Countdown to BlogHer’11: My to-do list, roommate and thoughts on leaving my family.

Thanks to Calley, the Eco-Chic, for pressuring me…ahem…encouraging me to write a to-do list.  BlogHer ’11 is fast approaching and I am a little scared, a little nervous and a LOT excited!  I haven’t flown on a plane since before 9-11 and that alone has me a bit freaked out.  Oh and I’ve never left my kids or husband before for more than a night…let alone to go across the country!

One exciting tidbit is this, my roommate at BlogHer will be….Kim of Dirty Diaper Laundry!  I’m looking forward to getting to know Kim a little better.

So what crazy last minute things do I have in the works? (I do work better under pressure, and at the last minute, so I’ve learned to cope with the fact that there’s always a lot to be done in practically no time at all.)

  • Advocacy! Get my super cute advocacy buttons that I’ve custom ordered from FunkyLindsay on Etsy!  She makes the cutest buttons and I’ve ordered a ton of them to take with me and hand out!  Maybe if there are some left then I’ll give them away on my blog after BlogHer!  There will be Knickernappies buttons, Cloth Diaper Geek Buttons and more!
  • Shop for clothes! Yes I work at home, this means I wear the same pair of jeans virtually every day, and a couple random tank tops, and flip flops…So. I definitely need to beef up my wardrobe and quick.  However, I am cheap and always on a budget, but that’s ok because I love shopping at Thrift Stores.  So between now and then I need to get some new, err…new-to-me clothes.
  • Order business cards! I’ve been hearing a lot about zazzle.com, or if you all have any good, quick and inexpensive places were I can order last minute business cards please let me know!  That’s definitely on my to-do list.
  • Print tickets! With all this electronic fanciness I have no paper copies of anything.  I need to print plane tickets?  Can I do that?  Do I do that?  It’s been so long that I have no clue.  I also need to print my ticket to get in to BlogHer, my Hotel reservations, etc.
  • What do I do with my hair!? About a month ago I went pink, but first I bleached it all out.  Now it’s faded pink, I have roots, I need a haircut.  I need to decide, do I whether I want to re-do the pink, re-bleach my roots….Ah, the decisions.
  • My elevator pitch? Apparently I need a pitch, a brief description of myself, my job, my blog(s), what I do and why.  I am assuming I wouldn’t need this if I wasn’t going to get asked, possibly in front of a room of people…which the thought of makes me break out in a cold sweat.  At BlogHer though networking with other bloggers is the name of the game so I better come up with something good, and fast.
  • Map out some Geocaches! Yes, I love Geocaching and truth be told, I don’t have a whole lot of opportunities to geocache out of state and so I am not going to leave San Diego until I find at least one.  Geocaching in the different places you visit and on different trips is kind of like taking or leaving a souvenir and a great way to remember all the places you’ve been.
  • Netbook! Check!  I got a great deal on an Acer One Aspire, let’s just hope my kids don’t break it before my trip!
  • Personal goals! My personal blogging goals are to be able to continue to grow my FaceBook Fans and Twitter Followers between now and my trip.  With the help of my new netbook I hope to continue to blog while on my trip.  I’m really looking forward to meeting some fellow cloth diapering and mommy bloggers while at BlogHer and I can’t wait to report back to you all and perhaps turn you all on to some great new blogs and the moms behind them.

I know I have to be leaving some things out, not sure what, but so far, my above checklist should serve as an idea of where I’m at and what’s left on my things to accomplish.

For the last few years I have longed for the opportunity to go to BlogHer but I never tried or even let myself entertain the idea of it being a possibility.  This year I decided I was going to do it and make it happen.  I hope it inspires some of you who hope to attend in the future, set your sites and never stop believing that you can make it happen if you really want to.

Thanks for reading!  Love ya!

Julie, Cloth Diaper Geek