Suspended Animation, BlogHer12 Teaser, Fun Friends – RTT Rebel

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 to fend for himself and take care of the house, kids, 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 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/ 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), 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 at , it’s definitely an experience any of you should do if given the chance (if you haven’t already).  I had two most excellent 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 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.

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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:




I’m also linking up with two stellar ladies, Shawn and Impulsive, the lovely hosts of . There are no rules so link away.

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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 – 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.

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25 thoughts on “Suspended Animation, BlogHer12 Teaser, Fun Friends – RTT Rebel

  1. Someday, oh yes, someday I will make it to BlogHer. Until then, I’ll live vicariously through those who attended. So glad you had a great time!

  2. I still can’t believe so many people were there… It was beyond overwhelming… and I only went on Friday!

    Great pictures..

  3. It was so fabulous to meet you and spend time with you! You are just as wonderful in person as you are on your blog.

  4. I have been blogging a really long time but always think I am too small to ever matter at Blogher! Maybe someday; it always looks like so much fun…

  5. The BlogHer convention sounds awesome and I look forward to reading more. It LL you had such a great time. You are convincing me – maybe I should try it!

  6. While I enjoyed Blogher 09, I’m not sure I would be so eager to go again. The people I met were fanatastic, but after a while, I got the distinct impression that everyone was there to sell their brand. My mistake was, I wasn’t. Oh, well. Maybe one day, I’ll be able to meet you without the hype surround. 🙂 so Blogher’s next conference is in Chicago? Again??

  7. I like the idea of meeting other bloggers, but would be totally intimidated by the BlogHer experience–I don’t do well in crowds. I’m not outgoing enough. Looks like you had a great time.

  8. *sigh* I’m simply going to HAVE to go to BlogHer (or more likely, BlogHer Food) next year. Just HAVE to.

    As for the suspended animation, I’m one of those women who, if I were fortunate enough to leave the spouse and child home for an extended period of time, would probably come home not only to a clean house, but find the closets all organized as well. Have I mentioned Beloved is an, ahem, A-type? (And that I am most definitely NOT?)

  9. Wow…you’re a looker! Nice pictures! I am glad that you had fun and I can’t wait to hear about it. I wish that BlogHer would have conferences closer to my part of the world!

  10. I am so so so so so bummed we did not meet. So so so bummed ;(
    I wonder if we even walked past one another. Duh. And the mystery continues..until Chicago?
    Did you happen to hit Times Square on the weekend when the nifty vendors were out? We did the ground zero/China town then 5th Ave and Macy’s on that dreadful steam room of a day. Lost about 20 pounds and tons of cash.

    Thanks for the knocker 411. 🙂

  11. OH my… I havent been here in ages. Good to catch up a little. I have met some bloggers when I was SERIOUSLY blogging. — don’t regret it at all! Have made some dear friends.

    The pics are amazing.

  12. I was very lucky to come home to a clean house. But it’s a little cluttered now that I’ve dumped my Blogher stuff all over!

    I loved meeting you and Anne and had the best time! Thank you! I’ve always thought of both of you as friends and you really are!

    You always look good in photos!

    Thanks again for helping to make Blogher so great!

    I’m going a little crazy with the exclamation points, guess it shows what a great time I had with you both 😉

  13. Even if I left a list, it would be a complete and utter disaster around here if I left. lol It’s chaos on a good day when I am home, I can only imagine three days with me gone! lol It sounds like you had a blast even if you nearly melted!

  14. But alas, it might’ve been worse to leave a note that nobody got to! Glad you had fun and didn’t completely melt!

  15. I’ve left James Bond at home alone before and it was….not pretty.

    BlogHer! Jealous. Sort of. I’m afraid I’d be totally intimidated by “the big bloggers.”

  16. What a great time! What amazes me the most is how fast the house goes to sh*t… List or no list… EVERY SINGLE TIME (I travel several times a year for work.)

  17. Ohh! The BlogHer could be awesome! I’m sure you had a great time! Chatting people with the same interest is the most relaxing thing I could imagine.

  18. We’re having my oldest son’s birthday parties this weekend. I told my husband I wanted the house to stay picked up. Both Mon and Tues he was off. I came home and it looked like a zoo.

  19. Oh you have to feel so lucky for having the opportunity to get there! I have never been on an event like this, although I wish I could have the chance to get there once. Unfortunately, there aren’t events like this in my neighborhood.

  20. Ooops, I just accidentally linked a second time because I thought I forgot and didn’t see myself at the bottom…until I hit the button and landed at the bottom of the next column. It’s Friday so I don’t know why I was loitering over here anyway! 🙂