I have a confession to make.
I never actually made it to BlogHer.
Well, wait, that’s not technically true; I seemed to show up at most of the parties associated with BlogHer, it’s just the actual sessions I appear to have missed.
To be fair, I wasn’t planning to go on Friday anyway because I was working. But I fully intended to go on Saturday. I swear, I did! But there was the little problem of Matt being sick…and then both boys going straight into Full Meltdown Mode when I mentioned that I’d be gone for most of the day (remember the part about them being exhausted and cranky on Saturday?). I was out a lot more than usual last week and they were feeling it.
So I looked around at my sick, tired, and cranky guys, acknowledged the fact that I too was feeling very tired, and finally said, “Well, guys, how about if I stay home today?” Needless to say, they were happy. Very happy. Even through their tears, I could tell. (The boys, that is. Matt gets full credit for encouraging me to go even though I’m sure he felt like a truck was repeatedly running over his head.)
I wouldn’t have skipped out on a professional conference related to my work, but this nagging voice in the back of my head kept asking, “You’ll leave them in this condition? For a blogging conference?? One you didn’t even pay anything for?? Really???“
Happily, after all of my guys took long afternoon naps, they were cheerful and refreshed. When I suggested I would go meet some people downtown for dinner, there were no wails. No tears. So, yes, in the end, I just showed up for the party. Again. Only this time I borrowed a very cute necklace from Becky. Because we all know by now that her taste is just a wee bit better than mine.
I got to hang out with Susan Etlinger of The Family Room fame which was a lot of fun – a rather fuzzy photo of us is posted above – and we went to a great Japanese restaurant with a group of Chicago Mom and Silicon Valley Mom bloggers. It was another enjoyable event with smart and funny “womena”.