You know, it takes me days to finish a single post nowadays. I type a couple of sentences here, a couple of sentences there, do some dishes, wipe a butt, throw in a load of laundry, play with someone, type a couple of sentences, fold a few pieces of clothing, scrub a toilet, kick toys out of the way, type a couple of sentences, sing Itsy Bitsy Spider, feed someone, help with homework, feed someone else, go to the bathroom, type a couple of sentences, fall asleep at keyboard, get up the next day and do it all over again.
So, anyway, BlogHerDC. It was so worth getting up and leaving the house before it was light (I actually watched the sunrise from the bus stop and from on the bus to the Metro) and getting home after dark. I was one of the first people there, so I got good swag and got to be all envious about the new version of my cell phone that's coming out that I don't need because this one is just awesome already.
While I was persusing the tables, a jolt from behind startled me and a happy, perky voice said "Hi!" and then something else I don't remember but it was said with a tone that this person clearly thought she knew me. I looked at her point blank and she said something to the effect of "Wasn't I drinking with you last night?" I told her I wasn't, but then I decided that was as good a pickup line as any, so I introduced myself to Heather Chapman.
At this rate it'll take forever to type up this post, so here's the things I liked about BlogHerDC, and the things I didn't.
The Likes: Breakfast. Convenient location, so I took public transportation and that rocked. The breakout sessions were practical and I came home having learned something. I got on Twitter. I got to see a ton of my friends from DC Metro Moms, meet some new DC Metro Moms (two of whom live less than a mile from my house as the crow flies - score!), meet some DC Metro Moms that I hadn't yet met in person, and meet a bunch of other people, too (I'm sure I forgot someone or lost their card and couldn't link to them and I'm so sorry because I seriously only met one person I didn't like. I promise it isn't you). If I could just have that every month at least, life would be sweet. Well, sweeter than it already is. The keynote panel with Mary Anne Akers, Carol Jenkins, Liz Mair, and Lesley Stahl was amazing. And there was a cocktail party - free wine. Gravy!
Dislikes: The food was Asian themed. Which is fine, unless you are allergic to rice. Even if a particular dish doesn't have rice visibly in it, odds are that rice wine vinegar was used in it somewhere. Itchy tongues are not fun. It would have nice to have more options. Several dishes incorporated peanuts, which is a very common allergy, and while the sliced apples dipped in chocolate and covered in peanuts were delish, it would have been nice to have a peanut-free version. And there is, apparently, such a thing as bad wine. There was one person who not only did I not like but who pissed me off, but more on that later; but given how many people were there and how many people I met, I'd say that's remarkable.
I know there are so many things that happened that I'm not able to get out into type, mostly just because it is overwhelming. The feeling of being in a room with that many amazing women, the energy, it's just...indescribable. Really. You need to just experience it.