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.  

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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  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

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

  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!

  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

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

  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

  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

  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!

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

  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!

  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 :)

  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 :)

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

  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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