It feels like I’ve been gone forever even though it was only five days over the weekend. Does that ever happen to you? Like the world went spinning extra fast over those days you’re gone? It was the first time in nine years I actually went somewhere by myself, leaving the Absent Minded Professor to fend for himself and take care of the house, kids, dogs and cats. I know, right?
The fact that the hubby is referred to as the Absent Minded Professor should have been a clue that I probably should have left a list. Yes, I’m sure there are those of you seasoned people that have ditched your significant others for time away, and are snickering over the fact that I didn’t leave a list, because you’ve probably already figured out you need to give them direction or when you get back, you’ll find the house/kids/pets in a state of suspended animation.
Nothing gets done, the house is a disaster (or at least more of a disaster than the disaster you left it in), laundry is overflowing and the kids and pets have been running amok while you’ve been gone, thereby making it an even bigger job to get things back to ‘normal’. Ahem. I might have to make that into its own separate post, because there’s a lot to say on the subject. Stay tuned.
I had a wonderful time at BlogHer, it’s definitely an experience any of you should do if given the chance (if you haven’t already). I had two most excellent roommates with Elle and Anne, had they not been there to keep me sane, it would have been way more overwhelming than it already was. Think about it – approximately 4500 other bloggers converging in one location… that’s not only overwhelming but intimidating as well. But worth the experience, definitely.
It’s amazing how many people are now blogging – though for every blogger, there’s probably 100 non-bloggers who have been living under a rock and don’t know what a blog is. Hard to fathom, isn’t it? I’ve been blogging since 2008 – coming up on my 4th blogiversary next month – but I’m still just a tiny little fish in a ginormous pond of other fishies, seasoned bloggers and newbies alike.
Almost 4 years later and I still don’t understand what a ‘tribe’ is, nor do I have an inkling if I have one or am part of one. All I know is that I enjoy throwing words on a screen and getting feedback from all of you – particularly if there’s one or two that can empathize and possibly exclaim “I can relate to that!” That makes it all worth it. You make it worth it.
Getting to hang with fun people makes it worth it. Like my roomies, Elle (on the left) and Anne (in the middle):
All hot and sweaty after walking around steamy New York. Like I’ve said before, I get all wilty. Then I actually got to meet Denise from Run DMT (when I was even hotter and sweatier, hence my hair pulled back for some relief):
Note to self: when you have giant knockers and are wearing a loose flowy shirt, don’t lean over with your shoulders hunched to take pictures, you just look like a blob with a tiny head.
Denise is such a cute and tiny little thing, I wanted to put her in my pocket and take her home with me. I ran into her a few times later and made sure she took some Princess Nagger wine home with her. Hopefully she made it safely on the subway since she was carrying a lot, poor thing.
I even met the inimitable Jessica Bern and was so overwhelmed at being in the presence of her greatness I acted like a total dorkface. I even tried to convince her to take some Princess Nagger wine home with her, too, even though I do read her and I do know she doesn’t drink. Luckily she forgave me. She’s also a cute tiny little thing, I totally would have taken her home with me too.
I’ll have to post more details of the whole experience, but I’ll save that for another day so I can do it due diligence. I know, I’m such a tease. Here, you can at least admire Times Square from my viewpoint:
I downloaded 329 pictures from my camera (and haven’t downloaded the phone ones yet) so it’s going to take a few days to sort through them and write a recap on the whole experience of BlogHer. It’ll be worth the wait, I promise. Meanwhile feel free to link up, hop around and most importantly have fun.
Keeping the random alive – feel free to snag a badge and play along – one for my wino friends:
And one for my non-wino friends:
Once again I’m hopping aboard this fun friendly train – if you’re traveling on the train, be sure to leave your link so I can follow you back!
More Tuesday hops – if you’re stopping by here from there, please do me a favor and follow via LinkyFollowers – since I was robbed of my GFC followers when the cads at Goggle decided to boycott non-Blogger blogs.