A couple of years ago, I was fortunate enough to attend the Erma Bombeck Writing Workshop. It was pretty awesome. I met Christian Lander of "Stuff White People Like" fame, Danny Gallagher the comedian and writer, Gail Collins of the New York Times and author of the amazing book, "When Everything Changed", and some pretty kick-ass chicks as well, including Janet Frongillo, author of the upcoming book, "Mommy Mixology", available for pre-order on amazon.com.
Seriously, "A Cocktail for every Calamity"? That's just brilliant.
EBWW is only held every two years, and sadly, I can't go this year because I now have a full-time job that seriously impedes me from doing fun things. I know Janet will be there, and so will The Bearded Iris, who is completely hilarious and has some mad effing dance skills. On April 19, which is my birthday, I will be sitting down to watch my lovely daughter on opening night of her high school musical, knowing in my heart that Iris and Janet and loads of awesome mom bloggers will be tucking into their first round of drinks. Of course, I wouldn't be anywhere else but the musical with Oldest Daughter. But a tiny little part of my heart will be sad.
(I also spent about 20 minutes on picnik making an awesome graphic with a human heart showing how much of it would be sad and thirsty, but that wouldn't load. Pisser!)
Since I can't attend EBWW, I am concentrating on what types of educational enrichment opportunities I should find for myself. After ten minutes of introspection, I've come up with this list of Self-Help Seminars I Should Attend In 2012:
- Past the Power Button: How To Use Your Computer
- Beyond the Basket: Getting Family to Fold Within 48 Hours of the Dryer
- Vegetarian Cooking, Or How To Make Food Look Like It
- Vaccum Cleaner Shopping: Not An Annual Activity
- Sheets, And How They're Changed More Than Six Times A Year
- When The Dog Knows Too Much
- High Noon: After Five Years, It's Time to Move On From Twilight
- How To Operate Your Husband of 17 years
- Making Your Malbec Bottle Last Three Days So You Don't Look Like An Alcoholic
- Getting More Personal Time Out of Work Time
- Speaking Teen...Whatever.