Meet ya in the real life

by mamagrace71 on February 12, 2013

The 20’s were spent rockin’ the suburbs.  Penniless but with plenty of time to spare, partying was on a budget.  Smoking durrys and aimlessly driving around the city with mates was Friday night’s thrill.

Then the 30’s saw the polar opposite.  Single and career driven, both money and time were spilling over in abundance.  Unattached and uncommitted, life was an absolute riot.

Drinking till 3am on a school night was the norm.  Strutting into the office at 9am sharp, wearing the professional suit and flawless makeup became an art form.

Since entering the fabulous 40’s, party mode is entirely different and definitely trickier.

How does one manage to still go out for a fun Saturday night without losing composure as a responsible (cough) mother of twinlets?

Last Saturday afternoon saw the Digital Parents catch up; a gathering of on-line pals.  We read about each other’s quirks and perks, follow each other’s journeys.  Meeting in the real life becomes a natural transition and conversations have an effortless, natural flow. (And it’s not just the alcohol talking, yo!)

Digital Parents Drinks

It’s a connection non-bloggers don’t understand.

Being the token male of the evening, and just as hilarious as I imagined, Kevin easily claimed rock star status.

Kelly and Kylie  were just as bubbly as the voices in their blogs.  (Loved the purple stilettos, Kel!)

I’m bummed that I didn’t take a snap of Tamsin‘s (literally) killer shoes. Spikes and all!

Having a chin wag with the gorgeous and eloquent, Veronica, I was reminded how our friendship is so much more mature for its year and a bit existence.

Digital Parents Drinks 3

Evening eventually rolled in.  Along with the empty wine glasses, the last left standing with me were Mumabulous, Kim and mah soul sistah, Brenda.

Digital Parents Drinks 2

Walking back to the train station, I did a Jess, tripped up on the footpath and sprained my ankle.  Now, there’s the party days I remember!

I can say in complete contentment, this blogosphere is my social circle for this next decade and beyond.

Real life friends won’t get it.   Spouses will shake heads at the copious amount of time dedicated to the computer screen and phone. Family members are left aghast.


Those who don’t get my blogging, don’t get me.

Big thanks to Catherine and Jodi for organising an awesome time!

Looks like I have big shoes to fill when it’s my turn to round y’all up in May!

Bring it.

Speaking of bloggy friendships transformed into real life, joining Essentially Jess for IBOT.

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workingwomenaus February 12, 2013 at 6:47 am

I followed the fab pics on IG over the weekend. It looked like everyone had a great time. It’s one of the few times that I curse this country life: it’s so far to blogger catchups! Glad you had fun x
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Mum Talks Autism February 12, 2013 at 6:49 am

What a fantastic post darling and a great night. I’m so jealous I missed it. One of my few dislikes about living in rural Australia. I miss these great nights. So looking forward to meeting you all at Digital Parents Conference. Much love. MTA.
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Zanni, Heart Mama February 12, 2013 at 6:50 am

I often feel a bit sad seeing bloggy catch ups like these. My friendships will probably remain online as getting to these events is pretty unfeasible from where I am. Unless one is organised in Baron Bay one day!
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Catherine Rodie Blagg February 12, 2013 at 6:58 am

Now that would be fun!
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Kelly HTandT February 12, 2013 at 8:15 am

Bloggy ROAD TRIP!! ;)
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Kevin February 12, 2013 at 9:49 am

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mamagrace71 February 12, 2013 at 8:41 pm

We can call the trip, “Thelma, Louise and Kevin…” :P

Lydia C. Lee February 12, 2013 at 6:50 am

Disappointed to have missed it. Next time…
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Catherine Rodie Blagg February 12, 2013 at 6:58 am

I was such a great afternoon! didn’t chat to you much though Grace – we’ll have to catch up again soon! xx
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mamagrace71 February 12, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Definitely, Catherine! Definitely x


iSophie February 12, 2013 at 7:14 am

Looks like a great meetup, I am certainly jealous and also inspired to finally get a Hobart meetup organised!
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Martine@themodernparent February 12, 2013 at 7:15 am

Looks like a great night was had by all. Can’t wait to catch up in March at DPCon13! And I would love to meet Veronica in real life! X
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Veronica @ Mixed Gems February 12, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Thanks, Martine. {insert emoticon for blushing} I’d love to meet you too. It’ll happen. Somehow. Someday. xo
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Twinkle in the Eye February 12, 2013 at 7:23 am

Looks like a wonderful time – take it where you can get it I say. Come at you from IBOT!


