I'm such an attentive person. When I'm with my friends, I'm completely focused on being in the moment with them.
I took my 100% in-the-moment self to Las Vegas last week, to celebrate SITScation, a gathering of women bloggers who've all been united by The Secret Is In The Sauce. SITS was founded by my two BFFs, Heather & Tiffany, as a way to unite women (and a few men!) by increasing their blog traffic, encouraging comments, and providing tons of new sites for the SITStas to read.
Having been a SITSta for the past year and a half, I was so excited to finally have the chance to meet ladies I have "known" for most of my entire blogging career. I mean, meet them in person. That's a Very Big Deal, ya know? I was determined to devote myself to spending hours in conversation with these ladies I've "known," yet have never met "in real life."
So Scott and I headed off to Vegas. Where I met..."Lolli" from Better In Bulk and Laurie from Tip Junkie, two of the most lovely women in the world.
Oh, look...there's me--in the background--with the famous blog designer,
Julie, from LeeLou Blogs!
Look at how I'm utterly devoted to conversing with
sweet, precious Julie. (Whom I really, truly adore!)
I didn't take this picture of Michael & Katrina...
but so many of us prayed for Michael during his brain surgery back in the winter...
...so I'm happy to have this picture of my "in real life" friend & her healthy husband!
Yes, this is the famous "Kat" from Sunshine & Lemonade!
I was all, "Dude--I see you all the time!"
Therefore, I didn't find it necessary to hang with her 24/7 while in Vegas..
See my devotion?
(Kat, you love me...right?)
I also did not take this picture...
...of my too-fabulous-for-words heels.
Which were comfortable, but not on the dance floor!
Not only am I devoted to my pals, I clearly take great care of my camera.
It never left my side for one moment.
More like...um...120 moments!
What better way to celebrate your birthday than in Las Vegas!
Shannon of Welcome to the Nuthouse, wore her birthday crown rather regally.
She's yet another "in real life" friend, whom I talk to regularly...
...so I was all, "Love you...here, take my camera!"
Actually, I didn't tell her to take my camera. She (and others!) just did.
'Cause that's how we roll.
Oh, but that gal throwing up the peace sign?
MY STARS! It's ELENA, from Manwaring Moments!
Can I tell you how excited I was to finally meet Elena in person?
And how thrilled I was to sit in her presence...for all of half an hour.
Sigh...our time together was too brief.
She had no qualms about capturing precious memories with my camera.
The one I left behind. Because I'm so attentive. Ahem.
And here we have Francesca, of Mayhem & Moxie,
and Kathy, of Mama's Losin' It.
Yes, both are very famous girls, with whom I was honored
to speak with on the SITS panel during Saturday's sessions.
These are two of my favorite people in the world.
Look at them posing...smiling for the SITStas...
And then there's me...good ol' Lula...
rummaging through my purse.
While sitting in front of a room full of people.
Yep...hopelessly devoted to the task at hand. No doubt.
Truly, my devotion during SITScation was never more evident than
when my beloved Angie, of Seven Clown Circus,
was pouring her heart out during our panel discussion.
Angie--she of gorgeous hair, face, body, et. al--even posted
(Please ignore the fact that I have 19 chins in this picture.)
"But I was Twittering!" I wailed to Angie.
"Um...yeah...your phone is sitting in front of you!' she countered.
But then I realied...
I WAS PRAYING!
Yes, there I am...in front of 100 women...praying my little heart out...
"Dear God, please bless my sweet friend, Angie...and help me
to not covet her most beautiful red hair!"
The SITS Panel.
Also known as, "Dude, I am so not qualified to be at this table!"
This is where I started singing
that Sesame Street classic...
"One of these things does not belong here,
one of these things is not the same..."
And I still have my hands in my purse.
Francesca, Tiffany, Kathy, Me, Angie, and Heather
What saddens me more than anything is that
I didn't get a single picture of me, Tiffany, and Heather together...
...the entire weekend. (Thank God we had our cruise vacay last month!)
Because obviously, I was too busy being devoted to
everyone else attending SITScation.
All while praying...without ceasing.
Oh, but you're welcome, girls...