Parties, Pedicures and Panic Attacks. Oh my.

I woke up this morning dreading writing this post.

I got back late last night from a long weekend in Lexington, Kentucky.  I went to Lexington for “ConFab, Baby!” – a blogger houseparty hosted by Turnbaby and the man formerly known as Mr. Fabulous.  Everyone knows you can’t go to a blogger party without blogging about it when you get home.

But you’re supposed to come home and rave about what a great time you had and how awesome everyone was and how you simply can’t wait to do it again.

And all I could think about this morning was the fact that I had a panic attack in the middle of a fucking party.

And had a huge fight with Adam all weekend.

And unwittingly made a scene at a stranger’s wedding in our hotel lobby.

And left one party goer with the impression that I was “fake”.

And missed the shit out of my husband the entire time I was gone.

None of those things are conducive to a “WEE!  LOOK AT ME!  I WENT TO A PARTY!” post.  And while there are plenty of people who attend these types of gathering and later lament the fact that they felt awkward and out of place – I have never been one of them.  I am not the girl who sits in the corner and stews.  I am not the girl who spends a weekend away pouting and pining for home.  I am not the girl who goes to a party and comes home and bitches about it.

I am the girl who goes to a party and documents the ridiculously good time she had.

*sigh fucking sigh*

ANYway, was not looking forward to trying to cobble something together here.  But then I started going through the 195 pictures I took this weekend and I found myself remembering all of the hundreds of good things that happened in Lexington.

Like when Hilly and I tried to stylize Becky.

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Things went fabulously well at the store where I made her try on dozens and dozens of various outfits and somehow found her hundreds of dollars worth of new clothes that she not only looked great in, but liked enough to buy.  Things went less well when Hilly tried to “fix” Becky’s hair using a sequined butterfly clip.

For some reason *I* was the one Becky tried to exact revenge on later.

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I also remembered hanging out with people who surprised me.

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No, not Hilly.  I have dozens of pictures of her looking like a porn star.

But the woman on the right is Janelle.  She’s been reading my blog for a long time and I met her last year at Adam’s Halloween party, but she’s always been really nervous and self concious around me in the past.  She floored me this weekend.  She was so relaxed and confident and really fantastic to hang out with.  It was so cool to watch her come out of her shell and come into her own – which is admittedly not an easy task when you’re in the presence of loud ass people like me.

(Oh, and the poor guy crammed in between us is Shiny - who will never forgive me for the patio incident.)

MOVING ON!

Other highlights from the weekend include:

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Finally meeting DutchBitch - who traveled all the way from Holland to attend the party.

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Watching Jill get a tattoo. And no, I did not partake in the ink this time.

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Meeting Soda in person!

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And the rest of “The Bitches”. How can you not love a girl gang who calls themselves “The Bitches”? Their family had a sit down with the Orlando Family and a peaceful arrangement was reached.

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Of course, all girl gang agreements must be cemented with a ceremonial knighting by Lemoncello.

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Ahem. Karaoke.

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Once more with feeling.

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Would you believe she sang Baby Got Back? Oh, yes, she did. And she was awesome. As was my dancing, if I may say.

Blah blah blah yada yada yada – there are tons and tons and tons of pictures from the weekend here and here if you are so inclined to peruse them.

The point is, Brad and Liz threw one hell of a party and despite some less than stellar moments for me – I did have a good time.

And really…

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How could I not?

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  1. avitable says:

    Plus there was the fact that Lexington is a place for miracles. And we finally all made it home alive thanks to Hilly landing the plane for us!

  2. Finn says:

    OK… now I wanna hear about the fight, panic attack and wedding disruption.

    And: Limoncello is the bomb!

  3. Laci says:

    I had such a good time this weekend getting to know you guys.

    BTW Britt — you’re fab in person. Just sayin’. :)

  4. Janelle says:

    I am so sorry you had a panic attack… I had xanax in my purse the whole time! I never go far from home without it. And I’m glad you finally got to the see the awesomeness that is JANELLE! :-)

  5. I had such a great time this weekend – I’m so glad you decided not to shoot me dirty looks this time around :)

    P.S. Did we drunk dial Jared?

  6. oh my fuck, you posted the photo of me with the butterfly in my head. *gasp*

    well, i suppose it is better than the photo of me sobbing tears of joy down a red face at the end of the penguins game.

    enough about me. back to you.

    i’m so glad you decided to make the trip to kentucky and i am thrilled that there was enough good to balance out the not so good. love yew.

  7. 1. I really love the necklace you’re wearing in those photos.

    2. I REALLY want to hear about the wedding incident. Will that ever be posted?

    xo

    • Miss Britt says:

      @Princess of the Universe, the necklace is Hilly’s. ;-)

      And… I’m not sure about the wedding incident. MAYBE I’ll post about it on Wednesday. Maybe.

  8. p.s. “tried to stylize” cracked me up. no matter how good you and hilly are, i still insist on being me. ha!

  9. Hilly says:

    “Seriously Heather, what’s your damage?”

    It was the wackiest weekend I’ve had in a long time…I still am trying to process some of the craziness. Still!

    I don’t care what you guys say…I so totally landed that plane!

