Friday, March 5, 2010

These are some friends I have actually met

I talked about my blogosphere friends as if they were actually friends. Because they are!

The fact that we haven't met is irrelevant.

Nie Nie
is my friend who gave me the world's best pear-granola muffin recipe. (Just go preheat your ovens to 350 right now and then click on that link, you will thank me later.)

And I have a friend named Stretchmark Mama who sends me lists of the books she's reading and it always makes me want to read more. Like this book she recommended last week - "You Can't Drink All Day If You Don't Start in the Morning."

Penelope is my friend who gives me things to talk about at parties. Did you know for example that we all make a choice in life to be either interesting or happy - but not both? And if you haven't read Penelope's blog, you're probably choosing the latter.

Christin and I met in Penelope's comments section. Her life is the life I would lead if I had taken that job offer in Chicago, instead of the one in Monterey. But sadly I would not have her hair.

Jocelyn is so much like me it's scary. We're both American women with Chinese husbands and we look alike! Seriously - look at her picture on this post and tell me if we are not twins.

I could go on and on.

Now I want to switch gears and introduce to you some blogosphere friends that I have actually met. Shocking, I know. I met the Fishs in the airport and we talked for about 10 minutes but it was long enough for me to get their blog URL. They were in China to adopt a little girl and they posted a picture she drew of her new family. This line brought tears to my eyes, "Two months ago she had no family. Now she has pages full of them!"

I hope you enjoy clicking around on these links, and that some of these bloggers become your friends that you have never met too. I'll introduce some others to you later.


Sarah said...

This was a really nice post. It's great that you've been able to actually meet some of these people in real life.

I completely agree with you about Penelope's blog - I don't agree with a lot of what she says, but she does make me think about things in a different way. Whatever, it's great fodder for real life conversations!

Melanie Gao said...

You're right Sarah, Penelope gives us great food for thought and fodder for real life conversations. I'm grateful for that.

I love your icon picture. Did you take it yourself?

Unknown said...

Just curious - shouldn't that be "met at the airport"?

Melanie Gao said...

Oh dear, Shubho, now you're making me question my English abilities. I think I went with "in the airport" because we met at the gate - we had come through security and were waiting for the same flight to Beijing. And our meeting wasn't pre-arranged, we just happened to say hi to each other while we were waiting for our flights.

I think I'm going to take this question to Andrea, since she usually leaves comments for me critiquing my grammar. :)

BTW I wonder if there is an American/English grammar clash here. I remember British people had rules like doctors "go to hospital" because that's what they do every day as a routine, whereas sick people "go to *the* hospital" because it's an unusual occurrence. My point is, I think we use prepositions differently in American and British English.

And I think I Might be preparing an excuse for myself if both you and Andrea say it should have been "met at the airport"... Isn't that awful? :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for those links, I'm always looking for new bloggers to check out.

Hopefully one day you can add me to the list of bloggers you've met! I'm keeping next Thanksgiving open, but maybe before that too! :)

Anonymous said...

very popular to u! ........................................

Melanie Gao said...

Jessica we have a date for Thanksgiving. :)

Shubho, Andrea agreed with you. Should have been 'at the airport'. She also agreed with you that my English sucks. :)