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We Wanted to Meet. And We Did.
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Okay, I SAID i'd post about the weekend and include pictures, so I will. But o`nly because i promised, and not because I feel like it because I don't.  Shall I depress you all?  I'm depressed. It's not just the whole end of the We Wanna Meet thing -- i think my post partum cocktail of antidepressants isn't working anywhere near as well as it used to. (duuude. being dramatic. repeat: it's not a 'cocktail,' mom. it's just lexapro. and diet coke. Lexapro and diet coke does not a 'cocktail' make.)

So here. A few obligatory impressions of the weekend. keep in mind my current, confessed, state of being:

We stayed in a hotel right next door to the Liq-O-Rama.   HA. THe big sign cracked me up every time I saw it.  Clarification - saw it FROM AFAR. Not so depressed I was hanigng out at the Liq-O-Rama.

The hotel was two exits away from a Whataburger whose drive through menu I once... drove through. it was in high school. 3 in the morning. Sober. Lots of damage to the car, none to the menu. My dad was nice about it. I cracked up every time I saw it.

Shalee is tiny. She's hilarious with a dirty mind. And I mean that in the nicest possible way. As in, if there's a funny joke to be made, and there could be a sexual slant to it ... well, Shalee might beat Jeana to it more often than I expected. THe two of them - jeana and Shalee. OH MY GOSH. The two of them together are equal parts estrogen and comedy. If you should be so fortunate to be in a car with the two of them, beware. You might take an hour longer than expected to actually GET ANYWHERE, but who cares. It'll be quite a ride.

Other quick impressions:
kellygirl knows sign language, and made me jealous. she's very cool.

shannon and chilihead? gracious, hilarious and i wish i could shoe shop with them daily. or weekly. i felt so HONORED to see the real chilihead, no disguise or anything. It was like seeing the phantom of the opera without the mask. or the guy in the chuck e cheese costume without the big mouse head. wait - that didn't sound right.

megan is one of those people who leaves the party and all the other women immediately start lamenting how over the top pretty she is, smart, athletic, thin, homeschools 5 kids even!, can cook desserts, lovely, and then Jeana will sum it all up (joking!) with "Yeah... I don't like her!"  Seriously. Megan is ALL THAT, and totally likeable and undeniably wonderful on top of it all. (Which is the only reason Jeana was able to pull that line off.)

Jeana has the resonant, rich voice of a radio personality. A Texan radio announcer, but a very NICE sounding Texan radio personality.

Her parents, Jan and Wick, are too funny. I sometimes imagine myself as their long lost West Texas daughter, and fork over Seth-1yr to them to feed and snuggle. He doesn't mind, and they don't seem to mind my delusions, either.

GiBee made me a lovely bracelet. Yes, MADE me a bracelet! It has a pink breast cancer awareness theme to it, and I adore it.

Faith is pretty in pink, and her Georgia drawl is charming, as is everything about her.

Lauren brought six pairs of shoes for 2 days. MY KIND OF WOMAN. Need I say more? (Except that yes, they were cute, and tiny, and so is she.)

Aggiejen's hair is FLAWLESSLY obedient, laying flat and perfect despite metroplex humidity. No kidding.

Tina. Meeting her made me want to go read all her archives, that's how much I liked her!

Carol... really wish she could have been there more, but she was otherwise engaged to minister at a ladies' retreat. can hardly fault a girl for that. She's tall. Who knew?

Minnie. I could aspire all my days to attain her level of Alternative Mommy Chic, and never come close. I've never seen anyone so unconventionally glamorous. She's the mom all the other kids will WISH their moms looked like... or acted like... or laughed like or well, anything like.

You know what? I totally got socially weird and freaked a few times and could NOT bring myself to go make nice anymore. It was Social Anxiety Overload, and I hope the people I did not connect with didn't take it personally. Ones i hope to spend more time with in the future - on blog and off - preferably with chocolate and diet coke: chrissy, rachel anne, sarah, kep and katherine. actually, all of the women, but these 5 in particular i'd love to have more time with when i'm not all "dude. excuse my lack of social skills and pass the lexapro please."

