Bloggers in Sin City

I am the actual luckiest girl ever in the history of girls.

For those of you who don’t know, i just returned from a whirlwind 4-day, 3-night trip to Vegas to meet more than 50 strangers at an event called Bloggers in Sin City. Overall, I basically feel speechless and completely overwhelmed, but I will try to do the trip justice here, because that’s what bloggers do.

I could write about all the amazing things the Flamingo did for us (because they did – VIP pool access, Sin City Brewing Co. awesomeness and hello Paradise Garden Buffet!), or how incredible the Chocolate Lounge at the Sugar Factory was (because it was). Or I could thank all the #BiSC sponsors for being so wonderfully generous (because they were). And I could definitely mention the absolute fabulous Club PURE and the seriously ridiculous Absinthe show at Caesar’s Palace.

But there’s just so much more.

I cried on my plane ride home. I cried out of fear for my unborn child, because pregnancy hormones make me fucking crazy. I cried out of sadness, because I missed everyone already and goodbyes are the absolute worst.

Mostly, though, I cried out of pure joy and sheer gratitude.

When I arrived in Vegas Thursday, I didn’t know anybody – online, sure, but not really. It took one casual mention to Nicole that I may not get an actual bachelorette party at home, and these people – these beautiful, amazing, wonderful people whom I barely knew and who barely knew me – came together and threw an impromptu bachelorette party for me.

Shocked. Crying. So grateful, so lucky.

Yes, that's a tiara (which says "bride to be") with a veil, I am definitely wearing a flashing sash that says "Miss Bachelorette," and OBVIOUSLY that's a penis straw. Yes that's a bag of penis straws I'm holding. Penis garter not pictured. Oh, the penii.

ME. Little ol’ me. These kinds of things? Don’t happen to ME.

Just thinking about it, that feeling I got when Nicole called me up in front of all those wonderful people makes me cry like a fucking baby. When she started talking about celebrating the positive things in life, even then – EVEN THEN – I had no idea that these people had gone above and beyond anything I could have ever imagined.

THESE PEOPLE. These people I look up to and admire, both personally and blog…ly. these people who feel like goddamn CELEBRITIES to me. (I exaggerate, but only a little.) They did this. For me.

Raging heart boner.

I swear to baby jesus that if I were to wake up right now to discover it was all a dream, I wouldn’t be all that surprised. But it is real, apparently, and I just can’t express how thankful and full of totally raging love I am for every single person that had anything at all to do with The Weekend That Changed My Life.

Of course, there was more to the weekend than this surprise bachelorette party. There was great food and amazing conversation and LOTS AND LOTS of time spent pool-side. There were smiles and laughs, tears of joy and tears of sadness. There were inside jokes and memories made. We shared details of our lives with our newfound friends and were reunited with long-time friends. We built up these relationships in person that were born online.

At Caesar's Palace, waiting for the incredible Absinthe show to start.

I got to meet my first-ever blog friend, Lauren, who is even more amazing than I imagined. Actually, I probably shouldn’t say that about Lauren, because EVERYBODY was more amazing than I imagined. But finally meeting Lauren didn’t even really feel like I “finally got to meet her.” It was so much more like finally crossing paths with a long-lost friend. I don’t know how many times we hugged while trying to say goodbye, nor do I know how many tears I cried. Leaving her was one of the most difficult parts of the weekend for me.

Molly put my tiara on for me... pretty sure I was crying, so I'm glad you can't actually see my face in this one.

I also got to meet some of my biggest blog idols. I already mentioned Nicole, who organized the entire meet-up (can you say rock star holyshit she’s so amazing for doing all of this thank you beautiful, wonderful woman!) and basically melted my heart with the bachelorette insanity. Nicole is someone I just really never thought I’d get to meet. Then there was Brandy – I got to spend a night dancing with this fabulous Canadian, and we capped Saturday night talking about how amazing blogging is, how people are generally assholes (but also not, because HELLO #BiSc-uits) and walking from Caesar’s Palace to the Flamingo barefoot. I met Doni, Chelsea, Molly and Grace – all people who have seriously and positively impacted my life, and they probably didn’t even know it. I got to have an amazing, nevermind how short it was, sit-down, spill-my-story oh-my-god-thank-you-so-much-for-saving-me confessional with Molly about how deeply she – and the Joy Equation – helped me. I am still in awe at how hard I fell in love with Casi, Katherine, Terra, Ashley and Nicole. I don’t even know WHAT to say about Tiffany and Caryn (love you guys!). And then there are all the people I didn’t even know existed who surprised me with their awesomeness. I can’t even begin to list them all.

