*Tap, tap, tap* Is this thing on?

It’s been a week since I told you that I was heading to New York and I feel as though an entire month’s worth of experiences were crammed into those seven days. A week away from typing anything longer than 140 characters has me wondering how I’m going to articulate all that I saw/did/smelled (Seriously, New York. What’s is up with your SMELL?) and I think the easiest thing to do is to start with the conference itself. Everyone’s going to be posting their recaps in the next few days and I’m nothing if not a lemming. Plus, it will bide me some time to go through the 867 unedited photos of the city itself.

This was my third BlogHer conference and it was…different this year. The conference has grown exponentially (2,400 people, NO JOKE) and it felt so odd to walk into the ballroom during a meal or session only to look into a sea of faces and not see ONE that you recognized. In talking to my roomie and our friends, it turns out that I am not alone in my sentiment that it felt like you didn’t get to see enough of everyone you know. It was in no way a bad weekend, it was just different. That being said, it was pretty spectacular to descend on a fabulous city with a group of my favorite writers and sped some quality face-to-face time.

This year, as in years past, I had both Leah and Linda to wander Central Park with (photos to come some day), attend parties with and run to when I found myself surrounded by strange (but friendly) faces that I did not recognize. These girls right here?

Leah, Linda and I

They make this introverted extrovert able to attend a large conference (2,400 PEOPLE, you guys) without spending every minute of it hiding in my room, wishing I had the balls to just go downstairs already. They are every bit as lovely and witty and hilarious as they appear online. Scratch that. They are one BILLION times better than they appear online. I love them. Immensely. I also love that Linda made me get into a bike cab with her as our mode of transportation to a party. The dude weaved in and out of traffic while I laughed hysterically. It was either that, or soil my underwear. I chose the former.

Speaking of that fear of heading downstairs alone, I have to thank Miss Britt for taking care of me on the Wednesday night. I had plans to meet Kristin and Corey for late drinks but planned on hiding out in my room until then (See? Introvert) and edit photos. Heather had DM’d me to see if I wanted to grab dinner and Britt put the call out on Twitter wondering where people were. She told me to get my butt downstairs and I’m glad I did. I had a good time hanging in an Irish pub with some great people.

Kristin is another great friend who is one of my home base people, but I had yet to meet her honey Corey. I had accosted him with a “Corey! I’m Kristin’s friend!” exclamation outside of the hotel that afternoon when I recognized him.  Apparently I wasn’t too frightening because he was willing to meet in the hotel bar for drinks. I’m not surprised, though. He’s so NICE. And aren’t they adorable?

Corey and Kristin

By the time Saturday afternoon rolled around, Leah and I were lamenting about how few photos we had taken of our friends. Part of the reason is that there were so many parties on Thursday and people were spread out, and the other part of the reason is that she and I were at a fancy schmancy dinner at The Boathouse on Friday night due to the fact that she’s a Nintendo “ambassador”. There was wine, fine food and a free Nintendo DS at the end of the evening. I KNOW. Did you happen to see the ride that took us to said party? It was as ridiculous(ly awesome) as it looks.

While she and I were wandering Times Square and trying to up our photo count, we ran into our friend Catherine. And then took photos of her with the naked cowboy.


Perfect timing, that was.

We set out on Saturday night with the intent to capture as many photos of our friends as we could. First stop, the lobby bar for the Style Lush gathering. It was so good to finally have the chance to chat with some of our closest friends.

Kristabella, Ali, Adam:

Kristin, Ali, Adam

Metalia (from Metalia) and Kate:

Metalia and Kate

Diane and I:

Momo and I

An attempt at a group shot, including Heather B.:

The crew

We left the lobby bar and walked over to The Volstead for another informal gathering co-hosted by the one and only Alice. She’s someone that I’ve wanted to meet for years and she’s just as lovely in person as she is online.

Alice and I

She’s also quite wee, much like many of the ladies above. If only I had enough pockets to bring them all home with me.

Also in attendance, Kelly. This woman can make me laugh from the depths of my belly.

Kelly and I

Susan, Eden and Chris:

Susan, Eden, Chris

Beautiful Lady Whose Name I Don’t Remember, Karen (She took my photo this weekend!), Helen Jane (Finally met her this weekend and adore her) and Bossy.


