iTry Triathlon, My Race Volunteer Experience

So the day before I was leaving on a week long camping trip, I got up at the crack of dawn….um 4am-something. I somehow also forced my friend, Kelly, to get up with me.

I (We) had volunteered to help out/volunteer at the iTRYathlon Women’s and Youth Triathlon. There are always a ton of races and events that I want to do, but I never have enough time.  I figured that it was about time that I pay it forward and volunteer at a race.

Kelly and I were in the transition areas for the triathlon. She monitored the area where the runners were coming in, and I monitored the bike area. I helped manage the athletes get on their bikes, and also when they came in from the bike ride.

Before the race even started, I helped wrangle the athletes and parents in the bike set-up area with Kelly and other volunteers.

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It took a lot of work and even some strong words with people to get everyone situated. Athletes and runners, be nice to the volunteers cause they put up with a lot of flack from people. We (They) just want to make sure everyone is safe, and the race flows smoothly.

@according2kelly pouring water at the 2013 iTRYathlon

It was a little cold that morning while we were helping prep before the race. Kelly had my jacket on under her shirt along with a blanket that I keep in the back of my car. She was a trooper pouring the water, even while she was shivering from the cold.

Bike Transition at the 2013 iTRYathlon

The racks looked a little chaotic before everyone even started. Many if not most of the athletes are first time triathletes. So I assisted people with setting up their bike and gear while I was working in the bike transition.

iTRYathlon Bike Transition

This was my staging area during the race, the bike transition. I took the photo post-race but it pretty much looked like this during the race. Just imagine several volunteers in bright yellow t-shirts assisting the athletes.

I had a great spot during the race, and I was able to see many of my friends at the beginning and/or end of their transition.

Heather aka @hmgiraffy heading towards T1 at the iTRYathlon

Check out Heather, first-time triathlete, heading towards T1 with her bike. What a rockstar!

@FasterBunny at T2 at the 2013 iTRYathlon

Margot who was also a first time triathlete going through T2 (Transition 2), and getting ready to head into the swimming pool.

@stridingmom at T2 at the 2013 iTRYathlon

Sheila who might just be a little crazy was also doing the race. I caught her at several points during the race but this was my favorite photo of her. Why do I say that she’s crazy? Well not only was she doing the triathlon but all three of her son’s were also participating in the events! One of her sons, along with Sheila placed 2nd in their age divisions! How awesome is that?

Happy Volunteers @renegaderace #itryathlon today! @according2kelly and I glowing with happiness...oh wait it's just the neon shirts! #volunteer #renegaderaces

Kelly and I were able to get a photo together at the end of the race. We were both VERY exhausted plus we were starving. We survived though.

Volunteering at a race is a ton of work, but also a ton of fun! I was able to take some pictures of my athlete friends and kids while I was standing at my post. These were pictures that they might not otherwise get/take. When I got home, I sent all of the pictures out via email.

While I was volunteering, I got yelled at a lot, but I also yelled back. I like to call this “information and instructional” yelling. When the kid’s triathlon was ending, I was moved toward the end of T2 where the parents were standing to cheer on their kids. It got a bit crowded and the parents overflowed into the roadway, cause a bit of chaos for the kids riding their bikes. I politely told everyone to get back on the sidewalk area. I might have had to get a little loud and forceful with the crowd during this time, but they did COMPLY, so something worked.

I honestly recommend volunteering and would do it again! But like I said, standing around in the heat all day causes exhaustion. And hunger, very bad hunger, which is almost similar to runger…which is hunger from running.

I’m not sure if I’m ready to do a triathlon yet. I’m not the best swimmer and my biking well….needs some assistance. So I think I will stick with the running thing for awhile…

A special thanks to Renegade Racing for letting me have this opportunity!

Have you volunteered at a race or athletic event before? Would you do it again? Have you ever done a triathlon?

