Hey, I meant to tell all three of you who might possibly care that I’m no longer writing at Lemondrop — no bad blood or anything, it just wasn’t turning out to be a good use of my time so I bid them adieu. I am, however, continuing to write at Gather.com for BOCA, and I have two things to share about those guys.

Thing the First: BOCA is running a Balanced Living Challenge where you can win $5,000 just by posting a short entry about one thing you’d like to change in order to live a more well-balanced life. The idea is that this five grand could help you make that change, either by paying for a babysitter or cooking lessons or reducing credit card debt or whatever it is, but the important part here is FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS. You can read about the contest details and how to enter here.

Thing the Second: In February BOCA will be sponsoring some blogger get-togethers, one of which I’ll be attending. The tentative date/locations are:

Chicago – Tuesday, Feb. 10th, 6-9 pm
Washington DC – Thursday, Feb 12th. 5-8 pm
Los Angeles – Tuesday, Feb 17th, 6-9 pm

If you live in one of those areas and you think you’d be up for hanging out and getting some free spa pampering (yes! Think manicures/pedicures, massages, that sort of thing), drop by the comments here and let me know which city/day might work for you.

(Also, how much do I love this client, with their cruel requirements that I attend a spa night on their behalf? Oh no I couldn’t possibly leave my children WHEREDOISIGNUP.)

Tomorrow we’re heading down to Eugene for JB’s brother’s wedding, and yes, we totally scored a babysitter, not only for the wedding itself on Saturday but even for the rehearsal dinner tomorrow night, can I GET a hallelujah. I’m relieved as hell, for all the reasons you’d expect, but also for the fact that both children have goopy eyes and runny noses and juicy coughs and are generally sort of unfit for public exposure. Even more so than usual, I mean.

Since JB will be best man, I imagine his speech will be quite colorful, although I’m guessing he’ll avoid sharing MY favorite story about his brother, which involves the two of them getting stupid-drunk many, many years ago out at their family cabin and his brother (who played football at the time) suddenly staggering outside, dropping his pants, and clumsily assuming a 3-point-stance before announcing he had to SHIT, he had to PUKE, and he had to PISS, and he was going to do “WHICHEVER HAPPENSH FIRSHT.”

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justmouse
15 years ago

i’m putting in my request now that you at some point attend a random function here in CALGARY, so that i may stalk….er..MEET you.

love,

your Number One Fan. ;)

Naomi
15 years ago

ha! JB Should totally share that story at the wedding :) Score on the babysitter :)

Kathryn
Kathryn
15 years ago

Ooh, Chicago, any day! Fabulous!!

Naomi in Oz
Naomi in Oz
15 years ago

So…. what happened first? Don’t leave me hanging like that!

wendy
15 years ago

San Francisco has GREAT spas and any day is fine!!

Annie Singler
Annie Singler
15 years ago

Love it. Reminds me of the time when MY brother in law threw up INTO the dash *including a/c vents and side pockets* of my mother’s brand new car on the way home from a bar on my 21st birthday. THEN stripping down to his black BIKINI briefs (did I mention that he’s 300 lbs and hairy?) and exclaiming “I can clean up my own mess…” as he polished the dash with his pukee clothes.

ah the memories…

SJ
SJ
15 years ago

Oh how I would love to hang out and get some free spa treatment, and most importantly meet you – since you’ll be there and all, but sadly none of the locations are do-able for me.

And that’s too bad, Colorado is a beautiful place with lots of awesome spa’s.

Hey, you going to BlogHer this year?

Alina
15 years ago

Chicago…I’d love to help you out with what looks to be a very tough assignment. :)

TheGoriWife
15 years ago

I live near D.C. and could use some toenail magic. But I’ve never met a blogger and I fear that would be too awkWARD for me. How does one do that without looking like a total stalker loon?

(Oh, please don’t follow the link to my blog today, where I talk about having stalked and taken pictures of a total stranger in a foreign country. Oh please, don’t. I’ll never get a free pedicure then.)

monkeyinasuit
monkeyinasuit
15 years ago

The Los Angeles date totally works for me.

Jen
Jen
15 years ago

That visual of the three point stance just had me giggling for the last ten minutes. AWESOME.

Jamie
15 years ago

Ok, you’re going to be in Chicago on the 10th? This means I need to reschedule my brazilian wax appointment, and if you think I’m kidding I’M SO NOT KIDDING. When you get a location, let us know – I owe you a heap of onsite praise (and maybe some homemade cookies) for all the laughs you’ve brought to my life.

April
April
15 years ago

Oh, I am totally in for the Chicago Feb 10 day!

Amy
Amy
15 years ago

I vote Chicago for those cities actually listed but in the future, I vote for the Twin Cities. After all we are the home of Mall of America and are the land of 10,000 lakes!

Amy
Amy
15 years ago

Not a blogger, but a loyal reader in LA. Would love to meet up!

beth
beth
15 years ago

Oh, Linda…will you be my valentine? I am in the DC area and would LOVE nothing more than to see you on 2/12.

DC could definitely use your charm.

