Her Bad Mother

Sunday, July 15, 2007

And On The Seventh Day, She Blogged

Things have settled down 'round here. Wonderbaby has recovered from her mysterious fever and stopped throwing lemons at me. She still much prefers Daddy, but whatever. I'm used to rejection. I can take it.

Still - am exhausted from the trauma that was Thursday and the bitch-slapfest that was Friday and the tequila that I had to drink to recover on Saturday. So, all you get today is a Whassup Y'all 'Round Up.

What's up in Her Bad Mother's 'hood?

1) Speaking at BlogHer. This has been on the table for months now, but it only just sunk in, like, last week when a certain awesome lady and co-panellist confided that she was SO (curse word curse word curse word) NERVOUS. Which was fatal, really, because nerves are like a supervirus, highly contagious, and once you're infected, that's it. There's no cure. And trust me, as a some-time university lecturer, I can say with full authority that that whole thing about picturing the audience in their underwear being an effective salve for nerves? Is bullshit.

(No, experience as a lecturer does not help in this case. Nor does a background in speaking at academic conferences. In both cases, you're pretty well-assured that half the crowd isn't listening. Also, they don't know all about that time that your zipper was down, or the time that you ran out of the fitting room at H&M half-naked, or that your toddler totes a plush phallus around with her at all times, or the fact that your boobs never recovered from breastfeeding. Those audiences do not know, in other words, that you are, in fact, a ridiculous human being. So.)

2) Looking forward to scavenging at BlogHer. This may be an effective salve for my nerves, if only because it will help me come to terms with my ridiculousness. Check out the deets at Cool Mom Picks, and join in on the discussion on Facebook.

3) Really looking forward to getting the BlogHers Act Canada survey up, and seeing what people have to say about the causes that they'd like to support. Check the site tonight and throughout the week. (And? WRITE POSTS. About the causes that you'd like to see pursued over the coming year, by BlogHers Act Canada and BlogHers Act and by bloggers generally. Send me the link if you do, or leave a comment at the relevant sites.) Edited to add: SURVEY'S UP! Go vote!

4) Really, really looking forward to this, oh my hell can barely stand it.

5) Loving, as always, the Basement. The quality of discussion there - and the love and support that are offered - never fails to blow me away.

6) Loving, as always, BlogRhet. See #4 about quality of discussion etc, etc. The same applies here.

7) Selling out. Except not really, because I believe that the open exchange of information about goods and services in a market society is a necessary and even noble endeavour.

8) Gossiping. I haven't said much about my secret life as a gossip blogger, but there it is: I moonlight as a gossip blogger over at Babble. And no, I'm not ashamed. I love it. I have a deep and abiding love for popular culture, and can wax academic to you about the politics of comedy and the practice of mocking celebrity and authority as seminal in the development of classical comedy (this, in fact, was the subject of my first peer-reviewed academic article. Now you know.) Which is to say, I love to poke fun at famous and semi-famous and desperate-to-be-famous people. Including, recently, the Bishop of Croydon. And Wayne Gretzky. I know. It doesn't get any headier than this.

9) Remaining deeply, deeply in love with my girl.

Unrequited love.


Blogger painted maypole said...

I think little girls to tend to go through that Daddy phase. My daughter used to tell me she didn't love me at all, only Daddy. Now she concedes that she loves me "a little" but not as much as she loves Daddy.

3:15 PM  
Blogger flutter said...

unrequited love is so very poetic! I wish I could go to bolgher, I'd love to hear you speak

4:14 PM  
Blogger AndreAnna said...

Man, she told you! We're in a Daddy phase too. Unless she is hurt; then I'm still the one cleaning up blood. Super.

4:36 PM  
Blogger Redsy said...

Can't wait to meet you and hear you speak at BlogHer

5:24 PM  
Blogger Julie Marsh said...

I will be a friendly face in the front row. Just please don't picture me in my underwear, as that will probably render you speechless with fright. Especially now.

5:39 PM  
Blogger tracey.becker1@gmail.com said...

I still haven't figured out how to lounge in the blogher site thingy. It's a group, right? Anyway, glad WB is feeling better. And aren't they just adorable when they discover body art?

5:40 PM  
Blogger Phoenix said...

I'm glad the little artist is feeling better. I think all girls have daddy phases, but I'm sure it wasn't fun to deal with last week.

6:46 PM  
Blogger Julie Pippert said...

Dude, you are going to want to slap me when I say this (heck, I want to slap me) but just you WAIT UNTIL SIX.

You think it's unrequited love, eh, yep...it just gets mouthier. I think I figured out the love hits a wall of some sort around 3 and goes undercover until about 25.

I soak it up like a sponge these days, the love, when it drops by for a quick visit.

You'll be fine at BlogHer. I wish I could be there.

I'll try to post about BlogHer Acts but WHY CAN'T IT WAIT UNTIL FALL?

I'm home alone trying to do home improvements, work on my job, and parent two kids for another month and a half!

