Tuesday, June 27, 2006

You know you wanna do it too

We all want to do it. We fantasize about it. We wonder what it would be like. We're pretty sure that we'd like it. A lot. That we'd want to do more of it.

But we're a little bit scared to try. What if it's disappointing? What if we're disappointing?

What if - oh god - we walk out there, naked, in all of our real-life glory, and get rejected? Do we really dare come out from behind the screen?

I did. And I want more.

Yesterday, for the very first time, I met a bloggy friend. In real life. In the worldosphere. And it was good.

It was scary, at first. What if she doesn't like me? What if she thinks that I'm not nearly as smart or funny - oh god how we flatter ourselves - as I seem onscreen? What if she thinks that my blog is really only so much false advertising? What if I am disappointing? Will I be disappointing?

Oh god.

But everyone thinks that stuff, right? Jaelithe and Andrea did, before their recent meeting (at which they both discovered that, yes, each is indeed as awesome as the other imagined.) And I can't be the only one that is clutching onto this fear of BlogHer - that I'll arrive and mingle and somebody will say YOU'RE Bad Mother? Really? I thought that you'd be, um, cooler. (Like the time that I stood beside Colin Farrell at Starbucks in Yorkville and thought Dude, you are so short and so not as good-looking as I thought you would be. Bleh.)

(I am so not comparing myself to Colin Farrell. No sex videos, and nowhere near the same tolerance for alcohol.)

And I've been more than a little nervous about this Friday's TO mama-blogger get-together, for the same reasons. Times ten, because I organized it and because I've already gone on record as wanting to do it semi-regularly. What if everybody thinks, um, nice effort, but she's really kind of dull. I'll pass on next time.

I know. I regress.

And I don't really believe any of this - what do we call it? - negative self-talk. Because I know that I'm going to like everybody. I knew that I was going to like MotherBumper. I knew this because I already liked her. I've liked her since I started reading her blog. And I was right. More than right. I liked her just as much in person as I have on the screen and felt totally comfortable and within seconds had stopped worrying about whether she liked me.

It was great. It was companionable. I loved it. It made me even more excited for Friday, and for BlogHer, and many more park perambulations with the Bumpers.

So there you have it. The obligatory I was so scared and excited and scared about meeting other bloggers but OMG I did it and I loved it and when can I gets me more of this blogger-on-blogger action post.

Now, what you really came for: Blogger Baby Kissy-Faced Smackdown!

WonderBaby! C'mere!

For I wish to lick that delicious, hairless, bulbous head of yours!

(Head-licking is how the Lilliputians show affection...)

(Also, they challenge each other to swing races...)

(The hairless ones are more aerodynamic.)

Later, the Lilliputians conferred on how to best achieve world domination, and it was decided that they needed an Alpha Baby street gang. (They represent... the Lilliput Guild, the Lilliput Guild, the Lilliput Guild...)

Hazing rituals for new members begin this coming Friday...

(At the TO Mama-Bloggers Unite and Take Over Get-Together! Full details and directions to be posted here tomorrow, but for now, here's what the plans look like: Friday afternoon all-ages at Withrow Park, 2:30 - 5:30ish, Friday evening adults-only at Chelsea Room, Dundas West, 8pm to ???

Do these times sound okay for everybody? Last chance for voting in changes, final details go up tomorrow...)


Blogger motherbumper said...

I'm blushing! How wonderful to read that you felt exactly the same way I did... if you could have heard the voice(s) in my head before we met you may have run away. I'm so glad we got together and I can't wait for the next time. Bumper has lots of head lickin' to do and she feels the need to challenge WB to a duel over that last baby mum-mum. I will be thinking if all the TO moms and babes (and non-mom fans) this Friday and I will SO be there next time. I know you are going to have a blast.

Huge thank you HBM and WonderBaby for all the fun.

June 27, 2006 1:16 PM  
Blogger Gabriella said...

OMG...can those pictures be any sweeter and cuter!!! How affectionate!!!

June 27, 2006 2:49 PM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

YAY! I am so there! Both places!
All moms all the time! Okay, I'm a bit excited - but a little nervous, too. I wanted to make myself a kittenpie T-shirt so you could find me and not overlook me as some boring playground lurker, but lack an inkjet to print up a transfer. Boo.

June 27, 2006 3:22 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

Yay! I loved reading that. Sounds like such fun and those photos. OH those photos!

I am so glad to hear you say the words that are already in my head. I am so nervous about Friday. And I have to tell ya, I am not usually a nervous kinda girl. What if they think I am dull? Or annoying? Or nothing like I seem on my blog?(assuming my blog is not dull and annoying - oh don't get me started on that train of self-doubt).

I can't wait to meet you all. I feel like a teenager going to the first day of grade nine or something. I am such a dork.

Count me in for both outings but fashionably late for the first. At the park, I'll be the one with the terriby-shy five year old who will be like: "mom, stop ooogling those cute babies. remember me? cool dude without the diapers over here?! don't get any ideas mommy...."

3 more sleeps...

June 27, 2006 3:46 PM  
Blogger metro mama said...

Sounds awesome. I'm on for both.

June 27, 2006 7:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE the pictures! I was all giggly looking at them.

Have fun meeting one another, and pretend I'm there, looking hot, trim and stylish, okay?

June 27, 2006 8:15 PM  
Blogger Jezer said...

My God, the cuteness! Jealous Texan here.

June 28, 2006 6:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Bummed I can't come this time.

(those pictures are ultra cute)

June 28, 2006 1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot, unfortunately, make the daytime outing today - have a final staff meeting at work (last meeting for us teachers before the sumemr break!!)

As for the evening, it's a maybe. It's a bit far for me, and I've been feeling a bit under the weather, so I am uncertain. I really do want to be there, though, so I'll have to play it by ear. (Is that how the saying goes?)

But I will definitely come to the next one. Think it might be possible to do something more midtown?

June 29, 2006 1:10 PM  
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