Jodi February 12, 2013 at 8:00 am

It was lovely to see you Grace! Catherine and I were so pleasantly surprised at the turn out! Can’t wait to catch up again at DPCON13! :)
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Seana February 12, 2013 at 8:01 am

Waaaah!! Would love to have been there. But March suddenly seems really close and the DPCon will make up.
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kirri February 12, 2013 at 8:06 am

Wow – Looks like a fantablous time was had by all – and a nice warm up for DPCON13.
Now I have more bloggers to check out :)
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Rhianna February 12, 2013 at 8:12 am

Looks like a great gathering. I can’t wait till next month till I finally get to meet more bloggers in real life
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Kelly HTandT February 12, 2013 at 8:16 am

I didn’t chat to as many people as I would have liked but it was awesome nonetheless, cannot wait for the next one! And thank you gorgeous :)
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Danya Banya February 12, 2013 at 8:25 am

It was so lovely to meet everyone, even if I could only stay for such a short time. I must have seemed a bit star struck. It’s a very surreal feeling, meeting people that you already “know”. I remember you saying, “I’m Grace”, and the voice in my head is shouting “yeah, I know!” Have tickets to DPCON13 now. :) I want to make a joke about a door bitch, but I’m worried it will come out all wrong. So I’ll just say that I’ll see you there. :)
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Mel @ Adventures of a Subversive Reader February 12, 2013 at 8:26 am

It looks like a great get together!
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Mumabulous February 12, 2013 at 8:31 am

It was wonderful to meet with you and I hope we can all do it again in the not too distant future. Love
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Robomum February 12, 2013 at 8:47 am

After overcoming my initial nerves, I had a great time! In these situations, alcohol is my friend :o)


Rachel February 12, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Me too (glad I’m not the only one)!


Tamsin Howse February 12, 2013 at 9:21 am

It was indeed a lovely evening! I would like to note that my facial expression there is 100% the fault of Kimba and I feel this is important information.
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Amanda @ Cooker and a Looker February 12, 2013 at 9:23 am

Sounds like a wonderful night Grace. Spraining my ankle on the way to the train station is something I would do – perhaps we have blogging AND dodgy ankles in common! :)
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Tina Gray February 12, 2013 at 9:27 am

I followed the pics on Instagram, all the while wishing that I could have made it. Next time! xx
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Kimberley M February 12, 2013 at 9:38 am

Oh it’s posts like these that make me wish I lived in NSW still! I have wanted to organise a Melbourne based meetup for aaaaaaages, but everytime I think about doing it, I run away screaming thinking about all the organisation involved. Looks like Catherine and Jodi did a bang-up job of organising. Absolutely champing at the bit to see/meet everyone at DPCon. Not long now! Kx
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Ai Sakura February 12, 2013 at 9:47 am

Aww sweet. Glad you all manage to meet up so often and have such a great time :)
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Min February 12, 2013 at 10:06 am

Looks like you all had a wonderful time! I’m hoping to get to some blogger meet ups this year :-)
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Janet February 15, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I’m hoping to host one!
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Lyndal February 12, 2013 at 10:10 am

it looks like you guys had a great time – now im even more sad I couldn’t make it!!!
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littlebirdlittlebee February 12, 2013 at 11:12 am

Sounds like you had a great time!
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Kyla @ Three Quarters Full February 12, 2013 at 11:34 am

There’s never anything up here (maybe soon) – at least I generally get to catch up with my fave peeps from down south at brand events, while not as much fun as getting sloshed and chatting for hours they’re still awesome for chatting over coffee.
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Aroha @ Colours of Sunset February 12, 2013 at 12:50 pm

You’re a Gold Coaster aren’t you? I know Em at Have A Laugh On Me is too, maybe we need to get our own meet going!?
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Emma February 12, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Glad you had a great time, maybe next time I can join you!
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Tracey @ Bliss Amongst Chaos February 12, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Hmmph! Sometimes living in Melbourne sux! It looks like you guys had so much fun.
Sorry to hear about your ankle though love, hope it’s ok :)
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Aroha @ Colours of Sunset February 12, 2013 at 12:50 pm

