That is not to say that the trip wasn't totally worth it. Really. I had been warned that maybe BlogHer isn't the best blogging venue to get me going. It is (was) enormous with 4,000 plus women in attendance. I didn't listen to the warnings as I was terribly excited for an excuse to go to NYC sans kids. It all turned out great.
I left in the wee hours on Thursday morning to try and catch BlogHer's HealthMinder day. That is what I'm trying to write about most of the time and I was anxious to meet who else writes in that space and hear their experiences. That plane was also beset by mechanical issues and after a long wait at the gate, we had to leave and get on another plane.
This guy was OUT. We all had a good chuckle at the big guy spread across the seats snoring loudly, but as we all filed out, no one bothered to wake him. I did. Don't call me a hero, because he wasn't too pleased. I should have left it to the professionals.
One of my favorite purchases for the conference was this new shirt by Michael Kors. When it comes to plus size designers, he is one of my favorites. He doesn't treat the large woman as if we enjoy comical, silly patterns and designs. Who does? Except hospital nurses, maybe (nothing against them, but those cutesie cats on pink scrubs, I just don't get that). This shirt traveled well with no wrinkles and enough movement to get comfortable on a tight plane. My skinny jeans, however, are just a bit too skinny for me. Too much eating during all my travels this summer has put on some extra weight. No problem, I'm home now and loving my fridge full of gorgeous veggies.
I attended the closing keynote speech for HealthMinder with Dr. Pamela Peeke. She promised that what she had to share would have us so electrified that we would all be shaking in our seats. Really? I thought she looked a little too surgically enhanced, artificially highlighted and overly tanned for me to really find her interesting. Boy, I couldn't have been more wrong. I am so grateful for these times that I'm shamed for my negative thinking by judging someone based on their appearance alone. This is an incredibly accomplished and intelligent woman. She shared a bunch of exciting research (love that word, research, especially in the wild, wild, west of the health and fitness world) about epigenetics. Big, new word for me. Read DNA is Not Destiny to get yourself acquainted. So interesting that even my completely science based spouse finds it interesting, and credible. I left her session electrified, just as she promised.
|President Barack Obama via Satellite|
The rest of the night it was parties. I've heard that there are tons of private parties that are invitation only by sponsors or really popular bloggers. I didn't get invited to any of those. Instead, I attended the BlogHer12 sponsored parties which were so spectacular that I felt no envy for all the elite party goers.
At the risk of going into every boring detail, I'll try to sum up my stay with photos:
Martha Stewart came (in person) for a luncheon on Friday. I've never been a huge Martha fan, but didn't dislike her either. She was so interesting and funny and gracious as she gave all the bloggers in attendance a free iPad app subscription of her four magazines. I'm a fan now. It was her birthday so we all sang for her.
|Thea, me and Mara.|
|Sparklecorn Cake. My kids would have loved this.|
The next morning began with the best session that I attended, sex blogging. I was interested for a new site that I've been musing about. Everyone was so out there, funny and unashamed. It was here that I received my first vibrator at the conference. There was plenty to pass out, and before leaving for home, I ended up with three new vibrators from sponsors, lots of lube and even a cock ring. I'm slightly embarrassed just to write that. Perhaps I'm not up for sex blogging. Just got to say, with all that sexy swag, the conference organizers would make sure that all 4000 women at BlogHer12 would have a great time.
|The lovely and funny Queerie Bradshaw|
|Christy Turlington and Soledad O'Brian|
|Me at the fashion show. Like my new look?|
|Just kidding. I haven't lost that much weight - yet.|
Before leaving on Sunday, I chiseled out a few hours to explore the Museum of Modern Art. It's been over ten years since I was to walk those hallowed halls. In three hours I only covered two floors. Arrgh. I've got to get back there soon. Here are some of my favorites:
|Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh|
|Homestead, Thomas Hart Benton|
|Shoot - forgot to note the artist. Someone fill me in, please.|
|Lunch at MoMa. It was art, believe me.|
|Detail from Everything, Tutto|
I've got to say, New York, I don't miss living here, but I sure do love you.
|Love, Robert Indiana|
Next year, BlogHer is coming to Chicago, my hometown. I hope to see you all there.