Friday, July 1, 2011

Compuserve Dinner with Diana

So as you may know, Tracey and I took the train into NYC on Wednesday night to meet up with the folks from Compuserve...and a woman named...what was it again?  Oh yes.  Diana Gabaldon.  It's always a thrill to be in her presence as she is so REAL, I dinna know what to do with myself.

When we walked in, we were greeted by Diana's hubby Doug who said "Carol and Tracey!" Upon hearing this, we both had to hold ourselves steady lest we'd fall on the floor.  I thought, "He knows us?  He knows who we are?"  And right then, as if he heard my inner crazy, he promptly said "I've seen your videos."  Oh no.  Oh noooo.  I immediately told him I am somewhat suprised because - when we're making them - I never really consider that anyone is going to actually watch them - least of all TRJF (The Real Jamie Fraser).  Mortified, party of 1?  Not Tracey...she thinks it's hilarious.  Then again SHE'S not the one who was being a complete moron on the video from St. Andrew's in October.

***And my most sincere apologies to Doug because I don't think we said "Goodbye"!  And I would have loved a picture with him.  (So we could prove to you that he really wasn't running away from us or anything. ;)   Hopefully I'll have my thinking brain on next time.

So anyhoo...we were lucky enough to sit with the awesome Laura, Maria and Giovanna from "OBC" - the Outlander Book Club.  They put up with our jabbering and made us laugh - and even cry ("Dinna fash, there's the two of us now".)

We also met Jane and Maria and Carla (Lady Oliver and her adorable baby, Aisha!) and Sheila who so graciously plans the "dinners with Diana".

A good time was most certainly had by all...and I hope they let us back in for the next dinner-with-Diana! :)


  1. Sounds like a wonderful evening! I'm really happy for you. :-)


  2. Lucky you guys! Sounds like a great evening out :-)

  3. So glad y'all got to gush in person!

  4. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome adventures! (we live vicariously through you!) Sounds like a fab night!

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  6. So what's St. Andrews like? Did you order something authentically Scottish? Is the food good - I gather it's rather pricey? Sure wish I could've been with you all - sounds like you had a blast!

  7. Carol and Tracey -- it was so nice to *finally* meet! We laughed, we cried, we talked non-stop.

    8 hour drive to NYC + parking: $200 (?)
    hotel for 2 nights: $325
    Carol saying: "You're in my phone!": PRICELESS!

    Diana was lovely, gracious, kind and a joy to meet, as were the other wonderful women (and one husband!) from CompuServe. It was a fabulous evening.

  8. Julia--The food at St. Andrews is quite good--and yes, a wee bit pricey (tho what NY restaurant isn't-LOL). Carol and I both had roasted thistle chicken, and I had some authentic cock-a-leekie (sp?) soup as well. They do have some Scottish stuff on the menu (including haggis and sticky toffee pudding), but a lot of it is regular ole' American style fare.

    And yes, SOOOOO much fun meeting Laura and seeing the other OBC lasses again, and also getting to talk to everyone a bit more (it was much less crowded than the last dinner back in October). We missed Jenn, Shannon, Sally, Aida, and Sirena! :-)