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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Total Bliss - A Recap

I have been trying to figure out why it is taking me so long to write my post about Blissdom ‘09. I have come up with all sorts of reasons – too many photos, editing video takes so much time, but when I am honest with myself I have to admit these are merely excuses. My true reason for not writing about Blissdom ’09 is I want to savor it, like an aged wine that does not reach perfection for years and years. And even when it is ready for tasting, I might not taste it because just the idea of its perfection is enough for me.

This has always been my way. I will talk up a storm about experiences, letting my memory be my guide. Like my never developed photos from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, the images on paper could never live up to the totality of my experience being there. In this case, the written word is likely to fail me too.

Blissdom.

Was the conference perfection? Of course not, but being in a roomful of people that I admired and having others (shock) admire me was simply amazing. Although there were only a handful of women of color in attendance this was by far the least striking of our differences. Women converged from all over the country and Canada, tall and short, rich and poor, Anglo and Latino, mothers, daughters, single, married, from the North and from the South. Yet our love of blogging, the common thread that held us together was greater than any of our differences.

I sit here wistfully hording my memories of it all. My biggest regret is that I did not meet every woman there. We each have a story to tell, in our own way, on our own terms. I am so greedy - I want to know them all.

I am sure this is not what you want to hear, I told you my words would fail but I do have pictures and perhaps they will tell the story and convey the sense of euphoria I felt while attending Bliss(dom 09).


Photos: Megan - Velveteen Mind and Allison - Blissfully Domestic, Arianne - To Think is To Create, Annisa - Hope 4 Peyton, Catherine -Her Bad Mother and Katie- Mother Bumper, , Michelle- White Trash Mom, Liz Strauss, Lucrece-Art Slam , Jessica - Jessica Knows, Janine - Two for the Price of One

More photos to follow!

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59 comments:

Threeboys1mommy said...

Looks like you had such a good time Renee. Thanks for sharing all those great pictures.

Stesha said...

So many smiles! So much fun!

Hugs and Mocha,
Stesha

Ali said...

Great pictures! Looks like everyone was having a good time!

Kristen Andrews said...

looks like u had fun! Great pics!

anymommy said...

I think you captured it perfectly - in words and pictures. You make me so excited, and a bit nervous, for Chicago. All I know is I want one of those pictures where it's me giving you a big hug!

strongmountain said...

I'm just starting out in this whole blogging thing, but I added your link. Check out my blog:
http://strongmountain.blogspot.com/

Nap Warden said...

Good for you for going! I wanted to, but it just wasn't going to happen:(
On the upside, I live in Chicago, what does that mean? Blogher!

angie said...

I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time. I hadn't even heard of this....where have I been?

Michelle said...

I'm so glad you had such a good time!! :)

Simply AnonyMom said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time!

Lisa C said...

That looked like so much fun!!! Glad you enjoyed yourself. Keep up the great work!!!

I'll be in touch.

Lorina said...

Everyone had such a great time at Blissdom.. Looks like you had fun too!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

well it looks and sounds like a fantastic time

Ms. Bar B: said...

You don't have to say a word, your huge smile says it all =)

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blueviolet said...

You can tell by that gorgeous smile that you had the time of your life!

Hootin' Anni said...

Just look at all the happy, happy faces. I enjoy blog entries like this.

My W W is about a family movie I just watched again, and found something in it that I'd never seen before...can you see what I saw? Come on over for a visit...happy Wednesday wishes to you.

motherbumper said...

So I'd be one of those short Canadians, right? It was wonderful meeting you and I get the savouring, I'm still enjoying before putting it to paper.

Karen said...

that sounds like it would have been wonderful. Thanks for taking the time to write about it. I am still somewhat new to blogging. I didn't really know such things exsisted. That must have been so much fun.

Cindy said...

Thanks for sharing your experience, Renee.
I'm so glad I decided to blog.

Sheliza said...

look at all those beautiful happy women! What genuine smiles on their faces :) I love it!!

April said...

looks like so much fun! wish i could've been there!!!

Allison said...

Looks and sounds like you had a wonderful and knowledgeable (is that a word?) time!

Have a great week.

Musings of a Housewife said...

"Women converged from all over the country and Canada, tall and short, rich and poor, Anglo and Latino, mothers, daughters, single, married, from the North and from the South. Yet our love of blogging, the common thread that held us together was greater than any of our differences."

