OK–you guys? Are NUTS!!!


I had a brief moment of thinking maybe I shouldn’t post again for a few weeks just to see how high these comment numbers could get, but of course you know me– I could not possibly keep my mouth/laptop shut for that long!

I have LOLed my little head off watching these numbers climb to such dizzying heights. What can I ever post that will possibly generate 600+ comments again– short of a cure for cancer, free money giveaway or an unexpected pregnancy? (Wait– that wouldn’t generate comments, that would elicit screams. FROM ME.)

Aw, who am I kidding? This has nothing to do with my post! The ‘Bloomr is really just a little international cyber-Starbucks/corner pub where we drop in, look around and see who’s here, break into a big grin and wave when we recognize our friends and pop over and join them at their table for a little bit… Doesn’t that sound just like us?! The post just gives us all a place to congregate– and you have parked at this table for the longest time, which just delights me to no end. And since this wonderfully excessive gathering may never happen again, I’m just gonna sit back, relax and enjoy the phenomenon! Give me a minute while I pretend that I have dooce or The Pioneer Woman-level readership, and just bask in the  glow of those astoundingly ridiculously high comment numbers…. *sigh*

Ok, basking time over. Seriously, I have gotten such a kick out of this– especially catching up on the conversations between all of you. Small j has expanded his search for the perfect root beer, Rachel’s sharing her lyrics, prayers have gone up on behalf of delightedabroad and GrammaJac’s loved ones, the comparative merits of Russ’ body of work have been discussed, links have been shared, delurkers have surfaced… I feel like we’ve all had a real good visit, as we say in the South!

Well, I have indeed been all over the place since I last posted. Most notably I flew to Seattle as one of the Nintendo brand ambassadors to be a part of the launch of the Nintendo 3DS. (I’ll be posting about my fabulous trip over on the review page of this blog in a few days, so I’ll give you a heads-up when it’s ready.)

Anyway, I was supposed to come home on Saturday along with four other Nashville bloggers, but when we landed in Denver at about 6:30 p.m. to catch a connecting flight in to Nashville, we hit a glitch. A lot of flights had been cancelled, probably because of that Southwest plane that suddenly developed about a 5 foot hole in its fuselage the day before, and the plane we were supposed to take to Nashville was grounded in San Antonio. Sadly, it didn’t look very promising that we would make it home that night. Apparently IF our plane was going to make it to Denver at all, it wouldn’t arrive until after midnight. And then IF it was going to be allowed to go on to Nashville, we wouldn’t get home until around 3 or 4 a.m. But the worst part was that we were looking at sitting around the airport for over 5 hours before we would even know what was going to be happening– and if we did get stranded, then we would desperately be running around the airport in the middle of the night trying to find a place to sleep and trying to book another flight home for the next day. This was not acceptable to any of us, so we quickly made a group decision, got a plan together, and headed straight for the Frontier Airlines Customer Service desk…

Just to give you a visual, here are the cast of characters/Nashville blog-a-licious babes that I shared my Denver adventure with (photo courtesy of Lindsay of Suburban Turmoil):

From L to R: Lindsay,  Jamie of Blonde Mom Blog, Calie of Broccoli Cupcake and Carrie of TikiTiki Blog.

Seriously– can you even IMAGINE a better group to be stranded with?! How cute are they?

We unanimously elected Carrie as Chief Negotiator (she’s Cuban– we figured we might need some fire and passion, ya never know) with Jamie and Calie ready to tag-team her if needed. Lindsay and I grabbed ourlaptops, plopped down on the floor and began a genteel Southern women version of a Twitter assault, to wit:

And here’s the best part– within MINUTES I received this tweet:

That, my friends, is the power of social media! We politely asked for help and they responded. Yes, somehow our voices managed to be heard above all of the hue and cry out there in the vast internet wasteland by the Frontier powers-that-be– and lo, we were given the blessed vouchers!

