First, there was the baby shower for my best friend and her newly adopted son.
And I can't forget the gathering to say goodbye to old friends who are moving to Houston for a new opportunity. Talk about bittersweet. Declan and Trudy have been close friends since they were TWO. The kids don't really understand what all this means yet, but WE do. [Rest of the pool photos are here.]
Then, I was proud to host the Denver regional part of BowlHer. Full set of photos here by MelissaWrites. [Thank you Melissa!] BowlHer Chicago was a bowling themed party with lots of pink boas. We had no bowling. Or boas. I am seriously terrible at bowling, although I could have rocked a boa. So we drank. And ate pizza. And chatted. And connected to other parties via MomTV. That worked.
What a fun night. Except for the part where I calculated the tip TOTALLY wrong for the awesome crew at Stella's on Colfax (formerly Cafe Star) who TOTALLY took care of us. Like so wrong that I stopped by the next day with an envelope of cash and a bashful note that said, "Hey, I'm a Mom Blogger, Not A Math Blogger."
OK. Speaking of Mom Bloggers, let's talk #Nikonhatesbabies.
For those who haven't heard of it, Nikon threw a party at BlogHer, an invited vlogger (who I met at Mom 2.0 and is a lovely person) arrived with her baby, the bar was 21 and over, Nikon turned her away - and of course a shitstorm broke on Twitter within minutes.
Here is the problem. It's a woman's conference, where some of the women happen to be mothers and are encouraged to bring their babies if they like, and if they want to go to parties, they either have to find a babysitter in a strange city, or leave them with someone else also attending the conference. Not an easy task. So, while I get the backlash of people twittering that it's stupid to assume you can bring a baby to cocktail party, I also get why she thought she could. Other people have - many times, in fact.
I brought Declan to Ignite Boulder - you know, the time he learned to curse, which was awesome. We called the Boulder Theater and asked him if we could bring Declan, they told us it was up to the renter if under 21 could come in, so I made Andrew let me bring him. Easy enough for me because it was local.
I don't know if the laws are different in Illinois. But the problem, as I understand it, was the event was held at a 21+ bar, the bar held the line, Nikon's hands were tied, they felt like crap, and then the moms went crazy. Partially justified, in my opinion, as I stated above - so Nikon should have absolutely been prepared for this eventuality.
Then the anti-moms who love to drag us down because we are getting all the attention right now and are pissed THEY aren't getting all the trips and swag and blah blah blahhhhh have now gone nuts over the moms going crazy.
Ahhh, WOMEN ARE SO FUN. Can't we all just get along?
In general, I just see this as a case of an event coming together not so smoothly. Not a reason to say something as incendiary as "Nikon hates babies." One simple cocktail party can't be all things to all people. Moms should check to see if they can bring babies to bars, it's just *not* something I would automatically assume, as I mentioned above. And Nikon could also be prepared that there will be *some* moms with babies at a woman's event and have a Plan B.
And as for who is getting what and blogging about it? I love the site that Susan, Liz, Kristen and Julie have come up with - Blog with Integrity. It's kind of a no-brainer, but if we all stopped to do [on our blogs] what we do more naturally in real life (maybe?) things would be more smooth in the blogosphere? My mantra for Greeblemonkey is simple. Be upfront and truthful. Don't write anything you wouldn't say to someone in person. Which is, in essence, what the pledge boils down to. The Golden Rule of Blogging, so to speak. Rawk.
And finally, one last thing, before I end the longest post in the history of this blog. The thing I missed most about missing BlogHer this year?