BlogHer12 – Part 2

August 14, 2012

So in the last post I left off on Friday night at BlogHer. But what I completely forgot was Wednesday evening. I have no idea how this happened. Wednesday I met up with Jenn Burden, founder of World Moms Blog, and some of the writers/editors from there. We talked for a couple of hours at this incredible Greek restaurant.

Saturday was probably the craziest day of the whole trip – because Rebecca and I jam packed everything we could into it.

In the morning we were stressing out about how to get to breakfast and the first session, having overslept until 8:45, breakfast ending at 9, and the first session starting right after. In the end, we both calmed ourselves down, determined if the hall was anything like Friday we wouldn’t get into a session anyway, and chilled out in the room till 11.

We went to a session, hit the packed out Expo Halls (which were probably the thing I was most disappointed in, besides paying for and not being able to fit into most of the sessions). They were so crowded you could barely get to any tables. After, we went to lunch and listened to Katie Couric speak and wear the world’s most adorable shoes. I met sweet Tricia from Stream of the Conscious and heard her story of losing one of her triplets, then introduced her to Jessica from Four Plus an Angel who has been so dear to me these past few months – and also lost her daughter who was a triplet.

In the afternoon we did more Expo, then headed to Getting Gorgeous with Amy from Somebody’s Parents, who is sweet and funny and totally down to earth. Then Rebecca and I went back to the hotel to decompress and get ready for what could possibly be the most exciting moment of my life.

For.the.reals.

I was meeting The Pioneer Woman in the Hilton lobby before she and her two daughters left to go back home. We’d tried to meet up all weekend and it hadn’t worked – but before she left we were going to finally get to.

Honestly – I thought my heart might just explode right out of my chest. She came into that lobby and I’m not joking – those blogger heads were SNAPPING to get a glance at her. I told Kacia later that she looked like a princess – it was literally like meeting Cinderella at Disneyland after watching her movie a million times. She is absolutely gorgeous and so kind – I got to hug her and thank her for all she’s done for me the past few months, and briefly talk with her (equally gorgeous) girls. Who are incredibly poised and gracious especially considering the madhouse of people that wanted time with their mom.

From top left clockwise: SoHo, Rebecca and I skyping and gossiping in bed, walking to the tattoo parlor, waiting for the subway where we lost 5 inches in sweat each time, Ree Drummond and I (pre-heart attack).

After Alena, Rebecca, and I all got pictures with her, we hugged again and told her goodbye. Then Rebecca and I decided to head to a pizza place in Brooklyn she’d been dying to try, and stop at the World Trade Center on the way.

It was a powerful trip. We got there only to find out you need to have reservations to get into the memorial. But the guard at the gate simple gave us two tickets and let us in. We walked through security and a maze of tunnels to enter this beautiful, garden like place with pools for where the Twin Towers stood.

World Trade Center Memorial

After we left, we got back on the subway to head to Brooklyn for the very famous Grimaldi’s Pizza. On the subway, a man sat next to me who was clearly not in his right mind, and suddenly turned himself away from me making loud noises. The lady across from me looked at me with wide eyes and I shrugged, but he must have thought I was staring at him because he turned, grabbed my hand, pulled, scratched me, and yelled, “Don’t look at me! Don’t look at me!”

In shock, I ripped my hand away from him and loudly said, “DON’T TOUCH ME.”

I could see him pause slightly, and everyone was staring at us. My mind was racing as to what I had sharp in my bag that I could use on him if he continued, but he turned away and continued to yell, “Don’t look at me, don’t look at me…”

The next stop was ours and we got off in a hurry. I was more mad than scared.

To be continued…

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13 Comments

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  • Cathy

    August 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Ah the subway- good times. Your mom told me who Ree is this weekend, that’s cool!

  • Tracy @ The UnCoordinated Mommy

    August 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Yikes!!! I love that you yelled back though!!! 🙂 I would have gotten up and ran away…. Chicken, know.

  • stephanie

    August 14, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Great story! lol So, were you disappointed with the conference then? No room, etc? I really, really want to go next year but I hate the idea of it not living up to the hype.

    1. Diana

      August 14, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      I was disappointed with the oversight of how many people could have comfortably fit at the Hilton – rooms and for the conference. There were simply too many of us in that space, and it was jam packed all the time. I know next year is Chicago, so I’m hoping it’s either a much bigger space or they cap the numbers when it would become like this again.

      Overall – it was pretty amazing. I’m just sad I didn’t get to do more conference stuff because of that.

  • Katie McAleece

    August 14, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I love this!! I feel like I’ve been there and experienced this adventure with you guys. Super fun. Thanks for sharing.

  • Tricia

    August 14, 2012 at 9:06 am

    And it was so great to meet all of you! To me, that was the real benefit of BlogHer – all the amazing people I met and listening to their stories.

  • Arnebya

    August 14, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I love a good crazy person on the subway story (happens here in DC so often I started to think it only happened to me). I’ve been enjoying your recaps, glad you enjoyed yourself. I wish we’d been able to connect while there.

  • Suz

    August 14, 2012 at 8:24 am

    So love hearing about the people & places. Jessica has been so sweet to me as well. & Amy lives local!!

  • Jennifer @ Also Known As the Wife

    August 14, 2012 at 7:48 am

    It’s not a subway ride until you get an experience like that. I’m glad nothing more serious happened…sadly the man probably needs a lot of help.

    1. Diana

      August 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      Absolutely. You could tell something was very wrong with him, which made me sad but then terrified when he lunged at me.
      It was something I’ll never forget, that’s for sure!

  • Kacia

    August 14, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Yay!! I love living vicariously through you 🙂 LOVE.

    xoxox

    annnnnd i’m about to text you back.

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