Monday, March 26, 2007

real moms stalk other real moms

Metro, it may not be a stiff one, but it's for you all the same.

Real moms take their kids to freezing cold beaches in the middle of winter.


And then real moms take real dads on vacation without their kids and swim in the ocean as the sun sets in foreign places. Real moms know we are only as good to our babies as we are to ourselves.


In other news, Neen emails me the other day and asks if I want to meet her at Blogher in July. I thought about it for about 2 minutes and decided, uh, yeah, I do. I mean, Jess is going. And I hear Bad is going too. And a heck of a lot of others. And others should come too, like you, KC.

So Neen, hell yes, I want to take a few days off and fly sans diaper bag to Chicago and shack up in a hotel room with you for two nights. If we are really terribly lucky, maybe we'll get Jess drunk and she'll pass out in our hotel room and we can take pictures of her in a stupor and use it to blackmail her later. You know, for free stuff. Like CD mixes. We can hold the pictures ransom until she makes us a CD mix. Or cupcakes. I like cupcakes.

In all seriousness, the other reason I am so interested in going is the focus on building community and effecting social change at this year's conference. Given the Just Posts and my passion for the underrepresented, I am excited to be able to see what more our own blogging community can accomplish. Sky's the limit, friends.

So between stalking Jess and collaborating on community as a vessel for social change, anything is possible for real women in Chicago in July.

EDITED TO SAY: Here I am trying to be funny, and it came across as exclusionary. Wasn't where I was focused when I wrote it and am sorry if that is how it was perceived. Humor aside, I am excited to have another way to get with a group of women from all over the place and talk about possibilities.

37 comments:

Mayberry said...

I'll be there -- glad you will be too!

ECR said...

I am wearing those exact same pants as I sit here typing this. Exact. I can tell by the pockets. Small world, eh? :)

Thailand Gal said...

Excuse me while I exit this obviously most private livingroom. :)


Peace,

~Chani

QT said...

Love the title!

Hopefully, we will get to hear the Secret Math Language of Jess.

I am excited to go and meet as many people as I can.

jen said...

Me too, QT. Absolutely. Thanks again. There are so many terrific women going - I am excited already.

slouching mom said...

I'm with thailand gal, feeling a tad left out of the clique.

(I'll get over it soon, like, now.)

But it would be so cool to meet all of you. Not in the stars for me this year, though, which is a double shame, because I lived in Chicago for seven years, and Ben was born there.

Tabba said...

I'm excited for all of the buzz about this...but bummed because I just don't see it happening.
Sort of sucks to be po'!

carrie said...

First of all, love the beach pic!

And 2nd, you will own that conference. I am excited to see what good things will come of it.

Carrie

Sober Briquette said...

sigh. I don't want to hear of this again until it's over. Then, I want to hear about every minute.

kristen said...

I love the small glimpse of you and your girl and I hope to go to BlogHer as well but other plans might prevail......

Momish said...

Oh how I wish I were going! Maybe next year.

You are too funny! I had to reread your post because I couldn't figure out what you were referring to about being exclusive. Still can't! (you worry too much darling, everyone knows how cool you are and would never come off that way!)

Beck said...

In a way, I'd like to go. But mostly I wouldn't - I suspect I'm a bit shyer than I think I am, here in the comfort of my house, and I also think that people would find the Real Me a bit disappointing. And a bit drunk because THERE ARE NO KIDS THERE.

mamatulip said...

So you can disregard my email, then. You are going! Have a wonderful, fabulous time meeting amazing, creative, wonderful women.

And then get thee ass back home and tell me all about it. Spare no detail! :)

Lucia said...

I'm actually tempted...and you know me...scared to death to meet other bloggers. But there's something about the idea of a community of women that's very appealing.

meno said...

Chicago will never be the same! I know you'll have a blast.

kgirl said...

A picture of you guys! You're so much blonder than I pictured!

I so so want to be at blogher. A bunch of the toronto gals are going. I may just hitch a ride.

