Updated at the bottom of the post:
...especially when the drinks are imaginary. Imaginary drinks mean that you don't have to worry about where you are in your cycle. Even if you get stinkin' drunk, there's no hangover. And, of course, you're drinking in a place where everyone knows your name.
In honour of summer and this blogoversary celebration, I've moved the imaginary bar to an equally imaginary, tropical locale. Imagine, if you will, a smooth mahogany bar counter that a few feet off the shore surrounded by floating lounge chairs. The water is perfectly clear and slightly blue. Behind you is a wide expanse of pristine white sand. At the bar is anything you forgot since you didn't know you were going on an imaginary journey--a good book to read, a trashy magazine to thumb through, an iPod loaded with your favourite music, a bottle of suntan lotion (even at an imaginary bar, you can't be too careful about the harmful effects of UV rays). You need to wade out to get to the bar, but the water is the perfect temperature. You sink down on one of the floating lounge chairs and gently bob in the water while you listen to everyone else tell you what has happened to them since the last open bar (either cycle-wise or non-IF related) and sip a huge drink festooned with a paper umbrella.
This scenario could help me to "just relax"...know what I mean?
You get so tired that you barely even notice that Melissa changed the bar icon both on her side bar and above. But you don't really trouble yourself with that because it's a long story that will become clear a few weeks from now when Melissa irons out a few things. Anyway, you're too relaxed and too drunk to care that much...
As always, it has been a little over a month since we met, bitched, cried, comforted, and caught up each other on our cycles and lives. Pull up a seat and I'll pour you a drink. Let everyone know what is happening in your life. Maybe Fertility Friend has finally granted you a coverline after many anovulatory cycles. Or maybe your inlaws are coming right at the time of retrieval. Or maybe you simply need to have a good cry because you spent the whole day with your niece or nephew and while you love them so much, you want a child too. My only request is that if a story catches your eye, you follow it back to the person's blog and start reading their posts. Give some love, give some support, or laugh with someone until your drink comes out of your nose.
It's also a perfect time to leave some comments for the Commentathon. Don't forget to keep track of how many comments you leave or return. And when you're finished reading blogs for the day, send me a number so I can add it to the master list. And while you're checking out blogs, you can even write an ode and send it to me for Secret Ode Day since I need them by the 20th in order to compile and post the list this week...
I have a ton of assvice in my back pocket and as a virtual bartender, I will give it to you unless you specifically tell me that this is simply a vent and you do not want to receive anything more than a hug.
So if you have been a lurker for a while, sit down and tell us about yourself. Remember to provide a link or a way for people to continue reading your story (or if you don't have a blog--gasp!--you can always leave an email address if you're looking for advice or support. If not, people can leave messages for that person here in the comments section too). If you're a regular at the bar, I'll get out your engraved martini glass while you make yourself comfortable. And anyone new, welcome. I'm glad you found this virtual bar.
For those who have no clue what I'm talking about when I say that the bar is open, click here to catch up and then jump into the conversation.
Happy drinking and relaxing.
Update: we close the night (okay, it's 11 p.m., but that's the night for me) with 563 comments total. And that's with only a 1/4th or so of people turning in their daily comments. Even if you don't email in a number nightly, keep track over the week and mail in a single number at the end.
Oh, and the pledge was just to get an idea of a goal. Don't let your number limit you. If you go way over your initial goal, even better. Or, if you're like Samantha and you go over your weekly goal on the first day, just set a new number for yourself!
I think the thing I was most excited to see were people finding new blogs. And connecting to a new story. I love the Lushary.