I love blog conferences like BlogHer because I leave inspired and refreshed, ready to take on blogging again.
To be honest, this space has been stale for several months. I have so many things I want to say and meals or recipes I want to share, but I feel intimidated. In the last year or so the photography in food blogging has exploded and it seems everyone has become a professional. I don’t have time to stage my food or spend more than 20 seconds taking photographs of it. I don’t know why that has stopped me from sharing.
I have some great recipes I’ve been enjoying lately, and I should share them with you, regardless of the photo. You’ll just have to remember that I’m an overwhelmed working mother and a real person who isn’t doing this for a living. Maybe you can relate and will enjoy what I have to share. I’m just a regular person who cooks dinner most nights and has a love/hate relationship with the market depending on the week. I’m also a mother who loves checking out new toys and activities with my son.
Time is an issue for me. I’m working every time Raffi is sleeping, and most nights I don’t crash in bed until after 11 PM. It’s hard to find the time or energy to fuel this passion, but since I’m cooking I can be telling you about it. I promise from today on I will try really hard to do that. Some weeks I just throw food on the grill, but other weeks I test recipes I’ve created in my sleep or found in a magazine. I’ll share some of it all.
What I take away most from BlogHer is inspiration, but I also made great connections, and that’s what brings me back. I spent a lovely evening with Meghann, Theodora, Ashley, Gina, Cat, Erica, and Caitlin talking about everything from Italy to acting to blogging. It was after a Physique 57 class that kicked my butt and while I was eating handfuls of guacamole and chips. I loved the Physique 57 class and wish we had it in Philly, but luckily the owner gave me a copy of the DVD so I can do it at home. It is barre-based and you burn out each muscle group throughout the class.
Being away from Raffi was easy at first. I enjoyed having the freedom I haven’t had in the last 10 months. Now, 2 days later, I miss my boys and can’t wait to hold Raffi in my arms. It was a break I needed mentally and I now realize breaks are good and make me a better mother.
Now that I’ve written a novel, I’m heading out. Have a great day and hopefully you will begin to see more of me.
PS- I can’t wait for Raffi to get to Bandaid obsessed age. The new Muppets Bandaids have an app that you can use to make the Muppets come alive. It’s called Magic Vision and I wish it existed when we were kids. I went back to the J&J lounge to watch Kermit several times. He’s my favorite.