It's been a whirlwind the last few days, most of it involving cleaning and baking this: http://dozenflours.com/2009/04/triple-decker-chocolate-coffee-and.html (all I'll say is Holy Cow Yum!) Although one would expect a triple layer cheesecake with a chocolate crust (and fresh whipped cream) to be the highlight of a week, it was far surpassed by having the chance to reconnect with a couple that we had lost contact with for several years.
We met them about 10 years ago while I was doing my Master's degree, they lived in the same apartment complex. After college they moved back to Orange County, only about an hour from where we live. Over the years we kept in touch and got together a few times. However, we moved a couple times, as did they, and at some point we couldn't track each other down. A few weeks ago my husband received a message on his Facebook page and lo and behold, we're all back in touch again! We had the most wonderful long lunch to catch up on the past 6 years since we last had a chance to hang out.
There are many people that I have been friends with at some point and have outgrown the friendship or we've just gone our separate ways but I have not regretted drifting apart. I'm so happy to have reconnected with this couple, they are people that I have truly missed seeing over the years. I always find it amazing that there are some people that you can not see for years but when you do, it's like no time has passed. I think that the loss of my father in law this year has made us become more appreciative of the need to stay close to good people in our lives. Needless to say, now that we're back in touch with this couple we're going to make sure that we put in the effort to see each other regularly! Something I'm also so grateful for is that I've been able to make connections with fabulous artists like Mary Jane of Maire Dodd. I feel like I have made some wonderful new friends through the blogging community. Just like my "in person" relationships, I need to make sure to set aside the time to keep conversations going with those artists. On that note, here's a little eye candy courtesy of Mary Jane using one of my Aurora Borealis Art Nouveau buff stoneware charms. I think the buff stoneware really warms up with the Vintaj brass.