Twinkies & Wine

Confession: I've never had a Twinkie.

(At least, not that I can remember. Mom, feel free to jump in here and correct me if I'm wrong.)

You may be wondering why I'm confessing this. Some of you may not be surprised, thinking that with all the blogging I do about running and yoga and healthy-ing and what not, I don't eat junk food. (I am here to tell you that is NOT the case. I've never met a potato chip I didn't like.) But maybe some of you think that the eating of a Twinkie is a fundamental rite of passage and that somehow my life has suffered because I've never partaken.

If you fall into the latter camp, you're in good company. This was pretty much the reaction Jessi had during our six-hour FaceTime fest this weekend.
So this was actually super early on, wayyyyy before Jessi had had enough wine to ship me snack foods.
I don't remember how we actually arrived on the topic of my childhood snacking habits, but we ended up here: In just a few business days, I will be on the receiving end of a 20-box of Twinkies, courtesy of Jessi and

I should back up.

On Saturday, Jessi and our dear host today, Melissa, popped a few corks and hopped into a Google Hangout. Melissa had better things to do and ultimately left us—and we missed you, Mel! But that left Jessi and me to a bottle of wine each (hers red, mine white) and six fast, hilarious hours of pretending like there isn't an entire country separating us. We talked love and loss and blogs and beach bags. We demoed yoga poses and gave each other home tours.

And just like that time I hung out with Kristen, and that time I hung out with Tracy, and that time I hung out with Kristen AND Tracy, and that time we had brunch with Carly, and that time Tracy and I briefly met was awesome. (Including every moment while we still had Melissa on the line.)

Cut to yesterday when I get home from work to find a little "thinking of you" card and that held more sunshine and happiness that its size could logically hold from Kelsey. A girl whom I've never met in real life, but who took five minutes out of her day to light up the whole of mine, just because she wanted to, and she could.
This blogging thing is amazing, you guys. Sure, there are plenty of people who don't get it, and that's fine. I'm not worried about them. I'm concerned with you guys, my friends, who know it doesn't matter one damn bit what cities we live in, or how many states or oceans separate us, because geography doesn't dictate friendship. People do. And when people find each other through whatever means they happen to find each other through, beautiful things happen. Like these amazing friendships I've formed with so many of you, and that I can't wait to grow further in the months and years to come.

As many of you know, I've been having a challenging few weeks. I'm at a point now where nothing exactly catastrophic is going on, but life is in kind of a lull. Things are good and there is goodness all around me, but there's a bit of a roadblock holding me back from feeling as optimistic and positive as I can and should all the time. But that's where friends come in and help change everything.

So whether we've met in person or not, whether we're just getting to know each other or have been emailing daily for months, whether we live in the same county or across a sea from one another, I'm grateful for my friends.

(Also, I'm super duper grateful for anyone who can tell me what this post title is a reference to.)

Linking up with Melissa on this beautiful Wednesday, made even more beautiful by the combination of Melissa and Channing on one webpage. Go there, you'll like it.


  1. I can't even tell you how happy it makes me to see what kind of relationships you've developed from blogging!! 6 hours on facetime...that is best friend status making!! And I'm in the never had a twinkie camp either!!! xo, ,Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. I had no idea Jessi was a blogging friend until you said so. Amazing! It's great to see people connecting like this through this blog, and this post really made my day. :) How could you ever get annoyed with someone saying blogging is stupid, if THIS is what it brought you? :) Also, you made me learn something new today, because I'd never heard of Twinkies before, haha. Don't forget to tell us (me?) what they taste like!
    Wandering Polka Dot

  3. Yay for Grease references ! Can you please let me live vicariously through you when you get those Twinkies ? That'd be great, please and thank you !

  4. WOOOHOOO for blog friends! Seriously, having a friend across the continent stinks, but it's also pretty freaking cool. No bloggers don't get that I talk to my blog friends everyday and that's cool, they don't have to get it. I want in on the next hang out :)!

    Hope you enjoyed the twinkie!

  5. I'm so jealous of your hangout fest! haha. Sounds like a blast! Love this sentiment and the lost art of snail mail. I've been out of the loop for a few weeks, so I've got catching up to do. Sorry to hear you're in a bit of rough spot. :-/

  6. It says right here it is a dessert wine! Grease is my sister's favorite movie so I love the reference.

    Blogging friends are some of the greatest friends I've ever had. I'm glad you have so many to cheer you up!

  7. Twinkies are aren't missing anything. Sorry you're in a bit of a funk =/ That's the worst. Sounds like a fun hangout though!

  8. blogging is amazing and i love the people i have met from it, especially you! duh! i can't believe i haven't met Kelsey yet especially because we live so close. Maybe she doesn't want to meet me?!
    I'm guessing Grease! ;) I first heard about Twinkies from Grease and then because they were Zac Hanson's favourite food so I wanted to try my future husband's favourite food. Unfortunately, I got over Zac and I have never had a Twinkie either. I blame it on the whole not American thing. However, please don't send me any hahaha as I can't eat them with their whole full of gluten thing.

    1. WHAT! Banish the thought!! lol You're right though, what the heck is my problem! It's not as if Louisville is so very far away! I really need to step my friend game up.

  9. ha-ha-ha I cackled when I opened up your blog to see my quite handsome jogger-pirate-sheriff face. I hope this photo makes it to a Google Image Search.

    I had a wonderful time with you even if I butchered your name on the shipping label and I crashed hard in my tipsy handstand. haha let's do that again.

  10. Great post! I love google hangout chats w/awesome people ;)

  11. I love that you and Jess had a 6 hour hangout!! How fun and full of awesome. As far as twinkies go, I hope your standards aren't too high. I have had one before....a long long time ago.....and they just aren't my favorite. But you haven't lived until you have had the three dozen or so ingredients of which you can not pronounce or are known to anyone... =) Blogging is pretty fantastic. I for one am so thankful for all the people that I have "met" her on the internet. You included, duh!

  12. This gave me all the warm fuzzies! I was driving home today thinking that I can't wait for Wanderlust (even if I make a fool of myself) and to see your face again! Also I can't remember the last time I had a Twinkie but they are the shiz and I'm glad Jessi hooked you up with them :)

  13. I'm just glad you liked it and weren't completely like "wtf" haha. I figured I had a 50/50 shot at it going the way I had planned in my head lol

  14. Yay for bloody friends!!! So happy you two had such a long convo thats just too awesome! :D

  15. Oh my gosh, so funny! I love that you're getting an entire box of twinkies-- were you a fan?? I am also grateful for you! :)

  16. I can't believe you've never had a Twinkie. Although it's been quite some time since I've actually had one I will say, you're not missing anything. I'm super excited for Solstice in TSQ and DMB later this month!


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