After reclaiming luggage, we caught a shuttle over to a W hotel at the edge of the airport and thankfully checked in. We then walked across the parking lot to the local Applebees and proceeded to scarf down our long overdue dinner while (*BONUS*) quasi-participating in their weekly trivia night festivities. Carrie helpfully piped up with the answer to some of the questions that the ‘possibly over-served’ patrons (read: Drunky McDrunkersons) were having trouble getting– and was promptly given the stink-eye by the lady with the microphone. Oops. Apparently the people of the Mile High City do not take kindly to rogue groups of Southern bloggers messing up their trivia game. Lesson learned.

The next morning I slept in and later met up with everyone at a downtown restaurant. Carrie left to spend the day with an old friend, so Lindsay, Jamie, Calie and I headed over to 16th Street for some shopping. It’s been a while since I have gang-shopped with a bunch of women and I’d forgotten how much fun it is to step out of the dressing room and get a group consensus on everything you’re trying on! We did some moderate damage at the “Additional 50% Off Already Marked Down Clearance Sale” at an Ann Taylor Loft store and then hopped the free shuttle bus and headed down the street towards a Barnes and Nobles bookstore. The weather was getting increasingly blustery and suddenly to our complete shock, big fat snowflakes started falling out of the sky!

(Meanwhile, back in Nashville it was a balmy 80 degrees…)

Well, we obviously had no choice but to go across the street to a lovely eatery called the Yard House that also happened to have by their own account, “the world’s largest selection of beers on tap” and have a malty beverage and a couple of delicious appetizers while we gazed out the window at the snow. Seriously, what else could a chilled to the bone, heavily laden with shopping bags group of stranded Nashville bloggers do?!

Then at  7 p.m., we finally boarded a plane and happily headed home to our families.

The End.

59 Responses

  1. jonny

    Thanks for the up-date, and welcome back ! Finally !! = )

  2. bettyrwoodward

    Welcome back, Tori. Glad you had fun even though you were delayed.
    As you see we had fun too. What’s the saying – while the cats away the mice will play. Not that you’re a cat of course.

  3. rachelbaker

    It is so good to ‘see’ you! Thanks for providing us with Tori’s coffee shop to come and hang out in (but you know you do FAR more than that, don’t you)?

    Just as an aside, I thought Momma Lloyds 650th ‘say it’ was a perfect way to finish our marathon cofee/tea/rootbeer drinking session.

  4. jonny

    @ Rachel: Agreed ! 100%

  5. Gramma Jac

    Good grief, now we think alike! I thought, “I’ve got to log in about the PERFECT 650 ‘Say it!'” only to find out you’ve already “been there, done that”!!!! I love you guys!! I guess we bond at high altitudes!

  6. Gramma Jac

    OK, I visited all the blogs you mentioned (Loved Suburban Turmoils translation of what the Pilot MEANT)–and I think I’m over the fact that Suburban Turmoil is giving away a Nook, and TWO $100 gift cards! :-/

    But of all the little cyber pubs in the world, I’m still glad I stumbled into yours!!!

    (Why is the Cheers theme song now running thru my head–“Where everybody knows your name. And they’re always glad you came.” For all of you who now have that song in your brain ALL DAY, you’re welcome!!!!)

  7. Gramma Jac

    Hey, anyone want to take this to 700?!?! Just kidding!! Just the drop in altitude making my head dizzy!

  8. Gramma Jac

    Hey jonny–if we have a reunion (the ‘re-‘ part doesn’t work really since most of us have never been together before), I have a question. How would you feel about gang-shopping with a bunch of women?! Just wondering–I personally will buy your root beer!! (You can print this, and cut this ‘Say it!’ out–kinda like a Gramma Jac coupon!)

