Monday, September 07, 2009

blogging blog camp 2.0 - take 1


blog camp lived a little more up to its name this time around. at least the blogging part of it. because we (and by we, i mean spud) actually blogged at blog camp (tho' there was still no camping). it might have been the rain, which kept us indoors on saturday. it might have been that this time, i planned it that way - that we would have a relaxed day, where we could just hang out together and talk. we also actually did a little craft project, which was one of the original ideas behind blog camp - remember when we talked about everyone having a talent that they would share? that somehow got dropped along the way, but sabin remembered it and she insisted that we all make some small clay figures.


there's a great picture of the end result over on the blog camp blog. i somehow took an insufficient number of photos around the house on saturday, i was too busy flitting around, running to the grocery store, jumping on my bike to run to the station to meet kristina, trying to prevent husband from buying a chainsaw, making dinner, keeping the blog camp blend diffusing, burning up the biscuits, filling wine glasses (you get the picture). but i think somehow when it's your house, you just don't think about photographing stuff in the same way. because you're used to all of it. i'm really looking forward to seeing what pictures the others got and seeing my own surroundings anew. jelica and spud have already posted a few pictures that made me smile.


aside from sneaking out between showers to go to lunch at café le zinc, my favorite local cafe, we did spend most of saturday hanging out in the blue room (not to be confused with a bar in a little town in the upper midwest).  jelica's husband, ruslan, was a bit suspicious of us spending so much time in the blue room and suggested that we might be indulging in some odin cult ritual, but i actually suspect that he kinda wished he was here, sipping wine and discussing roland barthes as well. :-)


on sunday, as you can see above, we walked around copenhagen, snapping photos at every opportunity, eating a sausage from a sausage stand, drinking a coffee (what a surprise that was! not.) and perhaps even indulging in a beer at nyhavn (not a sailor in sight, unlike last time). spud had to depart first and we choked back our tears and let her go home to her megaboys, followed by anne a few hours later. jelica didn't leave until today (which was according to the original blog camp plan) and now she's on her way home as well, so i'm here in the quiet house, feeling a bit lonely and bereft and thinking about it all. because it's not easy to take it all in.

blog camp is really hard to explain and it really is true in some ways that you "had to be there." i exchanged some emails about that with an open heart this morning. she had gone to blog camp - reno and was finding it difficult to express how great her experience was. because sometimes words don't really express it. and that's a strange feeling for us bloggers, so stand by for more as the week progresses...

12 comments:

MissBuckle said...

I still can't come up with the words... but I might get some pics out.

omchelsea said...

I want your blue room. Unashamed coveting. And camp sounds wonderful. Damn Australia being so far from everywhere else :(

Polly said...

great photos... it all looks so familiar...

Soozie said...

Sounds like you all had such a lovely time! You ladies ALL ROCK!

B said...

Polly is right, it looks so familiar, but at the same time it doesn't. Different people of course mean completely different experiences. And there was nobody there from BC 1 apart from you (Kristina didn't come to your house for the first one). It's all a bit surreal, looking at the photos and reading your words. Knowing what you mean, but also realizing that without having been there, I really don't know what this experience was like...
I'm in a philosophical mood today... apparently! :)

CatLadyLarew said...

I think I'm going to lay on the floor and kick and scream until someone lets me go to BlogCamp. If that doesn't work, perhaps I'll have to start planning an Upstate New York counterpart to your BlogCamp. Anyone out there interested?

marinik said...

sounds like you guys had a great time, and the rainy afternoon spent in the blue room seems to have brought you guys even closer. I'm so glad for you guys.
too bad my tequila didn't make it there... did you read my comment on blog camp page a few days ago? :0

urbaNiche said...

hey looks like you ladies had a lot of fun. plan a trip to Toronto next summer and i promise you a fabulous time!

thanks for sharing

Jelica said...

that first picture, with our reflections in the window, is just perfect.

i think we actually accomplished quite a lot in this blog camp (more than i expected, i admit). i mean, we not only took a million pictures but we also blogged (a bit), and our lounging in the blue room was the only kind of camping i could ever agree to. plus there were crafts. and don't forget the game ("only 275 pieces to go"). great times :)

Sara said...

I was very nervous about how this weekend would go but I am now so thankful for it. And I'm so thrilled that AnOpenHeart is only a couple hours away and we can do something similar again soon.

It's very true that to really understand it fully you'd have to be there but thankfully there seem to be many lovely bits that translate. :)

Bee said...

I do love that first picture. It's just so hard to get the balance between picture and reflection right, isn't it?

I'm glad that you did something craftsy and camp-like this time. I think that anyone would feel inspired in that blue room.

I found the fence, btw. I realize that I HAD noticed it before, but it looked different in your picture. As you mentioned about your house, that's the problem with familiar things . . . sometimes you need fresh eyes to really SEE them again.

kristina k said...

i'm so glad you had such a good time. and i'll be there for one of the next blog camps!