I’m really tired. I drank more than I should have. I stayed up later than I should have. But it’s been freaking amazing that I’ve gotten to meet my friends that I’ve been blogging with for a couple of years. And to make matters even better…I’ve made new friends. I can say now say that you are my real life friends because, well…you are. I’ve met you in the flesh. I’ve hugged you. I’ve giggled at your midnight farts…and I’m not just talking about my own! I’ve sweat at Navy Pier with you. I’ve chatted, bitched, gossiped and BONDED with you. And we’ve partied…
Oh man…have we partied!!
Bloggers know how to party and trash hotels like fucking rock stars.
We are NOT rock stars. We are bloggers. So some of us should get over ourselves. Because we may be all that in the minds of our blog followers AND ourselves but, seriously…we aren’t all that. We are moms. Who have a voice. Who write blogs for a myriad of reasons. But really, in real life, we aren’t a household name. Except perhaps, in our own household.
I’m not going to even go there with the Nikon baby banning thing and the swag thing. Not really worth it. But seriously people…what’s up with that?????
I’ve realized that what people tweet themselves to be and they are in real life are two TOTALLY different things. That’s ok. It is what it is. We can hit the old unfollow button.
I’ve learned that…
some bloggers are shit disturbers. They thrive on the drama. It’s kind of immature and narcissistic. I suppose that some of us like the drama. That’s why soap operas do so well. Personally, I stopped watching the soaps back in high school.
I’ve learned that…
I really need to start another blog. One where I’m not so…measured and calibrated. One where I can talk about stuff without stress my mom is going to have a breakdown because her friends are reading what I write. So I’m considering it. But Rock and Drool is NOT going anywhere. If I do decide to start another blog, it’ll just be another blog. Because I’m crazy like that. And I have just the place. Those of you who care, I’ll tweet it at another time!
Such Simple Pleasures is making a comeback. Alongside Rock and Drool. They will be merging and meshing. Because I realized just how badly. With all my heart. I miss that place. I’m going to be chatting up Nap Warden. She’s a fucking genius, by the way!
I’ve learned that I don’t like soft beds.
I’ve come to realize that I’m not shy. Really, not at all.
I can’t hold my alcohol the way I used to.
I think it’s so funny that I wasn’t what people expected! I’m shorter and younger. You guys crack me up!!
But this was an incredible experience that I’m so thankful to have been able to participate in.
My friends, new and old. You made this experience real and perfect. You were wonderful, beautiful, brilliant, fun, amazing, silly. I love you. Thank you. So much.
Ha! I didn’t like the soft bed, either. What are we, in “Princess in the Pea”? So fun to meet you!
It was SO great to meet you and hang out with you! You are really fun 🙂
Now the Nikon thing… Nikon is ABSOLUTELY baby friendly, I’ve worked with them and MWW and had Stella with me and they were fantastic, so patient! However, babies do not belong at adult parties. Especially not ones in restaurants right on the river, hot curling irons and candles everywhere… nuh-huh. So I fully support the restaurant’s choice to decline entrance to babies, because if something happened they are the ones who would get blamed.
I am really brain dead right now, but I just wanted to tell you that it was a dream come true to meet my PH in person, and I had SO MUCH fun with you!!!!
BTW, send me your address. I’m sending you a CD of photos of us. I have about 500. (that might be an exaggerated number.)
So glad you had such a good time. NEXT year I’ll be the judge of whether or not bloggers destroy hotel rooms like rock stars because I have experience in that department.
Get some rest, rehydrate and apparently blog in 2 places!
I’m thinking of all kinds of clever ways to get to BlogHer next year. Is there a newcomer category? (Hysterical sobbing…)
Seriously – glad you had a good time. Sounds like the best party.
Miss Britt says
I HATED the soft bed.
Where was the swag bag with a firm mattress in it?? Hook me up with THAT and I just might throw an elbow. 😉
You were the world’s best roommate, and that made my trip.
And, I think you are a feminist, even if you never identify yourself that way.
I’ll be the first one over at that new blog. Own it, baby!
OMG… you are right. The bed was too soft. I wasn’t able to ever sleep in past 7. So glad to have met you.
Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] says
You also learned the greatness of bacon and you’ll be w/ me in hell.
I learned you’re SHORT! I’m gonna pack you in my suitcase next year and drag you home w/ me.
She who knows says
Can’t wait to talk to you in peace and hear the whole story. Hope you won’t really keep me off your new blog. Don’t care what you write, just won’t tell anyone about the new name. Glad to see you back. Missed this.
So glad you had a fab time.
Missed yah and please invite me over to your new blog. I want to read and get to know the true Melissa warts and all…do you have warts? lolz.
(I could type hugs and kisses to you all day and never be enough)
Dang, I want to be a real friend!
