Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Back to School, Is Mom Still Cool?

My kids started back up this past week with smiles on.
They both got the teachers they wanted and both were excited to get the school year started.  They picked out what they were going to wear the night before and got all their supplies ready to go like it was the night before Christmas.

I had to drive them in the first day this year because we didn't get to go to the open house we usually do the week before school starts to bring in the bags of school supplies they wouldn't want to have to carry.  We missed the open house due to having our last summer fling in Wisconsin Dells.  So we went to the packed parking lot and carried in all the bags together, first going to the third grade hallway to drop off my daughter and her stuff.  I gave her a kiss and a hug good bye before she sat down in line to get into her classroom.

My son hugged both teachers in that hall, one of which he had when he was in third grade. For being a big fifth grader himself, I thought it really sweet that he hug his old teachers because he missed seeing them and remembered how he liked them.  

Now it was time to go down to the big kid hallway where the fourth and fifth graders wait for their classrooms to be opened.  We walked to his group watching all the other kids sitting in a row along the wall and he waved at other kids that weren't in his class.  When we arrived at his classroom, he immediately sat down.  I handed him his extra bags and said goodbye.  No hug or goodbye kiss like there had been in years before and as I walked away it didn't occur to me.  Then I sat in the car and thought about it.  He must be too big to want to hug mom in front of his friends anymore.  The day I was dreading since he was little had come.  I had a tear in my eye as I drove back home.

When he came home that first day, I asked him jokingly if he was too old to give his old mom a hug and a kiss in front of all his friends that were in the hallway that morning. Instead of agreeing with me about feeling embarrassed like I thought he would his response was genuine: "Oh, you mean I forgot to hug you before you left? Really? (thinking back) I'm sorry mom, I would have given you a hug and a kiss if I remembered!"

Gotta love that kid!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

How Do You Take Your Coffee - Leaded or Unleaded?

After reading this post, you might change your mind..

So I wanted to introduce you to a great friend of mine who has two sweet tweetin' thumbs and happens to be today's Featured Guest that I met about this time last year for the first time in real life.  We chatted online often, the whole reason I even got to meet her was all her fault - and really I thank her all the time for it.  It was her tweet that led me to my first ticket to any kind of bloggy anything so really I have her to blame for my convention junkie appearance you see standing before you today.  It's kind of our meet-o-versary...no? No such thing you say?  Did I not need to go there?  Well I did - it IS a thing right? That's right, everything goes good with a versary at the end, the same works for licious...try it, you'll see.

Anywho, I have met up with her a few times since over the last year, because we are close enough and she's totally tittylicious - hell we even saw Magic Mike together. She'll tell you I was on the edge of my seat but it was her clapping and laughing on the other side that kept me much more entertained.  Her name is Melanie Coffee, it's true - we were destined to meet and hang out IRL, I mean who else matches my personality so well only by stating her name?  Not only does she have a spectacular name, her writing has an unintentionally humorous way of making you look at things in an entirely different light. 

Take leaded coffee for example:

I have a confession. I tried to kill my elementary school teacher. Well, it wasn’t just me you know, it was the entire class.

I’m gonna be a bit vague to protect the identity of the juveniles involved, but let’s say it happened sometime between 3rd and 5th grade and the target was Mrs. X.

First off, Mrs. X wasn’t a bad teacher (even if she was, it’s not like anyone deserves the punishment we’d planned.) I think we didn’t like her because she was strict. So one day, someone comes up with the idea of getting rid of her.

At recess we talked through different possibilities, most of them inspired by TV shows. No one knew how to bleed brakes, or what that really meant. The school didn’t have any stairs, so she  couldn’t take a terrible fall. Then finally, someone had a brilliant idea. She could die by lead poisoning. There’d been a lot of lead poisoning information in the news lately and we figured she should be the latest victim.

We hatched a plan. We’d take the lead from the pencil sharpener and pour it into her coffee. In the mornings her cup was either in her hand or on the corner of her desk. The day before D-Day, we all took turns sharpening our pencils, we needed to pack the pencil sharpener with as much lead as possible.

