It’s Not You. It’s Me. And Blissdom.

04 March 2013

Hi.  My name is Michelle.  I’m going to Blissdom for the very first time, and I don’t want a roommate.

I have been doing this blogging thing for a long time.  Five years, in fact and I have never been to a conference.  Not a one.  Why?  I’m not sure.  Timing.  Children.  Not taking myself seriously for awhile there?  Nerves.  Procrastination.  A combination of all of these things?  

Oh yes, I see all your posts about the. best. roommates. ever.  I know the joys of having someone to walk around with.  Someone to share dinner with.  Someone to gossip with.  The thoughtful, clever roommate gifts!**  The suitcase space saving benefits of sharing a straightener, a hairdryer, and a power strip.  Not to mention sharing the room cost. 

I totally get that.  There are girls going to Blissdom that I would room with in half a second if it weren’t for this thing... me.

I am thirty-six years old and I know what I like.  I like an entire closet to myself and someone making my bed every morning.  I like to sleep naked.   I like to stay up until 3 am and hit the snooze three times before actually waking up.  I like to have an entire king sized bed to myself.  I like to watch horrendously awful shows on cable.  I like dance parties with myself and JT’s Pandora station while getting ready.

I am not going to apologize for my unabashed love for Mr Timberlake any more than I am going to apologize for wanting a room of my own.  

I don’t have these things at home, so I relish them when I am travelling alone.  Do you know what else I don’t have at home?   A whole lot of solitude.  And I like it.  It is good for me.  Processing time.  Quiet. 

I am incredibly excited about Blissdom.  I am going to hug Jess and Andrea and stalk Kate and Carmen and accost Gigi, who will be working the entire time.  {I am also exhibiting some serious angst and poured one off for my homie, Ms Zakary had some familial issues to tend to and won’t be able to make it.  Oh ZDub how I will miss thee!}  I am looking forward to meeting bloggers from all over, both those whose blogs I read or twitter friends and those I haven’t met yet.  I am going to wear cute clothes and maybe even heels.  I’m going to stay out too late and wear make up and carry a purse that doesn’t have a diaper in it.

And then, at the end of the night, I am going to go back to my room alone.  The most thoughtful, clever roommate gift I could have ever given… to myself. 


** I will totally be bringing a few thoughtful, clever, non-roommate gifts for my girls.


Anonymous said...

I would totally stay by myself also.

Just A Normal Mom said...

I'm so envious that you are going to a conference! I signed up for one that was here in town once... and then had to sell my ticket when it coincided with an out of town tournament for my son. Boo! But I'm with you. I want my own bed, my own closet and to use the WHOLE bathroom counter for my junk. Alone time is such a valuable time - I don't blame you one bit!

Jessica Sliman said...

The hardest thing for me about parenting is the lack of alone time. I think, if I ever worked up the nerve to go to a conference, I would feel the same way. I'd want my own space - my own time. My Pandora station would probably be Mumford and Sons and I'd probably read till the wee hours of the morning ;)

Yostee said...

If this was me, I would want my own room too... and to be quite honest, I may actually stay an extra day with nothing to do!

@JessEsco said...

You are 150% wearing heels. I almost went without roommates too. Just for the sake of being naked half the time and doing what I want. But in a way, this is stepping out for me too. Outside the box!

I'm still gonna smother you, you can't get away! ::insert crazy girl laugh of the red hair girl in Wedding Crashers::

Mandy@ a sorta fairytale said...

I totally get this. Though I'm not rooming alone (due to expenses), I could totally see why you would. I will definitely consider it next year. Quiet and a entire bed to myself sounds awesome!! Looking forward to meeting you in 9 days!!

Jessica @ Wanting Adventure said...

I completely understand! If I were going to a blogging conference I don't know if I would want to share a room either. There are the benefits you mentioned but sometimes, you just need your space!

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