I sit here not quite sure how to capture the ‘Maine blogger summit’ this past weekend. It was one of those weekends where words can’t adequately put it, but I think one of the biggest things from this weekend that I took away (besides absolutely LOVING T and her man GJ, Sunshine and CBG!) was simplicity and learnings.
Simplicity and learnings in…
simplicity in…the ability to just talk and laugh and talk some more almost the entire weekend without skipping a beat. (and cheeks and abs that hurt, literally, from laughing so hard, ALL WEEKEND LONG)
learnings in...realizing that maybe I don’t express my thoughts or feelings as obviously as I thought, causing everyone think I was *not* having fun, when honestly, I don’t think I could have had MORE fun – future post on this coming later this week, I do believe ;-) (but hence my nickname for the weekend being ‘poker face’ – which resulted in a PRICELESS moment at breakfast, as everyone was ribbing me on my poker face…juuuust as the song ‘Poker Face’ came on the radio. Hi-larious!!)
simplicity in...lingering over glass (after glass…) of wine (and assorted cocktails!) all afternoon and into the evening and just connecting on so many levels (SO many levels…up till 1 am on our FIRST night together, with QUITE a few pictures that shall remain behind lock and key, and quote after hilarious ‘that’s what she said’ quotes to be said!).
learnings *and* simplicity in...continually looking around and still finding it incredible that such a different (yet, in many ways, similar) group of people could hit it off right off the bat, the entire weekend, after not ever meeting or, in some cases, even talking on the phone or Skyping. Living together, essentially, for 3ish days and it being as perfect and epic as you can imagine? The phenomenon of blogging, I do believe.
learnings in...firsts…my ability to roll with the er, action over the course of the weekend, was a first. I guess I started to see that maybe my ‘poker face’ stems back to the ‘me’ I thought I shed. Some former shyness and hatred over being the center of attention came bubbling up, admittedly, over some of the topics we discussed, but ya know? It stretched my boundaries a bit and made me realize that there is still a lot of discomfort to be had in the ‘ole comfort zone.
learnings in...falling in love with M even more as he seriously got along SO well with everyone. Given he is not into this blogging thang nearly as much as the rest of us, I wondered how he would handle it. But he was his usual hilarious self, garnerning himself his own nickname (‘little man’ as he sat on a small foot rest at the table, as we were down one chair, and he looked SO funny, low to the table, compared to the rest of it…the name stuck, along with quite a few of his dirty jokes and references, upholding his ability to TWSS with the best of them!!).
simplicity in...a constant musical playlist that seriously ROCKED. Good job, CBG, on tunes spanning the 80s and 90s (even a little Jon Secada…bitchin’) and an uh, interesting Canadian playlist, to boot ;-)
As I close out this post (more to come, pictures etc), I still don’t think this adequately captures the weekend, but it’s what is swirling in my bran…but maybe that’s the beauty of it. That it isn’t something you *can* capture perfectly, unless you are there. Sort of like when T took a picture of the lake, sparkling blue, brilliant sunshine) and said ‘a picture can’t even capture how beautiful this is.’
And ya know what? She’s absolutely right.
Thank you T, Sunshine, CBG and GJ for coming and spending a weekend with us…you are all truly amazing, beautiful, hilarious, loving and we had so much fun with you. Cheers…to hopefully crossing paths again. I do believe it will happen :-)