Friday, July 24, 2009

BlogHer - Part One

I'm having fun here at BlogHer in Chicago! Joe was a total sweetheart and drove me here in rush hour traffic so I didn't have to lug my big ole suitcase and my box of books on the train and I didn't have to drive myself and pay for parking. I had dinner at Cibo Matto Wednesday night with Michelle from Honest and Truly. It was really yummy.

Thursday, I went to the Ford: What Women Want event. I learned a ton of stuff and had a great time there. I'll write a separate blog post about that when I get home because there's too much information to share and I don't have enough time to talk about it all now. But I drove a car that parked itself. It parellel parked itself!!! ITSELF!

BlogHer is very overwhelming to me. There are some 1400 people here. It's crazy. It's loud. It's just overwhelming. I skipped the parties last night and went out to dinner with Lori, Esther, and Edwige from Johnson & Johnson. We had a great time at Vermillion and later, Vong's Thai Kitchen. Thank you guys! I so enjoyed your company!

Today I had my hair styled by Luke O'Connor from Lukaro's Salon. And I signed books at lunchtime. Well, I signed one book, anyway. Right now I'm chilling out with Stephanie from Manic Mommy while waiting to go to the Suave/Degree party tonight.

Here are some pics...

View of Navy Pier from my room

The view from my hotel room

Manic crashing

This was my bed when we first checked into the room. I'm not sure if they just never changed the sheets or if there's a dead body in there. I'm kinda afraid to look.

Ragu bottle made from all vegetables!

Me and Jenny from Jenny on the Spot (she's hilarious!) And see the glittery red sneakers at the top of her site? She has them. She wears them. They're fabulous.

Luke doing my hair

me looking all gorgeous in the latest in fashion accessories: the neon yellow safety vest, the polycarbonate safety goggles, and the headphones that let me hear the tour guide throughout the noisy Ford plant.

at Vermillion with the lovely Johnson and Johnson girls (Hi Amy V!)


MaBunny said...

Mega jealous at the moment BUT glad you are having a good time. Please tell Michelle and Stephanie Hiyas for me!!!! God willing I will be at 2010!!!

Kat said...

So glad you are having a great time. I still can't get over that bed - I've gone back to look at it 3 times now. They actually left it that way? With their "note" tucked under the turned down part of the sheets and on the pillow? Can't wait to hear how they apologized for the "oversight" Whether they thought they changed the sheets or not - I would have made them come and change them ASAP

Brandy said...

How cool is the view of the Navy Pier! Can't wait to hear about the car that parked itself!!!!

AussieRodney said...

What a blast!

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MaranathaMom said...

So, I guess I should plan to go BlogHer next year? b/c I don't make any money at this blogging insanity but it eats up all my time--so i really need to figure that part out!

♥georgie♥ said...

wow looks like your having a great time! i would have loved to have gone! maybe next yr

Anonymous said...

If you haven't already, I hope you get a chance to meet Carmen who blogs as Mom to the Screaming Masses. She has 6 kids, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. She writes funny stuff, also.


Dawn said...

I know Carmen! We've been on some blogging trips together. I have seen her here too. :) Do you know Christine (From Dates to Diapers)? She has 6 and homeschools them too.

WhisperingWriter said...

I am so jealous. That looks like so much fun! I hope to go next year.

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

u r a gr8 room8.

Betsey said...

So, I've got to know...What was in your bed? I would have called the head of hosuekeeping to come look, and then had them remake the bed!

Julie said...

I know what/who was in your was Brooklyn or maybe Clayton who was a stowaway in your suitcase and then hid under your bed covers. Am I right? hmmm, mmm, tell me, tell me, am I right?

jennyonthespot said...

Dude. Did ya get to keep that electric yellow reflective vest and them hawt goggles? *fans face*

And that bed... Didn't you hear all the buzz about Casper the Friendly Ghost looking for a place to crash. Looks like he mighta been in your room for a bit...

And us - you, me... We? Allz I can write is: 2 cute + 2 be = 4 gotten!!!

Michelle said...

Oh good -- I'm not the only one to put up that great shot of the factory tour outfit :)

You had some really great clothes this weekend. Did I mention that? So cute! Actually, SO many bloggers were SO cute. I need to step it up next year :)

Are you doing BlogHer again next year?

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