I've got some photos from our wonderful visit to Indianapolis for the October Blogmeet, so I thought I'd share.
The five and a half hour drive down is a bit tiring for us, so we felt very lucky to have been invited to stay the night at Home on the Range blogger Brigid's house. She is a lovely, warm hostess and her home is welcoming and cozy. Perfect for guests and so much better than a hotel. We can't thank her enough. We arrived 20 minutes before we had to head out to the Broad Ripple Brewpub, so while Mike checked out Brigid's bookcases I brushed my hair and applied fresh lipgloss.
Ready to go! (note the new 'do..totally rockin' the white stripe!)
The gunbloggers usually take up a whole section of the brewpub so we're always sure to tip the waitress well. There was a good showing of readers this time, which we bloggers love. It's so cool to finally meet the people who leave comments. RobertaX has a list of attendees.
I ordered the famous scotch eggs - hardboiled eggs, surrounded by sausage, then breaded and deep fried. Surprisingly good, but needed hot sauce. I might start carrying around an emergency bottle of tabasco. (by the way, Mark Alger took a photo of me taking this photo, liveblogged it directly from the blogmeet, and then my buddy Caleb & I commented from the blogmeet! Ah, you kids and your crazy technology.)
After (quite) a few beers, a lot of laughs, many great conversations and even some fun prizes, sadly, the blogmeet broke up. I really think we should consider a Blogweekend or something - with shooting and BBQ and more beer. (In that order, please.) We went back to Brigid's where I got some serious smooching from Barkley, who is just the funniest, most expressive dog ever. I had brought him one of those dessicated pig's ear treats so I was now officially one of his bestest friends ever.
Mike tried his Jedi mindtrick on a very excitable Barkley. It usually calms screaming babies and easily hypnotizes cats (& one time he tried it on me...I woke up the next morning kind of bleary, with a ring on my finger. Hey. Wait a minute.) But black labs, apparently, are immune to Mike's powers.
Mike also played with Brigid's rifles. We stayed up a bit longer, chatting and having tea but it was getting late, and there was an enormous soft bed and a bubble bath waiting for me. (Yes, there are photos. No, you can't see.)Brigid left early for work the next morning so Mike and I hung around a bit with coffee and Barkley before we hit the road. The dog had calmed down enough so I could snuggle him on the sofa. (gosh, I hope he's allowed on the sofa!) And on our way out of Indy, we found the perfect breakfast spot. Guess what I ordered? With bacon, of course.
We had so much fun and are already looking forward to the next time (& I must remember to get a photo of Caleb and me together for the Gun Nuts page)! Won't you join us?
p.s. if you're ever near Ashland, Ohio, be sure to visit Grandpa's Cheesebarn and get the hickory smoked bleu cheese. Trust me.
(all photos can be enlarged by clicking on them)