On Not Going to BlogHer

by Jodifur on July 24, 2014

If you follow pretty much ANYONE in the blogosphere this week you will see A LOT of #blogher14 tweets, instagram photos, and facebooks posts.  Blogher is the conference for female bloggers.  I’ve been three times and it is a blast.  And also, Kerry Washington is speaking this year.  YES, that Kerry Washington.

I’m not there.  I EASILY could have gone.  Michael is at overnight camp.  We would have had no childcare concerns.  Except, well, it is not that easy.  BlogHer is expensive. It is in California.  You need plane tickets, and a hotel room, food.  I also, honestly, never even really considered going.

I loved BlogHer the years I went.  It is a really, really good time.  I learned a lot.  But lately I feel totally and completely disconnected with the blogosphere.  I’ve written a few goodbye to jodifur posts and saved them in my drafts folder.  I’m not even sure how much longer I’m going to BE HERE.  The idea of flying cross country and spending thousands of dollars on a blogging conference was soo not for me.  Also, next week I’m taking of off work to go on a childless vacation with my husband.  That is what I wanted to do with my money and my time.

For all of you who are there, or are on your way, take a deep breath.  It doesn’t matter what you are wearing on your body, or your feet.  It doesn’t matter if the person next to you is a huge blogger or a newbie.  Put a smile on your face and have a GREAT TIME.  Live in the moment. Because the moment passes.

And if you meet Kerry Washington I am going to be SO JEALOUS.


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The Independent Child

by Jodifur on July 21, 2014

It feels like the entire INTERNET is at sleep away camp right now, kind of like when Michael started kindergarten and the entire INTERNET started kindergarten with him.  It must be that all my blogging friends have kids the same age, and since that is mostly who I am friends with on social media, those are the pictures I see.  Kids, hugging, crying, holding on to their mom. Sad eyes boarding a bus.  Longing stares looking at a window.

Then, then, there is Michael.  Where Michael goes to sleep away camp there is no bus, no plane, Doug and I drive him up, unpack him, and say goodbye.  You wait in long check in lines, meet other parents, and walk your child up a big hill, meet the counselors, and say good bye.   As we were waiting in line at one of the check in spots Michael said “are we almost done?” and I said “yep, and then we can go up the hill and meet your counselors and unpack your bag, and then Dad and I leave.”

Michael looked at me, straight face and said “I can go myself.”

I was like, “um, no, Daddy and I are going with you to say goodbye.”

I would MUCH rather have this than a child who is sad and crying and demanding not to go. But he could NOT have gotten rid of us sooner.  He barely wanted to know where his clothing was.  Which means he will probably only wear the same clothes for the whole 3 weeks again.

Also, it would have been nice to know that he would miss me, just a little.


Shoe Friday #285

July 18, 2014

My friend Laura’s daughter’s shoes.

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Countdown to Overnight Camp

July 16, 2014

Michael leaves for overnight camp on Monday and EVERYONE, the grownups, the child, CANNOT WAIT.  It has gotten to the point where Michael asks things like, “HOW MANY MORE DAYS? ” every, single, morning.  Last week, the day camp he LOVED, is boring because it is STILL, NOT, OVERNIGHT CAMP. Doug and I also CANNOT […]

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Shoe Friday #284

July 11, 2014

My friend Stephanie’s super cute shoes.  (And, she just had a brand new baby girl, that is also super adorable!)  Go check out her blog and say congrats on Piper Alice.  

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Why Is Kindness Sometimes Hard to Accept?

July 8, 2014

I am terrible at accepting compliments.  If someone compliments my outfit I normally say something like “oh, it’s old” or, “I got it on sale” or “my mom bought it for me, she has really good taste.”  I never, ever, just say “thank you.”  Same with my hair.  If someone compliments my hair I say, […]

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Shoe Friday #283

July 3, 2014

We are on vacation again, and I packed all these shoes, but I have only worn my 3 pairs of Tory Burch flip flops.

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Summertime, and The Living is Easy

July 3, 2014

I apologize for completely abandoning the blog, and somehow forgetting to mention that hey! we are on vacation this week. But if you follow me on instagram, facebook, or, twitter, you may have noticed my plethora of vacation pictures. We are having a perfectly lovely vacation and have not been rained on once! We have […]

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Shoe Friday #282

June 27, 2014

Shannon’s really awesome shoes

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Summer, So Far

June 24, 2014

Last summer, my friend Stacey said “being a swim team mom is a full time job.”   And I forgot that until today when I was racing out of work to pick Michael up at camp, run home, change, run to the pool, sit through practice, run home and make dinner, lather, rinse, repeat.  And […]

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