That’s it! I’m moving Sydney! Or starting my own blogging meetup on the Gold Coast. Just need to figure out who all the other GCers are! Looks so much fun!
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Rachel February 12, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Hey Aroha, I’m a Brissy chic but I’d happily travel to GC for a meet up! I’m only new too blogging but I’m already hooked and would love to meet some kindred spirits :)
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Deb @ Home life simplified February 12, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Looks like a great catch up – fun times!!
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carmen February 12, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Now ya’all need to move North a bit. Just sayin’. ;) xxx
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EssentiallyJess February 12, 2013 at 1:06 pm

So jealous that we don’t have this opportunity in Darwin! I would love to meet more people.
But Rhianna and I do rock our little catchups and talk blogging the entire time! Nice to have someone who gets it.
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Lisa@RandomActsOfZen February 12, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Looks like you all had a bloggy wonderful time Grace x
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Kylez @ A Study in Contradictions February 12, 2013 at 2:16 pm

I had the absolute best time and it was so good to finally meet so many people face-to-face, especially Brenda who I have been following for years and who was one of my best supporters back in the day. Can’t believe its taken me almost 4 bloody years to go to one! Now I am so keen and excited for DPCon, it’s gonna be awesome!
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Brenda February 12, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Awww. Thanks Kylie. So good to finally meet you IRl. X
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Emily @ Have a laugh on me February 12, 2013 at 2:22 pm

You know a lot of my friends don’t get the joy of blogging either – but it rocks.
I wish I’d had the chance to visit you all – let me know when you plan your next one and I might call in a favour from my wee sis who works for an airline and I might come gatecrash the party, and try represent us Qld’ers – Em xxx
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Emily February 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Gorgeous pics! Glad you all had a good time. I’ll admit to being a teensy bit jealous. x
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Lara @ This Charming Mum February 12, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Great to see all your smiling faces together! It is a lovely thing if some of those online relationships can turn into ‘real world’ friendships too. Although your post is a reminder that the bloggy world is just as ‘real’ as any other world. You’re right – people either get it, or they don’t :)
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Kate @Crazy Crunchy Chocolate Mummy February 12, 2013 at 3:27 pm

How amazing! looks like so much fun!
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Leigh February 12, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Looks like you guys had an awesome night!!! Ive met some wonderful people through blogging. Its nice to connect xx
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Rachel @ The Kids Are All Right February 12, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Aw, sorry I missed it. Glad you all had such a great time. xxx
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Brenda February 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Always lovely to catch up with you, G. Glad everyone had an awesome time.xx


Bachelormum February 12, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Yes I wld have loved to have made it. Next one for sure.
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Josefa @always Josefa February 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Looks like a fab night! Hope there is a Melbourne meet up soon!
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Housewife in Heels February 12, 2013 at 6:39 pm

It sounds like so much fun! Secretly, I was checking twitter and Facebook to see how the event was going- hoping for a few scandals ;)


Kim February 12, 2013 at 10:36 pm

I really enjoyed meeting you Grace – it was such a great night. Despite my nerves, it turns out there was nothing to fear. How could there be, with lovely people and wine at hand?? I hope that ankle has straightened up and is flying right for you now xx
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Veronica @ Mixed Gems February 12, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Thanks, lovely, for the kind words. Would’ve loved to hang about. So sorry to hear about your ankle though. That’s a bummer.

I was just commenting to someone how we’re always told how hard it is to make friends as we get older. Thanks to blogging, we are all primed for engagement and community online it’s such a natural step to take it to the next level in person, call it “online platonic dating” if you will! I’m glad to have made so many new contacts and friends through this gig. You will always have the trophy for being the 1st blogger I met….or actually 2nd, after Tat. You were fashionably late that day! ;-) xo
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Vanessa @ February 13, 2013 at 10:47 am

Can’t believe I got the times mixed up and missed it! Looks like you guys had an awesome time. Wish I could say I’ll see you all at DPCon but the finances are looking nasty and so I probably won’t be able to go.

‘Til the next drinks meet up!

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Rita February 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I saw pictures on Instagram. I’m so jealous! I so want to go to a blogger meeting… I’m glad all of you had a good time.
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Nami February 16, 2013 at 5:19 am

Hey, whaddya know! I recognize your bloggy friends from the “Like” rounds I made on your FBLS. Looked like a dangerously good time. “Chin Wag” that’s a new term for me. Mind if I borrow it?
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mamagrace71 March 28, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Borrow away, lovely! We’ll make an honorary Aussie out of you yet! :)


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