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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My Friends That Live In The Computer

Whenever I reference one of my online friends, unnamed loved ones often ask, "You mean your friends that live in your computer?"
Why, yes. Yes, I do mean those friends. 
When I started blogging, I had no idea that I would really and truly become friends with women I had never had gin and tonic coffee with. Women whose voices I had never heard. Women that were making their way in the world- in cities far away from my own.
Women's friendships are powerful and no one was shocked more than I to find that online friendships can be equally powerful. 
Many of us met at BlogHer Conference last weekend. While the conference was informative and my head is still reeling with all that I learned, the best part of the conference was connecting with my online friends.
Many of these pictures were snapped on our phones (excuse the lack of quality photography) but they capture the experience perfectly. 
We were thrilled that Ilana of Mommy Shorts brought her cutiedoodle baby. 
"Fairy Blogmothers"
Robyn of Hollow Tree Ventures is possibly the sweetest (and funniest...and smartest) person on the planet.
This is just me...holding Keesha of Mom's New Stage and Ilana of Mommy Shorts just a little too tightly. My bad. 
A trip to Chicago would not be complete without a wild cab ride and cab dancing.
Elevator shenanigans with Kim of Let Me Start By Saying, Kelley of Kelley's Breakroom and Katy of Katy in a Corner.
Due to my constant photobombing, Anna of My Life and Kids and Hillary of Because My Life is Fascinating mocked my skill. 
My favorite photobombing moment was with Katy of I Want a Dumpster Baby and Rebecca of Frugalista.
These ladies are hilarious! Janel of 649.133 Girls, the Care and Raising Of, Nicole of Ninja Mom, Stephanie of I'm Still Learning, and Kim of Let Me Start By Saying.
Ellen and Erin put the "sisterhood" in the Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms! 

One of the best parts of the conference was gathering for meals. Nothing brings women together like carbs and booze good conversation.
Every week, I join other In The Powder Room contributors to bring you the funny. It was great to yuck it up around a table instead of through a computer screen.
This is my favorite picture. It sums up the entire weekend. Laughing, sharing, and spewing out of our noses! This is Kim of Let Me Start By Saying. Let me start by saying that her face is like sunshine. 
BlogHer should be renamed, "HugHer!" We had never met each other and we were hugging like we had won a year's supply of Godiva chocolates.
THE BOOK SIGNING!
Kim, co-author of I Just Want To Pee Alone, arranged a book signing and reading at her in-laws deli, Bongiorno's Pizza & Italian Deli.
It was the first time that so many of the authors were gathered in the same place. You can imagine the shenanigans and the laughter that ensued with funny women like Karen of Baby Sideburns, Tara of You Know It Happens At Your House Too, and Andrea (also in the running for sweetest person on the planet!) of The Underachiever's Guide To Being A Domestic Goddess.
As women came through the line, I was again stunned at the instant connection. Meeting women who have been so generous with their comment love and who took the time out of their busy lives to show support and meet us...I was overwhelmed. I battled the urge to leap over the table and squeeze them. 
I stood on the curb, waiting for my ride. I watched my friend and ITPR editor, Leslie of The Bearded Iris,  walk away. There she goes. There goes my friend.
We are all going back to our own corners of the world. Tomorrow, we will be back to our online shenanigans. 
But now, I will hear their voices when I read their words. 
Now, I will chuckle to myself about the time four of us shared one hotel room. 
I will remember that no one makes me snort laugh harder than Nicole Leigh Shaw.
When I read Jen of People I Want To Punch In The Throat's rants, I will remember how she teared up telling about a connection made. (Don't tell her that I said so, but she is a total sweetheart!)
I will remember that we are friends.
COMING SOON! Really soon, like this Thursday!
BlogHer was more than a hugfest, y'all! I joined forces with funny ladies Anna of My Life & Kids and Katy of Katy in a Corner to bring you some vlog love. Stay tuned for "How To Network At A Conference And Other Tips on "Professionalishness!" Here is a sneak peek...

40 comments:

  1. You are the real thing..kind, genuine, hilarious--I adore you. Xo

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    1. Right back at ya, schmoopy! I'm so happy to have met you IRL!

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  2. You should mention that you give the best hugs of all time. Because you do :)

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    1. Well, you are so darn huggable! It was so great to see my LTYM sister!

