I went to SheSpeaks in North Carolina and officially confirmed my suspicion that writing a real, live book with real, live pages that you actually turn with your real, live hands is a very overwhelming proposition. It makes blogging seem more lovely than ever.
You know what is not lovely? Pulling a business card out of your purse to present to someone and finding that there is a raisin stuck to it.
Sophie, Melanie and I taught three sessions on blogging, and it went well, even though I would still rather barbecue my big toe than speak to a crowd. Here is photographic proof of my public speaking endeavor:
That's me on the right. Evidently I have a mullet.
On the last evening, we slipped away for a dinner with other bloggers, and we did a little window shopping. I tried on a pair of $500 Jimmy Choos, just for grins.
$500?? That's a lot of Compassion kids. And the shoes weren't anything special. Flee, girls, flee, and hie thee to Payless.
Speaking of which, the nail gun shoes were less than satisfactory. I made the mistake of wearing them--for the first time--on a day that I would be standing for a one-hour presentation. Oh, there were blisters and pain. But oh, they were cute. And not a soul made "ca-CHUNK" nail gun noises at me, for which I was ever grateful.
I met some absolutely lovely blogging ladies, including some ladies I'd been reading for a long time. FiddleDeeDee is just as cute in person as I knew she'd be, Robin of Pensieve is a hoot (and she brought me some Red Diamond iced tea bags, so she has bought my loyalty for all eternity). Missy of It's Almost Naptime is my smart and funny Presbyterian sistah, Jo-Lynne of Musings has an infectious laugh, and sweet Annie is a dynamic young 20-something that will--y'all mark my words--do big things.
You know what happens when bloggers get together? We sit together at a table, pull out our laptops, and read to each other from our Bloglines accounts, pausing only to snap a picture, which we will immediately post on our blogs (Tina, why weren't you in this picture?):
Tomorrow I'll post a summary of what we discussed in our blogging sessions.
(Photos courtesy of Dawn at Barefoot Blog Design, since my camera spent the weekend on my kitchen counter back at home.)