 

Renegade Summer Trail Series #3

Obviously, I did not learn my lesson, and I signed up for a 2nd trail race within a one month time frame. In July, I did the Renegade Summer Trail Series #2, which was race 2 of the 3. I’m kinda sad that I didn’t do the first one so that I could say that I did all 3. But I did end up doing race #3 in the series on the 1st of August! Renegade Racing hosts this Summer Trail Series every summer.

Renegade Summer Trail Run Series

But after doing my first trail race, I realized that if I was going to do more races/trail running, that I probably should get some trail shoes. I went with Brooks of course. I usually wear Brooks PureFlow 2 as my current running shoe, so I wanted a trail shoe that had a similar fit. So I headed to the store and came home with a pair of Brooks PureGrit 2 to run trails in! I love the color of them!

Can't wait to wear my new @brooksrunning PureGrit2 at @renegaderace Summer Trail Series #3. Yippee! #pureproject #runhappy #runoc

This time I actually got to the race in time, and didn’t have to rush to the starting line. I’m sure that made me a little less stressed. Heather found her way to the start also.We run a similar pace so it only makes sense to do the race together!

Renegade Summer Trail Series #3

So before we started the race, Heather kept telling me that the race course would be so much easier this time. She said, that it was the opposite or reverse course from Race #2, and that we wouldn’t have all of those hills at the beginning. Umm Heather, you are a “liar liar pants on fire!” It was totally harder!

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Oh look it’s a hill. It’s warm outside, even at 6pm at night. Let’s totally run up that hill! Yay, we love hills! That is what I was totally thinking when I was running this, right?

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I had to get an action shot of Heather, since she was the main photographer for the last race. Look at her go in her Sparkle Athletic Skirt!

Renegade Trail Series #3

It was beautiful at the top of the hills. I had to take in all of my surroundings! It was about 6:45pm when I took this photograph. I had a perfect view of Peter’s Canyon.

Renegade Summer Trail Series #3

If you couldn’t figure it out, there was awesome signage telling you to “run this way” along the course. Besides the people running the race, there were a ton of walkers/hikers/mountain bikers out and about on the trails that night.

Renegade Summer Trail Series #3

Post-race obligatory blogger group photo. Heather, Me, Sheila, and Sheila’s son. Heather and I ran like gazelles that night, ok may not. But we ran race #3 three whole minutes faster than race #2, which is a total PR for us! Woot woot! And of course, Sheila is the fastest and was quite speedy!

I didn’t get to stay for the BBQ this time, unfortunately. I had to meet my family at the OC Fair. So I said my goodbyes and went on my way. I was quite impressed with myself, and the PR.

That Sunday, I actually took my husband, my son, and several of our friends out for a hike on the same course that I had ran. They really enjoyed it. Although they might have been a little too slow for me, giggle. I actually ran up the hills. Geez, what have I done with myself? Am I a trail runner now?

Renegade Racing’s next event is the iTry Series on August 24, 2013 which features a women’s and youth 5K and triathlon.

Disclosure: I was provided entry/bib for the Renegade Summer Trail Series #3. I was not compensated with cash, but rather sweat and a PR on a trail race! All photographs, and humorous opinions are mine. I’m not a professional athlete but rather a 37-year old mom who is attempting to figure out this running thing, one race at a time!

CuppaKim’s Annual Mug Swap

Two year’s ago, Kim started her blog, “A Cuppa Kim”. For her annual blog anniversary, she hosts a “Mug Swap” which is quite rad for Kim to do on her blog anniversary.

Kim was great about pairing everyone up and sending out the information with the person’s name, address, blog etc. for the mug swap. Kim said that there were over 225 people signed up. I can imagine that it took a ton of time to organize, yay Kim!

Mailing out my package for the #mugswap today! Yippee! Thanks for the fun exchange @cuppakim. Brilliant idea!

I was given Kate of Upsidedown Kate as my Mug Swapee! I sent Kate a white ceramic mug that said, “Good Morning” on it, cute ceramic measuring spoons, and a dish towel. Everything was from World Market.  I’m kinda obsessed with World Market right now.

