Bissdom 2011 Recap

Howdy! I’ve returned from Blissdom and every member of my household has a head cold. Luckily, we know how to treat a head cold, so we’re trudging through with plenty of Eucalyptus oil, Tylenol, and tissue. I’m tapping this out on Charlie’s iPad while. I lie on the sofa and blow my nose every five minutes.

I’ll recap in bullets because nobody needs to read an essay on what I did, wore, and saw over the course of two and a half days.

-Ellen of Love That Max spoke and made everyone cry. Sadly I missed it, but that’s because I was next door tying to figure out how to put the finishing touches on a project that I hope you guys will LOVE.

-Lovely ladies I met last year were there again–Allie from No Time for Flashcards and Kim from Mom Tried It. Both had their daughters with them and I got to practice holding a baby again, which I’ve pretty much forgotten how to do.

-I loved getting to stay up late chatting and laughing with my roommates: Elaine from Miss Elaine-ous Life and Erin from

-I left my laptop cord in the hotel, which is making me supremely twitchy, but they’re shipping it to me on Monday. Hopefully I can wait that long.

-At the airports I refused to go through the metal detector or the back scatter machines. I did this because I’m pregnant, and I consider these unknowns. I have done this many times with Charlie with no problems. This time, however, you would not believe how upset people got with me. As if I’m the only person to ever refuse. They would tell me it couldn’t be done, argue that it was perfectly safe, and then tell me threateningly that I would have to have a “full pat.” For the curious, the full pat really didn’t bother me. We all have different comfort levels, but for me, it was fine.

That’s it for now. I must take my stuffy head to bed and get some sleep.

Vegas, Baby!

So, before I forget that I ever went to Vegas, I’ll tell you guys a little bit about what I did and what I learned.

Vegas is not really my kind of town. I don’t gamble, I don’t like fancy night clubs, I’m not incredibly rich, and I’m too ADD to sit through a flying gymnastics show, so I would never go there unless there was something like the ultimate nerd conference going on there.

limo ride

unflattering close up

I have a fantastic old friend who lives there now and this also provided me with the opportunity to go see her. She’s been begging me for years and the conference provided me with enough push to get me on a plane and headed to the desert. As a reward, she let me stay with her for two nights and treated me to an In and Out Burger. I, in turn, took her to a party given by the people at Klout. If you don’t know what Klout is, you’re just not a big enough dork–Klout is a measure of how influential you are on Twitter. Justin Bieber is the Ultimate Person of Klout with a score of 100. I have a 51 and I’m not gonna lie–I’m pretty proud of that, which is really a sign of how far I’ve sunk. The Klout party was held at the Palms Hotel and they had a stretch SUV shuttling people back and forth to the party. The party itself was in a Penthouse suite that could only be in a place like Vegas–it had clear floors and all the furniture was round. Odd. Vegas.

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In and Out Burger, Animal Style

My friend is a pilot for the Air Force, but doesn’t like to tell people about her job, so she just told everyone she was in PR, which worked surprising well–everyone at Blog World seemed to be in PR. In fact, I met about three times as many PR people as bloggers. We picked PR after I told someone that she was a trained assassin, which she found decidedly NOT FUNNY. I might still be giggling.

Klout Limo

Klout Limo

I did meet some bloggers though–there was a nice contingent of Special Mom bloggers there–Janis from Sneak Peek at Me, Catherine who writes Supercat Calhoun, and Sarah who blogs at Planet Josh. Fabulous ladies, all of them. Sarah and I stuck together since we didn’t know a soul and she was even nice to me after I got mad at the night club we were in, so she’s basically won my undying devotion. Sadly, we weren’t in the same hotel, so she wasn’t there when I got lost and missed my hotel–all while never going outside. Vegas is weird, folks. Weird and shiny.


E-Caregivers: Me, Janis, and Catherine

I learned some blogging stuff although I’ve realized that these events are as much about the socializing as the learning. There’s also the going home and turning it all over in your mind–figuring out where you fit into the bigger picture and all. I did have one rather startling moment where a huge, huge blogging expert asked me if I really wanted to blog about my child–while I was standing in front of a room of people.

That was a bit humbling. I did almost cry if I’m being truthful, but afterwards several people approached me and basically said, “rock on” in one way or another. I guess I just have to realize that not everyone is going to *get* what I’m doing here. Some people are going to think it’s weird or maybe inappropriate. I’m just going to keep honoring my inner voice–sharing as much as I’m comfortable with–and hoping that I’m doing well by my family and my child. I’ll probably screw up sometimes, but what parent doesn’t?

Bettie Page

Trying on Dresses at Bettie Page

So that’s it. I’m home and back to being mom. As always, I’ve got a million ideas swimming in my head and now all I need is about a week of no distractions to make them all happen–I’m sure that will be occurring any second now. . . . right.

Five Years

The extremely talented Alexa from Flotsam posted a little piece the other day about how she’s been blogging for five years. I’ve been blogging since late 2005, so not as long as Alexa, but I definitely related to her description of how blogging used to be a rather secretive and perhaps weird thing, and how now it’s become more socially acceptable. I’m assuming this must be true since even my mom reads blogs these days.

Alexa did a little recap and I feel inclined to do one of my own. Please humor me in my nostalgia.

Homes Owned: 2

Places Lived: 3

Days hospitalized: 3

Days Charlie was hospitalized: 43

Personal surgeries: 1

Charlie surgeries: 6

Days Husband was Deployed: 126

Hurricane evacuations: 1

Trips to Little Rock: 3

Blog Posts: 904

Books Read: 97 (to the best of my recollection)

Weddings Attended: 5

Weddings I Stood In: 2

Internet Friends met in Real Life: 7

Vacations: 3

Pounds Heavier: 10

My life has changed volumes since I started blogging, but the record is nice to have—even if there are some parts I can’t bear to read. What have you been up to?


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