Stick a fork in me.

I’m so done. Done, done, done!

Actually I am having a ball, but I am just so busy I can’t possibly do everything I want to do. Which today included writing a witty and informative post about how to start a blog. Oh well, tomorrow is another day, right?

Let me just tell you, though, about my weekend. I am so excited about a workshop series I’ve started running for our Philly Social Media Moms group. It went over extremely well, and I learned a lot about running an event like this so hopefully next time it will go off without a hitch.

I was probably crazy to schedule myself to speak at the first event (there will be other speakers at future events — there are so many fabulously smart and successful bloggers in our area, we are set on speakers for a very long time). And then I had myself all psyched out about the AV equipment not working. I was convinced something was going to go wrong, and I just had a feeling it would involve something technical. I was determined that no matter what, we were starting on time.

Well, wouldn’t you know it, sure enough, I show up at our venue, and there was no AV equipment.

Cecily, who thankfully was there early to help me calm my nerves and take care of irritating issues like, well, having no AV equipment!!! called upstairs and got someone down there, who informed me that the AV equipment was locked up and the AV guys weren’t there yet. WWWAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!

The manager (or whoever he was) was super nice though, and he finally got a projector right in the nick of time, and we got ourselves hooked up (thanks to my smart hubby who sent me with a spare PC in case our MACs wouldn’t work, which of course, they didn’t).

My other big guffaw was that I failed to call the hotel and update our numbers when another 10 tickets were sold during the final week, so they only had set enough food and chairs for 20 people. The same super nice manager scurried around and got us all set up and brought extra food and everything.

Despite all that, we were able to get started a bit ahead of schedule. YAY ME!

I’m going to try to plan these monthly, if we can secure sponsorships to offset the costs, because you know I needed one more thing to do. But honestly, I loved it. I love meeting so many new faces, and I love talking about blog design and usability, and I love knowing that I’m providing something useful for this encouraging and thoughtful community of women.

With that behind me, this week is dedicated to tying up lose ends (read: blog designs) and following up on commitments that I’ve made, which are legion. Not the least of which is throwing my daughter a half-birthday party on Sunday afternoon.

She is one of those lucky kids with a holiday birthday — Christmas Eve, in fact!! And I told her last year that rather than celebrate during the busiest (and coldest) month of the year, we should have a half-birthday party instead. So that’s what we’re going to do. I’m so excited. After 11 years of planning fall and winter birthday parties (all three of my kids were born between October and December), I get to plan a POOL PARTY!

I want to make her a really cute cake, but while my cakes taste great, cute they are not. I may have to enlist the help of someone more creative than I. My daughter has requested one of my homemade chocolate cakes, though, so that much I have to oblige. Otherwise I’d be dialing the grocery store before you can say chocolate.

I have no menu plan to share — all I know is that we are having tacos for dinner, and there are chicken breasts defrosting in the fridge for tomorrow night’s mystery meal. I’ll solve the mystery in the morning, I suppose.

One more thing. We officially have picked . . .


That picture is compliments of my husband’s growing photography skillz. He complains that I often take credit for his photos, so in the interest of full disclosure, I had nothing to do with the taking of this photo.

So talk to me. Tell me what you’ve been up to this hot and muggy weekend? If you’re anything like me, you’ve been conniving to spend as much time as possible in the comfort of air conditioning. I am not, however, complaining about the heat. Not me. I love summer, and I’ll take the heat. Ha! Get it?


P.S. Check out my articles on going gluten free in Udi’s Gluten Free Toolkit.

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11 Responses

  1. So bummed that I missed the workshop, glad everything went well and I look forward to the next one. You are very lucky to have picked your first tomato, I am still waiting. Well I guess I’ve picked tomatoes but only small grape ones that I’ve eaten before going back into the house. I am waiting to make a meal with my garden goodies!

    1. You probably didn’t need this one, but it was fun meeting so many new PSMM faces! 🙂 Oh and I need to get my item from you before next week! Wanna meet for coffee or a glass of wine sometime?

  2. So is there any clearer sign of our different climates than the fact that you are getting your first tomato when our plants have withered and died? We had lots of tomatoes about two months ago! 🙂

    We stay inside and try not to go crazy. We are used to heat, but it started earlier this year and is way more oppressive than usual. This morning we had a record low temp of 85 (meaning our lowest temp of the day was 85). Ridiculous.

    School starts in a month so I must get on the ball about supplies and backpacks and clothes. I usually don’t do much back to school clothes because they just wear their summer clothes. But my oldest daughter went and grew on me and now she needs shorts. Bummer.

  3. We got our first tomato, too! Cute little Roma, it was. Pretty tasty, for a Roma. I’ve never grown veggies or fruit, but we’ve got tomatoes, basil, corn, onions, and strawberries going this summer. Nothing big, just a small gathering of beds and containers. I’ve probably used the basil more than anything. I looooove it!

    As for us, not one, but TWO birthday parties this weekend. I got out of one, which was very nice (thanks to my hubby), because both were outdoor parties. In the 95 degree weather. Ugh.

    1. I do love basil. Not sure if we planted some and it didn’t take or if we didn’t plant it (my husband bought all the plants and I’m still not entirely sure what all we planted, lol!!!) I need to do more herbs next summer. We have a ton of thyme. Our parsley is pretty much done.

  4. My two girls both have December birthdays,,,so about three years ago we started celebrating half-birthdays with them. We still do a party in December, but we spend on day in June doing a fun summer event and the get some small gifts all in the name of half-birthdays. I almost enjoy the half birthday more because we aren’t so busy with the holidays! Enjoy your summer party!

    1. Yes, I told her we will still have a birthday cake for her in December, but I think this is going to work out really well! It’s much more fun to plan a birthday party now than it is in December.

  5. Glad your garden is doing well! I gave up on ours. Between the what-we-thought-was-good-dirt-but-is-really-crappy-dirt and the drought (live in oklahoma) our garden just went bleh. It started off good but didnt make it very far after that. And sure I love summer too but not the one we’ve been having in the midwest! 100+ degrees for I think 2 going on 3 weeks straight! To hot for me I can’t wait for fall! Have a good week! =)

    1. It has been really hot here too – for us. High 90s for a week or so now. All we have left growing are tomatoes, pretty much. And beets – they are probably past time to pull out. We hope to plant more in the fall when it cools down some. I’d love to get more lettuces and bitter greens going into fall.

  6. I know this is a little late, but I just read this. You mentioned in the beginning that you wrote a post on how to start a blog. Where can I find that? I’m interested, but have no idea how. Thanks!

  7. I’m so glad that the event was a smashing success! After meeting with you and Colleen, I told Tim that I really want to start up or be a part of a local blogging group wherever we end up. It’s so refreshing to be able to collaborate and share resources/ideas.

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