Dear Stalker (I mean @keepupwithjj ): I love it all! Seriously, for realz, and stuffs! You are like the best mugswapper everz! Love, Your Most Favorite Angry Person. cc: @cuppakim #mugswap
And I received the cutest care package “Mug Swap” box from Jessica of Keeping Up With The Johnson’s. An adorable polka-dot mug (which I almost bought myself prior to the swamp, total coincidence), measuring cups, delicious tea, and awesome stationary. I mean really, who couldn’t love note cards that say, “Freakin’ Thanks” on them. They are so me!

This was so much fun and I had a blast, “Mug Swappin’”. I can’t wait to see everyone else’s swaps!

A Pinterest Party

A few weeks ago, my friend, Kara Noel had a Pinterest Party at her house. I was super excited to go because I know that Kara Noel was planning big things. She told us to bring $20 and some kind of food dish. She would take care of the rest. I really needed a girl’s night and the party sounded awesome.

Pinterest + Crafts + Friends = Awesomeness!

Fast forward to the day of the party. It was a warm day, and the husband was at work. I usually drop my son off at my parent’s house on Saturday afternoons because I work on Sundays. I called my mom and she advised me that they had concert tickets at The OC Fair that night. She said that she would be over early the next morning. Talk about panic! I then texted my husband whom was at work. He told me to bring the kid to him since he was getting off work soon.Unfortunately, he was 30 minutes away and there was traffic. Ugh, what is a girl to do? So I packed the kid up and went on the road to drop {dump} him off with daddy. Then, I turned around and drove back to South Orange County to Kara Noel’s house.

Because of my “adventure” and “childcare issues”, I had no time to prepare a fancy dish {aka food} to take to Kara Noel’s. But I do have a little standby that I like to make. Plus, I figured that everyone would be making all sorts of sweet treats like cupcakes, etc. I brought and prepared my famous “white goo”. It may not be fancy, but it sure is tasty! My husband’s friends love it!

Fresh Fruit and Fruit DipWhite Goo

8 oz. of cream cheese

1 jar of marshmallow fluff or cream

Mix together = Builds Strong Forearms and Biceps

Serve with Fresh Fruit

Kara Noel had some fabulous craft stations set up throughout her house. She was super organized and planned everything ahead of time. She even made the projects herself for tutorials. I’m not quite sure how she found the time with four kids, a new house, and a business? But she is awesome like that.  Did I mention her new place? Awesome! Huge backyard!! Cannot wait to see all of her completed house projects in the future. The new house has good bones and just needs a little Kara Noel love.

Because I was a little late and exhausted, I chose the projects that I knew I could complete. I’m not dumb, y’all! I can get super lazy with my crafts. I won’t even tell you about the 4th of July bunting sitting on my desk that still needs to be completed.

Orange lizard and silver frog are invading the tiny succulent pot that I made @karanoellawson #pinterestparty tonight.
A little pot full of succulents along with spray painted creatures. Yep, I added the soil and everything all by myself. I painted the lizard orange and the frog silver. They are stuck onto little pieces of wood and nested within the plants. Super cute! And the good news, I haven’t killed them yet!

Project from @KaraNoelLawson #PinterestParty! Vinyl from @thedecallab applied to canvas, paint over, dry, remove vinyl. The gray paint is my "when skies are gray"...addition to the "You are my sunshine"..#JulieHumor

“You Are My Sunshine”. Vinyl decal with “You Are My Sunshine” applied to blank canvas, painted over canvas and vinyl with gray paint. Let the canvas dry. Then peeled off the vinyl. This is my ode to “You are my sunshine…when skies are gray”. I hope some people understand my humor. Did you know that “You Are My Sunshine”  is one of the two official songs for the State of Louisiana?

There were several other “Pinterest Projects” going on during the party, but alas I only got two completed. I was pretty impressed with my two projects though. I would like to say that I got an A+ in conversation though.  It was nice to see everyone and also meet some new peeps. I mostly moved from table to table chatting with everyone, and of course, snacking on the delicious food that everyone brought with them.

