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Month: June 2005

BlogHer, baby!

BlogHer, baby!

Well, it is official.  I am going to BlogHer ‘05 I have had my eye on going from the first moment I heard about it.  But I stressed about the money it would cost to get there and the childcare issues of leaving early Friday. And of course as any obsessive woman would do, I stressed the whole “who will I know there” and “what will I wear?” issues.  You know.  The important things in life. Sitting on the fence has become quite uncomfortable.  (I am still figuring out how I am going to swing the airfare.  *sigh* I am thinking of selling a kidney.  Anyone need one?)

So anyway, earlier in the week I was asked to join the Mommy Blogging panel with Jenny Lauck and Meghan Townsend.  How could a woman who runs a blog titled “Mommy Needs Coffee” turn down an amazing offer like that?  Answer…I couldn’t. 

After numerous emails and phone calls with Lisa Stone, I would hitchhike to get there.  If for no other reason than I just may have a crush on her.  No, don’t worry.  I probably won’t stalk her, but I am definitely looking forward to meeting her in person.  She is an amazingly kind woman who reached out to me when I really needed it.  (Thanks again, Lisa!)

You know you all want to go, too.  There are going to be some amazing well known bloggers there.  Some bloggers who are just coming into their own.  Bloggers who have just started blogging.  Even some women who don’t even have a blog yet.  It is for anyone and everyone who wants to go.  (Men, too!) Are you going?  Wanna swing by Dallas and pick me up?  I could rock a road trip. 

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Welcome to the entry with more links than you thought possible

Welcome to the entry with more links than you thought possible

Okay, dear Internet, I promised a few vacation pictures.  I will post a couple here, but most of them are probably illegal and should only be viewed on a pay-per site.  (No, not really.  Geez!  I would think you would know me better by now.)

First, I would like to take the time to welcome my new readers who were sent here after reading my interview featured in the National Association of Women Writers newsletter.  And you thought you were going to find amazing words of wisdom from this issues’s featured author!  Ha!  You get drama, drivel and a few pictures.  But check the archives.  I have been quite profound once or twice. (Sometimes even humorous, too.) I do hope you stick around for a while and get to know me better!

Now, since you people seem to really want to get jealous of my trip, I will share some pictures with you.  I am still waiting for the signed release forms from the family before I show any pictures of non-immediate family members.  I mean, getting sued by a cousin, brother or sister would totally ruin my day! 

Oh, before I go on, let me ask your opinion.  Which do you prefer: (1) photos included in the entry, (2) photos as pop-ups in the entry or (3) a combo of both with the majority on Flickr? For now you get pop-ups.  But this is only round one.  We have many to go!

To help you get the full experience of why I was so chilled out and was not online much, I have exhibit A.  This is the view from my bed. And in the morning, as I was waking up to that view, I would stumble out here to enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee.

On Tuesday, my cousin got married.  It was absolutely beautiful.  Sunset.  On the beach.  Standing under this arch. It was so touching, it made me want to marry this man all over again.  (Have I mentioned lately that I love this man?  I really do love our life together.) We have been very blessed.

Of course, it wasn’t all kissing and coffee drinking on our vacation.  There were other kinds of drinking and playing going on as well.  But you’re going to have to wait for those pictures.  You know the old saying…

Always leave them wanting more!

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I get by with a little help (?) from my friends

I get by with a little help (?) from my friends

Sometimes you have days when all you need is a kind word.  A shoulder to lean on.  The understanding of close friends.  You know the times when you just need to unload your pain and your frustration out on someone who loves you unconditionally and accepts you for who you are?  Those times when you just need that special someone to understand?

Today I did just that.  I shared with a very good friend all that I had been going through in the past week and a half and opened up my heart to her.  I just knew that if anyone would understand, she would.  She listened, gave me great advice and reassurance and told me she wanted to think about it more and that she would check in with me tonight.

Which was why when I checked my email just now (certain I would hear encouraging words from her before I went to bed) I ended up simultaneously spewing coffee out of my nose while wetting my pants with laughter.  She said exactly what I needed to hear to put everything in perspective for me and get me to see the big picture.  I have included in my extended entry the entirety of her email.

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Like sands through the hourglass, these are the days of my life (UPDATED)

Like sands through the hourglass, these are the days of my life (UPDATED)

Editor’s note:  I took down the post about the drama I came home to.  Not because I regret posting it, but as I said…drama begats drama and I just don’t want to use my blog to publicize the nasty crap that happens in my life.  And frankly, I don’t have the energy for it right now.  I would much rather share with you the fun times from vacation.

I will post more later today.  I am off to go pick up my precious puppy!

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Son of a beach!

Son of a beach!

Did I mention that I am currently here:

Yeah, there will probably be a bit of a lag in entries, but ohhhh how fun they will be when they show up.  Eighteen people.  One house.  We have a wedding planned a birthday party and lots of drunken hooting and screaming from the beach.

So what are you doing this week?

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My skin doesn’t fit

My skin doesn’t fit

This weekend was a rough weekend for me.  You see every now and then I go through these tough moods.  It’s not a bad mood.  I associate bad moods with being totally irritated by and with other people.  This isn’t like that.  I feel more like a caged animal.  Pacing.  Restless. Out of sorts.  It’s as if I don’t fit in my own skin.

I am not sure if it is a normal feeling or an addict feeling.  It does feel like I am jonesing for something, but I can’t say what.  Thankfully, my family knows when I get this way to just let me be.  If I am pacing, leave me alone.  If I am ranting, let me rant.  If I am crying, what the hell did you do to me?

I was that way most of the weekend.  I really hate this feeling because I don’t know what to do with it.  Fresh out of rehab, I would hit a meeting.  Now, I just pace and flitter from one thing to another.  Concentration has been way out the window as well.  Thus, the reason for no posts.

One thing that actually did help was that I got a really good cry in on Saturday.  You see, our next door neighbor passed away last week.  It totally broke my heart when his wife told me.  He was an amazing man who lived an incredible life.  He was born in Italy and lived there until coming to America in 1976.  He was such a generous man.  To say he would give you the shirt off of his back was as true a statement as any that could made about him.  Clint and I went to his funeral on Saturday.  We absolutely love his wife.  I have every intention of convincing her to adopt me, by the way.  If a funeral could be “good”, this was it.  We learned more about this man that day than we had in all the years living next to him.  The funeral had laughter, tears and such fond memories.  It truly was a tribute to this wonderful man.  The cry was good for me.  So was the laughter.

It also intensified the restlessness.

Am I the only person who goes through these phases of feeling like her skin doesn’t fit?  That restless feeling?  Jonesing for something but you don’t know what? 

Share with me if you understand.  But please, be patient with me if you don’t.

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