July 20, 2009

When you wake Ring for Drake, Drake will bring your tray

I've been away on a little family vacation. I left my phone in the room and stole away moments to write in the dark as everyone slept to the hum of the air conditioner on the wall.

I started reading The Time Traveler's Wife. I have this thing where I put off reading books suggested to me until a movie is going to come out. Then I hungrily read the book before I see the movie. That's my rule.

At one point, on our way home, all the right songs played on the radio. The sky was blue patterned with cartoon clouds and the children napped in unison. I was physically and mentally high on no other substance but good things. Very good thoughts and very good things.

In just a couple days I'll be heading up to BlogHer in Chicago, my travel, hotel, & conference fee generously paid for by Tiny Prints. I have lots to prepare, and once I am there I have so many places to be and things to do and I know in a blink it will be over.

For me, this week is my time to live a little larger than I do the other 361 days of the year...

Thursday morning a car will take me to be outfitted and styled by Kmart Design in Chicago. Later that evening I'm set to attend the Social Luxe party, Crocs Party, and People's Party.
Friday I'll get my hair "did" by the Suave celebrity team and then whisked away by private car again to Rebar at the Trump Tower for a private Hanes Comfort party. Then we'll be on to the Method suite, e.l.f. makeover event, MamaPopRocks, & Type-A MOMfluence party. Saturday is BowlHer and the CheeseburgHer party.

(Get me now, holy cow! Would someone pinch me please?)


And of course there's the sessions and hanging out in my hotel room and late night hallway chats and seeing my favorite city and showing off Ivy LaRue finally in person (she will be with me the entire time), wearing some gorgeous Sakura Bloom slings as well as the rest of my entire carrier stash that I am bringing along to share.

Let me get fancy for a while, and I'll be ready to be the old me again.

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49 comments:

  1. Are they making a movie of The Time Traveler's Wife? I hadn't realized. I read that book a couple of years ago...absolutely LOVED it!

    Good luck with all your trip prep. I know you'll be having a great time. :)

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  2. If someone named Mrs. Pugh comes to take your tray away, I would start looking for cameras and boom mikes...

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  3. Wow. Just wow. Um. Can I hang out with you? ... I'm very very very glad to volunteer!

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  4. I hope you have a happy and safe trip.

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  5. So happy for you. Enjoy it all. I remember "the beginning" and it is so awesome seeing you come into all of this. And as a mama of four, you deserve every last treat!!!

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  6. Holy Moly, girl! You are goin' big time!!! Have fun and enjoy every minute! A girls week full of pampering and fun . . . sounds like a dream come true! :)

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  7. okay, first of all...love that musical. we watch it at least 2 times a week. =)

    secondly, time traveler's wife is one of my very favorites. still need to watch that trailer, but no speakers make that a little difficult. ugh.

    finally, how.much.fun. seriously, how much fun!!

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  8. so lucky :) it would be nice if I were to come hhe just that once to know how it feels like!

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  9. Oh boy!! You will be busy. I really wish I were going. Oh well, maybe next year.

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  10. Now I want to play hooky from work and watch Annie...

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  11. Wow, girl! You've made the big time!

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  12. Swoon!!
    Can't say I'm not a leeeeeeetle bit jealous ^_^
    Have a fabulous time!!

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  13. "Maybe far away . . . or maybe real nearby . . . " I'm sure you will have a wonderful time at BlogHer. Enjoy!! (I love that show, too! When my sister did the lead role as a kid, I memorized just about every line since I helped her memorize her dialogue. Fun stuff!)

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  14. Oh my! Sounds like a crazy fun time! :) Enjoy, enjoy!!

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  15. Thanks. Now I'll be singing Annie all. day. long. (I may have been an Annie obsessed toddler back in the day...)

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  16. How exciting! You'll need a vacation just from Blogher!

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  17. So, how do you like Time Traveler's Wife? It is my all time favorite book.