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All of this and SWAG too? Can you believe it? Kara Noel is like the fairy godmother of crafting. She even whipped up SWAG baskets for all of her guests. How awesome is that? Angry Kid was super excited to see the basket.  My husband told him, “go for it buddy, it is all for you!” The kid really likes crafting!

I had a fabulous time and cannot wait to do something like this again! Have you ever attended a Pinterest Party? Would you like to have one? It’s a great way to get a group of friends together.  This was my first one, and won’t be my last.

All Of The Fun People That Attended The Party:

Aimee: http://www.byaimee.com/
Alissa: http://ragstostitchesblog.com/
Amanda: IG – @amandax5
Andrea: http://www.thetraintocrazy.com/
Andrea: IG – @pascuapartyof5
Ashlee: http://www.growingupathomas.com/
Bev: http://www.flamingotoes.com/
Chela: http://mariselaphotography.blogspot.com/
Drew: http://blog.drewbphotography.com/
Elizabeth: http://www.sewchatty.com
Jaime: http://polkadotsonparade.blogspot.com/
Jill: http://www.sandytoesandpopsicles.com/
Julie: http://joyshope.com/
Julie: http://www.angryjuliemonday.com
Kara Noel: http://www.elislids.com/blog
Kyla: http://funkypolkadotgiraffe.blogspot.com/
Richelle: IG – @richelleparis
Shelby: http://www.feltstories.com/
Stephanie: IG – @4purplebuds

And A Special Shout Out To The Sponsors of Kara Noel’s Pinterest Party!!!

(Yes, some really cool businesses donated to Kara Noel’s Party!)

The Board Dudes

The Decal Lab

RoseArt

Burke Williams Spa

Juice It Up​ (Jeffrey and Trabuco, and The Tustin Legacy)

Pretend City

OC Zoo

FarFaria

Discovery Science Center

 

Pinter Test Kitchen: Success in October

Jessica Johnson from Keeping up with the Johnsons started a little project called PinterTest Kitchen. This project basically is where you post about things that you have tried or made from the ideas that you “pin” on Pinterest. As of right now, I have 36 boards and 1154 pins on Pinterest.  1154 pins is a lot. I’ve done a few projects that I’ve found on there so I thought I would join in and share.

Halloween Bunting

Of course, I caught on the bunting trend like everyone else. My only problem is that I don’t sew. I found this Banner Tutorial awhile ago. I got all of the fabric for a Halloween theme.  I cut out the banners, and got the bias tape. I prepped everything….and then outsourced the sewing to Alissa from Rags to Stitches.  Alissa is always sewing something. I bribed her with usage of a basket of mine that she covets. I’m going to start looking for some fabric for a Christmas themed bunting next. Hopefully by the time I’m ready, I will be able to do the sewing myself.

Besides poking myself in the fingers with the pins and outsourcing the sewing, this project was a big win! The author of the tutorial has a great template for the banners also. I have permanently saved that template.

I made a few extra banners and sent them to my cousin-in-law Jackie in Arizona.  I’m going to make her some Christmas ones too.

Project 365 289/365: Mailed this Halloween bunting to cousin-in-law today. I outsourced the sewing to my seamstress @ragstostitches yet again.
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CrockPot BBQ Chicken

Ironically, I tried a recipe from Jessica last month. In October, she posted an easy recipe for CrockPot BBQ Chicken.  I’ve had a crockpot for quite some time and I barely use it. I thought this simple recipe was something that I could do.  I got all the ingredients and made it on a Monday. The recipe says to cook it between 4-6 hours. I found that 5.5 hours is the perfect time for it. We came home from soccer practice and our house smelled so good.

Angry Husband and Angry Kid are super picky. They ate every bite of this chicken. I served it with baked beans and corn, plus a loaf of fresh french bread. This chicken is now a family favorite.

Another Pinterest Win for me!

