So I was checking out Twitter one day when I saw an interesting remark from one of my dearest online friends, Marye Audet-White. (This is not an uncommon occurrence...my friends frequently have cool/funny/interesting/useful/awesome stuff to say. That's just the kind of crowd I hang with.) And since I was enjoying a particularly good mood at the moment, I replied with something I thought might be witty, just to give her a smile. (That's just the kind of Twitter friend I am.) A few back-and-forths later and we were well into a conversation (I love love love when that happens, don't you?) when she said something along the lines of wishing that she could take me out for coffee and just talk.
So guess who's flying to Texas this weekend?
Call it crazy. (I'm okay with that.) Call it impulsive. (Yep, I'm okay with that, too.) I call it long overdue. I've had the pleasure of knowing Marye Audet-White for nearly four years now and you can only imagine how excited I am to finally get to meet her in person. And in case you don't already know Marye (and you totally should), let me tell you a little about her. She is...
-a homeschool mother of eight (two grown and six still in the house)
-the author of The Everything Cookies and Brownies Cookbook
-an experienced and knowledgeable horsewoman
-an artist (like, with paints and canvas...I just think that's so cool)
-a Senior Writer for LoveToKnow and the editor of the Antiques and Organic Channels on that site
-a writer of over 600 HubPages on everything from sustainable living to how to restore historic wood floors
And, of course, she blogs. Her blogs include:
Restless Chipotle - Not only does Marye share her mouth-watering recipes here, but as the wife of a Type 1 diabetic and a woman with her own health issues, she's dedicated to educating all of us on the dangers of processed and packaged foods and the benefits of healthy, organic eating.
Autumn Tapestry - In her words, this blog is "geared toward women in midlife. Today’s forty and fifty-something women do not want to look like their grandmothers did, nor are they ready to give up their stiletto heels for prescription footwear."
Frozen Music - The first of Marye's blogs that I came to know her from, this is where she shares her experiences of restoring a 100-year-old, two-story farmhouse to its former splendor with authenticity.
Those are just a sampling of the things she does. Who she is is a woman of faith, love and perseverance. She is strong without being cold, vulnerable without being a drama queen, creative without losing taste, and sensible without losing panache. She is dynamic, intelligent, laid-back, down-to-earth, and 100% real. If ever there was a woman I'd have a girl-crush on, it would be her.
Not that I do. Ummm, no.
But I may feel differently Monday morning.