Monday, August 23, 2010

Strollin'

Me: I'm finally getting the pink canopy for the Bee! I'm trading a mom for the $5 khaki one I bought at the Bugaboo store sample sale a while back.
Brent: congrats
Me: contain your excitement
Brent: i just kicked over my desk
now i'm scheduling a conference call to share the news
oh, wait. some of these people i'm calling have already heard. this is big news. BIG NEWS
it's a trending topic on twitter!
and it's over. crazy. information moves fast
Me: Don't make me blog you...

"Babies are one of my many areas of expertise. Growing up, I performed my own circumcision." - Dwight, The Office

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A few of my favorite Em things

When we sneeze, Em says, "Bless you."

Em no longer hates the pool. Her daycare has a kiddie pool, which she's learned to love. At our last swim lesson, she actually LAUGHED. She giggled at herself as she splashed around, and she laughed at the nearby classmates.

We pulled up to my in-laws' recently and Em squealed, "GRANDMA!" When we got inside, she frantically ran around, in search of Grandma and Grandpa.

She's a toddler-size mockingbird, which is amusing and potentially dangerous.

She loves to sing, and even better, she loves to sing loudly. Her favorite song is Twinkle, Twinkle, but she'll occasionally grace us with a rendition of Happy Birthday -- "Haaaaapppppy toooo yoooou. Haaaapppy toooo yooooou."

She still loves music class.
ukelele

Her obsession with all things Yo Gabba Gabba continues, so I took her to a free "concert" at a nearby shopping center last week. We trekked across town and waited an hour in the sun for TWO songs and a, "Come out to our big Yo Gabba Gabba Live show in November! KTHXBYE!" As bitter as I was, it confirmed my suspicions that Em is going to LOVE the November show. She waved to the characters and yelled for Muno, the tall and red cast member.

Em enjoys coloring, but more than anything, she loves to remove and replace the crayons from the bucket again and again and again...

Finally, speaking of again...


"I don't get why parents are always complaining about how tough it is to raise kids. You joke around with them, you give them pizza, you give them candy, you let them live their lives... They're adults, for God's sake."
- Michael, The Office

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New York state of mind

Remember how excited I was to see Gavin DeGraw at a private party? This is how I kicked off BlogHer 2010.
Gavin DeGraw

The only way my view could've been any better was if I were on stage with him. I was literally the closest person in the room to him during his performance. It was like my own private concert. Sigh.

When I thought it couldn't get any better, this happened:
Gavin DeGraw

I fangirled all over him and said, "I'M PROBABLY THE BIGGEST FAN HERE! I'VE SEEN YOU AT LEAST A DOZEN TIMEs! I WAS SO SAD YOU CANCELLED YOUR LAST LA SHOW!" All with a big ol' goofy grin on my face. I was probably one sentence away from him calling security.

I was also excited to meet bloggers I've adored for so long, including my roomie, Victoria.
Victoria & Me

And Jenny.
LJC & I

I finally spotted Amalah at the infamous Sparklecorn party thrown by MamaPop. I made a beeline for her and fangirled out a little bit when I introduced myself, told her how much I adored her blog, particularly because our little ones are only a few weeks apart. She seemed to recognize my name, which made me giddy, and gave me a big ol' hug and smile. (I did not expert her to be so striking and tall and tiny. She's gorgeous, folks.) Looking back on it now, I think she wanted to chat more, but I was a goof and was like, "See ya!" and strolled off. Gah.

In the expo hall booth, I spotted Tamra from the Real Housewives of OC. She was even nicer than I expected. I was tempted to tell her what a jerk her ex-husband was to her, but I'm sure she already knows.

Tamra & I

I took this pic with Dora because Em suddenly knows who she is and screams out her name when she sees her.
Dora!

I sent it to Brent, who replied with a distraught pic of Em that said, "Great, Mommy. Remind me to send you the backstage pic of me and John Mayer." Ha!

I had a great time at BlogHer, but Victoria helped make the event for me. It can be intimidating at those big events with 2,400+ folks, so we stuck together. Here we are at Sparklecorn.
Sparklecorn

And later at the CheeseburgHer after-party with our obligatory baghats.
Cheeseburgher

Even though you can't see me in that photo above, Victoria's face is priceless. She was blitzed by then, screaming for a hula hoop (long story) and demanding to know why I'd only had two drinks. Shortly thereafter I escorted her back up to our room where she passed out and awoke the next morning wondering why her stomach felt less than stellar. Hmmm...

Really, though, beyond the online pals, swag, the "celebs," the parties, the debauchery, I did attend the daytime stuff about actual blogging. There were more sessions than I could physically attend, so I have some catching up to do on the live blogs and podcasts. However, what little I heard in the sessions, plus my time with all my other comrades was enough to inspire me to be a better writer, a better photographer and a better contributor to the online community I love so much.

Me

"No, I'm going to tell Drew that I'm having a little welcome to the building party for him but there is no party and then when he shows up I'll laugh and say 'oh it's the wrong night' and then he'll laugh and say one glass couldn't hurt and then I will put my mouth on his mouth." - Liz, 30 Rock

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Let's hear it for New York

I am typing this from the air, on my way to the Big Apple for the highly anticipated BlogHer 2010. If you follow me on Twitter, you'll know that it's been all-consuming, particularly over the last week or so.

This is my second time at BlogHer. I attended the 2008 event in San Francisco, and like this year, it was half-business/half-pleasure. This year is different, though, because my network of online pals has increased exponentially. When deciding whether to make the trek to NYC for the conference, I promised myself (and Brent) that I'd make more of an effort than I did in 2006 to break out of my shell and really network. I've laid the groundwork, mainly via Twitter, and after this post I'm going to work on my list of must-meet folks. There are a lot to keep up with!

I'm excited to be rooming with Victoria, whom I've known online for what seems like forever, and a new friend, Julianne. We're planning to hit a lot of the parties together and do some sightseeing.

My arrival into the city will be a bit rushed so I can make it in time to a last-minute sponsored party co-hosted by my pal Heather with a special performance from....wait for it....GAVIN DEGRAW! I know, right? I could DIE! Last night I dreamt that it was a performance for literally a dozen of us, and I made a fool of myself when I told him all about how we met in 2004 and my co-workers thought the pic of him I kept on my desk was Ashton Kutcher. If by some chance I do get to chat with him tonight, I hope I can keep my fangirl tendencies together.

I had a last-minute freakout at the airport when I thought I'd forgotten my DSLR camera battery, but alas, I found it safely in my bag. Hopefully that means I'll return with lots of great photos from my trip.

This trip also marks the longest I've been away from Em, and Brent is trying to calm himself at the thought of playing Mr. Mom for so long. I convinced him to take Friday off so he and Em can have a three-day weekend full of fun adventures. I know they'll have a blast together, even with her inevitable toddler tantrums.

But really, how could you not have fun with a face like this?

My dollface

Pretty in pink

"Friendship and trust in the entourage is the most important thing. Like that HBO show, John Adams." - Tracy Jordan, 30 Rock