It's funny because I had read on Kari's blog that she was headed to BYU Women's Conference (sponsored by our church)...but knew the chances of actually meeting her were slim to none. (I mean really, there were approximately 23,000 women there!)
I passed her once on the first day I was there, but didn't actually process it was even possibly her for quite a while after she passed me. (Besides, we were both running to classes and we wouldn't have been able to talk much at all...). Later that day, I passed her again and actually saw her nametag, so I was sure it was actually Kari (amazing what pictures on your blog can do!!)... ...again though, we were in a huge group of people, and considering the fact that I am very shy, especially in new situations, I didn't shout out at her there. I kicked myself multiple times on Friday because I hadn't taken advantage of the only chance I felt like I had been given to meet her.
Saturday morning, my friends that I had traveled up to UT with and I headed to the Salt Lake City Temple, with the plan to eat at The Garden resturant afterward. It was amazing to me to look up from my pre-lunch conversation with my friends and see her sitting just a couple of tables away, right in my line of sight. I knew I shouldn't pass up the opportunity to say something so I went over and introduced myself. We had a very nice conversation...and it was a joy to make a real-life acquaintance with someone else from the blogging world.
I really feel like there was a reason for me to meet Kari...given that I was given 3 opportunities to introduce myself to her... Thanks for being so down to earth Kari! Meeting you was definitely an incredible experience! My only regret is that we didn't snap a picture!