(Bosom) Friend Fridays: Meg Allison

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It’s not every friend who has starred on a reality TV show.  But then again, it’s not every friend who writes amazing songs, sings like a bird, and is gorgeous to boot.

Blog, meet my dear second-soul, Meg Allison.

Meg and I met after I saw her play at the Bluebird Cafe in early 2008.  Fresh off the show “Nashville Star,” Meg impressed me with her voice and her knack for writing a great tune (seriously, go listen) – but even more than that, I just thought she seemed like a really nice person.  So I asked her if she would go to lunch – and from that point on, she has been pure sunshine in my life.

Not this kind of sunshine, though.

In case there was any confusion.

After I had lived in Nashville for about 6 months, I was seriously considering leaving.  I was tired and lonely, and wanted to go back to what was familiar.  Meg and her then boyfriend (now husband, ow owww!) Josh sat me down and told me that they didn’t want me to leave.  They just said it: “We don’t want you to go.”  And friends, sometimes that’s all that you need – someone telling you that you’re wanted.  We all just want to be wanted.  And in that moment, it made all the difference: I stayed in Nashville for another year and a half, and I’m so glad that I did.

When I eventually did leave Nashville, I hugged Meg goodbye on my front porch.  We both had tears in our eyes, because we acknowledged that it’s not every day that you find someone who is so easy to be friends with.  Meg and I have that easy sort of friendship – the kind that allows you to be in your sweats on the couch watching documentaries, or in dresses at a pub crawl, or on stage with guitars, or celebrating at a wedding, or on the phone thousands of miles away – and no matter what happens, things between us stay the same.  She is a gift in my life.

Last but not least, Meg was present for the worst/best picture ever taken of me*.

Whooo, boy!  I could look at that one all day!

*After seeing this, you might never visit this blog again – and I understand.



  1. Josh Souder on September 24, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    hahahahahahhahahahah I freakin love it:) miss you! love that picture too. wow.

  2. Eric on September 24, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    it takes guts to post the last photo. respect…given.

  3. Danielly Nobile on September 24, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    It DOES take guts to post a not so pretty picture of yourself on your blog. I always find myself going through the millions of pictures I have in order to find the ‘right one’ for the blog.

    Annie, you’re my hero.

  4. hootenannie on September 24, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    I think everyone should post their most heinous shot on the internet. It’s strangely liberating: no place to go but up. :)

  5. Greta on September 26, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Already done:

    The money shot is the one in front of the Eiffel tower, but the two afterwards are pretty grotesque as well.

    Never, ever fails to make me laugh. The one of the three of us double-chinning is seriously one of my most favorite photos in existence.

  6. annie on September 27, 2010 at 8:17 AM

    I am quite sure I have a worse one than yours… But I don’t have the guts to post it!

    Nice to “meet” Meg; she seems like a wonderful person.

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