This past Friday morning I woke up (way too) early to drive to Kelowna and catch a flight to Toronto for Blissdom Canada. I had been counting down the days until I left for weeks, not because I want to get away from my family, but because I was looking forward to being with my people. Not that my friends here aren’t my people — not at all — but most people in my day-to-day life are not immersed in writing their stories online. They read my stories, and they talk to me about my stories, but it’s not something that they do themselves, you know?

I feel like I live between the two worlds sometimes, too. Between Matthew and the kids and all of the activities they do, my contract work, freelance, and food bank responsibilities, I feel a little bit like I’m not entirely connected. I’m not a huge texter, I keep forgetting to pick up the phone, and I suck at snail mail.

The great thing is, when I do get a chance to hang out with friends here in town, we pick up right where we left off. The same thing happens when I go to conferences and this past weekend was no exception.

As I was in the cab from the airport to the hotel, Adam texted to see what the plans were for the night. He had flown to Buffalo and was driving across the border and there he was on my phone. I smiled because his text reminded me that just like with friends here in town, we can jump back in where we left off many months ago. (Adam is ‘one of the girls’ if you don’t know him.)

I didn’t take a ton of photos, because I was too busy talking (and talking and talking) but I’ll use the ones I have to map out the weekend.

I got to the hotel and was happy to hug Jen (@heymrswilson). This was her very first conference (EVER) and we’ve been friends forever and I was worried that I would fail as her conference “host”, but I think I did okay.

Our other roommate was Loukia (The first time I’ve roomed with someone more than once!)(We plan to be eternal blog conference roommates). I didn’t take a photo of the two (or three) of us, so I yanked this photo she took of me, her, and Bon.

Random photo from downtown Toronto on Friday night just because:

Saturday morning was the micro sessions and they were great, but then I ended up spending the afternoon in the Recharge lounge with Jen and Ali (and Gav) (among others) (including Amy) for many, many hours.

On the street outside the window behind us there was a zombie walk happening. True story. I had darted out earlier to NAOT (I’m one of their ambassadors)(BEST SHOES EVER) to pick up a pair of boots. As I was walking over, I noticed that something odd was happening. I was noticing that the crowd walking in the opposite direction (back towards the hotel) was … different. I would see some “normal” people and then, a couple of people dressed as zombies. More “normal” people, then more “zombies.” Lather, rinse, repeat. When I got back, we looked out the window and the street was PACKED with zombies. Because, why not?

Janice from 5 Minutes For Mom and I hit it off last year when she asked me to come with her to rent a costume. She became my ‘pseudo roommate’ and I will forever remember the cab ride where she had the driver snickering at our conversation. She talks even faster than I do (I KNOW) and is one of the funniest people you will ever meet because she just speaks what is on her mind. I love her.

(Loukia suggested that I dress up as a Greek Goddess because I ‘have the hair.’ So, I did.)

Janice and Jen and I had dinner on Saturday night with Eric Alper and his lovely wife Candace. Eric and Candace are beautiful people, in and out. And not just because they are famous.

Next up, we have the usual suspects, aka The People I Text (besides my roommates) When I Find Myself Surrounded By Strange Faces:

Katie, Tanis, Adam, and the Palinode (the only person missing from this photo is Schmutzie).

Here’s another photo of me with Bon. Because she’s so great.

On the Friday night there was a reception at the Mom Central offices. The ladies who run the show over there are (amazing, and) the reason I get to do some sweet giveaways and how I ended up being a food blogger for Life Made Delicious (General Mills Canada). I was too busy talking (and eating ALL OF THE CHEESE) to take a photo, but I managed to snap one of me and fellow LMD blogger Jaime at the costume party the next night.

On Sunday morning, I was supposed to go on a photo walk excursion, but the Martells invited us for brunch and I couldn’t turn it down. I’ve heard so many people rave about Gav’s cooking (He’s a blogger for the Food Network!), so Jen and I hopped into Adam’s car and made our way over.

The spread was AMAZING, and the company and conversation even better. It was the perfect ending to a great weekend full of old friends and new connections. There’s no place like home, no, but if I have to be away from the family for a conference, this one wins the top prize. There’s just something that’s pretty special about Canadians.

*Thanks so much to Life Made Delicious and Mom Central for sponsoring my trip. You spoil me constantly and this is yet another example of it.

 

 

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  1. Kristabella October 23, 2012 11:44 am edit

    Jealous!

    1. angella October 23, 2012 2:51 pm edit

      Come next year!!

  2. Gav October 23, 2012 11:59 am edit

    Great recap – we’re so glad you made the long trek up to our place!

    1. angella October 23, 2012 2:51 pm edit

      I am too! I’ll be back…

  3. Elaine October 23, 2012 12:40 pm edit

    Looks and sounds amazing! I love you Canadian gals!

    I am most excited for Blissdom here, in March. It’s just such an amazing experience.

    1. angella October 23, 2012 2:52 pm edit

      I’ve heard that it’s quite different from the Canadian one, but equally as awesome. I love it. :)

  4. alimartell October 23, 2012 1:30 pm edit

    I’m so selfishly happy you turned down the photo walk :)

    1. angella October 23, 2012 2:53 pm edit

      It was a no-brainer. :)

  5. Deborah / Mom2Michael October 23, 2012 1:53 pm edit

    Wasn’t it a great weekend? SO nice to have met you in person!

    1. angella October 24, 2012 1:01 am edit

      It was nice to meet you too!

  6. Avitable October 23, 2012 3:17 pm edit

    I had a blast, and I’m glad we got to spend time together this year! And thanks for not talking about all the times you squealed and tried to press the imaginary brake on our drive to Ali and Gav’s.

    1. angella October 24, 2012 1:02 am edit

      Haaaaa. ( My right foot is still aching.)

  7. Mrs. Wilson October 23, 2012 9:02 pm edit

    You were a FANTASTIC host!!! Perfection! I would not have survived the weekend without you. And I had so much fun with you. Free cab rides, FTW!

    1. angella October 24, 2012 1:03 am edit

      Best! Weekend! Ever!

  8. Amy October 23, 2012 11:37 pm edit

    I can’t follow you anymore. I just can’t. I could write your posts. I’m sad, I’m happy, winter sucks, skiing is great, my kids are awesome, blah, blah. It’s been a good run. Good luck.

    1. angella October 24, 2012 1:07 am edit

      Thanks! You too, “Amy.” (You know how ISPs work, right?)

      You’re welcome not to read. This site isn’t about you. :)

  9. kim @ mommyknows October 24, 2012 3:18 pm edit

    It was such a fun weekend. It was great to see you.

  10. Amy October 26, 2012 12:58 pm edit

    That photo of Adam driving is super cool…and now you have my number and you are welcome to text anytime! :)

    I’ve always felt that real friends can jump back into conversation at a moment’s notice, too.

  11. shannon October 26, 2012 8:32 pm edit

    I saw you and your hair all over the place last weekend, but I never did say hello. You really do have the hair of a goddess.

    Fun recap. :)

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