Ladies, unite!

No offense to the guys, but sometimes a girl has to kick back with her ladyfriends. I had an awesome time last Friday getting together with my new book club. It took us an hour of chatting and munching on appetizers before we even sat down to discuss the book (“The Age of Miracles”). Once we did, the conversation swung between smart commentary and good laughs. Plus, there was pizza and homemade apple hand pies. Our next book is Elizabeth Gilbert’s “The Signature of All Things” in case you’d like to read along! (I wanted to read “My Notorious Life,” and hopefully I’ll have time over the holidays to dig into that next.)

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If I didn’t feel so guilty about always leaving Joe and Emmett to go to various meetings and whatnot, I would totally sign up for knitXmidwest. Hopefully there will be a next year! The awesome women behind Hill Vintage & Knits and the totally rad Jen Geigley of makeXdo are putting on this two-day knitting and crochet retreat.

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If I were to go, I might try to have someone walk me through making some ridiculous baby head gear. My friend Gina sent me a link to this Cabbage Patch Kids inspired hat and as a child of the late ’80s, I got a good laugh out of it.

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Emmett might need a baby beard beanie.

Last ladything: The TEDxDesMoines TEDxWomen event is on December 5! We’ve got some fun speakers lined up. I’ll leak two of them here:

Beth Howard, the pie ambassador who also lives in the American Gothic House, will give a talk. It sounds like she might also do a pie-prep demo, too!

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Drake Professor Renee Cramer will give a talk that addresses the celebrity baby bump in a way US Weekly never would. You can read her thoughtful convocation address from this fall here. There are some good thoughts about striving to impress and intentions that are meaningful for non-students, too.

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We haven’t made ticketing live or anything, but will soon! This is just a sneak peek because I like you all best. Hop over to “like” the TEDxDesMoines page to stay up to date on everything!

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3 responses to “Ladies, unite!

  1. betsym

    1. I appreciate your proper use of subjective! That’s like the secret insider member card to prove you are a legit writerly type. 2. You shouldn’t feel guilty! I bet both dudes would want you to go. 🙂

  2. I have Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book on my table, waiting to be read currently! How fun that your bookclub is also reading it too. I wonder how it will compare to Eat, Pray, Love, which I will admit, made me hungry reading it. 🙂

  3. I just finished The Signature of All Things… def didn’t make me hungry. I was intrigued, but left wanting more info about Tuesday Morning. I thought that Gilbert had a tendency to wander about and I admit, it the plight to weed through some of the extraneous text, skipped to the end to see who the naked man was in the pictures … totally guilty of violating the natural progression of the author’s writing!

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