There was just such an abundance, an outpouring of love the entire weekend. My heart literally aches as I sit here, writing this, Gchatting with Lauren about how we miss everybody, how we just want to be near the amazing, beautiful people from the weekend. I’m not a religious person at all, but there is no other word to describe how I feel other than “blessed.” It’s still so surreal, so UNreal to me, that I got to meet all the beauty I did this weekend. Because that’s what these people are to me: They are beauty. Pure, unadulterated beauty. Love.

Until next time, #BiSC-uits! ♥

Pictures by Becca, Tara and Terra (and if I stole yours and posted it here without realizing it pleasepleaseplease call me out on it and I’ll fix it immediately!)

37 Comments

  1. Bob Thursday, May 26, 2011 12:52 am

    I love this post so much. Because of you, I attended my first-ever (and possibly last-ever) bachelorette party, which was quite the interesting experience. So thanks for that! I know we didn’t get to chat a whole lot, but the bit we did was fantastic because hell, you’re fantastic and I can’t wait for next #BiSC to see what’s it’s like after we’ve all had a whole year to get to know each other.

    • Kaci Wednesday, June 1, 2011 2:32 am

      Correction: Because of @nicoleisbetter:twitter  and @brandyismagic:twitter, you attended your first-ever bachelorette party. All I did was show up! 😉

      Thank you, though, for being such an amazing sport in all the girly-ness that took place! You were a great addition, even though – like you said – we didn’t get to chat a whole lot. We shall remedy that (as soon as I get my energy back… here’s hoping.)!

  2. Becca Thursday, May 26, 2011 12:55 am

    I have shivers reading this. I’m so glad we could do something that made you so happy. YOU deserve it woman! And all it took was some love and penis straws! It was amazing to meet you. At this point, i pretty much wish there was a BiSC every month. The fact that I don’t get to do this all again this weekend is a total bummer to me!

    • Kaci Wednesday, June 1, 2011 2:33 am

      I feel like writing this didn’t even do it justice. I was so in shock, so in awe, just AMAZED that this even happened to me. Saying it made me happy doesn’t even begin to describe it. Thank you SO much!

      Also, I think we’d be attending some BiSC funerals if there was a Vegas for us every month. Can you even imagine? (I’d love it, though.)

  3. Anonymous Thursday, May 26, 2011 1:41 am

    I love this post! I’m so happy I got to attend your bachelorette party! I can’t wait to see wedding pics and baby pics 🙂

    • Kaci Wednesday, June 1, 2011 2:33 am

      I’m so happy you got to attend my bachelorette party too! I can’t wait to share all the excitement in my life with my new tribe of amazing, beautiful friends!

  4. Carly Thursday, May 26, 2011 1:44 am

    Congrats, I missed what turned out to be, not just a night to party, but your special evening, so for that I apologize, but I’m super happy for you and thanks for the wonderful post.

    • Kaci Wednesday, June 1, 2011 2:36 am

      Thanks Carly! As long as you had a good night too, then I’m happy! 🙂

  5. nicopolitan Thursday, May 26, 2011 1:47 am

    YES. You get it now! Bloggers are a different breed of person. We aren’t even what we are without all of each other. We are love, highly evolved. 

    I’m also thankful that as one of very few males at a bachelorette party, I wasn’t forced to take my clothes off, haha. 

    • Kaci Wednesday, June 1, 2011 2:37 am

      I SO get it now, Nico. I GET IT.

      You know, the thought didn’t even cross my mind to coerce one of you males to strip. DAMN IT. I DEMAND A REDO.

  6. TJ Thursday, May 26, 2011 1:57 am

    I love this post. That is all.

    • Kaci Wednesday, June 1, 2011 2:37 am

      Thanks 🙂

  7. Caryn Thursday, May 26, 2011 2:11 am

    This made me cry. Every time I think about your bachelorette party, I tear up. I am so glad you got the party you never thought you would have, because you deserve it. I am so glad I got to room with you and get to know you better. By the way – I hadn’t seen the pic of us all waving yet.massive love for that. I am stealing that (can you let me know whose it is, if you know?)

    • Kaci Wednesday, June 1, 2011 2:38 am

      Tell me about it, love! I get all weepy looking at the pictures. (Pretty sure the wave photo was from Becca, on the BiSC website link Nicole sent out.) Thanks for helping make my Vegas weekend one for the books! Love!

  8. Kelly L. Thursday, May 26, 2011 3:19 am

    Oh, Kaci, I don’t even know what to say here.

