April 1, 2010, Joan of A Short in the Cord, Jen of MS Strength and HowIFightMS, and Lisa of Brass and Ivory and HealthCentral joined together for a Mid-Atlantic MS Blogger shin-dig at Joan's house. It was spring break for the music lesson kiddos and time for a brief roadtrip.
We were joined by Sonia who is a regular at Joan's Friday night chatroom gatherings for MSers in Delaware and all over the world. Come join us sometime.
While sitting around and chit-chatting in the kitchen...
...we each took turns getting out the cameras to document this "frickin' big deal" as Joan called the event. ;-)
Yes, Joan, I quoted you on this, but chose the 2nd version of the phrase just to preserve the sweet, innocent image which your charming demeanor and home exudes. LOL.
Is the Quiche ready yet?
Check out the fabulous lunch Joan prepared for us. This after the bounty of appetizers and snacks consumed in the kitchen already. Sonia even brought a HUMONGOUS bottle of wine to complement the occasion.
Freshly fed and enjoying some great conversation and company, we look like a satisfied bunch don't we?
We did talk about MS-related stuff, including our not-so-favorite symptoms, but we talked about much more. Hey, check out Joan's singing bowl. She got it going for us and now I kinda want one.
And to prove that we all really do exist beyond the electronic, computer world, we smiled broadly many times for the cameras. Thank you, Jen, for being a truly great friend beyond the blog and for putting up with my sometime insecure nature. In eleven short weeks, we'll have to see if Diane in Seattle really exists too. :-)
Thank you, Joan, for your hospitality and for living so centrally located. LOL. Your home is so warm and inviting, especially with your "private" pond and huge bounty of bird visitors. How you get anything done with that peaceful distraction, I'll never know.
I haven't been big on group meetings since the first year after diagnosis. But it was somewhat comforting to see others who have a slight hitch in their walk and who hold the table when standing. It's the little things which make a difference.