  9. jonny

    Gang shopping: not an issue ! I spent six and a half years of my life on the road with mostly women. Shopping of any sort with them was usually a blast ! It’s all good. We probably have to do this before we actually meet up with Tori, though. I’m sure I’ll require lots of help with my authentic Southern Gospel Music fan disguise ! ; )

  10. Gramma Jac

    I’m only helping with the rootbeer! :-\

  11. jonny

    And have absolutely no say in the conversion process ?? Odd. Don’t know if I’ve ever met a woman before without an opinion to express when it comes to changin,’ or helping ‘improve’ a guy. Especially when it comes to his appearance = /

  12. delightedabroad

    Tori, it’s good you’re back safe and sound! Do you ever go on a trip and everything is as planned??
    Gang shopping – that would be a completely new experience for me…

  13. jonny

    By the way, did we ever find out where blondie lives; exactly ?

  14. delightedabroad

    Can’t recall that it was mentioned.

  15. Barbara M. Lloyd

    Gracious, it hasn’t been long since I got back down to ground level. What a relief I don’t have to climb back up there again to leave my two cents.

    And, jonny, I have known both men and women with no opinions…..BORING. I’d rather talk with someone with an opinion, even if I didn’t agree with them. (as long as they were sweet about it)

    Welcome Home, Sweetheart!

  16. auburn60

    I saw the tweets you and Lindsay were putting out there the day you got stranded. I figured by the time the two of you got through with that airline you were all going to be flying on a private plane with door-to-door service to each respective home! At least you got the next best thing. :)

    I’m beginning to think that there will be an actual ‘bloomr’ meet-up somewhere in the future.
    Could we actually pull it off?

  17. jonny

    Or is that ‘improving’ thing only for husbands and boyfriend ??

  18. blondie

    Sorry, I’ve been otherwise occupied. jonny, I live near Ramstein, but I grew up in the great state of Texas. As you can imagine, winter was a new experience for me! :)
    You’re right, Momma Lloyd’s comment was the icing on the cake.
    Tori, glad you are home safe!
    Count me in on the gang-shopping. Those clearance sales at Ann Taylor ROCK – just sayin’

  19. meb

    Sorry to hear you got delayed in Denver. Had it been here in Seattle we could have helped out. But it sounds like fun was had by all.

    The community here is incredible. I had fun reading through as many of the 650 comments as I could squeeze in. And Gramma Jac I am hearing the Cheers theme song in my head as well.

    As to the gang shopping, I’m in. Let me know when and where. :-)

  20. blondemomblog

    LOVE you much…MWAAAHHHH!

    Seriously already planning how we can all get stranded together.

    or shop…

    or play trivia…

    Smooch. :)

  21. LindaB

    Welcome home, Tori! These people got a bit chatty while you were gone and I tried to reign them in, but they wouldn’t listen to me. Nobody listens to me. I think MommaLloyd was the instigator. She looks innocent, but believe me, she’s not. She’s a troublemaker if I ever saw one. (There, we’re even, Barb.)

    “The ‘Bloomr is really just a little international cyber-Starbucks/corner pub where we drop in..” (Tori)
    THAT’S IT! That’s exactly how it is!!! (Only we don’t have to dress up! Or get dressed at all. Or pay 4 bucks for a cup of coffee! So glad you understand, Tori! And THANKS!

    “But of all the little cyber pubs in the world, I’m still glad I stumbled into yours!” (Gramma Jac)
    ROFLMBO! I love your Humphrey Bogart imitation!!!

    I watched the show “Cheers” all the time! I usually don’t care for sitcoms, but that one was sooooo FUNNY! And I DO hear their theme song in my head….among other things.

    I would love a Babybloomr get together! If one does come about, I hope I can make it! It would be so much fun!

  22. jonny

    Happy anniversary, LB ! 43 years together, and you’re 63 years young… Mercy ! Sounds like somebody did a little cradle robbing back in the day !!

  23. MostlySunny

    I was away and missed all the FUN!!!! You guys are awesome!!!

    Sometimes the best days are those unexpected delays that turn into a spontaneous day of fun, friendship and laughter (and, of course, food!)