    You are going to some fun parties! How fun to get made over!!! Can't wait to see you. I wish I'd known about the Croc's party earlier, now they're sold out. Oh well, lots of other parties to go to!

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  18. Wow, you really have a packed schedule! I am still trying to figure out which parties are when and which ones I RSVP'd to. I can't wait!

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  19. Busy...busy...busy! Enjoy it :)

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  20. You are going to have so much fun. Enjoy it!

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  21. Oh, Annie...that takes me back...
    Have a brilliant time!

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  22. I love those moments, when things just seem very good. For no particular reason other than life is very good. It's the best.

    Have a great time at BlogHer. It does sound very exciting, indeed. :)

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  23. Sounds like an amazing time! Enjoy yourself every minute.

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  24. Looks like a dream vacation for you and Ivy. Enjoy.

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  25. You are a lucky blogger, girl! Enjoy all of your cool perks and I can't wait to see you!

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  26. I'm so excited to have dinner with you Thursday. Can't wait to me up (and cuddle Baby Ivy). :-)

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  27. I have the same "rule"! lol I saw the preview for that movie and instantly thought I needed to buy the book first.

    Nell

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  28. This sounds amazing! Maybe next year I can go.

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  29. Holy cow, girl. You really are a celebrity. I had no idea.

    Tell me, when will someone be filming the Behind the Blog segment (similar to my beloved Behind the Music segments on TV)?

    Kidding -- all of your success is well deserved. Enjoy!

    -Francesca

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  30. LOVE The Time Traveler's Wife. Those of you who haven't read it? GO GET IT NOW.

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  31. OH my goodness, that all sounds like so much fun!! I really wish I could be there to meet up with you! Have tons of fun and I am so excited to hear about the conference!

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  32. Wow, I'm impressed that you are getting your hair done - you're gonna look so great! (oh and a little jealous too!)

    Hug you in person soon... :D

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  33. You are going to be so busy! Make sure to tweet and email lots so I can keep up while I'm sitting on the couch, okay?
    Also, love The Time Traveler's Wife. And Annie, that's where the title of your post is from, right?

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  34. that is so cool! have so much fun!

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  35. ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS ....

    TAKE LOTS ... I MEAN TONS OF

    PICTURES PLEASE!

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  36. Ooh, I am trying not to be jealous! :) Wish I could be there & meet you & Ivy!!! :)

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  37. It sounds absolutely glamorous, Steph! I wish I could be hanging out "in the hallway" too...with you and you're little Ivy LaRue.

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  38. Oh, I hate it when I hit "publish your comment" and see a grammar error.

    I meant to say "you and YOUR little Ivy LaRue." ;)

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  39. Sounds like a blast! Enjoy it all!

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  40. We're attending e.l.f. together (along with others) :)

    Your schedule looks so much like mine! I hadn't considered blogging about what I was doing. Hmm...

    I'm scared of doing all of this with my baby dude in tow. I hope he's a good boy for me.

    And sakura bloom! Wow! Beautiful...

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  41. the time travelers wife is an awesome book! i didn't know it was going to be a movie, can't figure out how they'll do it.......i'm sure the book will be better.

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  42. Sounds incredible! Have a blast getting pampered.
    I must live in a bubble because this is the first I've heard of The Time Traveler's Wife. I'll have to check it out.

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  43. Is that from Annie? I sang the entire score into a cassette recorder when I was little and my uncle still has the tape...

    Looking forward to meeting you soon!

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  44. Sounds like it's going to be a busy fun trip.

    I haven't read that book yet but it's on my to-be-read list.

    We listen to the Annie soundtrack several times a week here.

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  45. Wow, I'm exhausted reading that. I hope you are having a FABULOUS time. I'm so sorry I won't be there with you. NEXT YEAR! (I say that every year, I know.)

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  46. The Time Traveler's Wife is one of my all time favorite books. I read it when it, gosh, 4 years ago...and it's one I've never been able to let go.

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