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Crashin’ Fitbloggin’

I did a little party crashing last night! The Fitbloggin attendees were arriving in Portland on Thursday and as I saw more and more tweets and posts about everyone attending, I was wishing I had sucked it up and just paid to attend the conference. I’ve never been to a fitness conference and I’ve always wanted to. It just wasn’t in the cards for me this year. That didn’t mean that I couldn’t go and hang out though!

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I already had plans to meet up with some Twitter friends once they checked in at The Nines. The hotel was right by my office so I met Suzanne (my virtual trainer) at Departure for happy hour. I loved the decor at The Nines! What a pretty, classy place. I think Michael and I are gonna have to go there for a date night one of these days.

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Deb was supposed to meet up with us but we got our wires crossed and didn’t find each other until later. It was so great to finally meet everyone I’ve talked to online for years. It’s a strange thing to follow someone’s life online and then meet them in person. You already feel like best of friends. I was happy that it was fairly easy to transition into real life. I admit, I was a little nervous as I was walking to the hotel. It was like I was going on a blind date! I’m sure I’m not the only one that was nervous about the conference.

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Suzanne was so down to earth and easy to talk to. We went down to Urban Farmer to get a drink, a Pinot Gris from King’s Estate. And then we ended up getting some happy hour munchies because the wine was going straight to our heads. We found a couch in the corner that was quiet and intimate so we could catch up. We talked about fitbloggin, weight training, my training plan with her, blogging, life…everything. It felt like old friends seeing each other.

Sadly, my photos from last night didn’t turn out great. I seriously wasn’t paying attention and just snapped a bunch of pictures here and there. So I apologize some are blurry. Urban Farmer is a VERY cool place. I loved how it was open to the skylight. The hotel rooms all opened up around it and you could see all the way to the top. As a result it was very bright and open.

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Suzanne got the pork slider and the glazed beef meatballs off the happy hour menu.

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I got the cheese plate (with a smokey Rogue bleu from Oregon) and a few other things I can’t remember now. 🙂 I also got the bangers and mash–a small chicken sausage with mashed potato puree. Everything was delicious. I’m ashamed to say that living in Portland for over a decade and working two blocks from The Nines, I’ve never once been inside or been to their restaurants until last night. What a shame! I cannot wait to go back!

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Suzanne and I went up to Departure, the sky bar at The Nines, to see if Deb was up there still. Still didn’t see her! We took in the amazing views and had some water while we chatted some more.

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At the mixer I got to meet so many people! I met Jasmine, another Portland blogger, and Kristina from SpaBettie. It’s an absolute shame that there are so many Portland bloggers that I haven’t already met in person.

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I also met Erika (another Portlander) and Sarah (from Boston). It was such a treat to finally meet Sarah. She’s had a rough time with many, many knee injuries and surgeries. I kind of feel like we’re kindred spirits in the injury department. It was great seeing her up and moving around after her recent surgery. Sarah is another long time maintainer, 200 pounds! I am really proud of her for maintaining the weight loss through all the crazy knee stuff. That’s really hard.

Sarah and I chatted a little about how it would be nice if there was a panel of weight loss maintainers at Fitbloggin. I would love to participate on something like that and just be able to talk to other people who have lost a lot of weight and kept it off. Since I don’t actually have a ticket to the conference, I don’t know what’s on the agenda this weekend, but Sarah mentioned there was a weight “regain” panel.

I got to meet Martinus from 300 Pounds and Running (and he looks fantastic!!!), Carla from Mizfit Online (we’ve tried a few times to meet the last time I was in Austin) and Emmie from Skinny Emmie.

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Bummed the photo didn’t take! I was super excited to meet so many people. I felt like a fan girl at a Justin Bieber concert or something! So silly.

Anyways, I wasn’t able to participate in Fitbloggin this year but I got to meet a lot of people I wanted to meet. There were others I didn’t get to meet, and some hadn’t arrived in Portland yet. It was time for me to get out of there and let everyone enjoy their conference. I’m glad I stopped by! Maybe next year I will actually go!

I hope everyone here for the conference enjoys Portland. The weather is going to be perfect this weekend! Sunny and in the 90’s! I cannot wait to get out there and enjoy it.

