At first, I thought I'd write up a silly meme, leaving it up just to have "something new" here, using vacation brain as an excuse. Do you know the difference between writer's block and vacation brain? Writer's block is when you're unable to write, and vacation brain is when you're too lazy to write. And lazy, right now, is a very good thing, even though it's not so good for my blog. Seriously, this started out looking like it was going to be One Miserable Summer, and guess what? It's been the best summer ever. Ever. And I've learned a lesson: when I fill myself with dread and fear, upset and disgust, negativity and reactivity, the only outcome is misery. (I know: duh.) Despite having those emotions when we left CA for VT, I decided on the airplane to dump them over flyover country, and get this: it worked! I showed up in New England with a huge smile on my face, and it's been there pretty much since. That's called "we reap what we sow" -- or, as my favorite boarding school teacher said, "you buy the ticket, you take the ride." I was on a roller coaster before arriving here, but now, I'm a passenger on a gondola steered by one hot gondolier (who just returned to work today... shout out to the Guv for bringing home the benjamins!). Anyway, the difference between the roller coaster and the gondola is amazing. My psyche is healed. Now we're going back to CA soon, where I'll endure a bit more tumult (no matter what I do) before settling back into real life... but guess what's nestled among here (peace), there (tumult) and a shiny happy future? BlogHer!
At this year's BlogHer conference, I'll have something I didn't have many of there last year: lots of friends. Friends! And we are going to par-tay like it's 1990-something, and we're all still in college. I knocked the conference last year because I thought it was a drunk mommy swag fest; but, now, I've decided that I like me some drunk mommy parties, because we deserve it. Especially after the year we've had! So NYC, be on notice that The Mommies Are Coming. Whoot, whoot!
Because I do go for the education as well as for the experience, this year I signed up for BlogHer's White House Project. I don't know that I have political ambitions, but the Project educates women to advocate better for their issues of concern. While I have a lot of concerns, as a mom, my #1 is youth safety, especially in the cyber-arena. I'll be there with an ear to the ground for skills I can use to advocate against cyberbullying and for cybersafety. And I'll write about the White House Project and issues of concern to parents on my new blog, Rox on a Soapbox! I couldn't be more excited about having a home for my punditry, and it's about to have a kick-a$$ design thanks to a friend who is a very talented artist and fellow Wesleyan alum. Stay tuned for that!
As for the rest of life, you'll notice that I don't really have a health update. That's because I feel pretty good! My doctor didn't think I'd have problems returning to New England, probably thanks to my nine zillion pulmonary medications, but, since this is where the ten months of hell worsened, I remained unsure. It's nice to say "I feel good!" Let me rephrase, James Brown-style: "WOW! I feel good, da da dah da da dah dah..." As for the rest of the fam, the Guv is back to work after hanging with us in the mountains, squeezing in a couple of rounds of golf including walking a "highland" (read: mountainside) golf course in 100+-degree, very-humid heat. He takes the USGA walking pledge too seriously, but he lived, so I won't complain. Our daughter Petunia is presently at sleep-away camp, where she's riding horses and hopefully not falling out of bed... her nickname is "Tornado," and the problem with that is that, if she rolls out, she'll fall out of the whole darned canvas/platform tent and find herself outside (as the canvas is not affixed to the platform). As the Guv would say, "but she'll get a story out of it!" Sigh... And Dash, he is at science camp, having been joined last minute by the only dear and sweet little friend he has here. I am super-psyched that he has a friend with him this week, as it'll offset his missing his sister a little bit. And, hopefully, it'll make him tired, because I've never had a week totally alone with him before. I'm looking forward to it, but only if he sleeps. Vegas is taking odds on that, and they're not in my favor.
Soooo... that's what's up in the world of Rox and Roll. How is your summer going?