Today was a day chockful of opportunities to socialize with adults. This, you may shrug off and say, “Yeah, so what? What’s the big deal?” The big deal is that for the past six years, I have been a stay-at-home mommy with nothing fancy to wear, elbow deep in poop. Actually, all of that is a vast exaggeration, but you get the picture. I have been at home, taking care of the family, many days shaking my fists, wondering when I would have some semblance of a social life again. In due time, Momma. In due time.
I spent my day at work today, around adults, having adult conversations and I really enjoy it. I truly do. Allie Kat was at day camp again today and loved every minute. I still cannot shake the guilt of leaving her there during the day, yet she is having a blast. I miss her. I am watching my little girl grow up before my eyes and the little precious moments slip through my fingers like grains of sand. She is becoming more independent. She is becoming more social. She does not need me to kiss every boo boo. Part of my heart aches. On the other hand, I am enjoying getting back to the work force and rediscovering my own identity that extends beyond motherhood.
There was an award ceremony after work. It was a roast actually. It was a lot of fun to get out, eat some tasty California Pizza Kitchen cuisine and hang out with the girls from the office. I was awarded, “New Kid on the Block” and they made me feel a part of the team—that my work was valuable. It felt wonderful!
The roast was over at 6:00 p.m. and I ran over to a tweet-up hosted by San Diego Family Expo and San Diego Bargin Mama. It was in La Jolla, a few blocks down from where the roast was at Apollonia Greek Bistro. It was the perfect location to hang out on the patio and chat it up with other bloggers. I met up with old blogger friends and new ones. They were giving out Dearform slippers and I needed a new pair. I was only planning on staying for an hour. I stayed for three!
@SugarJones and @SD_DealsnSteals
I met Sugar at BlogHer 2010 in NYC. She is an awesome lady. I met Kate tonight for the first time. We had great conversation.
@ThePinkyProject & @KathieZaccaria
Angela and Kathie were fun! We are planning another tweet-up at the Del Mar Races in August. I can’t wait!
@designsbyjaness & @mommycanrun
Janessa had a really cool experience where she made some jewelery for Amalah and her business took off. It was a interesting story. Janessa is sweet.
@Sign4Baby & @SoCalwithKids
I loved hanging out with these two ladies. They were so much fun.
@MyNameIsTobyAnd & @kidventures
I am now following Toby on Twitter. Toby is a rescue Jack Russell Terrier. Toby’s owner is on the left, representing Toby.
@Sign4Baby, @SEXucator, @ThePinkyProject
I was having so much fun, I could not leave after an hour.
I called Mr. Bear, “I am talking and I cannot shut up,” I said half-joking, because really I could not shut up.
I was in my element. I was chatting with like-minded people. We talked about our smart phones, our blogs, social media, marketing, and every geeky topic in between, since there are professionals as Tom Johnson that specialize in marketing. It sometimes blows my mind that there are other people that like to geek out with their gadgets as much as I do. Unlike leprechauns, they do exist and I felt like I was surrounded by kindred spirits.
BlogHer is going to be terrific. I cannot wait!
Everyone was all a buzz about the BlogHer conference coming up in two weeks. It is difficult to not be nervous before going to the conference—I know from experience. I am not nervous this time around. I am excited for the opportunities coming up in two short weeks.
Are you going to BlogHer? Are you a geek like me? Let me know.