Obligatory photos:

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jeana, jan, and seth-1yr. or, half of him, actually. the left half.

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Michaele, and yes, that's how you spell her name since her parents wanted a boy. she was wonderful, and we enjoyed her company immensely as well as the food at the Botanic Gardens on Saturday! (yeah, i know you're wondering - she even gave me permission for this!)

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gibee and faith

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left to right:

minnie, shalee, kellygirl, kep, chili, lauren, shannon

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shannon in motion

all other photos will be emailed, rather than posted.

You're welcome, Shalee. All your smoldering sexy poses will be fantastic blog fodder, of course, but i'll leave it to you to post.

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Thank GOODNESS I was holding my stomach in on that last picture.

You were delightful, Kelsey--social anxiety and all. ;)

on Oct 31, 2006 10:31:30 PM
Lauren Said:

I wish we would have had more time together, totally understand the social thing though. You are adorable, beautiful and your little Seth is the easiest going little one I ever had the pleasure of holding.

on Oct 31, 2006 11:00:57 PM
Lauren Said:

Oh and before everyone starts thinking strange things about me, I was actually in Texas for 6 days not 2. So I HAD to have at least 6 pairs of shoes, of course!

on Oct 31, 2006 11:04:18 PM
kellygirl Said:

Hey Holymama!
Thank you for your sweetness. It was such a pleasure to meet you aand sit next to you and Seth..he truly made me feel right at home by spreading his dinner my way! Thank you for all the time and effort you put into making the name tags...what a neat personal touch. I look forward to getting to know you more as time goes by. Hey isn't that a song?

on Oct 31, 2006 11:26:25 PM
Patrick Said:

Liq-o-rama?
Coulda been worse.
Last timne I went out of time for a Christian conference the only room I could find was between a male and a female strip joint. Glad that room had good curtains. WHEW

on Oct 31, 2006 11:29:38 PM
Megan Said:

Gee whiz, are you too much?

I was just sooo glad to finally meet you! And share your story, and ask all of these personal questions, and feel very nosy after I left!

What a great evening it was. Everyone was as you said, and I'm so glad I went!

"Liq-o-rama" hilarious.

on Oct 31, 2006 11:34:39 PM
Chrissy Said:

I was hit with the "shy" virus, so I completely understand! I want to know you, too!!! :-)

(ps: Lexapro goes better with sleepy-time tea, preferably hot with a bit of milk :-)....email me, I think I've been where you are) Chrissy

on Oct 31, 2006 11:38:35 PM

LOL! WHat a wonderful discription of the happenings there! And I love the pictures too!

on Nov 1, 2006 3:19:08 AM
Catez Said:

Thanks for the photos and all. Worth waiting for! I wasn't there (would have loved to have been) but it's nice to hear about some of the bloggers I read.

on Nov 1, 2006 4:29:39 AM
Geekwif Said:

Part of me is so jealous of all of you who were there. I would love to have met you, and Jeana, and Faith, and all the rest of the lovely women there. It sounds like you all had a fantastic time.

The rest of me knows I would have been in a similar position to you. By the end I would have been overwhelmed by all the social activity. I would have been stressed out and no fun to be around.

On the other hand, I'm going to see Blond Girl at her new home in another state in less than 2 weeks and I can't wait! Just her, me, and one other friend. That I can handle.

It sounds like you enjoyed meeting the blogging ladies despite overload. I hope you're feeling better soon.

on Nov 1, 2006 7:04:06 AM
jeana Said:

I love that my picture is right under the words "obligatory photos". Because, really, would you post that picture if you were not obligated?

Love you.

on Nov 1, 2006 7:16:27 AM
aggiejenn Said:

What a great description with a Holymama touch! :-) It was so great to meet you in person. Now I'm remembering so many thing I wish we had talked about. Seth is ADORABLE!!!

on Nov 1, 2006 7:56:59 AM
Heth Said:

It sounds like so much fun.

on Nov 1, 2006 8:17:12 AM
GiBee Said:

Daggone, girl! You did a fabulous job of capturing a wicked double chin on that picture of me! I can't thank you ENOUGH for that!

Seriously, though ... you are adorable, so petite, which really threw me, and Seth is sooooooo cute! And sooooooo good!

