Although I am up to my ears in laundry, have a big meeting this week to ready myself for, and still haven't showered, here I sit, blogging.
Why, you ask?
Why am I ignoring my motherly, work, and personal care duties?
BECAUSE I WENT TO BLOGHER IN CHICAGO...
AND IT WAS AMAZING.
Here's the great thing. What made it amazing is what's making my head swim with blog topics. I am not going to give you the daily play-by-play of where I was, who I met (ahem, The PIONEER WOMAN), etc., etc., instead, I need some time to wrap my head around what just happened this weekend.
Inspiration is amazing. Inspiration is overwhelming. Inspiration takes time to digest.
So, I'm digesting.
This group of amazing women I got to spend time with, from the other ag-bloggers from literally across the country to the bloggers with whom I never thought I would have anything in common with, but have learned to respect because even though they are completely on the other side of the "moral coin," they're amazing writers and people, takes time to sort through how to represent them in writing.
This was like camp for grown women.
And I want to GO BACK!!!
So, until I get through digesting, and make my way through the piles of laundry, dentist appointments, and clouds of dust forming on my tabletops, here's the highlight reel:
|Corn fields in the morning, city view by lunch time!|
|So, is this what you think a farm wife looks like? Who's the cattle rancher, the dairy farmer, the tractor driver in this picture?????|
|At the expo, with my bud from HGTV...trying to win a La-Z-Boy room makeover. Aren't we fabulously color-coordinated??|
|I hit the JACKPOT at Eggland's Best!! I won the grand prize of 6 months of free eggs! The dude had to turn the music off because it was so annoying...free eggs, however, are not annoying!!|
|My new bud from the Windex booth...here's hoping for a $10,000 kitchen and bath makeover! Is that a braid in my hair?|
|My good friend, Lauren, working her advertising/PR magic at Windex, and making me put a stupid braid in my hair for a YouTube Video. That's friendship, folks, wearing a pretty in your hair at age 35 for YouTube!|
|Nightime in the city! We're deliriously tired...|
|Day Two: The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond!|
|My new friend...well, sort of.|
|All of us Ag Girls got a shout out during Ree's talk, and were able to meet her!|
|BlogHer "Oscars," Voices of the Year.|
|Ag girls at the Voices of the Year...sorry it's blurry.|
|Our MC for the night, Queen Latifa!|
|Big girl dinner at Harvest. Ironic name of the restaurant, huh?|
|Day Three: Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of the best selling book, Lean In|
|Adding to the Facebook family, Randi Zuckerberg, brother of Facebook's Founding Father|
|My view on the ride home...happy to have gone, happy to be home.|