my bluff, called…

Last night I: met some great tweople, misidentified 6 people (my bad, sorry), made funny faces at @wajiii then forgot I saw him (doh), didn’t spend any time at all with friends that came to see me (sorry guys), barely saw my husband, watched some great presentations, bruised my feet (but my boots looked great) and felt loved and welcome by a big crowd of people at Ignite Portland 4

Thank you!

Here’s the video shot by Linuxaid (thank you so much for having the videos up SO quickly AJ)

If that’s not enough Cami for you, then swing on over here to see the news story on Ignite.  It’s sure to make you cringe a little…

For those of you interested I’ll get my slides up over the weekend.  I spent almost no time in my bed last night and I’m feeling like it’s nap time.

when we last saw our heroine…

Last time I was at Ignite I was anything but nervous.  No where near knots.  As a matter of fact I was down right chipper to attend the event.  I had a chance to sit back and relax on one of the comfy sofas in the balcony with friends and family and survey the events at hand.

I watched closely each presentation and, as much as I could from the second floor, I observed what went on in between.  What I saw then was what I usually see at Portland Tech events, a lot of love and family and gushy stuff.  Everyone smiling and laughing and being proud.  I was smiley too!  Look at this lovely photo of donpdonp and I at the last Ignite, taken by Aaron Hockley.

If you can’t tell from that photo, I had fun, a ton of it…  But I wasn’t nearly as excited then as I am for Ignite Portland tonight.

It’s going to be awesome… as long as I don’t faint or anything before 7:20 ish when I take the stage.

tomorrow

Tomorrow night I’ll get all fancied up in a little black top and a new black skirt with my big black boots (with 3 inch heels).  I’ll brush out my hair, smear on some lipstick and cross my fingers before I get in my shiny black chariot with my handsome prince and head to the ball.

Maybe ball isn’t the right word.  I think there has to be dancing for it to be a ball…  Perhaps I should call it a gala?  Yes, I think that’s much better, what with the lack of dancing and ball gowns.

Once there I will fidget nervously, drink, pace, smile and nod and then, when the moment comes, take the stage at Ignite Portland for 5 minutes (and 20 slides).  Hopefully as I stand on stage with the light from the projector shining in my eyes I’ll speak clearly and not spill any embarrassing childhood secrets but I can’t make any promises.

I’m in great company that night and looking forward to all the other speakers, but let me give a little love to a few in particular:  Betsy Richter, Melissa Lion, Katherine Gray, Amber Case and Rabbi David Kominsky are all giving talks that I’m thrilled to have a chance to watch live and in person.

If you’re there Thursday night make sure to say hi, oh and don’t be afraid to hoot and holler for us… we all appreciate a little bit of love.

stick it… thursday morning edition

Once again this isn’t the piece I was hoping to post…

I was out late with the fabulous Mr. Kaos, the indescribable Mr. Burrows and the heart stopping MissBurrows… We went to Ignite Portland 3, had a blast, met some wonderful people and then had Cuban food…

Good times.

So what can I say? What can I do to make up to you my sad and horrible lack of blog for today?

The First 10 people to comment get a brand new beautiful Strange Love sticker…

(if I don’t have your address you’ll have to send it to me)

***Edited to Add***

First and foremost I was completely remiss in not pointing out that the Cuban place we went to was Pambiche which the lovely Martin Kelly introduced Mr. Kaos and I to. I told our dinner companions that 16 trillion times but neglected to give him his due here on the internet… and like a good friend he yelled loudly about it!

Next a big ol HELLO to all the lovelies I met last night, a big IT WAS GREAT TO SEE YOU to those of you I’d met before and a NEXT TIME, I HOPE to those of you who I missed.

And Jo Beaufoix, even though you’re half a world away, you were with us last night in spirit when Craig from toonlet mentioned that you’d made a kid that looked like CamiKaos

I had such a great time at #ip3 that I could barely contain myself. Thanks to all the great people who worked so hard to bring it to us…

And now I’m considering a nap. xoxo

early to bed…

I’m working on a very long post…

But it totally isn’t ready yet. It’s taking a lot of thought, consideration, music, a nice glass of wine… you know… I need to seduce the post. Get it in my good graces. Get it to do all the work for me and then maybe climb into bed with me…

But the post and I? We aren’t quite there yet. We’re taking our time. Getting to know each other. Making sure we’re a good fit, this post and I. I don’t want to rush into things…

So instead of finishing that post I’m going to go to bed early and get my beauty sleep so I can be my bright and snarky self at Ignite 3. There’s A lot of information I’ll have to retain. A lot of people to say hello to. And then there’s the fact that I’m going with MissBurrows so I’ll probably have to spend most of the evening trying to get her to stop touching me…