We're not even close to 200 post recommendations to match the number I've given you this year through the Friday Blog Roundup. We haven't even hit 100. There has to be fantastic things you've read in the past twelve months. Don't forget to leave your comments there on your favourite posts from this year and read the rest of the list.
I am the owner of three massage gift certificates. The first one I bought for Josh a few years ago as a birthday gift and he regifted it to me because he said I seemed more stressed. The second one I got as a gift this past May because I seemed stressed (are you sensing a theme?). The third one I was told was a birthday gift since the person doesn't know that I'm actually quite stressed.
I'm not really stressed.
But the point is that I tend to hold onto good things and not use them. I like events--like massages--in front of me, anticipating them rather than using them.
I'm bummed that BlogHer is happening this week and then will be over. I'm mourning the ending before it has even begun. That's how much fun it was last year. Granted, it is the only conference I have ever been to so I don't have a comparison. But in my opinion, BlogHer is the most fun conference ever. Ever.
I also waited impatiently all week for the mail because Io told me that she sent me a special package. It finally arrived on Friday. When I opened it, I was trembling like a vampire who was smelling some really delicious blood. Okay, I was trembling more like a teenage girl who had just spotted Robert Pattinson on the cover of a magazine. But look what she sent:
Can you believe that a few weeks ago, I was debating whether or not to read the books at all. And now look at me. Look at me! I'm a freak, drooling like a werewolf. And I'm taking them with me on the road this week. But then I think to myself: if you read them, you won't have that excited anticipation that comes when they're unread.
Do you see how deep this goes?
As always, it has been about 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. The good, the bad, the ugly. 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.
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 (or if this is your first open bar as someone who found this space through IComLeavWe), 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 back on this current post.
So have an imaginary cocktail and tell us what is up with your life.