AMEN! You describe it beautifully. And thanks for sharing all those gorgeous pictures. I think the photos are my favorite part of these recaps. :-)

Jennae @ Green Your Decor said...

Looks like you had a great time! I wish I could have joined you there, but I know it was an awesome experience. You are absolutely glowing in all those photos :)

Her Bad Mother said...

SO lovely meeting you!

Linda S said...

I MET YOU! how cool was that!!

Michelle said...

You're glowing in all those pictures! Beautiful!

Susie said...

Great picutres! You look like you are having so much fun:-)

T.Allen-Mercado said...

Okay, so I was here yesterday, but your happiness was contagious and I skipped off to see the other lovely blogs before leaving a comment. I love Art Slam and am totally hooked!

I'm glad you enjoyed yourself and had the opportunity to connect with so many other awesome bloggers!

Mandy said...

Looks like fun!! Glad you had a nice time.

To Think is to Create said...

You bring such joy and glowy-ness with you, it was seriously one of the highlights of the weekend for me, seeing you.

And I'm so with you on savoring, in fact I appreciate this post for validating that it's ok for me to do that...

jenn said...

Looks like fun. Great photos.

Adventures In Babywearing said...

I must say I'm disappointed I didn't get a chance to hang out with you or actually sit down and CHAT or at least do a quick video! Maybe next time??

Steph

fly tie said...

i definitely hear ya on words sometimes not being sufficient enough to convey feeling about a particular event or incident.

yet, i think you described it wonderfully, and the love coming through on the photos tells the rest. glad you had a great time!

Lu said...

Oh! Look at you and me. It was so, so nice meeting you finally.

Anissa Mayhew said...

I can't wait to move closer to you so we can have fun visits and girly time together! although, I will say, that was a LOT of boobage bewtween you and me AND Arianne. WOW.

bejewell said...

You really are SUCH a Cutie Bootycakes, it's ridiculous. Look at that smile! Why didn't I see you??

Angela said...

Wow, that must have been awesome to meet some of the people you have met online in person. Thanks for sharing.

CaraBee said...

It looks like you had a lot of fun! I think those pictures do a pretty good job of showing good times.

Tanyetta said...

Looks and sounds like a fun time! You so
"photo-gennical" :)

LOL

Janine (@twincident) said...

Um, I'm honored to be in the same post as all of those amazing women, including YOU! Thanks for the shout-out and I will continue to learn by your example. You're one of a kind Renee!

Mia said...

It looks like you had such a great time. I'm sure there was so much to absorb....how could you really get it all out in one post anyway!

BoufMom9 said...

Looks like such a wonderful time!

Happy WW!

Secret Agent Mama said...

I have some really great shots of you! I don't know if we introduced ourselves, but you had a radiance about you! <3

I am Harriet said...

That's great.
Thanks for sharing.
You have a cute site :)

Keep It Classy, Jen said...

Looks like you had an amazing time! Everyone says you were lovely and got a Cutiebooty!

Maricris Zen Mama said...

The pictures did say it all. I'm sure you'll savor this memory forever.

rightonmom said...

A bunch of fun lovin bloggin women together sounds like my kind of partay! Wonderful pictures, thx for sharing. I hope I can make blogher this time.

tara @ kidz said...

Looks like fun! With that smile, you could make anything look fun! And I'm totally diggin the blue/white/black shirt. Hottie!

Justice Jonesie said...

Sounds like it was a blast, I'm jealous!! :)

Mary said...

The pictures DO say a thousand words. Thank you so much for posting them. I'd love to hear more when you're ready. I hope to meet you and have our own picture taken together at the next event!

Justice Fergie said...

the pics are great! you look like you're having the best time. sorry i missed it!

Casual Friday Everyday said...

You're so adorable! I hope to meet you one day.

Nell

Alli Worthington { @fussypants } said...

I LOVED meeting you. You are a HOOT!See ya at Blissdom10!

:)

LaTonya Yvette said...

Your smile says it all! I'm glad you had a wonderful time.

Rona's Home Page said...

I wish I could have attended this event. It appears it was great fun and very empowering.

talkingwithtami said...

Let me know about your next outing so we can get together!

Mrs. Flinger said...

I know I only accosted you quickly but next time I'm SO TOTALLY going to hang out with you. Count it as a date, ok? Ok. XO

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