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Listen To Your Heart and Blog Like a Maniac

Do you want to know a little more about how crazy weird I am?
Check out my latest post in which I tell you how I can smell a cat from a mile away.
So here I am posting.
Twice.
In one week.
Don’t be afraid, a robot didn’t take over my blog!
It’s me silly!
I just had such a busy Sunday that I really wanted to share it with you!
And yet, I still chose the cat smell post before this one.

I got to experience something pretty great this past Sunday.
Have you ever heard of Listen to Your Mother?
It’s a show where real moms, not actors, but moms just like you and I stand up on a stage and bare their souls.

 

 

First, I want to tell you I am friends with some cast members this year.
So I had an “in”.
I also am friends with the two co-producers as well.
Well, I consider them friends; I don’t know how they feel about me.
My friends Marianne, Melisa, Shannon, and Tracey were amazing.
AMAZING.
I laughed, I teared up, but I didn’t cry.
They warned me that I might, but I didn’t.
Some stories were funny, some were heart-wrenching, and some were just plain exceptional.
This is the gist, each year and in each city, there is a different cast.
As to keep it new, exciting, and different.
So if you go to Chicago in 2013 and then to Indiana the same year, it will be two different casts.
AND if you go in 2014, it will be an entirely different cast as well.
 Kind of like SNL or Menudo.

 


If you live near a city where this show is playing, I beg of you GO SEE THIS!
And bring your mom.

Can I tell you something random?
Do you know what made me get a major mist in my eyes the most?
Looking around the theater at the dads, grammas, moms, aunts, sisters, daughters, sons and friends who were there to see their loved ones bear their soul on that stage.
That made me cry a little sitting there in that amazing theater.
And made me want to totally do this next year.
If I get up the nerve to audition.

* I got the nerve! Here is my reading the following year:
My ensemble.
Polka dots, red, neon yellow, and leopard print.
I didn’t want to stand out.
My blog outfit

The Athenaeum Theater.

 


So after the show, my friend Jen and I had to scoot across Chicago to “the loop” where we were attending a Mini Bloggy Boot Camp at the Hotel Allegro.

On the way to the hotel, we shoved McDonald’s food in our mouths while driving from the theater to the hotel because it had been a long day.

We had started the day mid-morning; drove to the city to watch our friends do Listen to Your Mother on one side of the Chicago and then got in the car, swung through the drive-through to stuff food in our mouths and went to this blog thing on the other side of the city.

AND CHICAGO ISN’T A SMALL TOWN.


And then the day kicked in.
I got a little slap happy.
While riding in mid-afternoon Chicago weekend traffic.


Kari– OOOH, do you see what they are doing to the Chicago river down there?
Jen– Um, no Kari. I am driving.
Kari- It’s so pretty! Isn’t it pretty?
Jen- I don’t know Kari, again driving.
Jen- Oh that building over there is where I used to work!!
Kari- Which building?
Jen- That one right there.
Kari- The huge one with all the flags?
Jen- No, the other one.
Kari- Oh. That isn’t very impressive.


 

 

 

SITS Bloggy boot camp

 

So in a nutshell, here is what I learned at this mini Bloggy Boot Camp:
– that I am in over my head. I feel this way when I attend blogging events like, what the hell am I doing here, anyway? Most of the bloggers at the event were typing on their laptops, iPad, and phones. I could barely keep up with the notes I was writing on the notepad they provided with the pen they provided.
At one point I felt like I was in11th-grade math class looking around to see what everyone was doing.
Am I supposed to be tweeting?
Taking pictures?
WRITING SOMETHING DOWN?
I am getting the hang of these kinds of events, but I still feel like the kid in the back of the class waiting for the lunch bell to ring.

– that I shouldn’t feel guilty investing in myself. I love my blog so much; it has become a huge part of me. I actually get sad if I think about never blogging again. And I have worked tirelessly to create this blog, keep up, feed and nurture it, but I haven’t really spent a lot of money to build it up.
I want to do a blog overhaul sometime this year and take some steps to make it as nice as I envision it.
There was so much discussion and won’t go into every detail but let me tell you the coolest news.
I won something!

                       So at the end of the conference, we were told to hop on our phones and go to this survey.

After taking the survey, we would send it and then when all the surveys were in, they would do the random generator (all on the projector in front of us to be fair) to decide who the winner was.
I took the survey and hit send.
Then I went to Facebook to comment on my status update that I had written earlier to my aforementioned LTYM friends.
Shannon actually was the one I was responding to when they yell out, “number 21!”.
So they counted down the list to figure out who ” number 21″ was while I was oblivious because I was busy thinking of something witty to say to Shannon on Facebook.

