Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I went to BlogHer and all I got was this t-shirt

I'm totally kidding. I was trying to think of a good title for this post. I didn't want to start it with "BlogHer Recap, My Story...." because that's been done before. I know, I've seen it. But really, isn't this BlogHer 5K t-shirt fabulous?

I started off my trip to Chicago with a flight detouring to Dallas, TX. Well I really wasn't detoured, my flight was not non-stop. I meet some fabulous people while waiting for my connecting flight who just happened to have the seats next to me on the flight to Chicago. {Hi there!!! You know who you are!!!} I was able to manage my flights due to my new little friend. I like to call him, Mr. X. I arrived at O'Hare and met with my roommate, Shannon. This was our first time meeting. We actually "met" on a parenting forum, awhile ago. We hopped in a cab and made it to the hotel, in horrible weather.

Shannon and I then began our hectic weekend. I attended these functions, if you really want to know...cause I know YOU do.

*Mom Central Cocktail Party
*MomDot Dinner Party
*Room704 Party
*BlogHer 5K
*EA Sports Party
*Mommy Needs a Cocktail
*MamaPopRocks: Sparklecorn
*BlogHer Cocktail Reception (Saturday)
*CheeseburgHer Party

I walked away with some great swag. I didn't fight for it though. Really, the swag fighting was kind of entertaining. I walked into the Room704 party late, and all I heard with women bitching about "the free stuff" being gone. But my only thoughts were, "Holy Crap, is that "The Nap Warden" and "Scary Mommy"? Did I just see a naked woman walk by? Yes, yes I did..it was Naked Jen. Seriously, I lost all conversation when I saw Jen walk by, in her nakedness. I knew it was time for bed.

I got up at 5:45 the next day (Friday) to do the BlogHer 5K. I strapped that Garmin of mine on and ran with my ladies. Yay for the Garmin, because I was able to track our distance. I met some awesome Fitness Bloggers too. You know who you are. I actually felt better after doing that run. Perhaps, it was the Walgreens I ran into, to get my Monster. I got back to the room, ate some food, and attended some sessions.

Friday night, I wore two outfits. I rocked The LBD "Little Black Dress", but I really don't know how little it was. Then I changed into my MamaPop gear. A lovely personalized "Angry Julie Monday" shirt, some knee socks, and a jean skirt. I was intensely fascinated with that cake. I also wanted some fruit with my alcohol. I may have gone to the bar with one of my "blog crushes" Jennifer and ordered a very expensive drink. I may have gone to another bar after the event. I returned back to my room with some Legos from BusyDad. Oh, and I met my night time Twitter Family @onlyaman and @churchpunkmom.

Saturday, I was barely functioning, but made it to one session, "Vaginally Challenged Bloggers". I loved it. And I'm glad that I pushed my way to the front. I'm more used to hanging out with guys than girls anyway. I work with mostly men, or boys as I like to call them. After the session, I was ready for some food. Food came, and then went. Yep, I got sick, took a nap, and almost missed the entire day. I scrambled to get myself together and got dressed.

Shannon and I headed to BowlHer, and then back to the Hotel for CheeseburgHer. I assembled a beautiful paper bag hat with my blue flower attached.

After stuffing down McDonald's cheeseburgers, I headed back to the room with Cynthia. We had a great discussion about blogging, etc. In reality, I was holding her EA swag bag hostage. We said our goodbyes, she left with (2) bottles of Cuervo, and I checked my e-mail.

I finally crashed after a very very long weekend. I woke up the next morning to the sound of Shannon packing and getting ready to leave. Sigh, I knew it was over. We said our goodbyes and she left. I headed down to the coffee shop at the Hotel for some breakfast. I ate a $25 omelet. YES, with tax, tip, and everything, it was $25.

I left later that afternoon for the airport. I didn't share a cab with anyone. I was ok with it. I was totally over-stimulated and needed some quiet time. I made it to my flight check-in and had a bit of a problem. My suitcases were overweight. I had to re-arrange some shoes things. But I finally was able to check in. I flew home by the way of Atlanta and then Orange County. I was very excited to see Angry Husband and Angry Toddler at the airport. I think Angry Toddler missed me. Angry Husband probably did too.

I just wanted to give a HELL YEA to all of these people! Because you made my weekend ROCK!! If I missed you in my shout out, I'm sorry. Forgive me. Yell at me in a comment or something. If you have pictures of me, let me know. I'm starting to see them pop up.