CrockPot BBQ ChickenNutter Butter Ghosts

I’ve known about this recipe for Nutter Butter Ghosts for about two years. I always forgot about it when it came time for Halloween. This year, I remembered.  My friend Kelly posted about the recipe, that she actually got from her cousin Marta. Marta has the step-by-step directions. Yes, it looks super easy right?

Well, I was dumb and forgot about the double broiler part. I burnt my white chocolate upon my first attempt. I had to make a call for help to Kelly. She advised me that you cannot put chocolate straight onto heat because it will burn. She talked me through the double broiler method and the microwave version. The microwave version is to put the white chocolate into a bowl, and microwave it for 30 seconds. You take it out, and stir it. You put the bowl back into the microwave for 30 seconds, and stir again. You keep using 30 second intervals until the chocolate is finally melted. I had to do this three times.

But I survived and the cookies turned out awesome. Even my parents were impressed.

Nutter Butter Ghosts. Thanks to @according2kelly for helping me with "technical difficulties".

So far, I’ve had no Pinterest fails. I am picky about the projects that I chose. And I don’t like to lose. Hopefully, I can practice on some Christmas-themed goodies this month.

Have you completed a project or recipe from Pinterest? What was your favorite thing that you’ve done? What projects should I or other people stay away from?

Link-Up with JJ!

Blog Sugar, The Conference

A few weeks ago, I grabbed my buddy April from her hotel in Huntington Beach, and we headed towards a little town called Westminster.  We were attending Blog Sugar, a one-day conference.

Angry Julie and April KennedyPhoto from April Kennedy. I love this picture of us.

We arrived at the location, a little early and I got my chatter box on. If you don’t know me, you should know, I love to talk. Sorry, it is a bad problem.  My only problem is that I start talking with them, and then I promptly forget their names.  It is becoming a VERY BAD habit for me. So please forgive me if you met me and I seemed rude or clueless. I’m just tired, so very tired from life.

After we formerly checked in, we got our mingling on.  It was fun to have some time to chat with everyone.  I spoke with some old friends, and made some new ones.

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And since it was Blog Sugar, I had some cotton candy with friends. I captured this photo of Erin and Alissa with their cotton candy. I can already say what Erin will reply with, “ugh a picture of me and my double chin”. Oh Erin, you don’t have a double chin, it was just the way the photo was taken. I promise.

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And YIPPEE, they had a great photobooth set-up. Melissa Munding a local photographer captured these fun moments with the great striped backdrop.
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Jen is hilarious and was one of the hostesses/leaders for the event. And a personal friend, of course. She is one of the many people who think I am nuts. She is an awesome photographer, also.

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And look at me and Erin, all matchy-matchy in our stripes. Erin and I are both CRAZY BUSY ADD/OCD MOMS. Yes, I had to write that in caps, to stress how crazy we are. Erin and I are texting buddies, and she might leave things in her mailbox for me.  I may have even done a drive-by at her house for an Irish Car Bomb cupcake in the Spring.

Can you believe that this was only the beginning of the event? Just wait, there’s more!

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At each place setting, we were greeted with a donut and agenda.  Now this is definitely a nice greeting. A little more sugar to start the day. We had a great welcome and some introductions from Rachel, who was/is the Queen of Blog Sugar, aka Founder.

Blog Sugar 11Photo by Ruthanne Photo.

And then, we were on our way to listen to our first speaker.  I had chosen, Jen. She was speaking on photography. Jen gave some awesome tips. She started the conversation off by asking everyone whether they were blogging on Blogger or WordPress. I was shocked at how many people are still on Blogger and have a .blogspot.com URL for their sites. PEOPLE please buy a dot com. They are so CHEAP.

Along with talking about photography skills, white balance, composure, and editing, we discussed photo hosting. I host my photographs on Flickr for my blog.  I pay for the premium version. I believe that it is $24.95 a YEAR. This blog is a hobby, but like any other hobby, I spend and invest money on it.  When you load your photographs onto Blogger, they own/have your photos. If your blog crashes, you can lose those photos.  Make sure you have your blog photos uploaded somewhere else.