Mrs. Chicky said...

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

I was all set to comment about how gorgeous the two of you look (and you do) when you drop the Blogher bomb. I can't wait to meet you, lady.

Mad Hatter said...

OK, am I the only one here who knows that there is NO WAY you can take a black mail picture of Jess? I mean, have you seen the pix she puts on her blog? She goes out of her way to blackmail herself.

Have fun at the blogHer beach. I will be sad to miss it all but I know I will hear enough about it that I couldn't even dream for a second of feeling excluded.

metro mama said...

Okay, now that you're going, I'm gonna have to go.

Julie Pippert said...

I'm 100% on that first one, except New England...in January. Can't let weather stop you!

The second one...too true. My pace of life recently has been errrrr not conducive to best mommying.

And as for the Blogher thing. Well, I confess, I've been slightly gaggy today with all the effusive link love fests and giddy hookup posts, but it's probably all sour grapes b/c I can't go. LOL at me. You're so sweet to worry about how it came across. In all truth, it was the least "elitist" and "exclusionary." ;)

I'll just suck it up for the next few months like last year. ;)

All kidding aside, that sounds fabulous for you. You go and enjoy and do all that good. Sounds GREAT! I can't wait to hear about it.

flutter said...

It would be so amazing to go

flutter said...

Also, when did you get permission to be so damned cute?

Hel said...

Aaaaaah

I also want to go.

ps But seeing the photo of you and your little girl and being reminded of the beach moment almost makes me feel better :)

kristen said...

ummm...I commented here and now it's gone. gorgeous mama and babe -i love when we get a glimpse of you jen.

and i'm working on blogher, we'll see.

liv said...

you and M are gorgeous! I suppose (perhaps arrogantly) that if I ever have anything socially relevant to say again I might get to drag my single ass up for a thinking weekend of jubilation among like minded women. Don't mind me, I'm still licking my wounds from having been uninvited on a trip to Bermuda... it smarts!

Her Bad Mother said...

Hells ya you gotta go!!! I'll come get you and drag you there myself if I have to...

Bob said...

I know that you will enjoy blogher.

I guess I qualify as a real mom, we go to the beach every November.

karrie said...

I'm going too. Look forward to saying hello. :)

NotSoSage said...

Real moms know we are only as good to our babies as we are to ourselves.

So good. So true. Which means it's time to starting being good to myself, eh?

Damn it. How far is it from Toronto to Chicago? :(

The Atavist said...

Love that pic. It belongs in a frame on a prominent wall somewhere.

Is there a Bloghim? I feel left out!

Redneck Mommy said...

I'm doing a happy dance...cuz I'm gonna stalk you at Blogher...

If you notice a tall blonde with tattoos and piercings...that'd be me.

Don't be spooked.

KC said...

I love that picture of the two of you. Cool as cool can get. And so much love there you don't even notice the cold.

Man, I was thinking "no way" to blogher (you know how I feel about conferences and the like, medical or otherwise) but reading this makes me think, "hmmm...maybe." Just the thought of meeting you gets me all excited and then you mentioned something about cupcakes.

Chicago?

Oh, The Joys said...

I don't have to get drunk to want to snuggle up in a room with you and Nina... dag, scoot over.

[Bow Chicka Bow Bow...]

(Feeling a bit better now obviously...)

Em said...

Look at your gorgeous LONG hair!

I had no idea :)

urban-urchin said...

you and M are GORGEOUS. I am toying with the idea of going, Jess even said she'd talk to me! (Here in lies the biggest of my insecurities- that no one will hang out with me and I will wander the halls of blogher, alone, and sad. Perhaps I should write scripts for obscure bergman like films?)

Kyla said...

See you there, jen!

Susanne said...

Hearing that you're going to blogher makes me want to go again. So if I find about 3,000 € and 10 days extra I'll go.

I think you'll love it. And what lovely pictures. And see, real moms can be positive too.