One recent rainy Saturday, I had the opportunity to meet Veronica Mitchell who writes Toddled Dredge.
I found Veronica’s blog shortly after she started writing it back in March of 2006 and have
been stalking her admired her ever since. I have no idea now how I even found her blog. I think it was listed on someone’s blogroll and like many of you, I wondered what in the heck is a toddled dredge? So I toddled over to find out. I still don’t know.
As Antique Daddy and I were driving to meet Veronica and her husband Az for lunch, I started getting a little nervous because, you know, meeting a blogging buddy in real life for the first time is kind of like a blind date — a study in awkwardness. Then to make matters worse, I recalled a post she had written last year:
“Authors are apt to be disappointing in conversation. The written word is deliberate, but conversation is unrehearsed. You could get your favorite authors together for tea only to discover that the poet can’t stop talking about Kobe Bryant, the Pulitzer prizewinner snorts tea out her nose when she laughs, and Salman Rushdie? He spends the afternoon staring at your breasts?
I spent the rest of the drive saying to myself, Don’t stare at her breasts, don’t stare at her breasts, don’t stare…
In spite of pelting rain, missed highway exits, sweaty palms and fussy children, I think it went well. I didn’t stare at her breasts, snort any beverages out my nose or blurt out anything terribly inappropriate. All in all, I found Veronica to be pretty much exactly as she portrays herself on her blog – she does in fact have curly hair. The only disappointment on my part, was that we didn’t get to visit longer.
Here are some fun facts I learned about Veronica over lunch that are totally true. Totally.
She plays the accordian.
Shania Twain is her second cousin.
She speaks fluent Portuguese.
She and Az teach polka dancing at the local YMCA.
She once had dinner with Ralph Nader.
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If you haven’t been reading Veronica, by way of introduction, here are a few of my favorite posts: