Julie and I met at the end of a flight from DC to Denver. We were sitting next to each other and struck up one of those conversations you strike up when you think you'll never see the person again. 45 minutes later, we were still on the tarmac, and as it turned out, only beginning our adventure together.
Both coming from the East Coast and traveling to Seattle, we had different stories. Julie, a mom with young children, had taken on the adventure of leaving them with grandparents and flying across the country to a blogger conference in Baltimore, stopping to sight-see in DC on her way home. I was chaperoning three youth/young adults from my church. We were returning from a trip to DC where we had joined members of other faith communities to advocate for comprehensive sexuality education.
As it turns out, we were stranded together all night in Denver, due to a late March blizzard that shut down the entire airport. We adopted each other, ate together, stood in line together, scouted options for each other, and rallied around the youth for the couple of hours of sleep we got on the nice mats we were given to put on the floor. Here's a video of our adventure: Download Coming Home...
We all miraculously ended up on the first flight out of Denver the next a.m., bonded for life. Now, Julie has thrown her hat in the ring on the Oprah site for her own show. It's about things people do everyday for fun and exercise. I am a big fan of this idea, especially since Julie witnessed me and one of my youth doing yoga in the airport during our strandedness. So, please go here and vote for her. You can vote as many times as you want, as long as you're 18 or over, so go ahead--vote early, vote often!
Julie also has her own blog and website: Chubby Mommy Running Club. Plus, you can find her on facebook! Have fun, and make it a great day!