Meet ya in the real life

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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  1. says

    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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  2. says

    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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  3. says

    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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  4. says

    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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  5. says

    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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