    So glad you’re back. Golly – I didn’t even realize Nintendo was still around! Can’t wait to hear/read…

    P.S. I’m with you on that “unexpected pregnancy” thing. YIKES!!! (although it would make headlines as a MIRACLE CONCEPTION FOR POST MENOPAUSAL(?) PITTSBURGH WOMAN!!

  24. LindaB

    Thank you, jonny!!! In some ways it seems like our wedding was just last week, but in other ways, it seems a hundred years ago. I’ve been feeling nostalgic all week and looking through old pictures of us. I even posted our wedding pics on F.B.—–it’ll give these younguns a chuckle over my “flip” hairdo!! Brides should wear “classic” hairdos that never go out of style. I did’t get the memo.

  25. LindaB

    I love that last picture of you, Tori!! So cute!

  26. jonny

    Sorry, LB, your hair looks great in those photos !

  27. LindaB

    You want that root beer bad, don’t ya, jonny? LOL

  28. jonny

    Nope, and serious.

  29. grazgirl

    Hey Tori!
    I’ve been a lurker for a while, but Russ told me I had to de-lurk when my husband introduced me to him at the last PTL he hosted….so I am. *sigh* :)
    Glad you made it back safely, and enjoy reading your blog!

  30. jonny

    Yay, grazgirl ! And, thanks Russ !! = )

  31. Gramma Jac

    Hi all! I’ve been out of town. Did see my FIL, who is getting into trouble at the nursing home! (We’re afraid he’s going to try to escape! LOL!)

    But the main reason I was gone was for a surprise party last night and a not-surprise luncheon today for my Mom’s 70th birthday! She was truly surprised and we had such fun! Today’s luncheon was with my Gramma, my Mom, my Aunt Sandy (here from Oklahoma), Mom and Sandy’s 1st cousin who Gramma practically raised (who will be 70 later this year), and me (who Gramma also raised). Despite my joke about the girl from Nantucket, I really do write poetry–usually funny stuff commemorating special birthdays,etc. I’ve already done some about Mom so instead I wrote a poem about the 5 of us called “Five Old Broads”! It was a hit!

    What fun though to be together!

    Happy Anniversary LindaB!!!

  32. LindaB

    Thank you, Gramma Jac!

    And can we see your “Five Old Broads” poem?

  33. rachelbaker

    Yes please, I wanna see it too!

    Welcome to grazgirl. Come back often.

    LindaB, your facebook photos are beautiful and I genuinely LOVE the hair style!

  34. Gramma Jac

    I wrote the poem Saturday–hand written. So my Mom took it and is typing it and e-mailing it to me. It’s kind of long, but I can maybe “chunk it”. Knowing my Mom, it’ll be done today–she doesn’t procrastinate like I do!!

  35. LindaB

    Thank you, Rachel! I’m showing this to my kids—-they fall on the floor laughing when they see that hairdo! “MOM! What’s with that hair? Your beautician did that to you?” They assume that I went to the beauty shop to have my hair done on my wedding day—-like everyone does these days. But way back then, we didn’t run to the beauty shop—we did our hair ourselves! Primitive, I know!

    Welcome, Grazgirl!!! Come back often AND COMMENT!

    Looking forward to reading your poem, Gramma Jac!

  36. Barbara M. Lloyd

    Well, Linda Beeeee, I haven’t seen your hair do but I did see your anniversary get-away…..and I’m just thankful all of those rose petals didn’t include briars. Ya know, that wouldn’t be such a bad choice for a Bloomer Get-Together. Of course, without the rose petals. Tori could bring each of us a hankie drenched with Russ’ wonderful smell instead. I’m getting more brillian all of the time. Next thing ya know I’ll be suggesting she bring Russ, himself, so he could sing to us. Folks, that’s the icing on the cake, for goodness sake.

