Thursday, April 23, 2009

Behold - The Power of the Internet

Yeah, ok, it's a cheesy title. Sorry - the creativity as far as words and writing just hasn't been with me for a little while now. Hence, the lack of posts.

But why this particular title? Because the internet has done some awesome things in my life, and I wanted to share one or two of them with you.

Many of you who know me IRL (in real life) know that I met my husband on the internet - definately a life changing experience, so the internet will always hold a special place in my heart. Yeah, I know - that was cheesy, too. But recently the internet did something else that was pretty special, too.

I've mentioned before that I am a regular Facebook-er. Thought it was a pretty neat way to keep in touch with friends and family, and check in with people I've lost touch with. A few months ago, I "friend-ed" two girls that I went to college with. Let's call them J and A. We had a few short conversations, mostly of the "Hey! How are ya? How's life been since Cedar Crest?" variety. But then we discovered that we had something else in common, something other than 4 years at Cedar Crest and being floor-mates during our freshman year there.

We are all obsessed with the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer.

There, I said it - it's out in the open. We are three college-educated, married, professional women who are quite dazzled by a fictional character. Ahem, yes, pun intended.

And so, at J's suggestion and invitation, we did what any obsessed fans would do - we got together to watch the movie (AGAIN - this was at least the 2nd viewing for all of us). But that night, last Friday to be specific, was more than just a movie screening. It was a reunion for J, A and myself because we hadn't seen each other in the 7 years since we left college. And let me tell ya - we had a blast! J also invited some of her friends from work (who are also obsessed), and it made for a great evening of old friends and new. I haven't laughed that much in quite a while.

Here's a picture from Friday night (Oh come on now - I'm a scrapbooker, so of course I had my camera with me!) From left to right, myself, A, and J.

I really have to say that I'm learning more and more to value my girlfriends, and to treasure my time spent with them. It's definately something that I've seen and felt grow within myself these past couple of years. We're already planning our next get-togethers - - - a possible trip to a winery, and then of course an outing when New Moon hits theaters on November 20.

And so, no matter what evil lurks out there on the internet (and believe me, there is plenty of BAD out there), there is also a whole boat-load of good things happening because of sites like Facebook. J and A aren't the only people I've reconnected with, either - it's been an interesting mix of people from high school and college, some of whom I talk to regularly, some not so much.

And lastly, here's a shout-out to Kira, a friend from college I found on Facebook, who's prompting is what brought you a blog post today. Love ya!


KB said...

You, A and J look great! I love reconnecting with so many people, especially from CCC on facebook.
Thanks for the shout out. I have a post idea about CCC that just happened, stay tuned.

Marlooney said...

Hey - I met my hubby online, too...and we just celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary! :)

I love facebook. I've reconnected with so many old friends, and it's a great feeling.

Of course, there is that one stalker creep that also was a result of facebook - but he's been dealt with. *shudder*

Jen said...

Still can't get into the facebook thing - but I think that is awesome. I have summer plans of reading those books. I'm sure I'll be in touch with you about it!!

I'm still glad your hubby turned out not to be a weird-o! know what I mean! LOL!

J said...

Your blog is so much FUN! Do you mind if I share it with Kate?? Thanks for making the trip up to my house...I had a BLAST as well! Keep in touch!

A said...

Aww, Laurel! I just read this today and it almost brought a tear to my eye b/c I am also so happy that we got to renew our friendship- actually to make it even stronger! We owe lots of thanks to hot fictional vampires! :)
Lots and lots of prayers are still coming at you. Your most recent post says a lot (the song lyrics). You are a tough woman (go CCC) and something wonderful is waiting on the other side of this.
Let's get on J about the winery trip details!

Anonymous said...

Facebook can be great, but sometimes people's actions can be a little over the top. Sometimes they will admit to their actions, and when you really get to know them you could find the true friends that you have met over the years and have lost contact with. I have connected with about 100 friends in the past four months and have had only two problems. Largely my fault and I did come clean about all my actions and have become good friends again with at least one of the problems!

Marty said...

I also found that connections on Facebook can be fun! I have been able to connect with a lot of the friends I have met and made over the years. But I have also found and connected with some other good friends that are not on Facebook.

But as Marlooney says there is always that one person who you never them before, but they look familiar and make you believe you did know them. I had one connection that did that to me where in her mind we were closer than we actually were. Trust me there was nothing between us ever. A one time chat 30 years ago does not make them a friend today!

So you have to watch who you have has a friends and look for the "red flags." But I am happy that this person is so far behind me.