It all started innocently enough with an email several months ago from Michele. She and her husband JR would be in Orlando in October and asked if I wanted to meet up. Hells yeah I did. Michele is one of my favorites and that coupled with the opportunity to ditch my family was all I needed to say yes. As it turned out, Jen would be making the trek too. Double score. And Sprite was to accompany her mom. A Disney Trifecta!

The plan was to meet up on Monday at Epcot for a day of frolicking and fun. We have been making several times monthly trips to Disney since we bought passes but this was my first kidless trip since having kids. I was beyond excited and decided to stay over Sunday night to avoid the Monday traffic rush.

When Sunday finally rolled around, it was rainy and dreary and I was a little stir crazy to get out the door. Jamie suggested I head out early and I barely heard him over the sound of my car squealing away. The thought of an empty hotel room just waiting for me to lounge in was more than enough motivation to make it through the rainy two hour drive.  I put the pedal to the metal and happily rocked along to some grown up music.

I got to the hotel and something was odd. There were only two other cars in the parking lot and the place felt a little like the Hotel California. There were winding hallways leading to more winding hallways and when I finally found my way to the check in desk, the creepy check in dude asked me if I was staying alone. This was probably a standard question but in my head, I could imagine him chopping my limbs into tiny pieces and burying them around Orlando.

After I got to my potential death chamber room, I texted my peeps to let them know I’d arrived safely. I heard back from Michele that they were hanging at their hotel and I was welcome to come over. A little while later, I knocked on her door with two six packs of beer. Apparently, that is the secret handshake to becoming fast friends with JR.

After the initial meet and greet, I informed Michele and JR that I am a lightweight and can no longer hold my beer the way I once could. That didn’t stop me from trying. A couple of beers in and I informed my hosts that I would be cabbing it back to my hotel when we were done hanging. We spent the evening drunkenly (at least I did) laughing away and having a great time. Michele and JR are good eggs and I look forward to the opportunity to throw back a few with them again. When my six pack was empty, Michele summoned me a cab and I returned to my creepy hotel. Leaving my car keys behind with former internet strangers and new found drinking buddies.

Suffice it to say, I survived the overnight and got my car back the next morning when Michele picked me up.  But don’t think I wasn’t a teensy bit worried when she was a few minutes late. I imagined her hot tailing it around town in my mommy mobile doing all sorts of sordid things. But she pulled though and we headed off to Epcot to meet Jen and Sprite.

Disney with bloggy pals was a blast. We spent the day competing for Sprite’s affection (though this was my third time meeting her so I had a secret advantage). We waited in lines and rode some rides. We chatted about blogging and kids and life like we were old friends. I tried to keep my Disney claustrophobia at bay (seriously, it was PACKED) and Jen got to accompany me to the parking lot as I got turned around and lost my car. Not a very good track record for me, being without my car twice in one day.

And that, my friends, is the story of the time I left my car with internet strangers. Strangers no more, I now consider Michele and JR real friends, as I have with Jen in the years since meeting her. Thanks for the great time, guys. Here’s to more like it down the road. Now has anyone seen my car keys?

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  1. Beth

    That sounds like so much fun, not at all the way I remember Disney…..

  2. Sprite's Keeper

    I’ll never forget that wide grin on your face when you “heard” your car and realized where it was. Instant classic! We had such a great time and this will be a must do again!

  3. SuziCate

    Yay for you guys! It’s so great to get up with friends, especially meeting blog friends we’ve known for a few years but never even met!

  4. Pseudo

    Like I said on Jen’s post, so happy and jealous all at the same time.

  5. Anne

    It sounds like a fabulous time was had by all. Glad to hear that you and your car made it through in one piece.

  6. Mrsbear

    And is there a reason you left the photos off your post so that the people who could not be there might vicariously enjoy your Disney bloggy meetup?

    I’m pretty sure nobody would ever photoshop themselves into said pictures. And if they did, I’m almost certain it wouldn’t be creepy in any way.

    Sniff, sniff.

    Glad you survived. Sounds like so much fun.

  7. Jenni

    No way would I trust Michelle with my car.

    Just kidding! That lady is alright.

  8. Kim

    I totally give Michelle my keys too.

    I think Beer might be the best kind of secret hand shake.

  9. Ginny Marie

    OH, fun! If we ever make it down to Disney, I’ll definitely let you and Jen know! I’ve never been there. Hard to believe, I know.

  10. Michele

    So nice of you to not mention the inappropriate stains and the weird smell.

  11. Lizgyzzy

    Um…what hotel did you stay in?

    I’d send James down to you for a weekend maybe but no long-term trades. He doesn’t wake up as early as your two, but normally he is up at 6:30 every day. He’s been sleeping in because he’s had a cold since late October. He can’t seem to shake it but the doc. won’t give him anti-biotics either.

  12. Keely

    Jealous. Very, very jealous.

    You never lend ME your car.

  13. lin

    You are lucky it wasn’t me because I would have totally been squealing the brakes on that beast and blasting some rap crap on the stereo when I pulled up.

    Sounds like fun. Dang! I’m jealous. When are you coming to visit ME????

  14. MamaBadger

    So,did Michelle leave you any presents in your car? I totally would have done that…

  15. If I Could Escape

    I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaack. For now. So let’s meet up soon!!!

  16. bex

    Fun! I still haven’t met a bloggy friend in real life. I almost met Jen when we went to Disney last July but with the van crash drama – the timing was no good. Next time I’m in FL, perhaps you would be so kind as to meet up with us somewhere? On our way to Orlando, we stopped at this awesome state park near the GA border. We must go back!

  17. Krystal

    well now, while I might be a bit jealous over here, you know, me living just 3 hours away and all – I’m not going to sound bitter at all – glad you had fun!! Now, doesn’t the whole “don’t talk to strangers” lesson that mom used to teach seem to have gone out the window? LOL

  18. Stacy Uncorked

    How on God’s green earth did I miss this post?? Nothing like showing up waaaaay after the party. 😉

    I’m really really jealous y’all were in the same place at the same time. 3 of my favorite people!!

  19. Stacy Uncorked

    Oh, and here’s hoping you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!! 🙂

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