Sunday, July 20, 2008

So much to say...

And I haven't been able form a single thought in my mind. At least not a thought that is coherent and worth taking up space out here in the ether. Nothing cohesive or meaningful. No insights. No huge updates. I've been largely unplugged from the Internet (except for a bit of inbox cleansing while at BlogHer, those forwards pile up, you know) for over a week and I'm finding that the longer I'm quiet the easier it is to just stay that way, and who wants that? So I, with the power of my medical doctorate of Googlology, wrote myself a prescription for blogging and it's time to fill it.

I feel compelled to do the post-BlogHer wrap up, but at the same time I'm reticent, because so many of you weren't there and so wish you had been. It was so different for me than last year, last year was all hustle and bustle and though there was much of that this year, I found myself sitting and talking with people much more often. Sometimes that talking was really SHOUTING OVER THE POUNDING DANCE MUSIC WHILE INEBRIATED, and sometimes it was in quiet moments while skipping sessions or taking a walk around the block, but still, good stuff, all. I laughed until I nearly peed myself a few times and I fought back tears once or twice, too. Not tears of my own really, but tears for these people whose lives and stories have sucked me right in, these people I find myself loving in a sudden and strange sort of way.

I was carded, of course. Oh BOY, was I carded. Imagine being at the front of a pack of 50 or so women all trying to get to the wine and having to dig through your crap and find your ID. Pure AWESOME. I also learned that don't pay attention to my wine intake nearly as well as my liquor intake (all those different names keep me on track with the liquor) and at one point I lost my social filter entirely and gave some KY Intrigue to some real life friends of Jess's. They have a two week old baby and I handed it to the husband and said, "You guys enjoy that in about 4 weeks." I'm pretty sure I also gave him a wink and the double thumbs up. Oh wine, how you betray my love.

Otherwise, it was exactly what you would imagine...beautiful, wonderful, amazing, intelligent women getting together and have a great time. It was that and more. I have to say I love the way you guys love my kids and look out for my wee KayTar. Many, many times people came up to me and said, "Sooo, what Day is it?" (if YOU are wondering, it is DAY 89. ALMOST 90 DAYS! UNBELIEVABLE!) and it was amazingly touching. I shouldn't have been surprised, you all do that sort of thing for me almost daily, but it was nice to blather on about KayTar in the flesh with people who have somehow become invested in this little saga of ours. Really nice. And that's that. BlogHer was great. I had such fun with my roommates (who were easily the best roommates I could have hoped for) and the Canadians and the wannabe Canadians and a few plain old Americans, too. It was refreshing and slightly exhausting, but I'd do it all again in a heartbeat. Or in half a heart beat. Or maybe in twelve months...yeah, that sounds about right.

I walked in this afternoon and KayTar said, "Mommy! MY MOMMY! I thought you was out of town! I thought you was GONE! I thought you was in CALLY-FORN-YA! I thought you was on an AIRPLANE! MY MOMMY MY MOMMY MY MOMMY MY MOMMY! Squeeze! Kiss! I'm going to follow you now! MY MOMMY MY MOMMY MY MOMMY!" I soaked in her delicious wordiness, sniffed her head again, and put her down so I could snatch her brother up. All he had to say was, "I want to go swimming, Mom." And I said, "What NO HUG?" And he begrudgingly gave me one and skittered off. I exhaled and thought, it sure is good to be home. Tomorrow KayTar has a ophthalmologist appointment bright and early in the morning (covered by insurance!) and our life stumbles on in the way it always does.

ps: I'd do that whole linky thing, but, ahem, "Dr. Google" told me no heavy lifting for this post. Who am I to argue? (translation: Kyla is tired and lazy tonight.)

19 comments:

Kristin said...

Welcome home...I'm glad you're back. But I'm also very very glad to hear you had fun...any video montages we'll be seeing you in this year? perhaps featuring the KY Intrigue?

Anyhoo...good to see you. You get your rest like the Dr. ordered.

And day 89? Whoa!

ewe are here said...

Sounds like you had a brilliant time; I'm glad.

And 90 days?!? WOW. Fantastic!

Chaotic Joy said...

I'm happy you're back. I'm happy you had fun. I'm not quite sure why you carry KY Intrigue around with you...you perv. :)

I am so happy it's day 90.

Aliki2006 said...

I'm glad you had a wonderful time--it sounds like you made memories you will treasure for awhile!

Kyla said...

I probably should have explained that the KY came from the cocktail party. Free samples galore, you know. Otherwise, well, that story is MUCH stranger. LOL.

AJsMom said...

I love going out of town and getting a small break from everything. But you just can't beat the follow-you-everywhere-snuggle-bunny hugs and kisses when you get home. I'm just afraid AJ may be getting closer to Bubtar's reaction than to Kaytar's...and that bums me out.

Beck said...

That return home made me choke right up.
And I'm GLAD you had fun. Living vicariously, that's me.

Hetha said...

Day 89!!!

Welcome home Kyla, glad you had fun and made it home safely.

amanda said...

I am glad you had such a wonderful time. It sounds like something I need to add to my agenda for next year...

AND by the way- 90 DAYS, INCREDIBLE! AWESOME! FABULOUS!

WAY TO GO, KAYTAR!

Amanda said...

Ah, home, so nice!

kittenpie said...

Ah, you are one of the big reasons I wished I had been able to go.

BUT! 90 days! That is so awesome! It must keep you on edge, but still give you a little helium balloon in your chest for her for not having to go through it for such a nice stretch. So happy for you and little Kay.

Redneck Mommy said...

i miss you already, friend.

until next time. because i know there will be a next time. you are in my heart.

~aj~ said...

Oh wow, Kyla. BlogHer just sounds amazing. I'm going to have to go one of these days...if for no other reason than to party with YOU!

So glad that you had such a great time...I had no doubt that you would!

Now just take some time and enjoy being home with your family.

Lawyer Mama said...

Ahhhhh, it was so great to see you! I just wish we'd had more time to chat w/o pounding music!

And when I heard about the KY thing on Jess's blog? I soooo didn't believe it. (-;

Magpie said...

It was so cool to meet you.

Janet said...

That's kind of it, isn't it? That these sweet "strangers" care about our lives, and likewise.

I'm glad you clarified on the KY story, or you would have completely changed your image out here.

So wonderful to have met you.

Assertagirl said...

Reading your blog was wonderful before BlogHer, but now that we've spent some time together, reading it is even more wonderful, because I can hear you saying all of these lovely words in my mind, now.

I hope you guys will get to visit Canada sometime!

Don Mills Diva said...

I loved meeting you Kya - you shoudl have gotten an award for cutest blogger!

dawn224 said...

I thought your hair looked good! Was I teh drunk? No - I saw the pictures - it lookd good.

I gotta say, this wrap up is the best I've read.