A Weekend in Review: Portland Bloggers January Event

We had an intensely amazing turnout for the Portland Blogger Meetup on Saturday–25 people in attendance! The room could barely fit us! I was stoked at what a successful event was put together. My Saturday was a full one. I was up before the sun to get my GP off to Mini of Portland for some serious work (hope I get her back someday) and so until I get her back I am ripping up the roads with a 2012 (manual) Countyman S! It’s kinda nice to have back seats to throw things on and the fact that it’s got 4-wheel drive, not going to lie. It is, however, lacking the whole 220+ horsepower thing and the ability to make me squeal with delight while I take corners at much too sharp an angle.
My loaner Mini Via Instagram
After dropping off my car I buzzed on over to the meetup early to get my bearings on what I was going to speak on and make sure the room was in order for the event. Needless to say, we were short some a lot of chairs. The event had originally had 8-10 confirmed and we had planned on having it in the Cupping Room (for coffee tastings) at World Cup Coffee and Tea on Glisan downtown. Can you believe we ended up stuffing 25 people in the room built for …maybe 10? I can’t. Note to self–let’s register a little earlier next time people!;) Honestly though, it wasn’t an end-of-the-world scenario. We had a lot of people standing and engaging and that made it almost into a nice open forum kind of meetup–different from the ones I had been to in the past. Next meetup’s scheduled for Sunday, March 10th! Mark up those schedules and register EARLY–this time we might actually book UP.
Photo credit to A Tiny RocketThe Baking Bird, and This Valley Life via Instagram
After the meetup I went for a leisurely lunch and then to a much needed quiet yoga class at Yoga on Yamhill. It was exactly what I needed to wind back down at home with Ktams for a bit before heading back out to the city for drinks with some U of I (standing for University of ILLINOIS) friends that also just happened to move out here in the last year! Small world, small world. So glad to have such a short trip to the center of the city. It’s making me not want to live ANYWHERE ELSE….except maybe on the Max line so I wouldn’t have to drive AT ALL.
No worries–I will be  back to my cooking ways shortly–I have a long post in the wings for homemade chicken stock (ah-ha!) as well as one of Ktam’s and my favorite dishes (we really only have a few I promise!) So until then–Happy Tuesday! 

How’d you spend your weekend?

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14 Comments

  • Reply Laura Ann January 29, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I’m sad I missed the meet-up this weekend, but it sounds like you were jammed! Maybe it was good that I couldn’t make it! haha.

    • Reply Bee Talmadge January 30, 2013 at 4:18 am

      No way Laura! Definitely missed out πŸ˜› so many new people to network with!

  • Reply Meagan @MommyTravels January 29, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I was hoping to make that meet up. Oh well. Did you learn a lot?

  • Reply Kayla Moothart January 29, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    I hope that the MINI comes back perfectly happy and for little cashola out of your pocket!

  • Reply Jenni Bost January 29, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    We are certainly going to need to get a bigger sized room for the next one. I loved how cozy and familiar everyone became, though. πŸ™‚

    Thanks so much for all you did for the event!

  • Reply Leah January 29, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    It was so packed, but it was nice to get to know your fellow blogger πŸ™‚

  • Reply Adi Edlen January 29, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Great seeing you (and learning from you!) at the event!!! I’m still in awe of your adorable handwriting from your presentation πŸ™‚

    • Reply Bee Talmadge January 30, 2013 at 4:17 am

      Thanks Adi! I’ll have to work on creating an actual font!

  • Reply Jennifer Fulford January 30, 2013 at 1:20 am

    My husband’s from Chicago and my father-in-law is an Illini alum. Yes, very small world.

    • Reply Bee Talmadge January 30, 2013 at 4:17 am

      Nice! Whenever I say it out here people literally have no idea which U of I I mean and when people see the colors they say, “Ahh you’re an OR State alumn!” …close but no cigar;)

  • Reply Elena @ CDACN January 30, 2013 at 3:52 am

    Thats amazing how many people showed up! How nice though! Love the car. Is that one yours or your rental?

  • Reply Kira January 30, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    I wish I had a Mini! Totally not practical with a toddler and a baby on the way though πŸ™‚

    I haven’t been to a meet-up in what feels like forever. I really hope to make the next one!

    • Reply Bee Talmadge January 31, 2013 at 12:10 am

      Congrats! I didn’t know you were having another! Yes and my Mini only sticks around until I have a “mini” of my own πŸ˜‰ Then I’m becoming an SUV mom or a wagon lady–we’re kinda anti-minivan in our family πŸ˜›

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