Cybermummy 2010 – when can we do it again?!

I woke up this morning feeling a little bit sad and lonely. A tad pathetic maybe, but after spending the weekend at the Cybermummy conference surrounded by so many interesting, intelligent, funny women, waking up on your own is bound to be a bit of an anti-climax.

One important thing I’ve come to realise since I became single and started working at home, and which Cybermummy reinforced for me, is that I am a People Person. I’ve always thought this was a bit of a silly expression. We are people, of course we like other people, but I see now that there are some people, like me, who really thrive on company. Basically I am a show off who needs an audience.

I love meeting new people, particularly new funny people, and ESPECIALLY new funny people who enjoy drinking tequila, aren’t afraid to be loud in public, and are partial to a little lie down on hotel floors. And oh my God, everyone was soooo funny. I wasn’t the person who had the ‘little accident’, but I certainly came close.

I knew it was going to be a good day when I made a friend at 9.30am outside West Brompton tube – “Are you going to Cybermummy by any chance?” – “Yes! Is it that obvious?”

I wanted to pick out some of the funniest moments – I really should have had a notebook with me to write down all the hilarious quotes – but to be honest I was too busy enjoying just being there, and I guess that’s the best way to be.

Needless to say there are a few bits that stand out for me. The quiz for instance. I don’t need to say anymore than that do I? And paying four pounds for half a glass of warm white wine – I’m clearly spoilt by Somerset prices.

And what about deciding at 2am that a kebab was definitely a really, really good idea? “I want a beef curry and rice” – “We’ll get her a burger and chips. It’s all beef. She’ll never know.”

The freebies – waking up at 7am with my head pounding and glugging bottles of Tropicana, and then ransacking the cupboard for leftovers. Breast pads anyone?

If I had to make one complaint it would be that it was too short. Next year I’m thinking we need a whole weekend. A long weekend. Or maybe a week. I’ll need to get my liver in training first, but I reckon it would be worth it…



  1. 5 July, 2010 / 9:24 am

    It was really fun! And great to meet my rival (LOL) and guest poster. I can’t quite get back in to reality even today. It just goes to show how important it is to spend time with people and even more importantly friends.

    • 5 July, 2010 / 9:43 am

      Absolutely. I am supposed to be doing Very Important Work this morning but can’t get into it at all. Lovely to meet you – I’m looking forward to Bogner now :-)

  2. 5 July, 2010 / 9:28 am

    I had SUCH a great time. And yes, we need longer than 24 hour next year! (I am willing to bet my hangover was worse than yours)

    • 5 July, 2010 / 9:41 am

      Rumour has it there was actual vomitting in your bathroom… are you feeling better now?

      I felt pretty bad standing in a packed tube train at 3pm, as hot as a sauna, with a car seat bag full of persil sachets and liquid talc on my back. :-)

      • 5 July, 2010 / 1:33 pm

        seriously, I turned on the shower and all of a sudden I got sick. Can’t explain it since my stomach didn’t hurt nearly as bad as my head. Damn tequila!

        • 5 July, 2010 / 7:00 pm

          It was all Linda’s fault for putting in that tequila room service request from her room.

      • 5 July, 2010 / 1:35 pm

        Wandering around Kings Cross Station at 10am..not fun.

  3. 5 July, 2010 / 9:35 am

    Sounds like a blast? Any joy on the sneaky feature idea we discussed?!

    • 5 July, 2010 / 9:39 am

      It was FAB :-) I no, I don’t think so – disappointing but pleased too!

  4. 5 July, 2010 / 9:45 am

    You are brilliant! And yes, we needed MUCH more time, if only to lay our hands on more Breast Pads of Awesome and loot the crap out of a box of bags.

    Chicken burger for tea tonight? ;oD

    • 5 July, 2010 / 9:54 am

      Thanks! So are you :-)

      I may pass on the chicken burger. I did have some weird hangover cravings yesterday at about 6pm – I stopped in the co-op, bought a tub of potato salad and ate it in the car with my fingers. Is that wrong?? (Probably wrong to say it outloud).

      Plus next year I am hiring a van…

  5. 5 July, 2010 / 9:47 am

    Great to meet you at breakfast among a sea of tired faces! It was a weekend to remember. Simply brilliant.

    • 5 July, 2010 / 9:56 am

      We were looking a bit ‘tired’ :-)

      Lovely to meet you too x x

  6. 5 July, 2010 / 10:05 am

    It was lovely to meet you! My Sunday food cravings all revolved around cup cakes. And all the photos relating to Cybermummy seemed to feature gorgeous cupcakes too – I was like a woman possessed yesterday, raiding the cake tins. Sadly a few mouldy Digestives just didn’t hit the spot!

