Being one who works from home, your only company being the iPod or radio (should you remember to turn it on), the piles of washing and chocolate teddy bear biscuits, and occasionally the screaming child and the husband who proclaims distress at your “ignoring him” then berating you for not doing any work, it can sometimes get rather lonely and/or frustrating.
Thus, I do declare to particularly enjoy those opportunities to get out and mingle with likeminded people. In real life. Out of the house. Where the mountain of washing can’t berate me every time I walk past it. Nor to be in earshot of the choc teddy bear biscuits loudly proclaiming their desire to be consumed by me.
Today was one of those days; another Bloggers Brunch organised by Kids Business.
I didn’t realise how much I missed real, live people. Apologies, Norlin, for the too hard hug 🙂
Once again we had the opportunity to meet with a variety of businesses that may be of interest to ourselves, and our blogging audience. Mostly, I go for the social element, and to see which business out there I’d like to work with, and whom I think you lot might be interested in hearing about as well. I also have a particular like for those that sit with the values I have for both Diary and my website, Real Mums (yes, despite popular opinion, I do have values! :P)
Of course, those that complement my evil plans for cutting the bullshit out of parenting also top my Hit List (it’s a good thing) 🙂
And there were plenty to choose from today. I had a fabulous conversation with the fun people at the Babybel cheese table, because, well, my kids love cheese, and I also think its a rather hand way for children to get their dairy.
I also quite enjoyed saying “Did you just call me FAT!?” to the guy who placed yet another bundle of Laughing Cow cheese into my already overladen-with-cheese arms, saying “Here, try the light version as well!”
The look on the face is always priceless.
(Most of cheese taken home consumed within moments of children arriving home. Have managed to save just enough to include in lunchboxes on Monday. Might be able to drag it out to Tuesday as well, but it’ll be a push. Bloody kids who like cheese!)
I also had a fabulous conversation with the bunch from Kambrook, because, as many of you may have twigged already, I do like a spate of cooking. I do declare I am totally useless at it, but this does not stop me enjoying it. Nor does it prevent me from making shit up when ti comes to meal times. Sometimes, I like something a little complex that I can just focus on (it’s my stress relief, at times), but mostly I just like quick and easy and something that allows me to hold a glass of wine in one hand and not be sitting at a drive through with whingey kids in the back.
I did pop by the Spotlight table as well, but I’m not sure why, as we all know how much I suck at craft and stuff. It all stems back to an incident in year 9 textiles, in which I shall blame the mid-1980s and their terrible sense of fashion at the time. And Madonna.
Let’s just say, when you are creating yourself a crop-style singlet top, you really need to be aware of how to correctly measure the length of such things, particularly when you are 15 and have considerable sized breasts. Let’s also add that said “crop top” barely covered my nipples when completed. Somehow, despite that disaster and numerous others in textiles class, I still passed. Possibly so the teacher would not have to
endure experience me again. I do believe it was at this point I declared a Forever boycott on all things crafty and sew-y. Despite, even, my mother constantly reinforcing just how much I would never find a husband if I never learned how to knit, sew or staple a hem into line.
I digress … my apologies. Having terrible flashbacks there.
I mingled, I chat, I had a fabulous time and then it was time to announce winners of various prizes.
AND I WON!
Yep, I won an awesome pressure cooker from Kambrook, which I plan to use to experiment on my children.
Then I was also announced as one of the Kids Business Believe (in Me) 2012 Ambassadors, which nearly made me cry. Or would have, had I not been so stunned at the unexpected announcement and SO DAMNED EXCITED about winning it.
All in all, it was a great day. A glass of wine post event and then time to go home.
I arrive home, unloaded the boot of some awesome goodies, greeted the children and husband at the door, having freshened up, done my hair and makeup and whipped up a gin and tonic for my husband (ok, that bit is all a lie) and the kids ignored me and pilfered my goody bags.
They ate as much cheese as they could before I confiscated it, then bitched about the lack of toys and kid related stuff in the bags. So I rolled my eyes at them and blabbed about my new appliance; at which point I realised I actually have no clue about pressure cookers and what may or may not go in them … so the next few weeks are gonna be FUN!
Massive thanks to Christie from Kids Business for organising another fabulous event, and her faith in me re Happiness Inspiring Happiness 🙂
And SO great to catch up with all the fabulous people I caught up with today. Love having you in my life 🙂