I rode on a plane! The moon was out and we passed over Nevada!
When I got off the plane in San Jose, I was overjoyed to see this awaiting me:
Grace popped me in the car and whisked me off for a surprise reunion dinner in Los Gatos with these lovely ladies:
Could they get any more righteous? It was wonderful catching up with them. Jen had her appendix out, like, two days ago and Elke has a new job and a new major project and everybody's traveling and writing in their various capacities and being generally stellar and estimable. It was great seeing them and so fun and easy to be with a group where Web 2.0 is the common language and you never have to preface any statement with the obligatory exposition, "You see, I have this website... where I write, um... about things, and it connects me to a community..." These women are at the core of my web-based community and it was wonderful to see their beautiful real selves and hear the sound of their voices and come to admire them that much more by meeting them again in person. (Of course it was also righteous catching up on some community gossip.) Thanks for hanging, women!
I've come to Santa Cruz to stay at the lovely home of the lovely Grace to look after my other boyfriend, Malcolm, while Grace and her husband are in the UK this week. It was a tricky time for me to get away from work but I've been desperately overdue for some time off so I made it happen somehow and have been looking eagerly forward to reuniting with the sea and the trees and the company of the sweet little fifteen-pound companion who is sound asleep across my ankles as I type this. Both Santa Cruz and Malcolm recognized me right away and have made me feel welcome and we've all been having a wonderful time getting reacquainted with one another over the past couple of days.
The only thing missing is Stan, who arrives tomorrow morning. I can hardly wait to see him. Malcolm and I are off to bed so we can get up and do the airport retrieval thing. I'll leave you with a preview of what our drive over the hill will look like:
P.S. I've enjoyed your Tweets from London, Grace! Have a wonderful time over there!