    • 5 July, 2010 / 6:59 pm

      Lovely to meet you too! Everyone on your table was fun :-)
      I think it may be a while before I can look another cupcake in the eye…

  7. 5 July, 2010 / 11:43 am

    I keep reading about some of the bloggers having a drink, wish I hadn’t stayed in my room watching telly now. Still kinder to the gusset I think.

    • 5 July, 2010 / 6:59 pm


      Yes, probably best you were in bed at 10pm with a horlicks. You didn’t miss anything.

  8. 5 July, 2010 / 3:51 pm

    I dont think Linda ever found out that she was eating a burger and not a curry!! Was so lovely to meet you!! Had such a fantastic evening!

    Meet up for a dolphin burger soon right??!! :) xx

    • 5 July, 2010 / 7:00 pm

      Absolutely! Dolphin burgers all round :-)

  9. 5 July, 2010 / 5:42 pm

    I cant believe you got her a burger…. classic.
    It was lovely to meet you… thanks for making Saturday night so darn funny.xx

    • 5 July, 2010 / 7:01 pm

      It seemed to be close enough…

      Thank YOU for making the whole weekend fantastic :-) x x

  10. 5 July, 2010 / 6:34 pm

    It was so much fun apart from being woken up at 3am by a drunk room mate ;-) Next year I’m booking the Monday off work as it was pretty painful today…….my arms are still aching from dragging all the goodie bags home!!! Was great to meet you….roll on CyberMummy 2011!!!!

    • 5 July, 2010 / 7:02 pm

      3am?? That’s shocking! I blame the doors – they were so loud and springy…
      I have really chaffed shoulders this morning from my giant backpack!

  11. 5 July, 2010 / 7:15 pm

    It was SO NICE to meet you – you’re absolutely gorgeous! Totally agree on it being too short, here’s to a long weekend next year :)

    • 7 July, 2010 / 6:21 am

      Thank you! I do think some people felt a bit let down that I wasn’t as beautifully groomed as in my picture! Lovely to meet you too though, and we definitely need much loner next time :-)

  12. 5 July, 2010 / 11:38 pm

    Sorry I didn’t get a chance to meet you was chatting to so many people but still seemed to miss a load of you. It was fantastic and it really does need to be longer next year! xxx

    • 7 July, 2010 / 6:22 am

      To be honest the whole thing was so fantastic and overwhelming I couldn’t be sure WHO I met! I keep fretting I’ll say ‘sorry I didn’t get to meet you’ to someone and it will turn out we chatted for hours or something!

  13. 5 July, 2010 / 11:39 pm

    Oh and when you are in Bognor I think we should all meet up I am only 20minutes away so it would be great to see some of you xx

  14. 6 July, 2010 / 10:08 pm

    This week seems so empty now. I think we need another shindig soon, like maybe this weekend. Was fab to meet you there. x

    • 7 July, 2010 / 6:39 am

      I was thinking we could make it a weekly thing, but I didn’t want to sound desperate….

  15. 7 July, 2010 / 10:39 am

    It sounds like you had such an amazing time. I would have been ok in the end – I used to be really good at a little lie down on a hotel floor! I have been convinced, I will not miss next time – a week sounds about right ;) x

  16. 7 July, 2010 / 9:16 pm

    You made it to breakfast? well done…I stayed in bed for as long as possible. It was that or face the fact that I may have eaten a dodgy burger lol! Lovely to meet you. :D

    • 8 July, 2010 / 7:57 pm

      I don’t tend to sleep well when I’ve been drinking. I thought a fry up might help but when I got down there I could only manage a few peach slices and copious amounts of apple juice. Such a waste – breakfasts are normally my favourite bit about staying in hotels!

  17. Shireen
    7 July, 2010 / 9:19 pm

    Clearly, I missed the really fun part…..the quiz and the wonderful aftermath!! It was so great to meet you and next year, I am staying for the tequilla! xo

    • 8 July, 2010 / 7:56 pm

      You really did! Next year you’ll definitely have to stay over, if only to give more time for people to come and tell you what a fab reading you gave :-)

  18. 7 July, 2010 / 10:29 pm

    Great to meet you on Saturday (and of course that bottle of wine, although the two facts are entirely unrelated…). And thanks for coming over to chat to the old guard – have to admit that we did feel just a little bit ‘elderly’ on our table. Or at least, I did. Probably because I am…

    • 8 July, 2010 / 7:43 pm

      Don’t be daft – your table wasn’t elderly at all – it was funny! And my judgement wasn’t at all effected by the wine :-)

  19. 12 July, 2010 / 9:32 am

    Exactly the same complaint as me, too short! hehehe! Was a great day and lovely to meet you briefly! Think I kind of accosted you going I love your blog its so amazing lol! Apologies about that :D x

    • 12 July, 2010 / 1:28 pm

      Don’t apologise!!! That was my best bit, I felt like someone famous :-)

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