After listening to Jen speak, it was time for dinner.  I sat down with my table mates, and shoveled until it was done.  I was soooo hungry. But of course, I saved some room for dessert.  There was a dessert buffet in the back of the room. I waited for a few minutes and I should have gone sooner, because the desserts were disappearing fast.

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I assure you, I did not eat everything on this plate. I took little bites here and there. But seriously, this sugar goodness was amazing. The desserts were from Mod Gourmet.

Blog Sugar 11Photo by Ruthanne Photo.

After devouring dinner and dessert, I ventured on to my next speaker, Sarah.  Sarah is one of those people that I’ve heard so much about, but have never met. And who would have known, we live very close to each other too.

Sarah spoke about writing. I’ve never been one to attend any type of conference session on “writing”.  I don’t consider myself a writer, but more of a photographer.  I tend to elaborate on the photographs that I post, rather than “write”.  Sarah is amazing, and even though she was a bit nervous, her points came across. Maybe it was because I sat in the front row, sucking up all the words that she had to give.  She spoke about having a unique voice, carving out a space in the blogging community as an expert, and have some sort of focus to your blog. I did not take notes but listened carefully. I’m not one to take notes, but rather, I remember key points to things.  She went on to speak about being real, telling stories, and carving out a safe space for conversation.  You know that there are blogs that you may read, but will NEVER comment on, ya, I have those in my reader too.

I walked away with a ton of thoughts in my head after hearing Sarah speak.  I also made some realizations. Some days, I’ve got nothing to post. So I’m not going to stress about posting here.  Since my son entered elementary school last year, we are swamped.  I am up late at night trying to get everything in my life done, and sometimes, there is just no time for blogging. But I do wish I had more time for photography. My camera misses me.

Blog Sugar 11Photo by Ruthanne Photo.

Nish. She was the third and last speaker that I had chosen. I met Nish at Blissdom earlier in the year. We were both official photographers, so we both ran around like crazy people, never really stopping to chat.

Nish spoke about Hot Topics and Haters.  Now I love a hot topic, but I rarely write or post about them. I have a general rule that I’ve started to live by when blogging, “If I go back into my archives two years from now, will this controversial and heated post make sense?”  I have enough controversy in my life. I don’t need to write about it. Honestly, I know a lot of people who write about controversial topics just to raise their blog traffic. I’ve seen people go on a complete rant about a controversial topic when it makes NO SENSE with the rest of their blog posts. Nish likes to call those “word bombs”.

All I can say is that people REALLY need to research a topic before they post about it, especially when they write a post that might become controversial. If you have a personal story, that is even better. Tell the story about how this topic relates to you.  I tend to get “bitchy” on posts that talk about working mothers. But I rarely post my rants on my own blog.  But I do appreciate a good controversial post, because I love some drama.  So hopefully, the writer will control and work through the comments on a post, because it can get out of hand.

Here is the first of three posts that Nish wrote to recap her talk.  I did lots of nodding and “uh huhs” when she was speaking. It was like I knew whom she was talking about.

After hearing Nish speak, I headed back to my table.  Some lucky women won raffle prizes, and then we were introduced to Love146. Love146 works toward the abolition of child sex slavery and exploitation through Prevention and Aftercare solutions while contributing to a growing abolition movement.

I’m including their video so you can get a little preview about the organization. These people are doing amazing things.

After a tear-filled presentation from Love146, our closing and keynote speaker, Meg Duerksen came up to speak. Meg spoke about “using your blog for good”. Meg also told her story about Cora’s Playground Fundraiser. I remember when the fundraiser was going on in 2009.  Because of Cora bringing everyone together, I still read many of the blogs of the women whom were involved with Cora’s Playground. Meg was so real and genuine. It was a nice end to the day.

At the end of the night, I was very tired from a long day, but I wanted to get some pictures with some of my new friends. I’m sure that there’s more, but I grabbed one with Ashley and me, because it was pretty cute.

