Sunday, March 7, 2010

An Especially Wonderful Day

Last Saturday was an especially wonderful day for me. Not only was it my 28th wedding anniversary, on the 28th, but I got to meet one of my dear blogging friends, Pat. I have always wanted to meet her and she is just as I had imagined, beautiful and kind. What a day that was. Let me explain. Pat and her family were staying in San Francisco and had plans to attend an anniversary that evening. I had arranged to meet her at her hotel later in the afternoon. That morning I had a scrapbook workshop. It lasted until about 1:30. Afterwards, Bill and I got ready and drove into the City. Unfortunately, it was Chinese New Year and there were cars and people everywhere. I texted Pat and she replied back that they had to leave at 3:30. By this time it was already 3:00. We were petrified. I had a miscommunication with her and thought that she was staying at the "W Hotel". We finally got to the hotel and I texted her back letting her know where we were and she replied that they were staying at the "JW". She said that she would meet me at the "Third Floor Lounge." We were not sure where this hotel was. Then Bill figured that it was the Marriott which was right across the street. So, I jumped out of the car at the light and Bill went to park the car. I went inside and ran up to the elevator to push the button to take me to the "Third Floor Lounge". And, guess what? There was no third floor!!! I was frantic and asked the bell hop where it was. He said that there was no third floor lounge. Finally, another guy came over and asked what I was looking for and I shoved my cell phone up to his face so that he could read her message. He replied "Oh. That's the JW." And, then he gave me a map and showed where it was. I asked him if I could walk there. Yes, I could. It was about 10 city blocks away. By this time, it was 3:15 and I was thinking to myself, after all this I might not be able to see her. So, I put myself into gear and ran those 10 city blocks in heels. Finally, all out of breath, I saw it. The hotel shined like gold in my eyes as I saw it in the distance. I got inside and went up to the lounge. And, there before my eyes was the beautiful Pat. She was so happy to see me. I sat down and had a drink with her and then her family came down and we visited until 4:00. Oh, and if you are wondering, Bill did find me and had a drink with us. I hope to visit with Pat again some day for a much longer time. This is one friendship that I will treasure.
Afterwards, Bill and I went and had a wonderful dinner at the Cliff House Restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. This has been a tradition that we started many years ago. Here is a view from the restaurant. Note: to my friends who were at my wedding on June 12. Bill and I eloped on February 28. Some of you know this. Don't let my dad know. He will charge me for the wedding plus interest!!!


8 comments:

Sparkle said...

Such lovely pictures! Glad you had a great anniversary and got to meet Pat.

Sharli said...

Lori,
I'm so happy you found her! I would never have believed what wonderful friends one can make over the internet - I'm a bit of an "old foggie" that way, but this old dog learned a few new tricks and I'm actually envious that you've gotten to meet in person one of your blog friends! Someday . . .

BTW, sure hope your Dad doesn't read your blog! Yikes!

Shaela said...

oh dear, what an ordeal!! But I'm so glad you got to meet her. And happy belated anniversary! John and I almost eloped because we didn't want to wait until June, but instead we decided on a shotgun wedding. We called everyone (all our family and friends) on my birthday (a Sunday) and said "Hey, we're getting married Saturday at 4pm at my church - hope you can come!" And wouldn't you know it... almost every single person dropped what they were doing and traveled up for it. You gotta love family!

Jeanne said...

What a wonderful story. You must scrap this just as you described!

Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby. What a wonderful tradition you've got going and love that gorgeous sunset you got to see.

pat said...

Lori...
LOL!! I am so happy I finally got to meet you you are an AMAZING person!! and just as BEAUTIFUL in person inside and out as I imagined!!
I am so thankful that we can now celebrate "our" friendship anniversary on the same day as your anniversary...
What a beautiful picture and I promise to get back there and spend more time getting to know you!!
~hugs to you!
Pat

Amy said...

LOL I was suppose to elope but my husband told his mom. I was like...d'oh! So we had a small wedding instead. Do you think your dad suspected? That was a suprise line for sure... and got a chuckle from me! LOL

Jennifer said...

Thanks for sharing your Wonderful Day!! It put a smile on my face.....just the thought of you running 10 blocks in heals is awesome! SOOO glad for you that you were able to meet with your friend and enjoy her company if only for a short time!

Kim said...

Happy Belated Anniversary hun!
Hugs~ Kim

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