Last of the New York Pictures, Promise

Everyone,

These are the last of the pictures from my trip.  Promise.  I’ll actually go back to thinking of things to type!

Ellis Island

me and lolli in NY

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty upclose

Statue of LIberty shining waters

Statue of Liberty Skyline

This was the best game! And look Splats and Fam! A Rabbid!
Dancing Rabbid

Meeting Dora up close and personal.
Me and Dora

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BlogHer Pictures

Everyone,

Because I’m still going through all my pictures, here are a few from my big fun weekend in New York!

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Lolli and I in the S’mores Suite. AMAZING! What’s even more amazing that they were one of my sponsors. They were really great and I absolutely loved their suite. Seriously, this was a hotel room that they turned into the woods!

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My other amazing sponsors. SEED has some amazing products and some amazing people too. I’m pleased to be working with them!

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For all the strange things that go on in New York, the three of us (Amy, Lolli, Me) walking down Broadway in tutus brought us some very strange looks. My first 5k, which we walked!

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I went to the Glam and Games party where I got to see E.L.F’s new show room and enjoy some xbox dancing! It was tons of fun. Also fun? Getting my makeup done by an amazingly talented lady. What a fun time!

Central Park Seal

I was able to have a very hot and sticky time at the Central Park with I Heart Faces founder and friends. This seal was the only one that looked happy with the heat!

Many thanks to Amy and Lolli for these pictures (except the seal). I have yet to get through most of mine!

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BlogHer Recap

Everyone,

Top Best things about BlogHer:

1. Having a whole weekend to hang out with Lolli. Seriously, we basically talked all weekend long and I loved it.

2. Watching the bar tenders at one of the parties dance to the music. They were all men in tuxedos. Older men, as in 60+.

3. Having people not recoil in a germ-phobic fit when, shortly after I met them, I tried to push my lung out of my body. I had (and still have) a horrible horrible cough. I really hope that my roommates didn’t get it.

4. Meeting other bloggers that I had been reading for so long! I love seeing these people in real life. Now I hear their voices as I read their blogs. I love that.

5. Meeting other bloggers whose blogs I HAVEN’T read yet. And have spent all day reading and getting to know them through their words.

6. Seeing the sights of New York. In the few days I was there, I saw the central park zoo (on one very hot and sticky day), Times Square at night, the Brooklyn Bridge at night, Rockafeller Center the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island.

7. Attending the classes. The speakers were all amazing and I learned a lot of interesting things. Also, the key note speakers for the showcasing the best blogs of the year was thought provoking. I loved hearing other people’s stories and wondered how I could polish mine up.

8. Having fun in the expo hall. Not only did we meet some interesting sponsors, they gave some interesting swag out too. My best swag from the trip? A small Thomas the Tank Engine that Professor has not let out of his sight. If he deems something worthy enough to put Thomas down, it goes in my pocket. That boy and his train! I also played the Wii a ton (a dance game, loved it!) and got a Wii dance game to take home myself. I also played the texting game and won a cell phone. Too bad I don’t have cell service because this is one awesome phone.

9. Winning a birthday party for the kids from SproutTV. Seriously, they are putting on a birthday party for all my kids AND 30 of their guests. Barney will be there. And Chika. How cool is that?! I’m excited for late April now!

10. Having a few days away from the kids and being a real person. I got my makeup done. I played video games without taking turns. I dressed up and had adult conversation. I did not have to worry about anyone else eating but me. I didn’t even have to clean up after anyone else, let alone myself. I got very little sleep but I was happy.

And the best thing about BlogHer?

11. Coming home to my family and having everyone jump on me. “Mommy!” Is there a better word in the English language? I think not.

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PS- This conference and the cough have done me in. PLUS, Flower went home yesterday. So not only am I without my right hand helper, I am sick! And we miss her.

Give Me Your Best Shot: New York

Everyone,

5 things today.

A 5k run/walk this morning.

3/4th of the 2 expo halls done

2 classes taken

Lots of cards given out.

And this:

Fast Times Square

Bridges in NY at night

Can we say, exhaustion?!

Safire

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and Lolli

BlogHer Freak Out Post

Everyone,

Last year, as I read every one’s BlogHer freak out posts, I thought “Psh!  Get it together!  It’s just a conference!  You will be fine!”

Sorry about my lack of a bedside manner last year in my head guys.  Because here I am, 2 days away from going to BlogHer, and I am freaking out.

Mostly I’m freaking out because it’s 11pm on Tuesday and I should be done.  Ready to go.  Packed.  And I’m not.

The me of last year would say, “You have one more day!  Stop stressing about it!”

The me of this year says, “Not only is tomorrow my very last full day with Flower and we’ve got another adventure planned as a last hurrah, it’s also my anniversary.  I should probably spend the evening with Juice since I’ll be gone all weekend.  And what does that leave me with?!  No time to prep tomorrow.  Gah!!”

*insert twitchy eye blinking and jaw clenching*

I’m really not worried about the conference.  Lolli and I are going to have so much fun!  We have a lot lined up to do.  I’m sure I’m going to come home exhausted.  Hopefully I also come home refreshed.  I’m hoping this weekend away will give me some more patience to deal with Professor’s utter dependency on me.  And a renewed appreciation for my husband and family.

But until then, stress!

*twitchy eye blinking and jaw clenching*

Please see Lolli’s To Do List before we leave.  I’m too stressed/tired/busy to make one of my own.

Which is saying a lot for me!

Safire