7:01 PM  
Blogger Jezer said...

#1: You will KILL at BlogHer!!!

#2: It's not just little girls who go through the Dad's-Cool-Mom-Drools phase.

#3: We're getting a WeeRide. That effing rocks.

7:23 PM  
Blogger Jenifer said...

Next year I will be all over BlogHer and you had better be there!

I know all about the unrequited love and I agree wait until 6.

8:27 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

i so wish i was going to blogher! but, seriously, the fact that everyone will sort of "know" you is good-- a little more love in the room than a bunch of stuffy profs. . .

8:43 PM  
Blogger Fairly Odd Mother said...

Blogher sounds like so much fun, I may have to stop reading blogs for the week prior, during and after to avoid melting into a green sea of jealousy and pity.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Crazed Nitwit said...

Purple is WonderBaby's color!

8:52 PM  
Blogger Kyla said...

You'll do fine. But I can't promise that I won't secretly be replaying the H&M scene in my head while you are up there speaking with all that poise. *lol* Remember the free drinks on Thursday night. That makes everything better, right? ;)

9:26 PM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

Yes, Kyla, because it will all be SO MUCH BETTER with me being HUNGOVER.


9:28 PM  
Blogger S said...

Has that child ever looked less than gorgeous in a photo?

Glad she's feeling better.

10:43 PM  
Blogger Jenifer said...

'Sup Bey-otch!!

10:55 PM  
Blogger Erin M said...

I'm so sorry I left the purple marker out. First tessa scrawls all over the beds and floors and then she passes it off to Wonderbaby.

12:07 AM  
Blogger Slackermommy said...

Wonderbaby and the Purple Marker. She can start her own book. I'm looking forward to hearing you speak at Blogher.

12:42 AM  
Blogger Creative-Type Dad said...

I can't stop laughing at those pictures...!

1:20 AM  
Blogger Damselfly said...

Wow, you're speaking at BlogHer. That's so cool. I mean Bad.

WonderBaby looks pretty Bad too. ;) At least she knows how to spell.

10:33 AM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

Damselfly, dude: she spelled BITCHES wrong. And after all that coaching.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Lady M said...

I'll be another friendly face at your BlogHer panel. Can't wait!

11:31 AM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

I'm glad wonderbaby is back to her wondrous self.

And where you find the time to do all these things AND drink tequila I will never know.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

Liz. I am able to do these things BECAUSE I drink tequila.

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You looked as busy as me. I did a bullet post, too. I just can't get everything down. There is NO TIME! And I'm NERVOUS! I have nothing to wear at BlogHer.

Good god, you gave me your nervous infection!

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that WonderBaby is experimenting with whimsy and the art of being fickle.

You'll do well speaking at BlogHer, I know you will. You're probably one of the most articulate people I know. You have much to share and an appreciative audience, too.

What could be better?

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so loving your posts at Babble and I'm so excited to hear all that snarky/insightful goodness in person at BlogHer.

1:34 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I know of the unrequited love, too.

You'll be a huge hit at BlogHer, especially in front of aal those nekkid people!

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was snooping around and found this conversation about some terribly bad parenting. please check this out, it is horrifying as a parent. http://www.mypetpeeves.com/plog/index.php/archives/2443

4:56 PM  
Blogger the mystic said...

You won't just be speaking in front of people who know you're ridiculous. You'll be speaking in front of people who know you're ridiculous and LOVE you! Can't beat it, really.

1:58 AM  
Blogger Ruth Dynamite said...

No worries. I really will wear only underwear and sit in the front row. It'll take the edge off for you, don't you think?

6:28 AM  
Blogger BOSSY said...

As if Bloggers need any more incentive to photograph everything in sight.

9:18 AM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

Well, the bloggirls may know you to be human, but we also know you to be cool and funny and possessed of a really farking adorable child, so, you know, it all washes out because while we may not have the same degree of Professional Respect, we have the loooove. plus, you know a good lot of them already. (Me, I only know the MBT crew, so I am a total wreck and I'm not even speaking. Insecure? Yep.)

And, um, go go Aristophanes... will check out the gossip I've been missing. (You HAVE been quiet!)

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have promised to hold my hand under the table while we speak? Remember?

I am nervous, not about the actual opening my mouth and speaking part. But that I will be asked a question and say Ummmm five thousand times and have no real answer. Can we bring cocktails to the session, you think?

11:01 AM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

Chris, I will make sure that I have an ice-cold water bottle filled to the top with vodka.

No-one will notice if we do shots.

11:05 AM  
Blogger tracey clark said...

Oh baby...only a week or so until we meet again at BlogHer. I cannot wait to see your Bad ass self!

Great pix, BTW.

11:21 AM  
Blogger Mom2Amara said...

Don't be nervous! Nooo! The beauty about speaking to a group of moms is that we've all been there. And if you find one mommy that says she's perfect, point her out and I'll toss her out of your panel discussion, hair extensions, heels and all :)

4:30 PM  

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