I’ll just have to settle for fake friend, for now!
And you know I’m going to want that new blog URL!!
Yeah, I’ve also learned that I don’t like soft beds. They’re great for sinking into; not so great for actually sleeping in.
And I learned that one single, tiny, solitary vodka and cranberry juice gets me buzzed to the point of not walking straight… man am I a lightweight… and I used to be hard core…
BlogHer was amazing 🙂 I wasn’t witness to any drama, and I’m so glad I wasn’t!
Mom On The Run says
I’ve started a new blog so I can be me. I only have two posts thus far, but yeah I know how you feel. I’ll be keeping MOTR as a decoy for my family and friends, and I write about my TRUE feeling with no censorship over at: http://toomuch2say.wordpress.com/
PS – You are officially the first person I told about my new blog
Mocha Dad says
I’m glad you had a great time.
You are FANTASTIC & I already miss you! Can’t wait to see what you’re going to be doing with the new blog(s)!
Karen MEG says
Love you girlfriend, partied, hugged and loved all of it with you! Loved BlogHer, as it finally brought me to you.
You’re petite and youthful, chica ;). I’m LOL here.
The beds WERE soft, so how in the holy hell did I get that stupid crease across my face by Friday morning? Forties are fab; forties’ liver, not so much. Sigh.
It was great to meet you and you are a rockstar. Not in the traditional sense of household name and celebrity status, but fun to be with, confident in who you are and a great person to be around. You’re a bunch of fun and I’m so glad to have met you in person.
The Happy Housewife says
Too funny! I loved the soft bed. Could have slept till noon each day! Sad I didn’t get to meet you! Maybe next year.
Hey so glad I got to meet you IRL even if only for a moment, girl I think we could be twins you wrote exactly what I was thinking LOL. I wrote a post too. I however differ from you, I was in heaven on the squishy bed :). I will be following your new blog of course and tweeting away with you as always 🙂
So jealous. Loved all the photos I have seen.. you are beautiful!!! I hope one day I can meet you.. 🙂
Mary@Everyday Baby Steps says
Thanks for the recap. Interesting to read your point of view. There are certainly lots of dynamics in the mommy blogosphere. Wish I could’ve been there. Next year!
Don Mills Diva says
It was awesome cutting a rug with you and your fabulous hair!
Glad to hear you had a good time. I’m really hoping to go next year, praying and planning to go!
Just a note, when that many women get together, there is always going to be someone who gets off on a little drama. I don’t know know what you are referring to but I am sure I wouldn’t be surprised.
I’m so glad I got to meet you even if it was brief and interrupted by drunken Texans in the lobby. This is a great post and another exampe of why I’ll probably never be able to compose a post about BlogHer- I’ll just sasy “what she said”- how’s that?
Glad I missed out on the drama! HATED the beds! As for the babies, I agree with Elisa. Babies do not belong at adult parties, let alone crying in the lobby parties at midnight. That said, I’m glad the moms who had to bring their little ones (or not come) were able to get away at least on some level 🙂
I’m glad we met, and I hope we meet again! 🙂
Karen @ If I Could Escape says
So glad you were able to have a good time despite any drama that would have ensued! Send me the link for your new blog when you get it up and running!
The Royal Barrister says
See! I told you that you’re short! So there!
Glad you had fun…glad you weren’t shy…glad you’re home!
I hope this weekend allows for more opportunities for you…you’ve worked hard, you have talent, and you deserve great things!
Jessica Gottlieb says
shit, I got minutes with you when I wanted hours.
I learned my lesson, next year I’m going to NYC a day early so I can have more time. I’m SO not happy about the amounts of time I had.
i am exactly as I tweet and breath…
blog and breath
i am who i am.
maybe one day WE will meet so you can see that.
Colleen - Mommy Always Wins says
Almost left the damn swag and took the bed instead. I just didn’t fold quite right.
So brain dead my post sucks and I’ve been writing it all day. Eh…what’re you gonna do?!?
Courtney Velasquez says
We love you too!
the planet of janet says
see you in ’10?
Deb - Mom of 3 Girls says
Now how did I go the whole time without meeting you? Oh well, maybe another time. I’m glad you had a great time – I did too. But I liked the soft bed. 🙂
I wish I could have met you…maybe next year. I am hoping at least. Glad you had a great time and your “dread” about coming home was all for nothing. Glad you’re back!
stopping by from tenas blog …sounds like a fab time BlogHer ’09-sure wish i could have gone
I loved those beds!! But I think I was in the minority. Again, so amazing to meet you!
I’m so glad I got to meet you. You are so beautiful! I’m sad you don’t have any pics of me and you up though. Because dude. I took like ZERO pictures!
What a long strange trip it’s been.
But glad I was along for the periphery of it.