Pennsylvania Comes to Alabama
Almost three full years ago (?!?), I got an e-mail from another blogger named Emily. She lived in Central PA too, and had stumbled upon my blog, and wondered—would I like to meet up for lunch?
We met up for lunch and talked about all sorts of things—food, beer, travel, blogging. When I got home, I told Ryan, “I made a friend!!!” Emily was probably the first friend I made in Pennsylvania who wasn’t in some way tied to our jobs at Penn State Altoona. We made wonderful friends through our jobs too, of course, but I’ve found that when you work at a university, there’s something really nice about having friends outside of academia. For one thing, it means that when you meet up for dinner or drinks, you’re not just going to bitch about your students for 2 hours straight.
Anyway, long story short, we became great friends with Emily and her husband Nick, and discovered all sorts of connections. We formed a small supper club group with them and a few of our other friends, and I can honestly say that that supper club is one of things I miss MOST about living in Altoona.
But, imagine our surprise when, upon telling Nick and Emily that we were Huntsville-bound, they told us that Nick’s brother AND his parents lived in Huntsville! How random is that?! I knew this meant that one day, we’d be able to meet back up with our PA friends.
What I didn’t know was that the next time we’d see them, we’d BOTH have new family members with us!
Emily had Sam a few months after we moved down to Alabama, so this was our first time meeting him. But through the magic of Facebook and blogging, I felt like I knew him already. He was just as smart, sweet, and adorable as I thought he would be. He and Lila had tons of fun exploring all that the Huntsville Botanical Gardens have to offer—splash pools, giant chairs, water misters, butterflies—it’s a toddler’s paradise!
While Lila and Sam played, Emily and I played catch-up with…well, everything! A lot can change in two years!
It was so fun to see our Pennsylvania friends in Alabama! Hope your weekend is off to a good start!