Yes! And I can’t wait to discuss this question with my sister, who will be delighted (as I was!) to learn we are not alone in our overemphasizing. 🙂

        I wasn’t sure if/when I’d get around to writing about this evening, but insomnia is making now look pretty attractive. I’ll start typing (to the backdrop of S3 Buffy) now.

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    1. Haha! I think your shoes are awesome. They looked comfy and they didn’t matter anyway, because like I said… you were glowing too much for people to notice ’em. 🙂

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  5. Ah, this is such a lovely, life-affirming post, Rara – and what gorgeous photos. You all look great – and I adore your clothes. xxx

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  6. Visiting from Deborah the Closet Monster’s site. Wow! An in-person blogger event. How awesome (she says trying to contain her envy.) I wish I could do that. I have met some amazing people through blogging. Unfortunately, we live all over the world so an in person meeting would be difficult, but maybe someday I can follow your example. So inspired!

    Best regards,
    Elizabeth

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    1. 🙂 It was pretty awesome! If you live all over the world, then you should have more opportunity to visit bloggers, not less… just find the ones who can do impromptu. For instance, if you’re ever in SoCal, just look me up! 🙂

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  7. What a wonderful experience! When I first started my blogs I thought I’d be alone out there in the universe – I was so wrong. I found myself in a wonderful community. And Matticus was there! He visits the Evil Squirrel’s Nest! I don’t know how or why, but I keep seeing the same groups, communities of bloggers sharing and following each other. The variety of subjects and styles amazes me. I’m so happy for all of you finally meeting in person. Hope you have more in person meeting in the future and keep those bonds strong.

    And you’re all so cute together!

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    1. 😀 Aww, thank you! Yes! I was explaining to the non-bloggers how connected the blogging world really is. We don’t necessarily follow each other’s blogs, but we’re all linked anyway… it’s magical! xo!

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    1. 🙂 It’s funny because when we left the house, I was grumbly that it was so grey– it made my bright colors stand out like a sore thumb. When I was really looking at the photos, though, I realized how pretty every day in SoCal is. 🙂 Thanks!

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    1. At the YardHouse in the Shoreline Village. I wanted to go with a small business, but without knowing for sure how many people were coming… I didn’t want to do more harm than good, so I went with someone who wouldn’t even notice us there. 😉

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    1. There’s quite a few of you so I don’t see why not! 🙂 You guys should put something together! Blogger Interactive is a really friendly and helpful support system! I highly recommend linking up to them! 🙂

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  8. Haha love the pictures…they look so fun. I’m trying to have a blogger meetup in NYC for the Summer Solstice Yoga in Times Square, just put up a post on it. Any plans on going to NYC lol? And I’M IN LOVE WITH YOUR NEW BLOG DESIGN!

    xx
    Rakhi

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    1. Thank you, Rakhi, on the new blog design!! I’m really liking it too. 😀 I won’t be in NY (bummer!) but I hope you have lots and lots of fun!! 😀

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    1. It is a bit of walk from VA, haha! 🙂 Maybe next time we’ll find a way to meet out that way! Or perhaps you can have a meet up for bloggers in your area! 🙂

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    1. We were talking about how in movies… we’ll have to hide behind things during really awkward or sad-tension scenes. I was telling Deb how I couldn’t even finish The Family Stone because it made me shake, then cry. It was just too awkward for me! Apparently her son has the gene, too! 🙂

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  9. I understand the manager’s confusion. You do look like a family. 🙂 And I don’t mean the type of family that only gets together at Thanksgiving to fight with each other.
    By the way, any more blogger meetups scheduled in CA in the near future?

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    1. Thanks, X! 🙂 We really did interact like a comfy fam! … as to Cali meetups, are you planning on being in the area? Because we could make it happen. 🙂

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  10. I’m not that tall!!!!!
    (I like exclamation points.)

    And, I think we are the normal ones. The non-bloggers are abnormals. And that definitely isn’t politically correct. Normal challenged? That sounds bad. Pre-norms? That could work…

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    1. You’re pretty tall… and you’re WAY taller than you sound. Haha!

      As to non-bloggers, maybe we should just stick with non-bloggers… to be safe from lawsuits. Though we do have quite a few blogging lawyers ’round these parts… 🙂

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      1. So, what you are really saying is that my voice doesn’t match the rest of me? 😉

        Lawyers! Lawyers everywhere! Okay, fine. We’ll stick with non-bloggers. But, only until I can think of something better that won’t get us sued.

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    1. It was a very relaxing event! 🙂 BloggerInteractive.com is a great resource if you’re ever interested in meeting up with others in your area, too! 🙂

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  11. What a wonderful gathering and report. Can we plan an All-Cal meetup in the middle of California? How about San Luis Obispo Farmer’s Market? Car pool from the Bay Area anyone? {{{Hugs}}} Kozo

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