I wish we had been able to spend more time together, but maybe we can meet up again soon??? One can only hope.

And ... I must appologize to you. When you asked me if I was nervous in an email, I thought you were doing so with HolyMama humor, but now I realize that you were serious, and I'm so sorry that I didn't put you at ease with my jestful response. Please forgive me!

on Nov 1, 2006 8:26:33 AM

I'm so glad you came with Seth Saturday night. You were so sweet with him, he was so good, and sleeping babies make me always wish for *just one more*... I thought you were more than precious, and it was great to meet you after all this time. And I WILL take you up on a get-together over chocolate sometime!

on Nov 1, 2006 8:51:31 AM
chilihead Said:

I still don't think we had enough time together! And, honey? I'm all about the Lexapro cocktail. In fact, I have been on almost all of them (though not at one time, contrary to popular belief). So I totally 'get' the social anxiety.

You are a hilarious chiquita. I can't wait to get together again!

on Nov 1, 2006 9:07:06 AM
Shalee Said:

"She's hilarious with a dirty mind." Ummm, thank you? Okay, it's absolutely true, but I'm so glad that you clarified that you meant it in the "nicest possible way." I'm sure everyone is set completely at ease now.

Kelsey, I completely understand the social overload anxiety, believe it or not. I usually make myself plow through it with doses of humor in hope that people will like me. I think I have issues with that, but we can talk about that behind the scenes.

I will however tell you that it is one of my deepest desires to be stuck in a car with you again. That was probably some of the best one on two laughter that I've had in a long time. I found you to be funny, real and beautiful from the inside out. I cannot wait to hang with you again.

Oh and as to the pictures: "All your smoldering sexy poses will be fantastic blog fodder, of course, but i'll leave it to you to post." It's about time that I post a humorous post again.

And thank you so much dear heart for not explaining my "wrapped up so that no one will notice what was missing" pose in the picture. Of course if everyone will look around me in it, I think they will easily be able to guess it...

Love you!

on Nov 1, 2006 9:08:34 AM
aggiejenn Said:

oh, and my hair? Seriously, it's not that great. The DFW humidity is a break from our humidity fest down south! :-)

on Nov 1, 2006 9:55:34 AM
Minnie Said:

Lies! All lies, I tell you!

Seriously - I thought you mixed up my description with someone else's.

I fell in love with you when I found out we share the same sick obsession with shoes, but I love you even more now that you think I'm "unconventionally glamorous". I'm tempted to take a picture of myself right now with my slippers, pajama bottoms, tank top, frumpy sweater and 'do rag so you'll see what the Real Me looks like.

It was SO FUN meeting you. And scaring the doo-doo out of you. That one was the best.

And that sweet Seth? Oh, I could just squeeze him all day long. What a precious one he is.

on Nov 1, 2006 11:14:11 AM
emily Said:

looks like an awesome time was had by all. i'm jealous!! :)

i'm sorry your depression cocktail isn't working the way it should. i hope that you can see a dr. soon and that he/she will fix it for you right away!! take care.

on Nov 1, 2006 2:14:49 PM

Jealous. Completely, utterly, entirely (hope I spelled those right) JEALOUS! It sounds like such a fun group.
I too, can completely relate to the cocktail not working. I hope that you find a new combo .. there are so many out there.
Frannie.

on Nov 2, 2006 11:48:10 AM
Faith Said:

C'mon now, i saw you staggering away from the Liq-O-rama. Joking people, just joking!

You were just as great as i thought you'd be. It was such a pleasure to meet you!

on Nov 2, 2006 6:25:49 PM
stacey Said:

Looks like you guys had a blast! What a fun time, I sure wish I could have been there to meet everyone. Especially you, Lauren and Shalee : )

on Nov 2, 2006 9:28:57 PM
Carol Said:

Will getting tagged cheer you up?

on Nov 3, 2006 10:26:38 AM
yellowmama Said:

Hey,

Looks like quite a weekend. Enjoyed lunch...thanks...need to...I mean NEED to see each other more often. You're very special to me!

on Nov 3, 2006 10:09:00 PM