Georgia
15 years ago

Laughingoutloud at the “WHICHEVER HAPPENSH FIRSHT.” But also, I totally want to go to the Los Angeles bloggy-meet-up thingy…to network, and what-not.*

*aka get a manicure

Michelle
15 years ago

LOL! Today must be the day of funny stories. Love it.

Eric's Mommy
Eric's Mommy
15 years ago

I kind of figured you were all done with Lemondrop.

Too bad none of those cities are near me, I would love to hang out and get pampered! If they had one in Boston I would totally be there.

Way to go on the babysitter, have fun at the wedding! Also, that story about JB’s brother is priceless.

Fattylumpa
15 years ago

That is the best wedding story I’ve heard so far. You should totally tell it.

Also! You should totally come to DC! There are tons of free things to do here, so it would be like a free vacation for you all around! Plus we have a new president! And….and stuff! Lots of stuff! Come to DC!

tiinalee
tiinalee
15 years ago

DC! DC! DC! I’m not sure anyone would want to touch these jacked up toes of mine, but (as your number one stalk–..I mean, fan) I would love to hang w/the coolest chick on the west coast ;)

warcrygirl
15 years ago

Whoooo doggie, now that’s a vivid mental image to start your day. ANd now I’m off to BOCA to check out this contest thingy.

Bliz
15 years ago

We would LOVE to have you in DC! Though I admit I might be a bit nervous– you’re like a celebrity…

Also, in DC you can stand outside the White House and feel all proud!!

Beth Fish
15 years ago

Definitely D.C. That way if you miss the kids too much I can just feed Mia a bunch of sugar and Owen a bunch of peaches and bring them by for an hour or so and you will suddenly feel so much better about your time away from home.

Daily Tragedies
15 years ago

Work has successfully taken over my life, but I can join you in DC on Feb 12 for a massage or other pampering… IF I MUST.

Liz
Liz
15 years ago

Ooooh! DC! Pick DC! OOOOH!

Um, I mean, like, that’s cool if you want to swing by. Ahem.

Colleen
Colleen
15 years ago

Chicago!!!!

becky
becky
15 years ago

Chicago…please.

Michelle
Michelle
15 years ago

I’m a sometime-y blogger, a long-time reader, and I’m de-lurking to say that it would be REALLY AWESOME TO MEET YOU IF YOU CAME TO DC!! I too would be nervous (as a previous commenter stated), but it would be totally worth the jitters to meet you!

By the way, I’d like to apologize in advance my actions if I do have the chance to meet you. My brain seriously shuts down when I’m nervous and I’m apt to just grunt, stare, and/or drool…. But if I’m at the spa, at least I’ll look pretty while doing so!

Erin
15 years ago

You know you want to come to Chicago, lady. I will bring my Snuggie.

Laurie
15 years ago

D.C. is my vote – don’t you want to come this way to meet us and uh, also, see the new President?!?!

Hillary
15 years ago

Alas, none of those locations are convenient to me. I would be miffed, however, I’m laughing too hard at the three-point stance to care.

eve
eve
15 years ago

I’m not a blogger, but I am a “blog enthusiast” and it would be awesome if you came to DC!

nonsoccermom
15 years ago

Sadly, no one ever schedules these types of things for Houston, which is the major city nearest me. *sigh* But if I lived near any of those other cities, you would have to count me in!

Kathi
Kathi
15 years ago

I would love for you to come to DC! The spa night sounds great. What a cool assignment.

erink
erink
15 years ago

DC and this is my first time commenting after reading for a year or so. Would be great to meet you.

bad penguin
15 years ago

DC! Although I will admit that the weather is probably nicer in LA in February. But if you came to DC, I could come meet you.

samantha jo campen
15 years ago

Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago Chicago oh God please Chicago! I’m fee that night (shocking!) And would LOVE LOVE LOVE to meet you! The spa stuff would just be icing on the cake :-)

Melissa
Melissa
15 years ago

I just snorted when I read the story about JB’s brother. Hilarious. Wish you had an NYC date in there! Oh well – enjoy the wedding!

Meagan
15 years ago

Doh, I’ll be in DC the week before for a different conference. Whoops. Anyway, say hi to my hometown for me!

Meagan
15 years ago

Eugene that is, not DC. *missing pieces*

Tracy
15 years ago

Does it matter that I’m not a blogger??? I vote for DC on the hope that it doesn’t matter!

Jaci
Jaci
15 years ago

DC it up. I have traffic court in the morning so this will give me an excuse to take the whole damn day off and go to DC. I promise I won’t bitch that much about traffic court, either.

Emily
15 years ago

Fair warning…it has been FUH-reezing down here in the Euge!

Kristina
Kristina
15 years ago

DC! I swear we’re not all buttoned-up, boring politicians here :) I have a great bootcamp for moms for you to come to–you would love it! And, maybe you spot the Obamas – so you have to come to DC!

Jillian
15 years ago

Definitely Chicago! Puh-lease?

FishyGirl
15 years ago

Have to delurk to say DC! Come to DC! We’re awesome here.

melanie
15 years ago

I second JustMouse on the Calgary meet-up. Don’t think it is going to happen though – especially not in winter even though it is only supposed to be -20oC today!

Teralyne
15 years ago

I am all up for chicago would be way too much fun to meet you.

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