    First: I’m so bummed we didn’t get to spend more time together, I was looking forward to meeting you. Also, thank you for texting with me on Thursday morning, I was so nervous and you really helped calm me down. All day, actually. Through the airport fiasco and everything.

    Second: TEARS. The moment Nicole pulled that bag out I just started tearing up. Seeing you tearing up didn’t help either. jerk. 😉  Juuust kidding. I LOVE YOU.

    You totally deserved everything and more from this weekend and you know what, the whole weekend was perfect. Absolutely perfect.

     

    • Kaci Wednesday, June 1, 2011 2:41 am

      I know, it’s so weird how things worked out. I didn’t spend nearly as much time as people I expected to, and much more time with others! Oh, Vegas.

      Thank YOU for texting with me Thursday, also! It helped calm me down when I didn’t even really realize I was nervous. Helping calm you down helped, too.

      Thank you, actually, just so much for everything, for every part you had in my weekend, in THE weekend. Sweet words, kind thoughts – you are one in a million, Kell!

  9. Leah Thursday, May 26, 2011 4:10 pm

    I had no idea you didn’t know anyone in person!  By Saturday night I assumed you were a BiSC vet and had known everyone for years…we really are an amazing group, aren’t we?!

    • Kaci Wednesday, June 1, 2011 2:44 am

      Ha, that is too funny! Yeah, the only person I really felt like I “knew” was @lauren_hannah:disqus and not nearly as well as I’d wanted to know her. It’s amazing, though, because now I feel like I have a billion new amazing friends.

      I love the internet.

  10. Swiss Maid Fudge Thursday, May 26, 2011 4:16 pm

    I so loved this post. I’ve been reading through the recaps and this one is so special. I love bloggers, you people are special! 🙂

    • Kaci Wednesday, June 1, 2011 2:44 am

      Thank you! And thank you SO much for the yummy treats! The caramel I had was heavenly.

  11. Grace Boyle Thursday, May 26, 2011 4:59 pm

    This is such a wonderful post 🙂 I loved being able to meet you AND celebrate this amazing new journey you’re embarking on. Baby + wedding = amazing love and happiness.

    You all know THE ENTIRE group was crying when you got up there because it completely warmed our hearts and touched us so much. It was the least we could do and all I can say is that you very much deserve it. XOXO to you and beyond. So glad we met!

    • Kaci Wednesday, June 1, 2011 2:46 am

      I don’t even know what to say to all of that! Thank you, Grace, SO much! I’m so so so glad I got to meet you!

  12. doniree Friday, May 27, 2011 12:05 am

    I love this post. I love what this whole blogger family is growing to become. I love that I got to meet you, and I LOVED watching your reaction to that little surprise! I had tears also, because these people – you, all of them – mean so much to me and have impacted MY life in such an amazing way. You people are my family, and I’m so glad that we got to celebrate these amazing life moments with you! 🙂 xoxo

    • Kaci Wednesday, June 1, 2011 2:50 am

      Like Nico mentioned earlier, I get it now. Hearing someone say “you people are my family” would have seemed like a bit of an exaggeration to me before Vegas and now… yes. Just yes. I GET it. Thank you for being a part of such an amazing experience for me! I can’t tell you how great it was to meet you!

  13. terra Friday, May 27, 2011 2:00 am

    This post makes me so happy and brings tears to my eyes and I’m so glad that you still decided to come to Vegas. You are amazing and I had so much fun getting to know you. You are the sweetest and I’m so glad that we were able to Bachlorette party it up in Vegas for you.

    • Kaci Wednesday, June 1, 2011 2:51 am

      I can’t even TELL you how happy I am I decided to go! It is seriously one of the best decisions I’ve made for myself, and I have a feeling it will be one of those gifts that keeps on giving. I had a great time getting to know you, Terra, thank you so much for being a part of all of that amazingness for me!

  14. Lauren Friday, May 27, 2011 4:33 am

    And hello tears. I am so happy we finally got to meet in person. It feels like our kindred hearts finally connected IRL! 🙂 I could have hugged you a million times more at that brunch – it was equally as hard for me! Isn’t it neat how the Internet brings people together in the strongest, most touching ways? Sigh. 

    Congratulations again on all of the big things that have happened in the last few months! I can’t wait to follow along, get panicked, excited texts, and see tons of photos!! You deserved every second of that Bachelorette Party 🙂

    Love you, girl.

    XO

    • Kaci Wednesday, June 1, 2011 2:52 am

      I LOVE YOU.

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  18. Almie Rose Friday, June 3, 2011 1:56 am

    Love my slick Gaga pose in the back. It was so good to meet you and congratulations!!

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