Bossy and Jessica:

Bossy and Oh The Joys

I was up past 3 am with those ladies and a few others. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Sunday morning, not so much.

Before we enjoyed #ReclineHer10, we had all been at the fabulous Sparklecorn (No photos – too busy dancing. You can bet that Ryan will have his official photos up soon) and CheeseburgHer parties. Large dance floor, loud music and dancing with your friends? SIGN ME UP. Plus, burgers!

CheeseburgHer Party

(Yvonne, Lena, Isabel, Lindsay)

(Sorry about the harsh built-in flash. Half way through the evening I arrived back to my purse/camera bag only do find that the flash had been ripped from its base. Lucky me! I get to buy a new one! Sigh.)

Not only was the party a blast, it was pretty rad to watch the jumbo slide show and see so many photos (of me, and) that I had taken the last two years.

So there you have it, folks. I had a fantastic time with wonderful friends and even lived to tell about it. Barely. I had the longest day of travel known to mankind but I finally made it home. It’s great to get away but it’s even better to be home. At least until next year’s conference and it’s STILL NOT OVER.

See, I used all of my time at the airport/on the plane (Wifi! On a plane!) and drafted this post with that nice little ending that now has a strikethrough on it. I totally jinxed myself.

I arrived in Seattle tired, bracing myself for a few more hours of travel and walked over to the big board to see what gate my flight flew out of. Alaska Airlines…Flight Number…Destination: Kelowna…Status: CANCELED.

*Blink, blink*

I walked over to an Alaska Airlines counter, holding back tears, and asked the lady what was going on. She had no idea but made a few phone calls which confirmed that the flight was indeed canceled, due to “technical difficulties”. Annnnnnnd…tears. And snot. She gave me a boarding pass for a Monday flight and told me to see the ticket agents downstairs in order to get a hotel voucher. I asked her what I needed to do about my luggage and she told me it would be on carousel 12.

I made my way downstairs, tears falling, sniffling loudly and made it carousel 12. No luggage whatsoever and no people around. I looked on the board and it said that the luggage for my flight number was on carousel 15. After five minutes of standing there, I realized that not one of these people were on my flight. I think that the number of people wearing Hawaiian shirts and leis would have been a good clue if I was not standing there with water and snot dripping out of my orifices.

I went to the Alaska Air desk in the luggage area and asked the agent where my luggage might be. I explained my situation, she took all of my flight tickets and told me that my luggage would be put on the flight the other agent had put me on for Monday at 10:30. PM. If I may quote myself:

“Oh, HELL no.”

She was calm and cool and told me that I had to go see yet another agent upstairs at ticketing. This agent at first told me that there was no other flight but I think that the weeping, sniveling, hyperventilating mess that was me, who was eking out words in a pitch that only dogs can hear, touched her heart strings. She found space for me on a 10:30 AM flight, gave me a hotel voucher and arranged to have my suitcase put on the morning flight.

So here I sit, in a Seattle Comfort Inn (It’s no New York Hilton, by the way), finishing this post in order to have it run tomorrow. I just want to be HOME, you guys. I just hope that by the time you read this, I am.

*More photos in my BlogHer Flickr set.

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  1. Camels & Chocolate August 9, 2010 12:24 am edit

    Scott, upon seeing this post: “It’s so weird seeing them all in the same place!” Them, being all the blogs I (and, by default, he) read.

    Me: “I KNOW. My heart hurts that I’m not there with ‘them’!”

    San Diego. 2011. The blogger meet-up you and I have been talking about for so very long. It’s on.
    .-= Camels & Chocolate´s last blog ..Borneo- Chasing Paradise =-.

  2. Kerri Anne August 9, 2010 1:44 am edit

    I’m SO glad New York was as fantastic as you (and I!) knew it would be.

    I hope right now you are getting a lovely night’s sleep and that tomorrow’s last flight gets you home safely and soundly and QUICKLY.

    I am officially (up way past my bedtime, yes! and) psyched for BlogHer: San Diego.

    “Discovered by the Germans in 1904, they named it San Diego, which of course in German means ‘a whale’s vagina.'” “No, there’s no way that’s correct.” “I’m sorry, I was trying to impress you. I don’t know what it means. I’ll be honest, I don’t think anyone knows what it means anymore. Scholars maintain that the translation was lost hundreds of years ago.”
    .-= Kerri Anne´s last blog ..“I once saw him beat a guy up with a starfish” “That’s ridiculous” =-.

