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BlogHer Bliss and Thoughts on my 100th Post

I think it’s fitting that my 100th post is about blogging and my experience at the past weekend’s mammoth blogging conference, BlogHer’ 11.  When I started this blogging project I really didn’t know where it would take me. I wasn’t even sure what I would write about, and as you can tell from my sometimes rambling, often random posts, I am still not always sure what specifically I blog about. In other words, I don’t have a niche blog. Instead, I blog about the things that interest me, (and I hope interest you),  otherwise known in the blogosphere as a lifestyle blog. Whatever, you call it–a lifestyle blog, an identity blog–I think, what I find special about blogging is the process. The process of having a thought and capturing it in a post. Experiencing a moment and documenting it in a story.  Creating something, and memorializing it in a photo or in a blog post, and then hitting the “publish” button and putting it out into the internet world. Sometimes I just hear crickets chirping, but, sometimes I reach someone.

Attending BlogHer conference this weekend, for me, was all about the “someone.” Sure, I went to a couple of really good sessions, I had a lot of fun at the parties, I walked the exhibit hall where I filled 4 bags of swag, and took some goofy pictures, but the best part of my BlogHer experience was about the people I met. There were over 3500 attendees, about 95% of them were women, and most of them with a shared passion and interest in blogging.  The more I talked to these women the more I realized, that although our blogs may have different content, we share an interest in the idea, and the communication of that idea. Sometimes, the idea is one which may hopefully generate a discussion, or create community.  For instance, some of the women I met this weekend were Latina bloggers, like me.  There were about 20 of us who gathered for margaritas, and socializing. Our blogs were as diverse as we were, because even though we are all Latinas, we are all unique.

Another group of bloggers I met with were the Step-family bloggers. There were only 7 of us, but we all shared similar stories of the challenges and joys in step-parenting. We had a great time offering support and encouragement to each other and giving voice to ideas to create a community  to offer support to other step-moms.

And then there was the other bloggers I met with, informally and casually. I roomed with JCK, a blogger who I know from my church. I got to know her more this weekend and loved the time we spent together.  Through her, I had the opportunity to meet other bloggers she knows, Jenn who blogs at  Juggling Life, and Maggie at Magpie Musing. On Friday night, while JCK and were at the bar, I met Jessica, whose own story about loss touched me so deeply I felt myself tearing up. But with her quick wit and comedic sense she had me crying with laughter a few minutes later.

Thanks for sharing the last 100 posts with me and I hope you’ll be along for the next 100. In the meantime, here’s my shameless plug for some of the product I tried at the conference:

Dove Ice Cream Bars: There were ice cream vendors everywhere, giving away their delicious chocolate bars. I loved the new peanut butter flavored bars.

Skinny Cows: A really good low-calorie ice cream sandwiches. Made me feel less guilty when I snacked on them after indulging in the Dove Bars.

Knorr: This isn’t your mom’s bouillon. I loved the new chicken bouillon base. So easy to cook with!

Pressman Toys: My kids are enjoying the games and puzzles I brought back for them.

Proctor and Gamble: I can’t wait to try the free product they are sending. I also got to participate in a personal version of the new Febreze campaign.

 

There were so many more! Thank you sponsors of BlogHer’11

50/50 Friday – Week One

Last week, on my birthday, I posted 50 things I wanted to do before my 50th birthday, which is still a couple of years off, thank goodness.  I am happy to report that one week into my project and I am making some progress.

The funny thing about list-making, is that the act of writing it down, somehow makes it more likely that the task will get done. The really funny, like strange, thing that has happened, is that now that I have sent out a message to the Universe about what I would like to accomplish,  the Universe is sending messages back to me. For instance, I listed that I want to contact some former teachers and thank them. Well, the other day, I received a Facebook message from some of my high school friends about an informal reunion. This led me to find one of my favorite former teachers. We are now friends on Facebook! Number 32 on my list states, “Take a sunset horseback ride.”  Last week I received an email offer to take a sunset horseback ride in nearby wine country!  Needless to say, I bought the offer and  during the coming months I will be able to check that off my list too. In the meantime, here’s my progress, so far:

I spent my birthday at the beach.  We went to Paradise Cove in Malibu. This stretch of Southern California coastline is a local landmark that I have never visited before. So, I just completed the first month of  Number 21 on my list. Paradise Cove was perfect location for relaxing on my birthday,  and I can now understand why it is a Southern California favorite. There was a small pier,   lounge chairs and cabanas, it had a nice restaurant. I don’t know why it’s taken me 47 48 years to visit.

The restaurant makes a great place for meal or people watching.

Diego on a stretch of Paradise Cove.

I have also been replacing my coffee with green tea, number 28 on my list.  I really only drink coffee in the morning, when I need it most. I miss the taste of coffee in the morning and I guess my body is missing the caffeine kick too, since I seem to take longer to get going now that I am drinking green tea instead of coffee.

I noticed that I was a little slower on the uptake the other morning, as I was practicing speaking Spanish, number 50,  on my list. Juan, is fluent spanish speaker. He is helping me out by speaking more and more Spanish around the house. I am not a fluent Spanish speaker, but I notice a dramatic improvement after a margarita . Anyway, I felt like the extra practice was helping until Juan tried speaking Spanish to me in the morning, after I had cut out the coffee. No caffeine or margarita at 6:30 a.m., and I couldn’t understand a word he said, nor could I form a cohesive sentence. Note to self: Do not attempt to speak spanish without having caffeine or margaritas.

The last thing I did to make some progress on my list was to buy a new food and use it in a new recipe, numbers 19 and 37 on my list.  I went to a farmer’s market and bought Black Kale.   Then,  I went home and made Tilapia and Escarole, a recipe I found here. The recipe called for esarole but I substituted kale. When Erica and Juan saw I was cooking with kale they were not sure they’d like it. To be honest, I wasn’t sure I would like it either. But the recipe was healthy, easy and  it got great reviews, so I thought I would try it. It turned out great.

The Farmer's Market vendor told me that this was Black Kale even though it looks green to me.

It may not look good but it tasted good.

So, that’s my update on my 50 Before 50 list.  I’ll be posting more here as soon as I have checked more off my list.