Have you ever put your foot in your mouth?
It happens to me.
All the time.
This weekend I was at the Mid-west Blogger Meet-up in Chicago.
It was amazing.
We ate and shopped and I bought zinc tags and a silverware table runner and moss ribbon and we talked about blogging for hours and hours and hours.
There’s just something wonderful about telling someone that Apartment Therapy featured your herringbone paint stick table and you just discovered the analytics on Pinterest and that you are getting better at SEO……
……and they totally and completely get it.
But before the shopping and the eating and all that talking…..we gathered in a room for breakfast.
27 bloggers gathered in a circle.
Have you ever sat in a circle like that?
A circle where you don’t really know anyone….so you sit there awkwardly….kind of half-smiling at people across the circle that you wish that you knew and wanting to eat a muffin from the breakfast table….but you know that muffins are messy and you will drop crumbs all over the Mid-west Meet-up floor…..
……and then no one will smile at you any more.
Maybe it was the muffin cravings.
Maybe it was the two cups of coffee.
Maybe it was because I was wearing my confidence earrings.
But sitting there in the middle of that circle….randomly with an awkward smile on my face I blurted out, “Let’s all introduce ourselves and tell everyone a fun fact.”
All eyes turned toward me and my big mouth.
Smiling and nodding and encouraging.
And giving me the confidence to completely and utterly unnecessarily say, “And I’ll go first.”
What was I saying?
Umm….what was my fact? I mean….I knew my name….but a fun fact? That quickly?
So I cleared my throat….smiled confidently and said the first thing that popped into my head.
“My name is KariAnne and I blog at Thistlewood Farms and….and……umm……
…..I chased down a robber with the security guard in the K-Mart parking lot.”
That was my entry in the fun fact category?
Where did that come from?
Of all the facts I want a group of people to remember about me….my stint as Wonder Woman was not even close to the top of the list.
Open mouth….insert foot.
At least I left off the part about chasing the robber in high heels wearing red lipstick and wearing a royal blue dress with pearls and over-sized shoulder pads…..
….I’m not sure the Mid-west Meet-up circle would have ever recovered.
PS Linking up at Kim’s.