, Twenty Four at Heart, Nap Warden, OnlyAman, Churchpunkmom, Picnik, Piper of Love, Playgroups are no place for Children, Undomestic Diva, @amysho, Workout Mommy, MizFitOnline, Ecostore USA, Kevin Burke, The Unlikely Housewife, @mumby, Looney Tunes, Scary Mommy, Sarah Bellum's tales of wit&charm, Blogfully Yours, Bizzie Mommy, and of course my @EmmieJ.

You probably wanted to read about nastiness, didn't you? I had no issues at BlogHer. I worked the room. I loved everyone. I miss everyone. I approached everyone. I'm not shy!

and YES, I was dehydrated. I paid $5.95 for one of those crappy water bottles in my room. Please let BlogHer 10' be sponsored by a water company!

YES, that's right...New York, here I come! I bought my ticket already for 2010!


  1. How fun!!!! Blog meetups are the best!

  2. Sounds like a good time! I'm jealous. But wait...someone left your room with two bottles of Tequila? That wouldn't have happened if it was my room. I don't part easily with Tequila. :)

  3. No wonder it seemed like you were at every party. YOU WERE!!! So glad to have met you in person! I'm sure we'll be chatting plenty between now and next year. ;)

  4. Yep, I did it again...I totally transposed the letters in BowlHer. They really need to rename that for me next year instead of making it sound like some sort of fettish thing in my head.

  5. Well I'm pretty sure I owe you about $47.95 for the Bud Light you bought me in the hotel bar. I can't believe you went to a bar after that! I'm such an early to bed sissy.

    It was great meeting you, you were absolutely fun and hilarious.

  6. Glad you had such a fun time; I love Chicago!

  7. That's right! I got mentioned twice (so did ChurchPunkMom) - Angry Julie - I <3 You!

    I will admit, I was tempted to provoke the Agriness, I had heard that fire comes fromt he mouth and the eyes glow red. But I was so pleased with not-so-angry-but-angry-enough-i-did-not-proke-her julie that I didnt provoke her to the angry julie you all read about.

    Um... please dont kill me.

    ChurchPunkMom and I had a great time meeting you!


  8. Sounds like a blast! I just read a book that I really think you would like...it's called, "Born to run"...the link is on my blog. If you read it, let me know what you think. Hubby is reading it now and I want to talk to someone about it!

  9. OK, I think we need to explain why I left with 2 bottle of Cuervo??? I don't travel with Cuervo normally. Just so everyone knows...

    VERY cool to have hung with you girl. You were one of my favs!

  10. Did you eat the horn off the cake?

  11. Awesome awesome... now I want to read a post on how BlogHer benefited you or how it will... pretty please?

  12. I loved that vaginally challenged panel, too. It was so great to get their honest perspective on everything. Sorry I missed you at the Sparklecorn party.... great times!!

  13. Cute shirt! Glad you had such a fabulous trip!

  14. Sounds like a fun time!!! I might have to look into it for next year.

  15. Love this write up! I'm so glad you had a great time. Fun fun!

  16. I was so going to let you get away with poop writing in this post. It was great meeting you and thanks for the entertainment at the airport to take my mind off making a jackass out of myself in the bathroom.

  17. Julie! It was so great to meet you, you are awesome. Let the bitches fight over the swag, we were busy finding free seats at the Vaginally Challenged panel ;-)

    can't wait to see you again at BlogHer10!!

  18. Good-ness! It sounds like you didn't stop for one second! Sounds like you had a great time at BlogHer '09!

    PS - How did you do in the BlogHer 5k?

  19. i'm so glad I got the chance to meet you! (even if you lapped me over and over in that 5k!)

    and where did you get that awesome purse? SO CUTE!!
    (you also left out the part where you ran naked! ;)

  20. Loved your recap! It was great to meet you at breakfast on Friday. I am actually a bit jealous of your 5k T-shirt, knowing that I will never own one myself... partly because the time 5:30 am was involved and partly because running was involved.
    Hope to catch you at BlogHer10.

  21. I met you at the EA Sports party (and we took the cab together too I think!)... yes, I am finally digging through my biz cards and checking folks out! I'm so glad we got a chance to meet, eat, drink and hang out together. Was fun meeting you. I'm still recovering but hopefully I will be in NYC for BlogHer 2010.


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