Momma Said There'd Be Weekends Like This

What day is it? I’m not sure, because I spent the last few days in a blur of BlogHer conference meetings and Project Mom casting calls, followed by crabbing and tubing at the Jersey Shore (the place, not the show, though I was near where the show is filmed. I did not run into Snooki.)

On Thursday, I dropped the kids off at the neighbors’ house where my friend Mary seemed surprised that I could clean up so nice. Granted, she normally sees me in ratty shorts or soccer cleats.

Anyhow, I was all dolled up because I was heading into the city (New York, that is) to film a segment with Today Moms of the Today Show.com. (It’s not up yet, but I’ll link to it when it is.)

The lovely and talented Alicia Ybarbo of the Today Show didn't seem as surprised that I sometimes wear makeup and a dress.

The lovely and talented Alicia Ybarbo of the Today Show didn't seem as surprised that I sometimes wear makeup and a dress.

Then I headed over to the Bloganthropy Awards Dinner’s On Us, where I met lots of fantastic mom bloggers.

Corine Ingrassia of Complicated Mama knows how to pose for a photograph without holding your phone, business cards, purse and drink in the shot.

Corine Ingrassia of Complicated Mama knows how to pose for a photograph without holding your phone, business cards, purse and drink in the shot.

My 11-year-old son, by the way, said that my dress could serve as camouflage on Pandora in the movie Avatar. I predict a blog in that boy’s future.

The winner was the lovely and talented Katherine Stone of Postpartum Progress, who helps mothers deal with postpartum depression.

The winner was the lovely and talented Katherine Stone of Postpartum Progress, which helps mothers deal with postpartum depression.

(WordPress keeps stripping out my links from captions, so here’s Postpartum Progress and here’s Complicated Mama.)

And that was just Thursday. On Friday I went to the Hilton for BlogHer ’10, the ginormous conference for the 2,500 mom bloggers who showed up. I didn’t get a lot of photos there, but picture lots of “Oh my God!” and hugging and swag and tweeting all in one place, including the lines to the bathrooms. And I got to have a tasty Smore up in the Hershey’s suite (or should I saw “sweet”? Nah, too corny.)

I ran into loads of friends, new and old, including:

Dawn Sandomeno and Elizabeth Mascali of PartyBluPrints.com, who rescued me at the right moment.

Katja Presnal of Skimbaco, who understands English quite well, thank you very much.

Beth Feldman of RoleMommy

Jen Drexler of Just Ask a Woman

Tonya Staab of This and That

Linsday Maddox of Silly Mom Thoughts 

Liz Thompson  of This Full House, who will never live down grabbing my hand and dragging me to the E.L.F. table while exclaiming “C’mon Jen! You need makeup!”

Tracy Beckerman of Lost in Suburbia (You know when you can hear a dog vomit story coming from down the hall, it’s Tracy.)

Joanna Dreifus of My Mom Shops (Thanks for making me feel like a rock star for stopping me in the hall and making sure we met.)

Thanks to Dawn, I was invited to a showing of Secretariat (two thumbs up!), and got to thank the producer for making a hero out of a middle aged woman, Penny Tweedy, Secretariat’s owner.

I am not certain Mark Ciardi and I appear to be listing, as if on a boat. It was too early in the party for that.

I am not certain why Mark Ciardi and I appear to be listing, as if on a boat. It was too early in the party for that.

Speaking of boats, I snapped this pretty sunset shot on my way home to New Jersey:

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On Saturday, I had to return the Windows 7 PC laptop that the nice people from Microsoft had let me play with for 24 hours, leaving me to groan at my own four-year-old laptop every time I boot it up now.

Then I spent the afternoon in the green room at Ciaran Blumenfeld (Momfluential) and Leane Vandeman’s casting call for Project Mom, which I told you about a few weeks ago. (Am I selling my devil to the soul or is this a smart move? )

I met tons of talented bloggers and I’d list them, but I’m certain I’ll forget someone and that would be bad. Hopefully we’ll all wind up on a TV show together anyhow.

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Then I found myself on a boat again, this time with my family on my sister-in-law’s boyfriend’s boat on north Barnegat Bay, watching the sun set:

Yeah, that's Jersey.

Yeah, that's Jersey.

In just 12 hours, I went from schmoozing with Today Show producers and Hollywood producers and getting interviewed for a reality show to crabbing with my sister-in-law in my pajamas and college soccer sweatshirt.

Hmmm. I wonder why my friends and family are so surprised when I get all dressed up?

Hmmm. I wonder why my friends and family are so surprised when I get all dressed up?

Luckily, the boys woke up and took over:

All those hours of watching
You'd be crabby, too, I suppose.

You'd be crabby, too, I suppose.

And we took the kids tubing, too.

I wish I could bottle their laughs and smiles and dab on a little bit each morning just behind my ears.

I wish I could bottle their laughs and smiles and dab on a little bit each morning just behind my ears.

Here it is Tuesday (right?), and I’m still a little hungover from all that activity. So, I’ll leave you with the video I made that snagged me one of the coveted spots in the Project Mom casting call, and the hope that next weekend is a tad quieter. At the very least, I hope I don’t have to wear a name tag.

No responses to “Momma Said There'd Be Weekends Like This”

  1. Ann Delaney

    Love your post and pictures- especially crabbing in PJ’s- every mother can relate! Thanks for plugging the “real” Jersey Shore, too :)

  2. Lindsay Maddox

    *blushing*

    You mentioned li’l ole me?!

    You, my friend, were a breath of fresh air amidst the overwhelming, fanatical energy that soaked nearly every room of the BlogHer10 conference. I’m glad you guys got away to the shore, that looks like it was so much fun!

  3. ClassyMommy

    As always I love your posts I just wish we had met in NYC again! Somehow I didn’t find you amidst the 2500 ladies at Blogher! Hopefully soon we’ll get to hang at an event together. Your boys are adorable too in the Jersey Shore pics. Too bad you missed meeting Snooki :)

  4. Katherine from Postpartum Progress

    What a weekend! I’m so glad I got the chance to meet you!

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