Monday, September 19, 2011

Hello Blogger Event

Lately, with all that has been going on, I haven't really gotten out of the house much.  I do the school run, chat to a few school mum friends, and come home.  I do the school pick up in the "Kiss'n'Go" lane, so I don't even get out of the car in the afternoons.

The life of a Stay-at-home mum can get lonely at times.  

Don't get me wrong, I love being at home.  I wouldn't have it any other way.  But seriously, who wants to go out to coffee or lunch with me... I have at least 3 little tag-a-longs where ever I go.  It hardly makes for a nice relaxing catch up.  

Getting out at night with friends turns into a big event - trying to organise kids to be fed and settled before I leave.  Making sure Brett will be ok.  I mean, he is a very hands-on dad, but I feel guilty leaving him with such responsibility.  

But, after having such a fantastic time on Saturday night, it has made me realise I need to get out, on my own, more often.

As I started to get ready in our bathroom Saturday afternoon, I cancelled my outing about 5 times.  I tried to come up with a reason... any reason... not to go.   Brett seemed like he was struggling that afternoon.  How could I leave him with Five Little Reasons?

I organised dinner and said my goodbyes.  This was it.  I was going out!

As I backed out of the driveway, I had to hold back the urge to stop the car and once again say "Nope, I am not going".  Two little boys stood in the garage, tears streaming down their cheeks.  "Take me with you mama".  I fought back the tears and waved and blew one last kiss.

I set iTunes to play Sara Bareilles's album.  I turned up the volume...max!

As I drove along the highway, music blaring, I sang at the top of my lungs.  It was good.   I added something to my bucket list.  I am going to audition for the next round of Australian Idol.  I am going to go in, sing my little heart out and check it off my list.  

I finally made it to the city and got a little lost.  Ken, my sexy GPS man, got me lost.  I really must upgrade Ken.  Why do they have to change the roads so often?   

I finally found a park and started walking to the restaurant.  Let me tell you.  Fortitude Valley is a little scary when you are on your own.  As I watched all the young girls strutting their stuff in the teatowel skirts, I felt relieved that I had a gorgeous hubby waiting for me at home.  I am not, and never really was, a clubbing kinda girl.  Not. My. Scene.

Walking down Wickham Street, I accidentally stumbled across the restaurant.  I was looking for a number, or a sign, or something to guide my way.  Instead, I saw some people walk into a little, unmarked doorway.  I hesitantly followed them in and asked the maitre-de if this was the place I was looking for.

"Sure is" she replied.  "Your party is down the back in our cocktail bar.  Do you have a final number of guests?"  I didn't have the heart to tell her that I didn't know any guests, let alone a "final number".  

I walked into the dark cocktail bar and froze at the door.  I couldn't see anyone, let alone find a face that resembled someone I had only seen photos of online.  I stood for what seemed like eternity, praying someone would recognise me first.  And then I locked eyes with someone I knew, and took a step forward.  
Garuva


The first few moments are a blur.  It was loud, dark and busy. People were lining up to get drinks and I wasn't 100% sure what the "deal" was, so I sat on the floor and introduced myself and my blog to a couple of girls around me.  I felt so much better when the response was "oh yes, I know you".  

When we were called to our table, I hesitantly followed and took a seat on the floor at the table.  Oh, I forgot to mention that this trendy restaurant is called Garuva and they had dining tables the height of a coffee table, and you sat on chairs with no legs.  It was comfier than it sounds.  We were also surrounded by a sheer curtain, so it made a nice intimate gathering. 

Photo courtesy of Olivia & Garuva


Photo Courtesy of Olivia

Photo courtesy of Suger




Photo courtesy of Luke & Talia.

This was actually the time that I "checked in" with Brett -
who replied with "Kids all in bed, I am struggling, but please don't come home!"

I continued to fight the urge to leave and head home to my family.  Not because I wasn't having a good time, but because I felt guilty having a good time.

The food was amazing and the company even better.   We talked about our blogs, a little about our lives and a lot about other various things from traveling to folding or scrunching our toilet paper.

Olivia telling a hilarious story!


It was easy to talk to these girls.  I honestly haven't laughed that hard in a very long time.  It was just what I needed.  I can't wait until the next one.  Thanks everyone for a memorable night! And thank you Hello Events for planning it!  


Photo courtesy of The Climbing Tree


Front row L-R: BenAmyDaniZoeHayleySheri
Middle row L-R: DebKateOliviaMeLisaAmySuger
Back row L-R: LisaTalia
Photographer: Luke **Thank you Luke & Talia for the awesome group shot and for the links! :)

**I hope I linked everyones photos correctly.  Please let me know if I didn't.  :)

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14 comments:

  1. I loved your post and I'm so glad you came and I'm so glad we didn't scare you off. Brisbane really does have an awesome group of bloggers.
    I think photos 1,4 belong to garuva and 5 to suger :P

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  2. Thanks Danielle. I think I fixed it right. Would hate to offend someone without linking properly! :)

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  3. I thought you were old school blogger meet! I wouldn't have guessed you were a newbie as well!
    Can I please steal that pic of you me and sugar? Its cute!

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  4. Steal away... do you want me to send you the original. I am going to upload them all to the Hello Flicker page... when I figure out how to do it! :p

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  5. lol oh dear, I did steal lots of photos lol

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  6. LOVE. Great wrap up and I'm so glad you got there. I'm pretty sure that person in the dark room was me! The first one. Maybe. It WAS pretty dark! Haha. I love the pic of you, me and Kate. I'd love a copy if I could pleeease. See you at the next one lovely. :D xo

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  7. How funny I was going through the excuses before I left as well....I am so glad that I did! Haven't had a night out by myself since I can't remember, looking out for the next chance to do it again... ciao bella Lisa

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  8. Will do. Will send the original through. I think it was you. What a story... We first met, locking eyes in a dark, noisy cocktail bar!

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  9. I am glad you did too. Such laughs. :) We really do need to have nights out to reconnect with ourselves!

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  10. It was so great to meet you - I get anxious at going to events where I don't know anyone and I was so grateful that I ended up sitting next to you as you were so friendly and great company! Looking forward to the next one!

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  11. It was so great to see you there! I almost gave up several times as well, it's hard to just let go and get out, isn't it?

    If you ever want to do a morning tea, just yell out. I've got two noisy ones of my own, and I come from a big family, so there's nothing your kids could do that would faze :)

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  12. So glad that you did come. Sorry we didn't have a chance to chat more but hopefully I will be seeing you at the next one and we can rectify that. Love the photo of Suger and Kate :)

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  13. I totally know that scary feeling when you can't recognise anyone you know! Glad you came, and enjoyed yourself!

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  14. looks like you had loads of fun. i found you via the secret santa. love your blog. gorgous. see you at the blogging conference next year. have fun with you ss.

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