My kids sometimes say the most amazing and insightful things. They know when I am sad, happy, stressed. They pick up on the vibe of the house and speak about it without a filter.

If they see someone different from them in the store or at the park, they blurt it out or mention it in passing, but it’s never censored.

I envy them.

Much like I envy my Grandfather, who can grab me by the cheeks, look dead into my eyes and say “Erin, I don’t like that hair color. Change it.”

While I do speak off the cuff a lot, I have dipped my toes in this whole “you don’t get to know everything” arena. I’m liking it, and I’m hating it.

Certainly, more recently, I’ve let you back in to my health issues and it makes me hate that I’ve held back so much these past months.

As we all head to Chicago, I’m reminded again- by YOUR strong outpouring of support and well wishes and crass butt jokes- that THIS is why we blog.

This is why I blog.

This is why I have attended BlogHer since 2006 and am now an employee.

I get to see you. I get to hug you. And more importantly, I get to thank you for listening and being a friend.

See you in Chicago.


  1. Can’t wait to see you again, Erin. You really inspire women (and men) with your words. Unfiltered = Genuine and you are all that and more. Big Hugs from Louisiana.

  2. Can’t wait to see you too Shannon!

  3. I can’t wait to see you so we can compare notes on icky medical problems. Also, so we can drink wine and forget about icky medical problems. Heh

  4. Sounds great Aurelia!

  5. I wish I was going, maybe one year. I just wanted to wish you well and tell you to enjoy the company of your friends. No matter what the outcome of your tests, I suspect you are strong enough to handle whatever is needed to take control of your body and your health. Peace to you and yours!

  6. Thanks DJ. And I tend to make the rounds in travel, hopefully we can meet soon.

  7. I too wish I was going but alas, I am still a fairly new and unestablished blogger. It sounds like a wonderful time. Hell, I’d go just for the hugs. Take care and ENJOY yourself! *extra big hug*

  8. Enjoy as best you can and thanks for being blunt about what you’re going through. As you stated -that is what blogging is about – laying it out there for ourselves, and collaterally – the readers that might get something out of it.
    I’ve had two years of back and forth to the medical centers with them finally knowing that all of the strange inflammations and ‘ick feeling’ times is all related to a genetic thing called “Ankylosing Spondylitis”. How’d they finally diagnose it after what we determined was over 20 years of dealing with various ‘unexplained’ symptoms that were treated individually, but never collectively recognized? I got bit by a brown recluse spider – and went through more blood tests… my arms look like I’m a junkie with all the needle scars. Finally – they figured it out.

    You delayed, yeah – but you finally dealt with it – and they will figure it out. Hang in there – because once you know? You’ll remember how to breathe deep again without that twisty feeling in your chest.

  9. I will totally hold your hair back if you puke. See you there!

  10. Yes, I envy children’s lack of “filter.” My daughter says my stretch marks look like “a cool silver flames tattoo.” AND SHE MEANS IT. .

    Have fun at Blogher!

  11. I can’t wait to finally meet you face to face, and everyone else too!

  12. cant wait to see you all!

  13. First of all, I want to say hope you had fun at blogher which I am sure you did. I love reading your blog as it is so well thought out and put together. But I know how your daughter felt over not being able to go to blogher as my sister @onemomsworld dealt with the same with her two daughters. Well I look forward to reading more soon. Have fun and best wishes..

Speak Your Mind