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How Ponzi and I Got (Will Get) Our Groove Back

Posted by Monica Edwards Categories: Humor, Personal,

HulaI am excitedly counting down the days till Ponzi and I get to don our grass skirts and leis; sans the coconut boob cups lest we have an unfortunate accident of some kind. We are taking a girls' mini-vacation together to Hawaii, er, rather Honolulu in mid- August. Ponzi has been crazy busy planning and preparing for Gnomedex to be held the second weekend of August, so after months of hard work, when it is all said and done, she deserves to take off for a few days and veg on the beach allowing the cabana boy to wait on her hand and foot...oh, my bad, that was How Stella Got Her Groove Back.

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Bleeding Edge 066: Chris Pirillo and Ponzi Get Married

It was the biggest wedding in the history of the blogosphere, as Chris Pirillo and Ponzi tied the knot just a few weeks ago. Of course, we wouldn’t be The Bleeding Edge if we didn’t have our camera crew in tow to capture some of the many highlights of the evening, which included wedding vows that were read off of UMPC devices - and one of them went into sleep mode during the exchange. In any case, we wish the couple the best of happiness in their years to come.

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There is Much To Be Said About Good Friends and a Stupid GPS

Posted by Monica Edwards Categories: Business, Personal,

This post was supposed to go up last week but I've had a couple of incidents with my computer, our server, and our router that has left me with murderous intentions towards my MacBook. I have to get this frustration out before I can continue. I started this post several times only to lose it and have to start over and this is my last attempt because what I started out writing is not what is coming across now because I lost my brilliant train of thought days ago. How do people do this for a living? My husband said to me, "Now you know how I feel when Alijah comes in here and manages to erase something that I have been working on for hours" to which I smartly replied, "well, it is your fault, if you closed the door to the office, then he wouldn't be able to get in there." It is SO not the same thing. I am trying to remember what I had written and because I can't, I just don't want to continue-but I love, love my friends so I am going to muck through. Forgive me if it's all a jumble. It went something like this:

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I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane

Posted by Monica Edwards Categories: Business, Family, Personal,

It is 2 am Friday morning, I will be leaving in approximately 17 hours for San Jose and the Blogher conference. My husband asked me if I was excited, I said "no, I'm nervous". Why am I nervous? Well let's go down the list shall we? 1. I am very new to blogging. I have no idea what I will talk to other women about. My husband explained to me today that I blog using Expression Engine. What does that mean to me? Not a whole lot. 2. I am to blog live from the various sessions I attend, how do I listen and type with two fingers at the same time? 3. I hate to fly. 4. I'm scared my hotel reservation will somehow be void for some unknown reason. (Paranoia setting in) 5. I am leaving my two-year old alone with my husband for 24 hours. When I come home, he will have mastered Halo or have his own podcast. 6. Reading other posts from the women attending, it seems a lot of us are worried about what to wear, and whether we will be pedicured. I feel frumpy in any clothing I own and as of now my toes are hanging on to the remnants of a pedicure from months ago. 7. The new pill my OB prescribed is making me break out like a teenager in the midst of puberty, oh joy. 8. I hate to admit that I have not read many blogs so therefore will not know if I encounter a "celebrity" blogger. I apologize ahead of time. 9. I am very bad, no really, very bad, at remembering names. So if it seems like I am staring at your boob, I am only trying to ingrain your name from your name tag, into my brain. 10. I get all flustered talking to new people so it seems as if I'm interrupting when I am really trying to avoid the awkward lull in a conversation, so I tend to speak before the other person is finished. Bad habit. These are only 10 reasons I am a nervous wreck, I could go on but will have to sleep sometime before my two-year old wakes up. I noticed while reading the other posts that I became more nervous of the kind of impression I will make meeting everyone. Will I fit into a niche? Am I a mommy-blogger? Or something altogether different? Thank God my sister is coming with me. Although she is not a blogger by all accounts, she does write for a site of ours. She possesses more social skills than I and will hopefully keep me in check as she is the queen of etiquette. She will remember names. I also wondered why it is that women care so much to impress other women more so than wanting to impress men, when we should all be sisters and not care what we all look like or have on? We are so insecure and put so much pressure on ourselves. Why is that? I am asking because I do it also. Would everyone feel better if we all wore uniforms to Blogher? I wonder. I want to go and have fun and not have to worry if my toes match my outfit, but I know that I will be secretly obsessing about it. It's just in our nature. Well, at least we will know that we care enough to shower and change our underwear smile. It is late and I am now rambling. If I have the energy later in the morning maybe I will do my toes, in between packing and the chaos of a 2 year-old and 11 year-old shouting to see which one is louder. Hmm...San Jose is looking a little less scary.

Looking At Gnomedex From A Non-Geek (And Female) Point Of View

Posted by Monica Edwards Categories: Business, Personal,

I was able to attend Gnomedex 6.0 this year for almost a full day. In laymen terms Gnomedex is basically a two day geek fest for the tech-minded from all over. It was held in Seattle and put on by two of the nicest people I have had the pleasure of meeting since I moved to Seattle about 10 months ago. I attended not as a paid registrant but as a friend wanting to volunteer my services to Ponzi and Chris as they have been so gracious in helping us out with the two Mind Camp events we have held. I was basically a mic runner for the other attendees with questions/comments during the Saturday event held at Bell Harbor Conference Center. It was a great volunteer position for me as I was able to listen in on the many led discussions that were going on. So, this is going to be my take on what I had the privilege to be an audience to. First off, I should explain that I am very technologically challenged and listening to the many smart, smart speakers, I felt even more so. I am old school. I like lists on paper, real paper. I like to talk to people in person rather than by email or IM, especially if they are in the next room (i.e. my husband smile ). I like to read magazines and watch the news on TV not on the internet. I read books when I have the chance and write real letters and prefer to send real cards when I can. OLD SCHOOL.

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