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Laura Mayes is an Emmy-winning writer, a founder of the Mom 2.0 Summit, Camp Mighty, Go Mighty, Kirtsy and her personal blog, Blog con Queso.

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I’m Hitting Refresh.

By Laura Mayes |

It all began in 2005, when my son had just been on the Earth a few months and my little sister had just moved to Boston, I started a blog so the two could know one another…or at least so I could share 42 photos a day without the repercussions of clogged in-boxes and/or terminations. Because unlike a lot of the world, I wasn’t working that Fall. I was blessed with a really long maternity leave, I get bored after I sit still longer than 1.7 minutes, and I was losing my mind. It was the perfect storm to start an online weblog. Only I thought blogs were super cheesy. Cheesy, and cheap. I too am a bit of both of these things, so one night while I was drinking wine and watching American Idol or some kind of rubbish, I fired up a free blogging service, thought about the name for approximately 3 seconds and Blog con Queso was born.

That one semi-inebriated act sort of changed my life.

At the time, I was residing in the 4th largest city in the US, living on take-out, and walking everyday to my full-time job (where I served as a Vice President of a advertising/PR/marketing agency) in ridiculously high heels. I still wear the heels, but a lot has changed over the last six years. More accurately, a lot has changed over the last 17 months.

The change came slowly, unexpectedly, and then it took over.

Sometime around 2007, one day at my desk, I had a very clear vision of myself wearing a lemon housedress and cooking something in my great grandmother’s kitchen…in a house where she resided in the 1940s… in a very small town right outside of Austin. Weird. I shook my head, adjusted my overpriced shoes, and got back to work.

Fast forward four years…

I recently moved from the fourth-largest city to a very small town right outside of Austin. Into the house my great grandmother occupied in the 1940s. And I regularly use the kitchen.

It’s a new day. A lot has changed since I started blogging at a site called The Queso. In fact so much has changed, that it’s easier to note things that haven’t…there are about seven. The rest of it, I plan to write about here. Things like…

The fact that my shoes now frequently look like this.

Or that my backyard (not to mention the fact that I have a backyard) looks like this.

Or that this is going on, on the walls of my kitchen right now. And I’m living with the butterfly infestation and haven’t done anything about it. Yet.

Or the fact that behind the house, we have five (5!) barns full of parade float materials. (Yes, that’s a pig.)

Or that one night, I woke up to find one of these in my bed. On my head.

True story.

There’s a lot to cover.

From metropolitan living to Central Texas life. From working outside the downtown rental to working inside the 100-year-old home. Things are looking very different. I live differently, work differently, play differently. And that’s all before 9 a.m. It’s happening. I’m hitting refresh. And I plan to tell you all about it.

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