Thursday, January 21, 2010

It Isn't Just For Breakfast Any More

DeNae here, coming at you from a place I once heard called "Las Vegas" but is better known as "Los Aguas Sucios y Destructivos de Botas de Cuero". This mostly has to do with the current condition of my suede boots, both of whom are sulking damply in front of the fire.

Hey, Southern California! Get over here and put a leash on your weather! Or so help me, I'll have the Homeowners' Association slap your coastline with such a grumpy note, see if I don't.

I suppose it's just as well. At least when it's raining, I have an excuse to sit at the computer and read your blogs all morning the way God intended. Stumble down the stairs, grab a 'Boost' and my daily dose o' sunshine (aka my Pristiq, the drug of choice for the discriminating crazy person) and settle in to check on all my bloggy pals.

"I see here that 'That Girl' has her babies by natural birth and does NOT want to hear any sass about it. Good to know, good to know..."

"InkMom seems to be recovering nicely. I wonder what it's like to have a baby that looks like she came off a Gerber jar instead of out of a manicotti noodle like the rest of them."

"In my next life, I'm going to be JennyMac. Of course, this means she'll have to be me. I'd better send her a sympathy card."

It's "The Breakfast of Champions' Lazy Neighbor Lady, the One With All the Cats".

Anyway, while the entire United States is a hostage to global squelching I can tell you about this really groovy thing that is happening in May.

The Casual Bloggers Conference, sponsored by MMB and LeeLou blogs, is this awesome opportunity for bloggers like you and me to get together, listen to some terrific speakers, take a few classes on everything from scrapbooking to monetizing your blog, and above all come to know each other a little better!

Some of our favorite bloggers will be presenting at the conference, including Annette Lyon, Annie, InkMom, and MommyJ (yes! They're coming in from North Carolina!). In fact, I'm pretty sure Kristina will be on hand to answer once and for all the question on everyone's mind: Does that nasty Snuggie ever get washed?

For reasons known only to the CBC gods, I will also be teaching a class! (I believe a woot woot is in order.) So far I've narrowed down the possible subjects to "Isaiah's Naughty Limericks in the Courts of Hezekiah", "Isaiah's Stern Letter of Reprimand", or my personal favorite, "The Reason Isaiah Spent Most of His Life in Time Out". Seriously, edifying doesn't even begin to describe it.

And guess what? My pal Motherboard told me last night that there are "Early Bird Deals" on tickets to the event! And the wonderful thing about THAT is, in the virtual world, "Early Bird" can mean 'noon or thereafter'! I adore the virtual world! It's a world that understands my need to sleep until 8:00, read everyone's blogs, take a bath, and hit the ground shuffling absolutely no later than lunchtime. One day, I intend to marry the virtual world.

So, while you wait for whatever is falling out of the sky in your neck of the woods to dry up and move on, swing by the CBC web site and check it out!

And sign up, quick! My whole "Isaiah, that Rascally Scamp" lecture series* just won't be the same without you!

*MMB, LeeLou Blogs, King James's monks, and Isaiah's lawyers would like it clearly understood that under no circumstances will DeNae be permitted to utter, whisper, belch, sneeze, or spit anything even resembling a naughty limerick in the same breath or expectoration of choice as the name 'Isaiah'. They further warn that the very suggestion that she would even consider such behavior may be deemed by more rabidly conservative theologians to be criminally actionable or at least worthy of a good smacking.
-- Legal Department


Brooke said...

I'm sorry . . . what was that you wrote?? It's so hard to read my computer screen with all this SUN glaring through my window. :-)

Motherboard said...

I bow to your awesomeness!

Word ver: gagwhen You will gagwhen your missing out on CBC! {lame much?}

Kazzy said...

My question for Kristina would be, "How to you get to blogs so stinkin' fast and comment so stinkin' early?" Seriously, she and Santa have somehow mastered the art of being everywhere at once.

Your classes sound fascinating. I would love to sit right on the front row.

Lara said...

I want to come. I was even totally planning on it, and then my niece, my FAVORITE niece, decided to get married in March. And she asked me to be her temple escort. So, we're all flying out in March. Not May. Blah. I'm so sad.

MommyJ said...

I will totally miss Lara at the conference.

I'm with Kazzy... Kristina is amazingly fast when it comes to commenting. It's just a part of her awesomeness, I think.

And I get to see Inkmom's gorgeous baby tomorrow. I know. How lucky am I?!

And I can be just as lame as motherboard... my word verification is wintre. "When the wintre weather has passed, come join us at the CBC!!"

That Gal Kiki said...

OMG it's been CRAZY here in Laguna Beach! 2 hurricanes (Huntington Beach) and countless floods (Los Angeles County).

Have I mentioned I LOVE that I found your blog???

Keep us posted on things. I'm off to take my Prestiq. :)

L.T. Elliot said...

