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    My Cybher Takeaway

    This past weekend, the Hubs let me escape to London (and escape I did, on the 10:30 am train) to attend Cybher, an inaugural event for female bloggers. (There were a few fellows wandering around…)  It was a great opportunity to put faces to the Twitter names I’ve been chatting away with (some of the Twitter avatars did NOT do their owners justice), meet other like-minded souls, learn a few things, and simply get away. I was happy to go to dinner the night before with a fabulous group of bloggers. The conversation more than made up for the *interesting* food (vegetarian wood lice prawns, anyone?) and painfully sloooooow service. I was…

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    Dusting off the Cobwebs

    One of the prompts on this past week’s Writer’s Workshop was: “What have you been too busy to pay attention to?” This was one that I couldn’t pass by. This one, dear friends, will write itself. The answer to this (aside from my ever expanding muffin-top) is: my blog. *sniffs* I’m slightly mortified that the entire month of April slipped by without a single post *hangs head in disgust*, particularly with so much going on. Despite so much going on. Given that I had so much going on. I didn’t necessarily have a shortage of ideas….they just weren’t playing out.  (Seriously, if you could have been in my head last…

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    Cybher Meet and Greet

    This past summer I went to Cybermummy – my first ever blog conference, and it was a fantastic experience. I took home ideas for my blog, including ways to improve my photography and vlogging, and I had the opportunity put faces to so many fellow bloggers and Twitterers. I am very excited to be going to Cybher on May 12, catching up with everyone, learning some new things and drinking wine. I must confess that a small part of the giddiness may be attributed to being able to enjoy proper showers, uninterrupted, in the room I’ve booked at the Strand Palace. (The house we moved into this summer has two…

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    Lists and Goals and Randomness

      Isn’t she the cutest stinkin’ thing you ever saw? Where was I??? * * * I like lists. Lists are good. To-do lists? LOVE them. I love the feeling when I can check things off. Completion. Satisfaction. Success. Do you know what I don’t like? Resolutions – I rarely keep them, and then I spend more time berating myself because, yet again, I failed. In all honestly, I do much better at Lent. Giving something up or making a change – with a 40 day timeframe – is much more manageable concept, and as they say, you can make or break a habit in 30 days…. But still, that…

  • An American in Wales,  blogging,  confession time

    Bring on the New Year!

    I had the best of intentions to write a round up of 2011, but really? I was off at Center Parcs, having fun with my family, and so New Years Eve day had me tied up with unpacking, sorting out the dog from the kennel, laundry…you know where this is headed…   I ran out of time.   And that’s all good.   Overall, it was a pretty good year. Oh, it had its moments to be sure…quite a few posts in the first quake porter of the year revolve around the hazards of NHS dentistry. (Please don’t get me started on the NHS medical care, either…). I’ve had some…

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    Where I’m From

    I am from pictures colored in a notebook, books and a flashlight under the sheets, from milk and carefully split Oreos and tents made from blankets under the dining room table. I am from the “west side”, dinners in the screened-in porch, root beer floats at the A&W drive in and the summer rain pounding on dusty streets. I am from the lilac bushes on the alley, helicopter seeds spinning dizzily from the sky. I am from Mulvahills and Vicinis and Ewings and Rozattis, from a world where anything was possible with some ingenuity (and duct tape). I am from the from the peacekeepers and worriers, perfectionists and imaginations, from…

  • An American in Wales,  blogging

    My Cybermummy 11 Roundup (or how I got my groove back)

    On Sunday night, I cleaned dog poo off of my son’s Crocs. It was a brutal return to reality for me, having just stepped off a train from London where I had spent the weekend attending Cybermummy 11. To say it was overwhelming was an understatement: with over 400 fellow bloggers in attendance, this tongue-tied self-conscious gal really had to step out of her comfort zone. But. Still. I did it. And I learned a lot. I learned that meeting people that you have been tweeting with for ages is easier than you think. And that with some, it is like running into an old friend – you just click.…

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    Where the Magic Happens and other Ramblings

    I swore I wouldn’t do it again, and here I am. Vlogging. Do you know why I struggle with it? Beyond the fact that I hate the sound of my voice on video? I hate the eye-roll and slightly bemused look that the Hubs will give me after he views this post. His last comment was only “Yes, you actually do sound like that.”  I don’t think he gets me, and this blogging thing. And it annoys me, just a titch. But. Mama Kat had posted a bonus vlog question on her writers’ workshop earlier in the week, and while I initially chose (and responded to) another prompt, this one…

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    I’m Not Laughing

    The following should be a happy, make me laugh Monday kind of post. But it’s not. (Sorry.) Because I’m a tad aggravated. I have a few clear priorities when I book a hotel: family friendly. Good location. Breakfast included. (when you’re travelling with kids, you REALLY don’t need to sort out a breakfast place, too.) Oh, and wi-fi. I am a blogger. My head is teeming – teeming, I tell you – with blog ideas, especially after another full day in Vienna. I could ruminate on how could all these women possibly stay thin in a land of caffe macchiatos, apple strudel, Sacher tortes and Wienerschnitzel. Seriously, I haven’t seen…

  • An American in Wales,  blogging

    Cybermummy 2011 Meet and Greet

    Hi everyone!! Reading all of my friend’s blog posts and tweets about BlogHer, Blissdom and Type-A-Mom with longing (and knowing I couldn’t it to any of them again), I was thrilled to learn about Cybermummy — and I’m beyond excited to be hopping the train to London in June. Many thanks to Carly at Mummy’s Shoes for hosting this Meet and Greet for Cybermummy 11. I’m really looking forward to meeting y’all! Name: Jenn Belden Blog: Momma on the Rocks Twitter ID: @mommy_grrl Height: 5ft 6 Hair: shoulder-length auburn Eyes: Hazel Likes:  books, chocolate, lemon cake, tea, vodka & tonic, martinis, jumping on the trampoline, coffee mornings, date nights, Italian food,…