It's going to be a scorcher today. How do I know? Not from some smartphone app or a big busted weather girl. No, I know from being on my porch since about 5:30 this morning. There is not a cloud in the sky and as soon as the sun peeked over the fence it's been hot.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Welcome back. Well, to me anyway. I haven't intended to take such long breaks lately. I could say it's life, or kids, or the new puppy, but really? It's honestly just been laziness.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
The days of packing lunches, early wake up calls, PTA meetings, and signing homework logs are behind us. Stretching ahead are long sunny days of SPF, sand between our toes, and if you're lucky, a boat drink or three. One of my favorite things to do in the summer is read. I don't often (make myself) read during the school year. Maybe late-onset ADD or something, but I can't seem to lose myself in a story when I have to drive the carpool in 5 minutes. Is that just me?
Anyway, I had a chance to read a book called The Hive by Gill Hornby this year and it was a HOOT! Never mind that it's set across the pond in England, you'll surely recognize these moms. The Queen Bee, the Single Mom, the Follower, the Disinterested, among others. I certainly saw myself in a few scenes as well. Ahem. Gill's sense of humor has put her other books on my list and I can't wait to dive in. You should too! I actually can't wait to read it again this summer. It's already in my beach bag!
Where to buy The Hive: (Not affiliate links.) It is currently available in hardback and digital editions, with paperback being released in the US on August 26, 2014. It's already available in paperback if you're in the UK. Lucky.
Barnes and Noble
Where to find Gill on the web:
Facebook (You can also read an excerpt from The Hive here!)
Thank you to Little, Brown, and Company, Meghan Deans and Gill Hornby for the opportunity to review this book. It is long over-due. My sincere apologies. The book itself was the only thing I received in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Nothing like starting a 2 part post and then dropping off the face of the earth. Sorry y'all. If you don't know what I'm talking about you can go and catch up by clicking here.
Connecting the dots to new friends with old connections. Yes, that's where I left off.
Every conference or event that I attend now I get to meet someone new. Sometimes that someone is a friend of a friend, sometimes just a stranger that I sit next to in a session. Occasionally you don't even have to be at an event to meet the people there.
"Huh? She's gone off the deep end with that one." I guess I'll have to explain.
My good friend Carmen was at an event in March and met the women there. During introductions, one of the other attendees mentioned that she lived in the same town as I do. Twitter intros ensued and a few weeks later I have a brand new blogging friend in my very own home town.
Meet Caryn of The Midlife Guru. Turns out that we have a few other mutual friends, were at the Blissdom conference at the same time last year, and have lots and lots in common. Who knew that a frozen yogurt meet-up would last for 1 1/2 hours with promises of other events and more yogurt?
This is what I love about blogging. Our blogs grow and change and bring us face to face with new friends that we would never have met otherwise. That's why I keep at it.
Friday, April 25, 2014
My story, the one that is specific to me and when I started blogging is under my About tab. I stand by that, but here is the rest of the story....
The part that isn't there is the sense of belonging, the friendships and connections. Earlier in 2007 I had started reading blogs because of an article in a magazine. At the bottom of the page was a web address that changed my life. (And my free time, truth be told.) I visited that blog, and another and another, and I was hooked. Through the summer I started having a longing to join this community of moms that had an online life. But me? I was no writer. But that conference in Chicago? Man, I really wanted to go. 4 days away from my kids and household responsibilities sounded like heaven.
I started gingerly. My early blog posts are painful to read now. I hadn't found my voice, didn't yet know what to say, but I kept at it. And I kept it a secret. I was afraid of failing at making real friends online and having anything worthwhile to say. I didn't have a specialty, a passion, or a niche. But I kept at it. Reading and commenting with my silly blog name hoping to make some friends along the way.
Community is a funny thing. You start by standing on the fringes, smiling and interjecting to seem a part of the crowd, and little by little you're not on the fringes anymore. You're (read: I'm) certainly not in the center but there are so many around you that you can't see the fringes anymore. You've become a part of the group while you weren't even looking.
At my first BlogHer Conference in the summer of 2008, my goals were simple. Learn a little something, and meet (most of) the women that I read regularly. Looking back, I rocked those simple goals. The unexpected icing on the cake however, was that some of those women that I casually wanted to meet have now become some of my closest online and real life friends. It's crazy to think that I have known Carmen, Jennifer, Elizabeth, Michele, Gwendolyn, Casey, and Yvonne (among many, many others,) for seven years. As in life, I'm closer to some than others but seven years? Because I "wanted what they were having" and joined a circle of women writing about their lives online?
It's both simple and so, so complicated.
The making of the friends. That's what this life, online and off, is really all about, isn't it? After all these years that's what blogging was, and still is about. Connecting the dots to new friends with old connections.
To be continued.....