Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I feel like this is really going to happen

This Friday I am going to do something I have never done since being a wife and mother: go on a trip, out of state, all by myself. Nursing babies were invited, but, even though I do have a nursing child, I am going to make an executive decision and leave him home. (doing a little victory dance at the prospect of not traveling/socializing/attending a film fest/public speaking/chasing/wrangling/changing/feeding/apologizing for insane 2 year old whose latest fave activities are stripping naked, throwing food and screeching. No guilt here, sorry!)

I was honored and thrilled to receive an invitation to meet, in person, several of my long time blog friends, specifically from the birth blogs. We are going to be getting together, talking birth and babies until our voices go hoarse, and we are going to be attending/hosting a screening of The business of Being Born, a highly acclaimed new docu-film from Ricki Lake that will be showing at a local college where the BBBB event will be taking place! BBBB stands for Birth and Babies Bed and Breakfast--just the name is so exciting!

We are trying to get as many people to come to this as possible, and my friend that is throwing this whole event has been working so hard to get the flyers out to everywhere, students, doctors offices, birth centers, libraries, all all sorts of health care providers. I wish I could help more but I am out of state with way too much on my plate for me to even get into detailing right now here at home.

I had planned on asking people for sponsorships/Xmas gifts of money to help me get to this event, and then somehow shyness and time got away from me and now we are in a lurch as to how in the heck this is gonna work out. Somehow it has been concluded that taking out family's only car would be a very risky decision-- if it broke down, not only would I be without any vehicle , but who would I call? What would I do? "Tow" it to where? then what?

We looked into airlines and it was $300.
We looked into the train and there is no train route that makes any sense and to go the crazy way I would need to go would cost over $200 also.

So now we are looking at trying to rent a tiny car that is good on gas. We found a few online last night but need to find out the details today. I worry that they will want some kind of credit card or big deposit.

I JUST got an email from my friend asking me to babysit her 2 children this Thursday(for money)! SO COOL-- this might be my financial breakthrough.

I also JUST found out that I have a long time friend who is going to "Sponsor" me $50.

I really think is is going to happen. I can't believe it! Hopefully by Monday morning I will be posting all about it, pictures and everything.

(I was asked to speak before the film showing, what should I say???????)


Rixa said...

The reality of the BBBB is starting to hit me: I need to clean the house! I get to see all these really cool people soon! EEeeekk! It's better than Christmas and birthday combined!

Kelley said...

Yaaaaaaaay! I am so excited I can hardly stand it. Two more days before I get on the train! Argh, I've got a lot to do to get ready. I cannot wait to see you. OOoooooo, I'm excited!!!!!!!! I have been dying to meet you for months, and now it's almost here.!!!!!!! :)

Rixa, you are awesome to put this on!

Housefairy said...

SO much for me being vague-- yes it is these two amazing women and a few others I don't know as well... SO EXCITED!

Jill said...

Oooooh, how exciting! I'm doubly jealous: once for the trip ALL BY YOURSELF (man, I dream about that and I've only got ONE kid, not four!) and again for the awesome birth conference. Lucky you! And RIXA TOO! Squee!

mama k said...

I JUST went to a screening of this movie last weekend.
I posted my thoughts here:


I loved it so much that I am working on getting a screening together down in my area. Everyone should see this.

Leigh said...

Wow, have a great time. :) Enjoy your sans baby trip....you deserve it.
The birth network that I am a board member of presented a showing of BOBB this past weekend with GREAT success. We had 150 people attend and had a panel of OBs, midwives, doulas, and a natureopath afterwards.
And as far as speaking beforehand? Awesome! You are the perfect woman for this job. The words will come to you. :)

Stacey said...

Awesome! Sounds like sooo much fun. Check out RentAWreck.com, we were able to get a car cheaper from them than anywhere else...and no, it wasn't a wreck, it was a nice little Toyota :) Have fun!!!

Trish said...

How exciting!
Can't wait to hear all about it when you get back!!!

Summer said...

I'm so envious I could burst!

GinaBeckwith said...

Hey its Gina (the one with 4-y-o Grace) from the group today. It was SO awesome to meet you. The links were www.amitymama.com and my email addy is gracesmom0801@yahoo.com

CNH said...

Oh I wish I could be there! HOW FUN!

doctorjen said...

It was great to meet you there! Fun to visit your blog now and have a face and voice to put with it.

Housefairy said...

Gina!!! Dr Jen!!! SO cool to meet both of you. I wish we didn't all live so far apart from each other.

I will be blogging about the trip over the next few days.