  37. rachelbaker

    LindaB – I didn’t go to a beauty or hair salon on my wedding day. My lovely bridesmaid (who was always more of a ‘girly-girl’ than me) did my hair for me. My hair never does what I tell it to but on my wedding say it truly had a mind of its own. I was having my hair down loose, and Hannah spent ages so it curled under perfectly. By the time I walked down the aisle it was totally flicked up – the complete opposite of how it had been styled. I’ve never known anything like it – maybe my hair has a sense of occasion!

  38. rachelbaker

    Wedding day – not wedding say!

  39. LindaB

    Welll, Rachel, why don’t you post your wedding pics on FB? I, for one, would LOVE to see them! And your flippy hairdo!

  40. jonny

    Well, if I understand correctly, if they get posted on facebook facebook has a ten year right to those pictures. An aside; personally I’m getting more than a little frustrated with people who put up photos of myself of myself, tagged, on facebook without checking with me first if it’s OK. I persoanlly don’t do that to others. OK, end of rant. It would be cool to see what Rachel’s hair looked like that day, though.

    @ Barbara: i already suggested Russ be the main attaction, music performance wise, at the get-together. I could do a 5-6 song opener, Russ could take it from there.

  41. jonny

    OK all you crafty people ! Um, I mean craft-type people !! I tried Saying! this a few days ago, but it’s been ‘awaitin’ moderation’ ever since. Maybe because it originally had three links attached to it ?? I don’t know. Anyway, I’ll try again, but in smaller bite sized Say it!s. Let’s see what happens this this time round…

  42. jonny

    Found something cool I could have done with all the Boylan
    soda bottles I’ ve amassed the last two months !! Yes, the ones with the painted on ceramic labels ! Check these bad
    boys out …


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  46. Barbara M. Lloyd

    Oh my goodness jonny, I didn’t mean to demean your very generous offer to provide entertainment for the Bloomer-Bunch. But as Russ’ No. 1 fan, he is always the first one to come to my mind. I know you understand…..and hearing you on such a special occasion would come barreling in as second.

    Rachel, I’d like to see your wedding pictures, too…..but could you send me a note so I can click on it….and thereby go right to your page, please? I’m not too swift getting around on FB.

    As far as a Bloomer-Bunch Get-together, I’ll volunteer my home. It’s just Lucy and me here with three bedrooms and a sofa. I could borrow sleeping bags from the kids. (think camping out) And I could have a big pot of soup or chilli upon arrival. LindaB would surely make us pancakes for breakfast at least one morning.

  47. jonny

    Oh, no thunder stealing involved. I’d rather not perform, to be honest. It’s just that it came up earlier, that I should do some songs, and I suggested in return that maybe we should get Russ to be the main ‘singing for the ladies’ guy for the evening. If wanted, or required, I could do a few songs before he gets up and dazzles everyone with his voice, charisma and man sized amounts of perfume. I just pointed out that you were basically seconding a motion already on the floor; so to speak. It’s all good !

  48. LindaB

    “….man sized amounts of perfume.”

    Bahahahahahaha!!! Good one!

  49. Barbara M. Lloyd

    Have to admit, “man-sized amounts of perfume” just about describes it…..and nobody does it better…..or smells better.

  50. LindaB

    I’ve known some women who’ve used “man size amounts of perfume”! I just hope I’m not one of them.

  51. LindaB

    Just saw on Facebook that Tori’s dad isn’t doing too well. Let’s all go back to our knees for her dad and the whole family.

  52. rachelbaker

    Praying along with you, Linda.

  53. bettyrwoodward


  54. jonny

    Yep, saw that too and have done so. And if it is his time to go home, that his passing may be a peaceful, beautiful one = )

  55. Barbara M. Lloyd

    Praying for Tori’s dad and the whole hurting family…..and thanking our Lord for the eternal tomorrows.

  56. delightedabroad

    Joining you in prayers.

  57. blondie

    Yes, I’ve been praying ever since I saw it on fb.

  58. meb

    Praying here too.

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