Last year I was fortunate enough to be able to meet my wonderful friend, fellow blogger, and Canvas’ co-founder, Lulu, for the very first time. And this past Thursday, another exciting meeting occurred. This one was between me and another lovely member of the Canvas Family, Dr. DeeDee Chickadee.
I don’t know what I was expecting, exactly; I don’t really think I was expecting anything specific. But, as it was with Lulu, what I got was so much better than I ever could have imagined.
First thing, straight out of the gate, I think we both knew things were going to be a little crazy. I swear she had nested inside my mind, or perhaps the other way around. Before we even got breakfast, we were having total “Jinx!” moments. These would continue frequently throughout the day, to the point where I vaguely recall telling her, in fun, “Get out of my head!”
We ended up spending the day at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Props to my dad for that suggestion, it was suited to DeeDee perfectly.
They have a ton of bird exhibits on display, pretty much an entire floor’s worth. Let me tell you how much fun it was for me, as she named all of the birds and told me stories about them. Okay, so they were more “facts” than “stories”, but the way she talked to me about different markings, sightings, things she knew – and boy howdy, she knows a lot! – made them far too interesting and engaging to ever to be called anything so dry-sounding as “facts”.
After we finished visiting the birds, we played mind games against each other (I can’t remember who won, but it was so much fun) saw ourselves aged to 70 (not so much fun), and looked at slides of our cheek cells under a microscope. All of that and more were in the museum’s Expedition Health exhibit, where I was once again so glad DeeDee was with me, because not only is she wonderful company, but she’s also good to have around if you get confused easily. And clearly, I do.
After lunch was the coolest part of the museum trip, in my opinion. It was time for Smurf-tasting in the Genetics Lab! There’s a study going on about which one is the most bitter. Personally, my money is on Papa Smurf, because he has to get all of the other smurfs out of the ridiculous messes they get themselves into, and Brainy trails him everywhere. There has to be a lot of pent-up anger for all the interrupted and sabotaged experiments there. I’m just sayin’.
Guess which tongue belongs to which blogger in the comments. All boyfriends, lovers, and husbands (former or current) of DeeDee or myself are not allowed to participate.
After a stop in the gift shop (we each bought a necklace, and no, they were not shaped like half a heart with BE FRI on one and ST ENDS on the other), we ended our day with a fantastic Mexican dinner at the Table Mountain Inn. We didn’t go there directly, though. I became a bit confused, took the wrong way back from the museum, and we ended up taking a not-so-scenic tour of the metro area.
But here’s where DeeDee’s loveliness shines through. She enjoyed looking at the prairie dogs while I tried to get us pointing in the right direction. She laughed with me and made fun of the “lady” on my phone’s GPS. She didn’t seem to mind at all when I circled the restaurant four times looking for somewhere to park, because I was wearing four-inch heels and can’t parallel park for crap. She was totally fine with all of it, and I didn’t feel any of that usually inescapable embarrassment that results from taking someone you have never met on an hour-long detour on your way to find food. With DeeDee I felt so totally comfortable and at ease, none of it mattered, we just kept on gabbing.
And we gabbed through our flaming appetizer, through dinner, after dinner (DeeDee also kept saying how nice our waitress was, which was true, it’s just rare that you find someone so lovely as to keep mentioning it). In fact, I think the gabbing kept us going, because we were both running on a sleep debt, and when she got up to use the ladies’ room, I immediately felt the long day rush over me. She said she felt the same way when I returned from my own trip to powder my nose.
And so I drove her back to her hotel, and our day was ended. Such a wonderful day, too. DeeDee is just absolutely lovely, and I couldn’t adore her more.
I felt the same way after the first time I met Lulu, and still do. As it turns out, people can be just as good – or even better – than the way they come across through online interaction.
So, who’s up next? Let’s make it happen!
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