(Top): Aaryn, Me. (Bottom): Jenn, Cheri, Jamie, Kate.
So last year around this time, I didn’t know many people online. And because I tend to shun attention, I didn’t put myself out there. Too shy. Insecure. Nervous about my sensible shoes. But then, Cheri invited me to attend Kate’s house for the Bossy Road Trip and despite debilitating social anxiety (I ALWAYS worry I’ll be the only one at the lunch table), I went.
Now just a few days ago I told Cheri and Kate about my drive to Kate’s that night. I almost didn’t go because I felt like a dope. Plus, the shoes. But I talked myself into it and The Rock encouraged me, so I found myself heading off into the great white open. The whole ride to Kate’s, I talked to myself. Said “They will like you, don’t worry.” “Don’t talk with your mouth open.” “Whatever you do, don’t Go Geico™,” stuff like that. When I exhausted my affirmations, I blared some boot scootin’ music (Kelly Willis) to get me in a positive mood. Then, I almost turned around.
But I didn’t. I took some gigantic deep cleansing breaths (otherwise known as “had a panic attack”), parked my car, walked into Kate’s, and met some amazing women who’ve since become my pals.
All of this is to say that if you’re in San Diego, I do hope you will consider making it to Mel (another beloved friend I met through blogging) and my Mom’s Nite Out on Thursday, May 7. I want to get to know you. I am absolutely sure that there are more almost-pals-who-just-don’t-know-it-yet out there waiting for us.
Mel and “The Claw.”
So here are the details:
WHO: Any San Diego woman, be ye a blogger, twitterer, lurker, mom, female person.
WHERE: Buster’s Beach House & Longboard Bar at Seaport Village (Beach Loft Room)
WHEN: Thursday, May 7 from 6-9PM.
WHY: To promote solidarity, happiness, connection, friendship, mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of San Diego women, bloggers, twitterers, lurkers, moms, and female peoples.
WHAT: Giveaways, goody bags (no lame-ass plastic toys, promise), raffles. Items include signed copies of Kathy Ireland’s new book, Real Solutions for Busy Moms: Your Guide to Success and Sanity, an AVON basket, Kelli Parisian’s skincare, and more, more, more!
WHAT ELSE: Hosted light appetizers. No-host drinks (but Seaport Village was kind enough to give us our very own bartender!) Also, parking is free for three hours with Buster’s validation.
RSVP: At this Facebook page or by emailing
sandiegomommaissofreakingcool@OHYEAH!.comdebawriter (at) yahoo.com.
THE THANK YOUs: Thanks to Lizzie at Bailey Gardiner for setting us up with the location, and Buster’s Beach House, and Mel, for being an awesome partner in crime, and Seaport Village, and Charity at Virtue IMC, who is a wonderful help and in all ways amazing.
FINAL NOTE AND MORAL OF THE STORY: Please do come. Do not be shy. This is a casual mixer with some cool swag and we want to know you better. You might make some new friends who this time next year are old friends.
FINAL FINAL: If you have giveaway ideas or stuff to donate for the raffle, let us know! Raffle proceeds will be donated to the March of Dimes. Also, Kid Ventures in San Diego is collecting donations for March of Dimes in May in solidarity, which is very the awesome.
FINAL. NOW I REALLY MEAN IT: If you happen to live in the north coastal area, and prefer to stay closer to home, San Diego Bargain Mama is hosting a Mom’s Nite Out in Encinitas. That info is here.
Email me if you have any questions or need non-sensible shoe recommendations!
And I won’t throw you out of bed if you decide to tweet or post about our upcoming Girl’s Night Out, either.*
*Non-sequiturs like this are what make me particularly
annoying endearing in person.
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