To others it sounds completely unreasonable to fly to another state (or country) to meet up with other people that you met on the internet but for me, it isn't. It's actually kind of awesome. These people are some of my favorite people and closest friends, and we just get each other. It's weird that it's not even weird.
If anyone asked me what my favorite part of being in Austin was, I would have to reply: the meals.
I mean, yes the food was great, but it's what accompanies the food that made the meals fantastic. The camaraderie, the witty banter, the photo taking and sharing of meals, and the feeling of being together. Having Sam tell our waiter that our matching shirts was an "accident" and being with Nicola and KaCee participating in nonstop sass battles. Sitting on a pier overlooking a lake with an iced mocha. No one judges Maggie when she orders a drink... or two. Eating catfish for the first time. Natalie's strange obsession with bananas. Sam getting the check at Magnolias.
Of course I liked a lot else about Austin you guys. Castle hill with all of the beautiful graffiti (and arbitrary rebar which is why it probably has a no trespassing sign). The Velveeta Room comedy club with the guy who winks with the wrong eye and the jokes about grammar. Schlitterbahn and Barton springs cooled us off from the Texas heat, and so many great shops in the downtown area.
But the meals were my favorite.
Bloggers, I love you so much.