Man, I'm having fun already! I flew into town on Wednesday with Rita Arens and we took the train from the airport downtown. After a quick stop for lunch at Potbelly, we cabbed it to the hotel and checked in.
Rita went off to chat with Lisa Stone and I walked down the street until I found a place to get a pedicure (and, I eventually decided, a manicure). Rita and I decided to stroll down to the Navy Pier after I caught up with them again. Once dinnertime rolled around, we gathered a bunch of dinner companions and had Mexican food and delicious margaritas at Adobo Grill.
On Thursday morning, I looked around for breakfast companions and eventually ended up attaching myself to a random group going to West Egg Cafe. I'd already had a protein bar by then, so I just had coffee.
BlogHer Business was next on my agenda. I took notes and got some value from it, but there just wasn't enough time to discuss any of the case studies in depth.
Last night, the parties started. I never made it over to the SocialLuxe Lounge at the Hyatt because it was raining when BlogHer Business let out. However, I did go to the BlogHer Business reception, the People's Party and the Room 704 party. Somehow in that span I also managed to grab a quiet dinner on the waterfront with Liz Rizzo and Gena Haskett.
Our additional two roommates, Kelli and Blondie also caught up with us yesterday evening. We all made it back to the room around midnight, but there was a certain amount of giggling and goofiness that ensued before everyone turned in. I'm pretty sure I fell asleep long before the lights went out.
I woke up today at 6:35 a.m. the way I always do. I still have some time to kill before the conference kicks off, but I'm going to use part of it taking the immense swag bag back to the room and dropping off my laptop. I also still need to track down Blaugra, Tom Guariello and Laurie Ruettimann. I know they're here somewhere.
More stories and pictures to follow. If you're at BlogHer and you're looking for me, I'm wearing my Average Jane t-shirt today, as well as my scrolling LED name badge, which I understand is very attention-getting. Come up and say "hi"!