Almost ready for Blogher!

I'm Geeking Out at BlogHer 08

I’m scurrying around like a crazy woman this week trying to get everything pulled together for my Blogher weekend. I am so excited! I’m looking forward to meeting my roomies, esp Shannon who has been an email friend for a couple years now. We have much in common, including our ‘baby’ girls who were born the same month, so I can’t wait to make her a real life friend.

Thankfully my daughter is doing better on her meds now, which makes me feel easier about going. But the stress of last weekend has gotten to me. I swear, my brain will not engage! My air-headed attempts are being made even more futile by the able assistance of my kiddos. Most of them were disgusted today to learn that I am packing tomorrow instead of taking them roller-skating. Never mind that they spent hours this afternoon splashing in the pool with good friends –more, more, more is their mantra. They’re not especially thrilled at the thought of doing without me this weekend either. It is nice to feel needed, but also a mite exhausting.

This afternoon I decided to try on a few outfits so I could figure out what on earth to pack. I had the audacity to begin this endeavor without an audience. My 6 and 3 year old daughters have locked-door-sensing powers, and immediately camped outside the door, knocking and calling soulfully to me approximately every 2.5 seconds. Meanwhile I am on the other side of the door trying to find some miraculous item of clothing that will make me look sleek instead of –ahem– like a sweet potato. Sadly, I was not successful. 36 hours unfortunately does not allow enough time for even the crashiest of crash diets. Ah well. I yam what I yam.

Once the least objectionable items of clothing were heaped on top of my suitcase for further weeding out (a 3 day trip probably does not require 7 outfits, after all) it was on to shoes. Will these cute heels leave blisters? But these comfy flat sandals– are they ugly? I still have not satisfactorily resolved that dilemma, but thankfully I don’t leave home til 4 am Friday. I’ve got lots of time, right?

I did finally get my new computer bag done today. I wanted something that looked more like a purse than a plain black computer bag, and found some fun fabric a few weeks ago. I’ll try to get the pictures up for you before I leave. I also have a letter or two from my sister to share with you, and I’m looking forward to telling you all about my conference experience when I get back.


  1. Hope you have a terrific time, Mary!! Enjoy.

  2. Can’t wait to see you. I’m sure you’ll look great!

  3. Mary, Yam or zucchini, I hope to get the chance to hug you at BlogHer!

    Please wear the sandals, we should be comfortable. Heels should be just for an evening party (if at all), don’t you think?

    If you are on Twitter, please link to me @lindasherman

  4. I’m so glad your daughter is doing better on her meds. *hugs*

  5. Yes, yay for the meds, and have a wonderful trip.

  6. I yam what I yam…you are too funny, that is what you are! 😉

    We’re hearing the more, more, more mantra over here too – oy, it’s exhausting!

    Have a great time!

  7. As for the shoes just remember that Cinderella was right…the shoes really do make the outfit! Have a great trip.

  8. SO much better a sweet potato than just a plain old potato.

    I vote comfortable shoes. no question.

    Have a wonderful time!!

  9. Melnikova Alexandra says:

    I cant wait for you book to come out See ya 😉

  10. Well let’s hope all the hectic-ness of getting ready for the trip doesn’t spoil the fun you will have! Enjoy your trip!!

  11. Go and have a much needed fun time, Mary. You’ll find Shannon as sweet and as fun as she is in her emails. And I’m sure that you’ll look much more like a sweet tomato rather than a lumpy root vegetable. (After reading that last sentence, please know that I mean it in the best possible way, okay?)

  12. Jealous! Jealous! Shannon is so much fun and so sweet…I know you guys will have a great time.

  13. Hurray for med’s doing what they’re supposed to.
    I personally vote for the comfy shoes, but when in doubt, ask one of your older girls. I’ve found my stepdaughter’s taste in what looks best on me is impeccable. Of course I reserve the right to judge her clothing so it’s all fair.
    Heather BT

  14. Hi Mary, hope you have a fantabulous time! My husband and I just got away, just for a few days, but it was so refreshing. Hope you feel the same.

  15. have fun!!! live in the moment!!! hugs xo

  16. Yeah for you! Have a wonderful time – relax and re-charge (if possible)!

    Praising Him for the good news regarding your precious daughter!


  17. I wish I could meet you Mary, but I just wanted to say that I’m so glad you are going! You need the rest, you need the time away, and you’ll probably be surprised by how they all cope without you. And then there is nothing like missing your kids and coming home…