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  3. Your heart is like sunshine, baby. I already miss your force and your accent and you you you. xoxo

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    1. YOU! YOU! YOU! I didn't think it was possible but I love you even more.

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  4. What a fun time! I dream of the day when I get to meet my 'friends'. I love the picture of the 5 of you sitting around staring at the baby! My little one would have FREAKED!! And, you are the photo bomb queen!!

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    1. That schmoopy baby was the highlight of our day! We were all missing our own kiddos and so grateful that Ilana shared her baby with us! Thanks, Carrie!

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  5. You could've at least tried to make it sound like it sucked just a little bit for those of us who couldn't make it. Next year, I'm photobombing EVERY. SINGLE. PICTURE of you. :)

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    1. We can have a photobomb contest! I'm holding you to it, Teri!

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  6. It is one amazing experience finally getting to squeeze those friends in person isnt it? It was great getting to meet you!

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    1. So true! It was so amazing to meet the women that I have been "friends" with for so long. See you next year!

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  7. It was so awesome meeting you and making my online friends my real life friends. You were an ABSOLUTE DOLL at breakfast. You can hold my baby any time. And thanks for posting pictures I actually like of myself!!!!

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    1. Thank you for sharing her with us! It was a beautiful thing to see you with your baby. As Andrea said, she has fairy blogmothers for life!

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  8. This was so awesome! So many great pictures and memories! I knew you would be hilarious in person. I wasn't disappointed!!

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    1. I am so happy that you were able to come! We will forever be eyelash sisters!

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  9. That's What She Said couldn't come soon enough. I'm still amazed at what a force you are - and so much fun too. Get that pocket ready for me to jump in to!

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    1. I am having pockets sewn on all my clothes...labeling them, "KEESHA'S PLACE!"

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    1. I'm still pretending that you were there. Pretending that I got to store a business card in your cleavage.

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  11. Kerry, your post is fabulous. And the photos? The best. They completely tell the story of BlogHer.

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    1. Thank you, Helene! My abs finally got a workout- so much laughing!

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  12. I swear, next time I'm just following you around to photobomb Every. Damn. Picture. And by the way? You were my first....with pickled beets. Every time I eat a beet? Your face will appear to me.

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    1. I'll be in your fantasy beet reel any day! So great to squeeze you in real life!

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  13. Well said! I may not know my neighbors names (last names anyway...I think I do all know the first names), but I've got some great online friends. I'm going to have to go to BlogHer one of these years and see if I can meet them.

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    1. I had no idea how much I would love these women! Thanks, Sherri!

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  14. How awesome!!

    Now I feel all left out. Neglected. Sneered at. Shunned.

    Therefore, I'm hoping I can bust up your little party next year. You've just set me a little goal.

    Goodbye New High Heels Fund...Hello BlogHer '14.

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    1. Oh, Carrie! That is exactly how I felt last year, watching from afar! I'll be waiting to hug you up next year!

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    1. Tracy! I have been so worried that I showed you my absolute worst self. I was so looking forward to meeting you and then, KABOOM! There you were while I was acting like an inconsiderate a-hole! Thank you for not holding it against me!

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  16. I like to say that I can take my "friends in my computer" wherever I go (but I really just want to go back to BlogHer and hang out in person). Hugs and smooches. Ellen

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    1. You and Erin are amazing. You really do put "sisterhood" in the mix! Big smooches to you!

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  17. Nose sewing is always hilarious! As a non hugger I am a tad nervous about attending a conference.

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    1. Nose Sewing??? You crack me up! I'll try not to overwhelm you with my hugs! No promises, though.

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  18. I miss you so much!!! Learning bloggy stuff was great, but nothing comes close to the BlogHer awesomeness of snort-out-loud dinners and giggly slumber parties with my (now real-life) friends! xoxo

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    1. Well said! My loved ones are getting sick of hearing about how much I love you all!

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  19. It was so great meeting you and everyone at the signing. SO FUN! <3 Devan

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    1. So happy that I finally met the infamous DEVAN!

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  20. Have I told you enough how awesome it was to meet you? No? Then, one more time, it was AWESEOME meeting you. Truly. And what I love about this post and all these photos? That for as gorgeous as you are, you make the best faces ever.

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  21. Best comment ever! It was so great to meet you! You get the good sport award!

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