This week has been insane.

  • BIG deadlines at work (crazy stress).
  • First child beginning Kindergarten. (see also: single parent = added stress)
  • Minnesota Blogger Conference is this Saturday.

That my friends, is a giant trifecta… or in more Minnesota-hockey-friendly terms, one heckuva hat-trick.

And here’s where I try to balance complaining (omghowdoIdothis?) with being grateful for my fabulous job, an amazing child who is sooo ready for school, and my love for blogging/social media and event planning. Because I love all of these things. It’s just kinda hard to have three whammies in one week. (I think that’s the first time I’ve ever used the word whammies in my life. Not sure I’m using it right. Moving on…)

A bit about work – I’ve directed countless ad campaigns in my career -heavy on print (magazine, newspaper, etc.) and digital (online banner/display ads) and even outdoor (billboards and buses). And while I’ve produced a number of promotional videos in my day, I’ve yet to do a TV commercial, until this summer. I now have a handful in my portfolio. And a few more gray hairs from the heavy deadlines and immense work involved. Fun, but stressful.

The MN Blogger Conference is coming up this Saturday – an event I founded and manage with Arik Hanson. It’s our second year Here’s a post I wrote about this year’s event if you want to hear what I’m most excited about.

And now for the most fun, and important part… my Kindergartener has had 3 great days of school so far, although I can tell he’s more tired than usual. So am I. Our mornings now begin 30 minutes earlier, and we have school uniforms (Catholic school) and backpacks and homework and lunch boxes to keep track of.

Speaking of school lunches… we have a plan that Alex can choose  hot lunch from the menu one meal per week  – the rest of the meals will come from home. Of course I reserve the right to change my mind at any time if this system doesn’t work for us… but I’d rather he have healthy foods from home most of the time. (you all know there’s a growing concern about school lunches in our country, right?)

So – this week I’ve had a crash course in trying to make interesting lunches that my kiddo will enjoy. Check out This Lunch Rox to see where I’m getting some of my inspiration – fun site! He helped pick out food in the store and has some say into which fruit he wants, etc. I’m trying to use the Bento-style of lunches where I can – cutting food into smaller pieces and presenting fresh fruit/veggies/meats/cheese in a visually appealing way. This is a newer trend (in America) that I’ve started to see on the ‘net the last couple of years.

I’ve avoided taking pictures of the lunches I’ve made, convincing myself you all probably don’t care what they look like. But tonight I used a star-shaped cutter to cut out meat, cheese and bread to make little star stackers… So far Alex is digging his lunches and I feel proud I’ve been able to give him something a bit different… for three days. Let’s check in again in about six months.

And that brings us full circle to the title of this post: checking in, checking out. I feel good about checking in. And now, my friends, I’m checking out until after the conference. Hope you all have a great weekend!

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10 Responses to “checking in. checking out.”

  1. Jenny says:

    Missy, I’m not sure if you’ll get this or if it’s the right place to ask, but I got a ticket to the conference for a friend…it’s under my name. Will she still be able to use it?

    And to stay on topic, congrats on the lunch success! My kids don’t have allergies and it was still tough to keep coming up with lunches they’d actually eat.

    • Missy says:

      Hey Jenny, I tried to respond to you by email, but am not sure if you received it. Please e-mail the conference address at mnblogconf (at) gmail (dot) com with the name of your friend, her email, blog and twitter. We definitely need it for her nametag and security purposes.


  2. Kristin_OPC says:

    My kids go back on Monday. I can’t wait! Ahan isn’t so sure about the uniform thing (charter school) but after seeing how easyit made Noah’s mornings last year, I’m thrilled. The only thing I have yet to conquer is lunches for the first week… We did get some cool new lunch bags this summer, though!

    See you Saturday!

  3. Leah says:

    busy, busy lady. don’t forget your “you” time. hopefully you can squeeze in some naps in there!

    see you tomorrow, love. 😉

    • Missy says:

      Ah, thanks Leah. Easier said than done. Happy now, though, to have a few less items on my plate. Definitely more room for naps now! 😉

  4. Monika says:

    I know how your mind must be racing. Takes me back to the evening before the NPC shows I used to promote & for us it was both Friday evening & all day Saturday. I could breathe again when I counted the money the next morning to see if we broke even or made a little money. Tomorrow will be a success & Sunday you can take a deep breath & put your feet up for a little while. : )

    • Missy says:

      Hey Monika – yes, the night before events are always full of energy for me. Luckily I slept well the night before the Blogger Conference – I felt well rested, which really helped! Thanks for the comment!

  5. Arik Hanson says:

    Crazy week, indeed. And you handled everything that was thrown your way (and there was a lot) beautifully.



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