Wednesday, January 17, 2007

I TIRL-ed! I really did!

Way back in December Shalee posted this about her "Grown-up Christmas," which included wishing that everyone would switch to Verizon so that she could talk freely. I mentioned in my comment that I wouldn't need to switch for that to be the case. And what do you know? She emailed me her cell number.

Well I've been keeping that number trying to muster up the nerve to call her. To be honest, I was a little nervous. I've never done anything like that. I'm not exactly what you would call an out-going person. Friendly? Perhaps. Gregarious? Heavens no! What if I call at a bad time? What if she doesn''t like me? What if I say something dumb? What if I introduce myself and she says, "WHO?" What if, when she hangs up she thinks, "Whew! Glad that's over!" or "Note to self: Don't give out cell number wthout a background check first." I know these are silly thoughts. I'm silly like that sometimes. Shalee even teased me in a later post about getting up the gumption to call her.

So last Friday I determined that I was going to it. I was going to call Shalee. You see, I had gleened from her posts during the week that she might could use a little lift. It seemed like a good time.

I dialed her number and felt my face flush hot with nervousness. I stumbled through introducing myself. "Oh boy, here I go..." I thought. But I needn't have worried. Shalee is every bit of the wonderful mom, wife, friend, woman of God that her blog shows us. Even more, in fact! We chatted about a myriad of things. It was a lovely time and then Shalee mentioned very graciously that she had to get back to cooking dinner for her family and the 5 extra kids that they were having spend the weekend. See, I had called at a bad time and it didn't even matter!

So I TIRL-ed (Talked-In-Real-Life)! I really did! And it was wonderful. Thanks for being such a good friend Shalee, even before I had a chance to earn it.


Susanne said...

How awesome for you Anne! I've talked to Shalee too. In fact Shalee was the one who got me into blogging in the first place.

Michelle said...

How neat that you got to talk to someone IRL! Making that first connection - either on the phone, or in person, can be rather daunting and intimidating! But once you get past that it is so fun! :)

Beck said...

That's so much fun! I haven't TIRL-ed to anyone yet. I'm nice, people! I'm really nice!

Overwhelmed! said...

Ann, I'm so glad that your first phone coversation with Shalee went well! I've had one of those nervous phone conversations with a fellow blogger myself, and I'm pretty outgoing normally. :)

I think we're all breaking new ground with the new friendships we're building through blogging. Good for you for taking the plunge and calling Shalee!

Carol said...

It's weird when the phone rings and it's a blogger. They're like, "This is so-n-so from That Blog" and you're like, "Oh, did my harried 'hello' upon answering make them realize what a lunatic I really am?"

Much fun!

Shalee said...


Can you please tell me HOW IN THE WORLD I MISSED this post? I can be such an idiot sometimes...

As far as I'm concerned, you called at a perfect time. God had his hand in that too.

And for the record, I loved talking with you too. I can't for the life of me figure out why you were nervous. You were just as amiable and enjoyable and lovely as I imagined you to be. I kept thinking that I sounded like a nerd. Even so, I definitely am looking forward to our next talk.