Blog Sugar 11 Photo from Little Miss Momma.

Isn’t Ashley adorable? I wanted to package her up and take her home with me. I’ve been reading Ashley’s blog for a few months. She came up to introduce herself at the end of the night. I handed her my business card, and waited for the smile. I told her that I didn’t want to run and scream, “Hi I’m Julie, Angry Julie” because there were already so many people that wanted to meet her.

I want to give a shout out to everyone I met. Seriously, I will be stopping by your sites. There are too many great people to list.

This post has been in draft for a few weeks so forgive me. I haven’t even written a complete BlogHer Recap either, because I have way too much to say!!

Friday Favorites: Pre-BlogHer Link Party

Next weekend I will be in San Diego attending the BlogHer Conference. I will be hanging out with my roommates Kelly and Laurie. This will be my 3rd BlogHer Conference and their first.  BlogHer can be a bit overwhelming just because there will be a ton of people attending (over 3000), and it can get chaotic. 

I wrote a humorous post over a week ago comparing Blog Conferences and Sorority Rush, but really, it is not that scary. I think the #1 thing that you can do while at a conference is meet people and introduce yourself.

So let me introduce myself!

AngryJulie in Action by ForTheMommas dot comI’m Julie, and sometimes people call me “Angry Julie”.

I’m in my mid 30′s, married, and have a 6 year old son. I live in Orange County, CA. No, I am not a Real Housewife of Orange County. I’m not sure that I can even qualify to be a Housewife. I work full-time outside of the home. Amongst the chaos of having a 6 year old and working, I like to take photos. I am a Nikon girl, so don’t try to convert me to that other brand that starts with a “C”.

I like to dress up like a girly girl at blog conferences so you might see me in dresses. When I’m on my own time, I’m usually wearing jeans, t-shirts, and my Rainbow flip flops.

This picture was taken of me last year. I really need to get a new profile picture. I’m a year older now, and not quite as tan. I even use a different camera.

I hope to meet you while at BlogHer. Please come introduce yourself!! I promise to be nice….

I figure that you might want to meet other people attending BlogHer 2011 also. I’m starting this today so that you can go and check out the blogs and sites of other attendees. 

So if you are going to BlogHer, please link up, and visit some other bloggers and Twitter peeps whom are attending.

Wordless Wednesday: Craft Party

On Friday night, I attended a craft party.  I had some sweet treats, good conversation, and lots of laughs.  I entertained everyone with my lack of craftiness.  I can be crafty when I try, but I’m a perfectionist.  I got a bit frustrated when trying to cut out something with a pattern.  It was quite hilarious.  I had to have Erin fix some of my issues.

I actually went out the next day and bought a new glue gun.  I will be a little bit more prepared next time.  Plus, I’m sure that I can always find someone to fix my craft mistakes….

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Mique getting ready to start her project.
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Drink Selections.
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Erin working on her leather bracelet.
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Cheesecake in a jar.
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Drew B eating cupcakes in a jar.
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Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie

Welcome to “Angry Julie Monday’s Wordless Wednesday Linky”!

If this your first time here, HELLO! I do a link-up every Wednesday! Post a picture(s) and link back to it here. Wordless Wednesday is a great day to post an awesome picture that “speaks” for itself, no words needed. I may be a little wordy today….

Be sure to check out Wordless Wednesday Link-Ups at these other sites also:

A Beautiful MessBetter in Bulk, Dear CrissyFive Minutes For MomLive and Love…Out Loud,Parenting By DummiesSeven Clown CircusSupermom, The Divine Miss Mommy

(P.S. if you do a Wordless Wednesday or similar link-up, let me know. I will add you to my list above.)

Also, Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy does “What I Wore Wednesday” every week with a great big link-up

and

Krystina from Lollipops does “What I Love Wednesday” every week with a great big link-up.

Be sure to check out their posts too. I wish I had the extra time to do all of these fabulous link-ups.