  10. shiny says:

    It was my intent on letting the aforementioned “patio incident” slide. However, you decided to bring it up, and people are likely curious about the events which transpired on Friday evening.

    I’m not going to go into the details, but let’s just say that it’s NOT COOL to execute certain acts to a male blogger which involve a broken patio chair, a shot of tequila, some duct tape, a sex toy, an adhesive Hitler mustache and an elephant foreskin.

    Some things are just unforgivable. This is one of them.

    Signed,
    Shiny’s Lawyer

  11. Dawn says:

    I’ve got no real comment. Nothing to say, except I’m glad that you had a good (?) — for the most part — time.

    I really just wanted to say hi.

    Hi.

  12. Kim says:

    Hi. I probably induced the panic attack !You are great in person, as was everyone else. I think I was just so nervous and kind of intimidated ! Maybe by the next time I’ll be a little more my old me. Great meeting everyone!

  13. Robin says:

    I am glad you guys had a great time. By the way, not that it matters….you’re not fake.

  14. Kyra says:

    I’m pretty sure the wedding forgot about you pretty quick. I mean, the police didn’t show up or anything… (unless we left just in time.)

    Really was wonderful getting to meet you!

  15. whall says:

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    It should also me noted that other similar terms such as “trunk junk”, “grey baggy skinz”, and “dumbo’s helmet” are under the same trademark protection.

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    Signed,
    whall’s lawyer.

  16. DutchBitch says:

    Reading all the posts is like reliving the whole great weekend. Was great to meet you, Britt!

  17. Sheila says:

    I totally wanna hear the drunk dialed voice mail to Jared.

    I understand that the likelihood of that happening is slim to none.

    But, I thought I’d put my vote out there.

  18. Ren says:

    It’s so nice that photos can not only help you remember an event, but can actually help make your memory of the event happier, letting you focus on the good times and forget the bad.

  19. Lynda says:

    You seemed like you were having a fantastic time to me! I was so happy to meet you. You were a lot different than I expected, in a good way.

    As for the wedding, you will know be known as, “remember that woman…” ;) Just kidding! I’m sure it was nothing.

  20. Karl says:

    If it helps, hardly anyone mentioned anything about the wedding thing or the panic attack or the big fight with Adam. :)

    Great seeing you. Glad you had fun.

  21. ‘Scuse me?!? You TOTALLY forgot to mention that we? Kissed. Full on the mouth. With some tongue even! Ty-man’s jealous. :)

    It was so great seeing you again, hon! And baby? You got back, is all I’m sayin’. ;P

  22. Mrs. Nobody says:

    Had a great time meeting you – and now that I’ve had my mani & pedi, I’m going to want one all the time!

    And you are just FANTASTIC!!

  23. Sybil Law says:

    I am so glad there are only certain pictures making it on the blogs.
    Except Adam hasn’t posted yet.
    I’ll get that fucker. :)
    Really – I didn’t know you had a panic attack! That sucks. But I’m glad you pushed through it and partied, anyway. I enjoyed you. But I missed that kissing thing with Coalminer’s Granddaughter…

  24. Sodapop says:

    I hate to hear you had a panic attack and a fight with one of your best friends. I am, however, happy to say that you are one fun, fantastic, beautiful person and I’m happy I finally got to meet you in person.

    My panic attack waited until tonight at about 8pm to hit me.

  25. Turnbaby says:

    You know maybe that’s why I just had this overwhelming urge to hug you so much sugar.

    I am selfishly glad you made the trip even though it had some rough parts for you. It was good to be able to spend some time and I wish I had a pic of you snuggling in my chair on Sunday. I’m glad you ended up having fun.

  26. Ginger says:

    Wow! I had NO idea you were having such a rough time or that you even had a panic attack! I wish I would’ve known…I would have given you many comforting hugs to help you through…and I, too, carry Xanax. lol!

    It was GREAT to meet you, and you were even more fabulous than I imagined you would be. Thank you for being so kind to me and making this first-time attendee feel so at ease! You are wonderful!

  27. SciFi Dad says:

    I don’t know what happened to you, but I always find meetups difficult, mainly because you don’t know if the “person” the other bloggers think you are is “really you”. It also takes me some time to be confident enough to relax and just be me.

    Looks like you figured it out though. Glad you had fun.

  28. Al_Pal says:

    Awww. Glad the photos reminded you of the Good Times. ;p

  29. NYCWD says:

    There are those who attend gatherings.

    Then there are those who make gatherings.

    You’re obviously a maker.

    Besides, what would a great blogger gathering be without Britt and Adam broke up whispers?

    Glad to see everyone had such a blast!

  30. Ashley Hast says:

    Read you for the first time today *I think – SERIOUS short-term memory* and can’t wait to read more!

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  32. martymankins says:

    I thought there were males there, too. Guess not *snicker*

    Seriously, looks like you had fun.

    On a related subject, when does Mr. Britt get to go to blogger events?

    • Miss Britt says:

      @martymankins, Mr. Britt prefers to skip blogging events and go fishing and paintballing and godknowswhatelsetheyaredoingthatisreallyanexcusetodrinkbeer during the week.

  33. muskrat says:

    No pictures of horses? Did y’all do anything besides drink? Damnation.

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