*8Things: People to Meet IRL

8things from Magpie Girl

As you may have heard me whine before, I live quite the isolated life here in Copenhagen. My Danish isn’t so swell, and my ex-pat lovelies tend to rotate out at an alarmingly fast rate. Just before I left for the Summer, my two nearest and dearest vamoosed back to the States for good.

So I’m a little lost here in Nordica, and therefore rely quite heavily on my online friends to sustain me. I’ve dozens of lovelies on-line who I absolutely adore, some of whom I’ve been lucky enough met IRL (in real life). My very first blog crush was Jen Lemen, and she and I now have grafted souls.  And most of the stunning women at Soulsisters 09 came from virtual friendships. I am so lucky!

Right now I’m especially taken with a group of British lovelies, whom I hope to start meeting IRL this year as I hop back and forth to that lovely Isle. And then there are my other EU virtual pals, who I’m planning on seeing soon. I know we’ll be having a fan-damn-tastic time. Here’s my list of *8 People I’d Like to Meet IRL.

1. Penny, The Whimsical: Oh, such loveliness in a blog. The Penny Has Dropped is just so pretty. Her words and images soothe my soul. I hope to make Penny a feature in my Current Crush campaign very soon. (Alas, I keep forgetting to write her interview questions!) And of course, any woman who posts UK footage of Paolo Nutini – the singer Paul calls “Rachelle’s-little-jailbait-boyfriend” -well, she’s my friend for life.

2. Bethany Bassett: And speaking of Paolo… Bethany and I will be drooling over him—I mean, “respecting his talent”-when he plays in Rome this November. Which is when our first meet-up slumber party goodness will commence in Bethany’s Italian home. Bethany and I met in the blog-o-sphere and instantly fell into each other’s sympathetic pocket. I plan to live in her guest room as often as she’ll have me. Thank GOD for American expat friends who have Coffee-Stained Clarity.

3. Tess Giles: We’ve never even met and yet this lovely woman has done wonders for me – including gathering up all my best posts into a little collection of essays which I hope to offer on-line before the holidays. Her warm words and centered ways guide me on a regular basis. Ah, Tess, what would I do without you? You are truly my anchor and my mast.

4. Darrin Reeves: So, he doesn’t blog. We’ll forgive him. Darrin and his family offer me advice, recommendations, and just plain good humor over his Twitter. We are bonded over our love for the “sarcastic parent” method of childrearing. I’m hoping for a family tweet-up in London sometime this year…Tate and a pint, Darrin?

5. Jo Hanlon-Moores: Whenever I see Jo’s pic on twitter I think, “She could be my sister.” Well…my younger, cuter, thinner sister. But we have the same red-hair, headband thing going on. I love Jo’s blog Shapshifting, where she writes with honesty, clarity and bonhomie about cottage life. (Dreamy.)

6. Susannah Conway: I may not be suave enough to meet the elegant Susannah, but I sure hope our stars cross someday. Susannah is helping me brave through her on line Unravelling course…and her vlog posts make me wish I was svelte and accented.

7. Paul “The Vicar” Roberts: This is a bit of a cheat because I’ve already met and fallen in love with the riotous Paul Roberts and his gorgeous wife Sharon. Paul calls all Sharon’s women friends her “coven,” and oh how I’d like to have a seat at that table! We’ve seen each other stateside, in Bath, and they’ve hosted us more than once in Cardiff/Bristol. (Yet he STILL won’t tell me the secret pass code for the lift down to Torchwood. Really! I think he’s holding out on me.) Most our photos of Paul show him with a pint in his hand, which I find to be highly comforting.  If we ever move to Britannia, it will be Paul’s fault.

8. Silvia deVries: I don’t have very many Nordic friends, but thank the good Lord, Silvie is one of them. We talk nearly elke dag on line, and she shores me up and coaches me through this unique set of cultures without hesitation. When we first met, Silvia was living in Finland, and now she’s home in Amsterdam, where we are cooking up an EU Soulsisters gathering (if only we can find a place to host it!) We’ve got a short list of travel plans for our next year in Europe, and Amsterdam with Silvia is at the top of the list!

What’s your *8Things: People I’d Like to Meet IRL list? Grab a button and play along or put your quick list in the comments below. Don’t forget their blogs and such, as we could all use another lovely soul to friend or follow. Thanks for being here.

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Tess August 20, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Oh gee, thank you! (Blushes.) I love your blog, always have done, and am looking forward to that IRL meeting!

Susannah August 20, 2009 at 12:16 pm

okay, so clearly you need to pencil in a trip to Bath to meet me and Jo for lunch at Jamie’s! x

Sherry August 20, 2009 at 2:44 pm

I would say you are suave enough to meet all 8 and that includes Susannah!! Fingers crossed you meet them all!

Jo August 20, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Oh you’re so sweet and I’m soo much older than you :) But yes, as we’ve already said via email – it would be lovely to meet in real life. Maybe at Susannah’s! x

Jo August 20, 2009 at 4:58 pm

P.S My first blog was called Magpie. Clearly we have parallel lives!

Lee August 20, 2009 at 6:20 pm

You’ve put it out there in the universe, who knows but I’m sure it’s listening and you’ll meet all 8 in no time! And, hey, when you head to Bath, let me know and I’ll fly over from Canada and meet you all for for lunch :)

la la August 20, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Oh it’s so good to hear that by connecting online you recieve sustinance.

I always feel like I’m bothering you oh-great-and-excellent-one your horribly with all my teeny issues and thoughts.

It’s cos your blog is so great and I recieve so much from you that I always think of you this way.


iHanna August 24, 2009 at 5:41 pm

I could never list just 8 people I would like to meet IRL, but you would be among them, I think it would be fun talking to you Rachelle! :-)

Bethany August 27, 2009 at 7:51 am

I’m very much looking forward to meeting you too! When I asked my husband if it seemed weird to be meeting people that I only know from the internet (traditionally a husband-freaker-outer from what I understand), he shrugged and answered, “Why would it be weird? They’re real people.” So congratulations, you’re a real person to us. :) Looking forward to November!
(Oh, by the way, it seems like you may not have updated my blog address in your bookmarks. I’ve been at the new site, linked above, since June.)

postcards from... August 29, 2009 at 11:57 am

i am blessed to have met 1, 5, & 6 (penny, jo & susannah) on your list and they are all amazing, inspiring, beautiful, funny, authentic people.

not sure about the 8 i would most like to meet, tho i am going to squam this year (travelling over from the UK) so i will get to meet some amazing people there that i have formed friendships with via the internet. people such as…

1. jen gray
2. darlene
3. vivienne
4. kristen

oh, and i have friends in copenhagen that we will be coming over to visit more often. if you wanted to meet me (even tho i am not on your list) that would be great!


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