Re-entry to life in Pacific Standard Time has been difficult this past week.
After 5 days by myself in New York City I thought I’d return refreshed and ready to jump back on the mom wagon. Instead I was kicking myself for poor planning.
Why did I invite three relatives to replace me in my absence rather than stand in for me when I returned jet-lagged and struggling to transition back to my mom routine?!
Oh well, live and learn, right?
Speaking of living…I’M ALIVE!
Upon arriving at JFK:
And back at SFO:
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I saw my kids again since I’ve never left them for this long. To be sure, they were happy to see me, but it wasn’t any different than when I’ve been gone for a few hours. When I asked my three-year-old if she missed me, she responded, “Mmm hmm, and I thought you were dying.” Pretty much same ole same ole around here.
MY NEW YORK CITY BUCKET LIST
The highlights of my trip were more New York City-related rather than Blogher-related. First, when I finally made it to my hotel room, the emotions that had been building the entire day and week came bursting out and I cried and cried. Oh, how I cried! Uncontrollable, sloppy, snotty bawling that pretty much claimed my pillows and side of the bed in the room I was about to share with three other bloggers.
No sooner had I closed my eyes to take a little nap than a little voice forced me up saying, “Go splash water on your face and get out! Go and tackle your NYC bucket list head on!” At 7:30 p.m. I left my hotel room. At 7:50 p.m. I walked up to the box office and bought the cheapest ticket to see Chicago on Broadway. At 7:55 p.m. I ate my first slice of New York pizza. At 8 p.m. the show started and it was fantastic!
After the show, I hopped on one of those bike taxis. Ha! And I thought I was scared of flying. I was off to visit the Empire State Building at about 11 p.m. the same day I arrived.
Well after midnight, I finally met thee person I had most anticipated meeting during my trip. And I captured the moment in all it’s glory:
I woke up the next morning and crossed two more things off my bucket list:
This was followed by my first visit ever to the iVillage headquarters in Chelsea Market. After being part of the iVoices for the past two years this was a momentous occasion for me. Likewise, the staff was very excited to meet us in person and I was immediately recognized with four words, “Breast Milk Ice Cream!”
WHAT I LEARNED AT BLOGHER ’12
What I learned at Blogher had very little to do with the actual conference. I get it now…leading up to the conference, no one talks about the amazing education they’re going to get. They talk about the clothes and shoes they will wear, the private parties they will attend, and the swag they will accumulate. For the price of the ticket, I expected a goldmine of information to inspire and improve my blog, but instead took home a few nuggets. I did, however, very much enjoy the keynote speakers, Martha Stewart, Katie Couric, and Christy Turlington, and was blown away that the brands and bloggers I connected with the most happened to all be from the Bay Area where I live. I also enjoyed some one-on-one time with a few friends…a quiet dinner out with Ado from the Momalog meant the world to me! As did one loud dinner with Brandi from Mama Knows It All.
Oh, I did learn to make a fishtail braid and my customized t-shirt was a hit!
All in all, it’s safe to say I’ll be attending Homeher ’13 next year.