I'm pedicured, packed, waxed and shampooed. My house is clean, the laundry is done, the floors are vacuumed. In just a few hours I will climb out of bed, toss on some clothes and get on a plane headed for Chicago. There I will attend Blogher - an event I look forward to all year. I see old friends, meet new, and enjoy myself so, so much. I thought it would be a good idea to follow Denise's lead on Blogher...
One week from now, 07/24/09 - 5:21pm CT, I will be blissfully exhausted and thrilled to have met all of you. I'll have a whole lot of business cards in my pocket and a whole lot of names and faces and phrases jumbled up in my head that I may or may not be able to make sense of once the post conference glow wears off and I'm trying to figure out just which of you said THAT brilliant thing.
On 07/25/09, while basking in the post conference glow, I'll begin to hear stories about amazing women who I did not meet and I'll be sad that I somehow missed your awesomeness in person.
I'll also have a wee bit of regret about not having spent more time with you, and you, and also you. With 1500 people in attendance, I'm not going to have nearly enough time to really get to know anyone.
I know this is how it will go because it is what happened in 2006, 2007, and 2008.
In the aftermath, I will spend days and days surfing links from the business cards I accumulated. I will spend hours and hours trying to find someone whose name I only partially got or whose face I'll recognize when I see it or who had such an interesting story that I wish I'd gotten her name or her card ... but I didn't. I'll search and search and search. Google will get a hard workout, I guarantee it....
What do you say? Help me (and everyone else) get to know you now -- it will help us get to know you during the conference and after we've all gone home, too.
Here's what I had to say - cross posted from Blogher.com. Will you be there? Leave me a comment so we can meet up. I promise that I'll probably forget your name and most certainly have something spilled on my clothes - but I AM friendly. :)
I'm Carmen. I write on Mom to the Screaming Masses, on The Elff Diet, and I'm the blogger for
Zwaggle and DietsInReview. I have six kids and we deal with food
allergies, migraines (kids and me), autism and processing delays, and
dealing with both preschoolers and high school seniors at the same
time. I live in Virginia with my husband, the hardest working man
ever. I spend most of my day online, and can be considered a Facebook
addict. (Is there a 12 step program for that, I wonder?)
My passions in life include Muay Thai boxing, Capoeira, reading,
training, running, and blogging. My daily activities usually consist
of a grocery store run, a couple loads of laundry, and lots and lots of
tattling and refereeing. Notice how the two lists don't overlap. Three
of my kids also train Muay Thai, which means that we spend a TON of
time at the gym. My kids also play soccer and run cross country.
I carry my BlackBerry with me everywhere I go and use my iPod for
hours and hours. I love music and love to
sing. I can't sing at all, though.
I like chocolate but it's not a passion the way really good cupcakes
are - not grocery store cupcakes, but bakery, gourmet type deals.
I drink. Not to excess, but I DO have six kids, so I think that
entitles me to a pass every now and again. I don't like animals, don't
like candles or flowers or candy - but I am still a girl. I checked. :)