Camp Widow: All Packed

Yes, I spent the last minute finishing up badges (pictured) for each and every Camp Widow attendee. What's funny is that the last time I did a manic art project like this as "gifts" for attendees was my wedding to Gavin in 1996. Same number, too: 150. I only realized it as I glued the fifth batch of little felt circles (the 1996 ones looked pretty different, but there was still lots of glue on the kitchen table, like now).

Yes, I am very excited about speaking on on widows and social media this Saturday at 2:45 p.m. Pacific time. Yes, we will be live tweeting it (I'm @freshwidow). I have honed and polished my slide show but sometimes it is just down to whether I've consumed exactly the right amount of coffee...

Yes, we will wake up early and "listen in" on the Grief panel at BlogHer that morning. I have proposed the hashtag @BHGrief, we'll see if they decide to change it at 9:05 a.m.

Yes, there will be margaritas. OK, maybe we will read the #BlogHer10 tweets ex post facto.

Yes, I am so excited to press the flesh (don't get too excited, Sarah!) with so many friends from this blog, from Twitter, and from Facebook.

I am reminded of my last "career trip," to BlogHer last year almost an equal adventure. More this time -- because I'm speaking and (shhhh!) I have NEVER BEEN TO THE WEST COAST.

Like many milestones, like a wedding, I now see that the journey begins the day AFTER the milestone -- like all rites of passage, it can go neither "well" nor "poorly," because it's all about getting through and then getting up the next morning.

And no matter how tired I am, I will always be fresh.

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Anonymous said...

Going to Camp Widow too!! I've been to the coast tho, actually I live here! :) about 2 hours from SD and LOVE it there!! Very excited to be in a room of lovely ladies that "get it" :)
Jenn W.

JoAnne said...

please tweet me the hashtag over the weekend, I will be watching.
You will fall in love with San Diego, hope you take time to see some of the city. I was blessed to live there for 10 years, loved every moment of it!


susan reynolds said...

New adventure, New connections... looking very much forward to meeting you. Hurray for making stuff! Such fun. Feel like I should run out and do something now as I will be speaking... Okay naahhhh! :)

See you soon and the rest of the gang

Mama_Bear_Sarah said...

what are people going to think of that comment?! LMAO. see you soon dearie!! ;)

Star said...

I promise I will press your flesh next year at Camp Widow. Good luck speaking!

Lori from San Diego said...

It was nice to meet you at Camp Widow...I'm the scared widow who spent some time speaking to you about Caringbridge, etc. in the lobby before everything started Saturday morning. Thanks for your words of encouragement.

I really enjoyed your workshop and I'm looking forward to keep in touch through your blog.

Big hugs!

Hira Animfefte (Xera Anymphefte) said...

Next year, I am SO there! (God willin' and the crik don't rise...) I'm saving my pennies.


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