I can still remember when it was my turn to head to the sharpener. I was nervous that Mrs. X was going to figure it out.

During recess that afternoon, another girl and me went back into the classroom and emptied the sharpener. We threw the wood shavings in the trash and kept the remaining lead on a sheet of paper.

We went back out to recess and handed off the “goods” to another classmate.
On the morning of D-Day, we were all nervous and excited that it was the last day we would have to deal with Mrs. X. While working in our workbooks, one of the kids asked Mrs. X for help. She got up from her desk, leaving her coffee cup unguarded.

Another accomplice slipped up to her desk and poured in the lead. All morning we watched her with bulging eyes as she sipped, sipped, sipped the fully leaded coffee.

The next day, we were stunned, then crestfallen when we walked into the classroom to find her sitting behind her desk. She’s alive? How did she survive the poisoning? The answer was clear, she must have been an evil witch and no one knew how to get rid of a witch.

Loving this Coffee Confession of another kind. Thanks Mel for stopping by and always making me laugh - please let's get together again real soon, I miss your face!

You can find my lovely friend Melanie on twitter @sheswrite 
and also on Facebook at She's Write.

Do YOU have a Coffee Confession of your own kind?  
I am gladly taking submissions!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Introduce Yourself Before #BloggyCon {Linky}

Bloggy Boot Camp - You never forget your first!
It would seem I have become what you might call a conference junkie over the past year starting with Bloggy Boot Camp last August, I also went to a Girl's Lunch Out in February, and a Spark and Hustle last month. I learned some valuable lessons and have made some lasting connections and people I can call friends at each one.  All have been in the Chicago area - I'm trying to catch everything local to avoid air fare and keep my costs down. I can't tell you how excited I am that BlogHer will be close next year! I'm totally excited and planning on going to that outrageous shin dig to swim with the big dogs, just need to start saving for it now..

I have been looking at and lurking around BloggyCon since before I started going to any conferences and looked into it last year but thought Ohio was a bit far. Turns out it will only be a little over 4 hours of a drive, plus with the peer pressure from @AskDocG (also going to the conference, go follow her, she's awesome!) who has become a close friend over the last year and her offer to room with me, I couldn't turn it down this year. This will definitely be a bigger venue than I'm used to being a three day event and all. I'm excited and nervous all at the same time, even after attending the ones I already have.

I usually feel out of place at these things to begin with, even after going to a few - I think because I'm selling myself and not a product or niche, plus I'm much more socially awkward in person.  Sure I'm considered a mom blogger because I'm a mom; my theme is coffee because I love it and live it, but I write about all different things on the spectrum including parenting (or lack thereof), travel and a few social media tips and tricks I learned the hard way along the way. I think it would be easier if I was actually selling a product - it's not as easy to sell yourself, too easy to down play.  I've never been a review/giveaway blogger and the thought of sponsors scares me a little because to me, that means rules that I've never been good at following.  I am the most consistent at being inconsistent, especially on this blog.  Love it or leave it, it's who I am and I think I like taking summers off...

If you are not familiar with BloggyCon, please check the link for all the details. It is a three day conference full of information and helpful tips about blogging and making connections.  It's held in Cincinnati, Ohio this year on September 27 - 29 and I would LOVE to meet you if you are going.  If you're not, but thinking about it, keep an eye on the #BloggyCon hashtag on twitter where they have parties every other week and give away a full conference pass!

Bloggy Conference 2012!

ARE YOU GOING?!? I would love to get to know you before the conference so I will recognize you when I walk in and I have someone to sit with!  Please leave a comment introducing yourself and link up below with your blog or twitter URL (or both!). Then come back to check out and meet others that will link up before the conference.  Consider it the party before the party, you don't want to pass it up!

*This is my first time ever hosting a link up so I hope it goes off without a hitch!  I'm leaving it up until the conference starts so you'll have until then to link up - the more the merrier!!