The legal disclaimer... =D
(and Brooke's comment is just mean!) I'm trying to get my sorry self to that conference. If only for the pleasure of giggling in your class!

janabananagirl said...

Darn that legal department. My vote was for "Isaiah's Naughty Limericks" but I'll have to go with his reasons for spending life in time out instead.


The sacrifices we must make.

Kristina P. said...

I'm pretty sure your legal disclaimer doesn't cover slander against Snuggies. Or in this case, I guess it's libel.

wonder woman said...

I was just going to go to the Friday night thing, but I'm finding out that more and more of my favorite people are knows not what to do. Hope for the free ticket, I hope. And a sitter. And an angel baby that will come, nurse, and not make a peep.

WV: misti Like Vegas right now, eh?

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Oh girl, you are right in the thick of it, ain't ya? I haven't even heard of that dastardly CBC. But then I'm into more FBC (Formal Bloggers Conferences.) That's how I roll.

Hey, how's the manuscript? I'd love to take a looksie!


Stacy said...

Well, at least you have rain. I had to hitch up the dogsled to take my heathens to school at an absolutely obscene hour of the morning. There will be no more complaining. We Mormons are thankful for "moisture" don't-cha-know.

WV: "wined" No joke. We wined about the weather, annoying music students and neurotic parents, and how Motherboard won't let DeNae teach a class on dirty limmericks.

(And I should not be allowed to comment on blogs after 11:00 pm.)

Dustin and Melanie said...

Sorry about the rain, I could squeeze out my ever dripping walls/ceiling and send some more, but that would involve effort. Also, you must be SO popular, we're all very happy for you here!

Karen said...

If the sounds outside my window are any indication, you should see an end to the rain tomorrow morning. Cuz we're sending you HAIL next.

You're welcome.

And I'm going to see about getting to the Casual Bloggers Conference, but I'm not sure about it yet.

The Garden of Egan said...

Wow, I'd love to come to be a fly on the wall just to see what all you guys pull off!
There isn't going to be enough Depends on the planet for all the hilarious outbursts that are going to be going on.
Must try to save pennies for this event.

Melanie J said...

I keep thinking, "I'd like to go to CBC. And I'd like to teach a class." But then I think, I have no idea what I'd teach a class about so good luck figuring that out for your presentation!

I may actually make it but it kind of depends on whether I make it to Storymakers or not because I'm only doing one or the other. And that all depends on when Baby Eden wants to show up.

Maybe I could torture her with limericks in a couple of weeks to make her come out early so I can actually make some plans.

Kimberly said...

That does it. I'm renouncing my citizenship and just moving down there already...

Becca said...

I'm leaning toward CBC - because it's almost like the Storymakers crowd without the annoying men. (Did I just type that out loud?)

And also, *sigh* - I love reading your blog. You are pretty delightful.

charrette said...

I would SO pay money to hear you go off on Isaiah!

--and one of my students had the gall to tell me ( in all seriousness) she got a snuggie for Christmas.

Note to self: Must tell Kristina!

The Wiser Side said...

California, the nerve! We live in Arizona for a reason-I don't need any tornados here (and there was one last night)-it freaks my man out!
"woot woot" for your lecture-only you can make Isaiah exciting (or at least understandable...a little)

InkMom said...

She DOES look like the Gerber baby, only better! Thanks for noticing! On the downside, she shames her big brothers in the bodily function department. I have never before just thrown out a onesie without even trying to de-stain it. Never.

Can't wait for May. Can't wait!

WV: sadlers. What you'll be if you don't come to CBC, no?

brudcrew said...

I want to come if only to laugh with you but the hub said, with confusion, "What is it for? just to learn how to blog?" So that sent my guilt alarm into a frenzy and I decided I can't justify the expense and babysitter etc. If I could just win one of those tickets then I could so justify it!

The Boob Nazi said...

I wish I could afford to go. I hate being poor in grad school.

Becca said...

DeNae--I heart you. Me and my Pristiq BOTH heart you.

M-Cat said...

Damn California and it's weather.

Might be coming through LV in March, might need to hook up!

Annette Lyon said...

I'm still giddy that I get to meet you and hang out with you--TWICE in TWO months! Woohoo!!!!

Corrie Howe said...

I love studying Isaiah. I'm really sorry I'm going to miss your interpretations of his works. However, I will be attending a SITS Bootcamp in Baltimore in March, and gaining some insight from other bloggers. I'm excited.

AS Amber said...

So. Freaking. Excited.

Every time I sit in my SS class at church I wish I lived in your ward. I'm really so excited for this! We should plan a great big slumber party for Friday night!

Love you!

annie valentine said...

Wait, I'm teaching? Yeah, I should probably start thinking about what to do with my hour and fifteen minutes. Maybe we'll take a field trip to your class.