Hanging with the BlogHers.
Take, for example, this enormous chrome bean:
I also had a chance to see the Chicago skyline from the top of a very sky-scrapey building where Ms. Poppy Buxom was hosting a fabulous party (Thanks to Julia for getting us all in!!!) with fabulous lady-bloggers such as Jasmine, Blackbird, Cinnamon, and the Hotfessional. I couldn't resist having my photo taken with Ree, because she inspired the hell out of me at the panel that day.
There were people everywhere. Tim Gunn was doing some Tide promotional stuff down in the Expo hall. We listened as Elisa, Lisa, and Jory gave the opening keynote. Rachel and I sat in on the Healthcare By Committee panel, featuring Kim from Emeriblog.
The BlogHer days were long, and the nights were even longer. Sessions started early in the morning and the parties began right after the evening keynote. This was exhausting, and I was constantly thinking about Leah Jones's post about "PTMO," or Permission To Miss Out. After a very hectic travel day on Thursday and an early, kind of stressful Friday (including speaking on the PatientBlogger panel), I needed to chill out and take some time to recuperate. I gave myself PTMO.
I spent a lot of time with Jenni from Chronic Babe. We got to know one another very quickly, and in three short days, we hung out with the Michelin Man, lizards, had our own "fake Chicago skyline" photo opportunity, and beat our collective chronic illnesses into submission so we could make the very best of the conference. (Note to Jenni's friends: If she suddenly starts shoving her iPhone down into her shirt, forgive her. She developed some serious insulin pump envy during BlogHer, and now she wants technology in her bra, too.) And Jenni and I experienced what can only be called Mrs. Potato Head Effect, which may spawn a party for next year's BlogHer conference. (Click through for an explanation.)
BlogHer '10 is in NYC next year. No flight required for me. That, plus the knowledge that many of these fine blogger friends wil be in attendance, makes my attendance almost definite. Hopefully next year there will be more medblogger panels!!