And now I have a new best memory to add to my list. 2 weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet and spend time with beautiful Vivienne! Viv is one of the first blog friends I made back when I started blogging in 2009. She quickly became an online friend and I always felt that she was someone I would love to spend time with in real life.
Guess what? I was right! Vivienne is not only beautiful, but warm and funny and sweet. She is smart and sassy, but completely down to earth and real. I always got that vibe from her, and it was so nice to see that she is exactly what she seemed.
Stole this picture from Vivienne, because I have a dumb phone that takes dumb pictures!
I first got to spend time with her at the airport while she was waiting for another friend to get in. They were both coming here for the SNAP blog conference. I met her for lunch and we just hung out and chatted at the airport while she waited. She had lots of questions about our Utah culture, and the predominant faith - Mormonism. The best line of our visit came when we noticed a guy holding a big sign (which we couldn't see, because his back was to us), and welcoming people with seashell necklaces as they came through the gates. Vivienne turned to me and said, "Is that a Mormon thing?" She decided that would be her standard question whenever she saw something weird on her visit!
We did some quick sight-seeing when her 2 roomies got in, and then they dropped me off at home. When the conference was over, she came to dinner at our house and then we went to Temple Square. Because you just can't visit Salt Lake City without seeing temple square.
It was a beautiful day, and we had a wonderful time spending the afternoon with "that fancy girl who's not a Mormon" - Monkey's way of referring to Viv when she couldn't remember her name the next day.
I am so, so glad I had the opportunity to meet her in real life, and am so grateful to call her friend! I can't wait until we make our Cali trip (planned for next summer), so we can all visit with her again!