QUESTION: Are you here for Fitbloggin? Tell me what you’ve done in Portland so far!

Friday Night Confessions

It’s been awhile since I’ve been to confession. So here goes…

Confession: I am totally ashamed to admit this but I absolutely LOVE the new Robin Thicke song.

I know. How embarrassing is that?!?! Am I the only one that thinks of Alan Thicke whenever you hear the name Robin Thicke or one of his songs?

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The song is catchy and sexy–reminding me of Marvin Gaye and Earth Wind and Fire and I find myself dancin’ a little bit whenever the song come on. {hangs head in shame} And doesn’t he look like George Michael in the above video?!?

Confession: I have a 14 year old girl crush on JT. Like I’d probably be in the first row of his concert screaming like the other 14 year old girls if I didn’t want to keep SOME shred of my 33 year old dignity.

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Whenever he hosts SNL I get ridiculously excited and squeal like I just won the lottery. Fat Kitty’s eyes get super big and I’m sure he’s looking around for the mouse I must have seen… Michael gets sooo annoyed. But, I know his confession would be that he loves JT too. 🙂 He’s FUNNY on Saturday Night Live! The skit he does about the Vegan Town is hi-larious.

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To all the other 14 year old girls with crushes, you’re welcome for those photos. MOVING ON…

Confession: I have sung karoake exactly ONE time in my life. I have zero singing talent, can’t carry a tune, have no sense of timing and hate being the center of attention. So karaoke has never once been something I aspired to do. One time I had a friend who was a drag queen (and awesome performer) who serenaded me at a club with Dancing Queen and managed to get me on stage but I surely did not sing with her! Anyway, so back to the one time I sang…

I met my friends Jackie and Kathi at this total dive bar in Milwaukie (Oregon). It’s a steak house and definitely not the kind of place mid-20-somethings would ever go to but they wanted to sing and picked out the place. I drove from my place in SE Portland to what I thought was the boonies (at the time) and met them at this super dark, weird restaurant. It ended up being a cowboy bar. After several hours of drinking, eating fried foods and watching cowboys get up there and sing, they FINALLY convinced me to get up there. I agreed but ONLY if the two of them came up there with me. So the three of us got on stage and sang this song:

It’s a girl my lord in a flatbed Ford slowin’ down to take a look at me! Yep, I sang my favorite Eagles song. You should have seen the evil glares from the half dozen patrons in the bar…the nerve of us…singing an Eagles song in a cowboy bar…

It was just as awful as you imagine it to be.  🙂 But I did it.

Confession: I’ve started watching two shows new to me: Hung and Homeland. I’ve heard great things about both but so far I’m on the fence. I don’t feel like my life would be missing out on something if I stopped watching either show, but I’m hanging on to see if they get better. Especially with Homeland–so many people talk about how it’s the best show on TV (I have to disagree, Breaking Bad or Walking Dead are the best) that I feel like I’m missing something.

Another couple shows that Michael and I tried but gave up on were The Americans and The Following. The Following had such potential. I love Kevin Bacon, I like those types of shows…but it got absolutely ridiculous and predictable and I was SO ANNOYED that everyone on the show turned out to be a secret member of the cult. Give me a break. Lazy writing if you ask me. So we gave up half way through.

Since I’m confessing about TV shows, I just have to say this…

Confession: I love Modern Family and think it’s one of the funniest and smartest shows on TV right now. But I absolutely loathe Lilly. She ruins the show. She’s a horrible actor (yes I know she’s just a kid) and I feel like the writers are crowbar-ing her into the show to give her a bigger part than she needs to have. She seriously ruins the show for me. I can’t be the only one

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Confession: I’m pretty bummed that I’m not attending Fitbloggin this year. I’ve wanted to go to a blogger conference for a few years now but the cost of the conference and a plane ticket discouraged me. This year it’s in Portland! Sounds perfect right? Except it seems to be sold as a package deal –including the hotel–which makes it just as expensive as it would be to go to one out of town! So disappointing. 🙁 I really wish they had an option for people who don’t want to stay in a hotel. 🙁 BUMMER!!!

But on a positive note, if anyone wants to meet for coffee or something, or needs advice on must see and must do things in Portland, let me know! 🙂

QUESTION: Got anything to confess?