                                                      Because it takes serious concentration on my part to be witty.

When suddenly they say my name.
What the what??
HOLY CRAPBALLS did I just win an iPad???
Me and my new iPad Mini!

Here I am outside of the hotel holding my newly won iPad!
Oh, and while she was taking this picture, there were two small white dogs with leashes running away from their owners in the parking lot next to that Honda.
So I was excited and yet also apprehensive about this picture.
And tired.
And hungry.

 

Ipad Mini I won at blog conference

Isn’t she pretty?
She is all mine.
In all seriousness, I never thought I would ever have one of these bad boys.
Really.
So this was truly a gift to me.
I wish they knew how much I appreciate this.

One last thing about that day, I missed my family.
That was the takeaway of the day.
I enjoyed my day out with my friends and learning some new blogging tools, but I am a stay at home mom.
My kids and husband are my worlds.
So an entire day away made me homesick to be quite honest.
I was alternately texting my hubs and my 13-year-old at the end of the conference things like, “whatcha doing??” and “I miss you guys terribly”.

 

I loved my day away but I loved being back home in my favorite role of all- mommy.

22 thoughts on “Listen To Your Heart and Blog Like a Maniac”

  1. I love this so much! you are worth a ba-jillion dollars in the blog world and real world to me, i would write you a check if i could:) This sounds like the funnest time ever – sometimes we need a liiiittle time away to realize how much we love our own life, way we do things, what we want to do next, and that we are allowed to get McDonalds. This post ROCKS:)

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    1. I love you so much for so many reasons but YOU are one of my best blogging friends and you are always happy for me. Thank you so much for that. 🙂

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  2. Yay! Congrats on the iPad!And thanks for your LTYM support! ONE correction though: it's not necessarily a once-in-a-lifetime thing. We just don't allow people to submit an essay the year after they're in the cast! 🙂 Two years later? Submit away! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Melisa!! So does that mean I am up against Lou next year?? There is no hope for me……

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  3. While I am not quite sure that the Al Bundy reference is flattering . . . I get your point and I love you too!!!

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    1. Mark Consuelos to my Kelly Ripa. Oooh no….how about Mauricio to my Kyle????? Muuuch better.

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  4. I love this post! And I too feel like the bad kid in class that is always unsure of what to do. Congrats on winning the iPad mini! We're holding a monthly contest at my work where I get to give them away and I really, really would love to keep one for myself.Also, I would love to see a full picture of your outfit because it looks totally adorable!

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    1. Thank you for a nod to the outfit, Julie! I worked hard on putting it together since most days I am in yoga pants!

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  5. This was SO incredible. And I am here at the gym, my other job besides blogging, trying to make up my next workout for my class but really I have all big raindrop style tears in my eyes. Cause you rock.Annnnd seriously. Bloggers need to get paid for promotions!!! What is up? Okay, review an ipad in exchange for ipad and no money? Fine yes, that's desirable. Review your eye CREAM in exchange for $5.98 eye cream and one for a reader? Do I look like I have no self worth at all? Okay sure, ill give you a $12 review. It'll go like this : this product is cool but the company totally sucks. They take advantage of their own potential customers. Mmhmm. Yeah. Sorry. Rant over. Loved it!

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  6. This was SO incredible. And I am here at the gym, my other job besides blogging, trying to make up my next workout for my class but really I have all big raindrop style tears in my eyes. Cause you rock.Annnnd seriously. Bloggers need to get paid for promotions!!! What is up? Okay, review an ipad in exchange for ipad and no money? Fine yes, that's desirable. Review your eye CREAM in exchange for $5.98 eye cream and one for a reader? Do I look like I have no self worth at all? Okay sure, ill give you a $12 review. It'll go like this : this product is cool but the company totally sucks. They take advantage of their own potential customers. Mmhmm. Yeah. Sorry. Rant over. Loved it!

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  7. Cute everything. Cute iPad. Cute YOU. Cute book. Cute message. I love it all. Rock it, girl!

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  8. So much to love here!! The show! Your winning! The book with the cape!! No matter.Look into my eyes.Er.Comment section.And say aloud:"I WILL AUDITION NEXT YEAR."This was MADE for you, my friend! xoxo Mar

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  9. I felt exactly the same amount of overwhelmed at the Mini BBC. My sister ditched me, I keep telling her bloggers are friendly but she doesn't yet believe me, I took the train down instead of driving. Which was a huge mistake as we ran an hour late, but I feel like a learned a lot.Total congrats on your Ipad!

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