Flexible, Famished & Freud

     This. Should. Be. Interesting.
     Later in the month I am going to attend my very first Conference that’s all for me! (BlogHer13) in Chicago. 
     I will not be a ‘plus-one’.
     I’ve been to hundreds of conferences in my life (with the Hubby), shaken enough hands to be a world class glad-hander, kissed enough cheeks to charge, and drunk enough martini’s to… well you get the point.
     But this, this, is going to be about me: Meeting like-minded bloggers, finally hearing the audible voices of some of my ‘peeps’, maybe picking up a little swag, honing my ‘craft’ at break-out sessions, and networking to grow my ‘brand’.
     Of course, I would actually need a ‘brand’ to do that.
     The hellwithit.
     So, here I go, walking into, yet again, another party (that I don’t feel I have a legitimate invite too, which is stupid because I do- REALLY), sashaying around like I own the joint, chatting-it-up like a late night talk show host, punting into ‘photo-ops’, and promising myself I will survive, and thrive, and even have a good time. 
     Problem is that I’m twisted up in knots: Will the bloggers I really enjoy disappoint? Will I not be what they thought? Will I be the unpopular girl at the back of the room? (nah- that won’t happen).
     So instead of feeling twisted, last night I decided to commandeer my kitchen, bake up a storm, liberally salt, and eat the knots away.
     I wonder what Freud would say about that?
But really….

who the hell cares?

Homemade Pretzels
(see recipes)
I great way to untie your knots.


  • Sharon Greenthal - Can’t wait to meet you at BlogHer, Cheryl – you’ll do just fine!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Oh, I know I will- just thought I’d put out the shrinking violet post so that I don’t scare anyone. HahahaReplyCancel

  • Stacia Ellermeier - You do know that you just wrote out what EVERYONE is thinking, right?ReplyCancel

  • musingsonmotherhoodmidlife - Cheryl, Looking forward to meeting you. Loved this line.. “punting into ‘photo-ops'”. BlogHer is a wild ride, but if you don’t set your expectations to the roof, it can prove extremely rewarding in terms of making connections, getting some fun swag (but be picky), and building your brand.

  • Stephanie Sprenger - Oh you crack me up, lady! And I for one can’t WAIT to meet you there! (Boy, I hope I don’t disappoint!) This conference is causing me to crack the whip and tame my rampant neuroses into submission! But I sure am excited!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - OMG STEPH!!!!! I’m going to swing you around and hug you sooo tight! But first I have to recognize you- funny world we live in with these internets. HahahaReplyCancel

  • Sally - Yum! I have been craving homemade pretzels lately. So glad that Bloppy facebook page led me here!
    Have so much fun at the conference. I still feel like an outsider in the blogging world, even though I have been at it for over a year. Sigh.

    • A Pleasant House - Well I’m only a newbie too! Just a little over a year and I LOVE the Bloppies! So nice to meet you. Now I’ve got to skip right over to your site!!! Yippie! A NEW Friend!!!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie the Singingfool - I’m excited to meet you at Blogher! And I’ve had the same thought process as you (WHAT IF THEY ALL HATE ME??), so you’re not alone.
    If you bring homemade pretzels to Blogher, you will guarantee my affection forever. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - Cheryl,

    Love it! You will do fine and I know you will (so I guess that makes it so – hahaha!)

    I feel the same way you do but I know it will, in the end, be all worth it.

    I look forward to meeting you IRL!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Why of course that makes it so! If your wishes weren’t the world’s commands it would simply stop spinning I’m sure. I count on it.. and you can count on meeting me at BlogHer!!! Whooppie!!!!ReplyCancel

  • JulieBoolie - I do so wish I were going to be there, following in your wake – or perhaps holding on to you! I’ve never been to such a gathering but hopefully will do so next year. Have a blast!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Hahahahaaaa. Well maybe next year we can hold onto each other! But, in the meantime, I’m pretty sure I’ll be posting about it on my return. Stay Tuned!ReplyCancel

  • Rich Rumple - One always questions an event before attending. The problem only arises when the questions remain after it’s over. Have a great time! I’m anxious to hear all you guys learn … so I can steal it for free! lolReplyCancel

  • House Crazy Sarah - Neat – I’ve heard of a non-mommy bloggers almost coming to blows with Mommy bloggers at BlogHer conferences so it should be an interesting scene. Bunch o’ ambitious cat-itious bloggers – makes for a delicious time! Fill us in on all the details!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Really? To Blows?? God, I hope not, but just in case, I’m going back to the Gym to practice my left hook.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - I think we’re all in the same boat. I’ve never been to a conference. All these parties and beakout’s are instructions are making me certifiably crazy. If it takes pretzel making to calm me down. I’ll do it. I’ll be in the back of the room with you. I think a bunch of us will.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - But if everyone’s in the back of the room- then that’s the front! OK- I’ll meet you up there. HahahaReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - I hope you enjoy it!ReplyCancel

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