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A Little Surreal...

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Saturday, May 12, 2007

I've been writing this blog for about 18 months now. I've met quite a few of my readers either at nurse-ins or at the Lactivist Bash and I've carried on email conversation with probably about 100 of you.

But yesterday...yesterday was surreal.

Let's back up a bit...

I really needed a break from every day life, so yesterday I packed the kidlets up in the car and headed down to Columbus to meet up with my sister-in-law for lunch. Plans were to stop by an Asian market to pick up some bento supplies (more on this in another post) and then to have lunch at a new organic/all natural restaurant that had opened up.

Unfortunately, the Asian market had closed down. On the bright side, the food at the Northstar Cafe was excellent. (Organic Meatloaf sandwich with peanut slaw and the best locally made ginger ale I've ever tasted.) When we were done, I dropped her off and headed over to Trader Joe's to pick up a few things.

That's where it happened.

I was walking through the frozen food section and there was a mom there wearing her son in an Ergo. I commented on it and how much I loved mine and we struck up a conversation. Turns out she'd moved here from California and is a bit on the crunchy side and was looking to connect with some moms. I told her about the Columbus AP Village forums and suggested she check it out, mentioning that they had several play groups. It was a nice little talk and then we headed on our way.

Until we ran into each other again in the checkout line.

It dawned on me that I'd only caught her first name (Hi Julie!) and I wanted to make sure that we connected on the forums if she joined up. So I leaned over and said "hey, if you sign on to that forum, look me up, my screen name is thelactivist."

She looked at me.

"You're the lactivist?!"

I about died. (in a good way!) I said "yeah! have you read my blog?"

Turns out, she ran across my blog a ways back while searching for a topic that I covered and really liked it.

I mean how cool is that? Granted, Trader Joe's is probably more likely to have lactivist readers lurking around it than say...Giant Eagle, but still!

Totally made my day. ;)

On the other hand, Elnora picked the checkout line to have a ROYAL meltdown (an hour past nap time...) so she may have left going "wow, that woman's kids are nuts!"

So Julie, if you're here...it was nice meeting you. :) Drop me an email some time!


  1. Blogger K | 7:13 PM |  

    Great story!

    Oh and the meatloaf sandwich and peanut slaw if my standard at Northstar -- so very yummy!

    PS have you had the pancakes?

  2. Blogger Jennifer | 7:17 PM |  

    That was the first time I'd been. I'd love to go for breakfast though...the granola with yogurt and fruit sounds so yummy.

    I've got to say that meatloaf was about the best meatloaf I've ever eaten...I mean just WOW, soooooo good.

    Maybe someone you want to meet up with me there and I can give you your sling back. ;)

  3. Blogger amygeekgrl | 7:28 PM |  

    how cool is that?! you are a bfing celebrity. :)

  4. Blogger JudyBright | 8:10 PM |  

    May I have your autograph? ;)

  5. Anonymous Marica | 8:15 PM |  

    Do they have a detailed nutritional list on the menu? We have to be dairy-free so I always have to check online for the ingredients of a meal. Any website for them?
    I bet the waitstaff would be knowledgable about their food though. What do you think?

  6. Blogger Jennifer | 8:35 PM |  

    They don't have a detailed menu with ingredients, but they do have several items starred with a note that says "can be prepared meat and/or dairy free" so I'd imagine you'd be in good shape. :)

  7. Blogger K | 5:10 AM |  

    You bet! I wonder if they still have the mushroom fritata on the brunch menu. omg.

    I am lucky to live and work smack dab between both Northstars!

    I'll send you an email about meet up times.

  8. Anonymous Wendy Piersall | 12:58 PM |  

    Well, DUH, you're famous, remember?! :D

  9. Blogger Jennifer | 6:43 PM |  

    LOL...yeah, but it was the environment.

    If it had happened at a nurse-in...LLL...even an AP style playgroup, then it would have been cool, but not shocking.

    But just out in public?

    So cool!

  10. Blogger Diane | 5:56 AM |  

    How cool is that! I think you are the first mommy blog I ever read - found you looking for nursing info to, almost a year ago now. You are definitely an inspiration!!!

  11. Blogger Kendra | 11:08 PM |  

    OMG, crackin' me UP!!! I followed a link here from Mocha Milk about getting recognized in public.

    "Granted, Trader Joe's is probably more likely to have lactivist readers lurking around it than say...Giant Eagle, but still!" Oh REALLY?? You haven't recently been spotted, by name, at a Giant Eagle? LMAO ;-)

  12. Blogger The Lactivist | 5:15 AM |  

    ROTFL...you know, I totally forgotten I'd written that about Giant Eagle.

    This may warrent a new post. ;)

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