  3. hillary August 9, 2010 1:14 pm edit
  4. Brittany August 9, 2010 7:21 am edit

    Oh, Angella, so sorry you had to endure that awful travel experience. :( But at least it happened at the end of the week and not the beginning! Cause that would’ve sucked even more, am I right? Glad you had fun at the conference with your cyber buds! Now that you’re home, remember to rest and relax this week. A girl needs time to recover from all that (travel chaos and) BlogHer excitement! :) Looking forward to seeing pics of NYC through your camera lens!

  5. Ashley August 9, 2010 8:01 am edit

    I’m so glad you had a great trip and that you have a bazillion photos. Speaking as someone who wants to barf at the idea of attending BlogHer ’15 with new people, and no comfort zone and strangers, and lions and tigers and bears, I’m envious and happy that you had such fun! Those events always leave me wanting to go, but terrified.

    I’m sorry it ended so badly, hopefully last night saw a full nights sleep and a smooth and easy flight this morning. Only hours now and you’ll be cuddling all your munchkins!
    .-= Ashley´s last blog ..About Getting Older =-.

  6. Kristabella August 9, 2010 8:55 am edit

    GAH! I can’t believe this! I would have been curled up on the floor of the airport crying!

    I’m crossing my fingers that you get home today. SO GOOD TO SEE YOU!! xoxo
    .-= Kristabella´s last blog ..Here’s Johnny Kristabella! =-.

  7. Victoria August 9, 2010 9:16 am edit

    I’m sorry you got stranded! *hugs*

  8. Danica August 9, 2010 9:20 am edit

    Looks like you had a great time, and I hope you make it home safe and sound and soon. Mwah!
    .-= Danica´s last blog ..Ten =-.

  9. Melissa August 9, 2010 9:35 am edit

    Sounds like it was a great week. I really hope everything goes well and you get home soon!

  10. Kami's Khlopchyk August 9, 2010 10:29 am edit

    Travel delays suck ass. Seriously! I hope you are almost home by now and get accosted by three (four) really happy people!

    And I cannot wait to see your photos of the city!
    .-= Kami’s Khlopchyk´s last blog ..Scenes from Round These Parts =-.

  11. Tricia August 9, 2010 10:49 am edit

    NYC sure is smelly, eh? Hope your (re-scheduled) flight went well!

  12. Meg August 9, 2010 10:59 am edit

    Awww, the end sounds terrible, but the rest of it sounds AMAZING! I hope the 20-minute delay for this flight is only that, and you get home to your (bed and) Honey and babies SOON!
    .-= Meg´s last blog ..Again =-.

  13. Avitable August 9, 2010 12:23 pm edit

    Can’t believe you didn’t even mention how much you kept stalking me throughout the conference! :)

    I’m glad we got to see each other again, and just take solace in the fact that the US obviously wants to keep you here.
    .-= Avitable´s last blog ..How I found out this weekend that I am brave =-.

  14. angella August 9, 2010 3:14 pm edit

    Dude. It was kind of comical that wherever I went, YOU WERE THERE. It’s like you were doing preemptive stalking or something. ;)

  15. Avitable August 9, 2010 3:28 pm edit

    Oh, I totally saw you behind those potted plans following me.
    .-= Avitable´s last blog ..How I found out this weekend that I am brave =-.

  16. Elaine August 9, 2010 1:04 pm edit

    Oh good golly, I hope you’re home by now!!!

    Glad you had such a fabulous time while there. It does sound like it’s getting a little BIG, that conference… but I guess there’s just so many of us ‘bloghers’ these days! :)

    And now after reading a few re-cap posts today I am totally craving a cheeseburger!
    .-= Elaine´s last blog ..You Capture – Summer =-.

  17. hillary August 9, 2010 1:16 pm edit

    wait – your flash got stolen? at a party? am I reading that correctly? isn’t that against the RULES?! I’m sorry you had some rough spots, lady. I hope that by now you’re home and chilling out with your family.
    .-= hillary´s last blog ..Im Not A Large Water-Dwelling Mammal Where Did You Get That Preposterous Hypothesis Did Steve Tell You That Perchance =-.

  18. Amanda Brown August 9, 2010 1:30 pm edit

    Aw, man, what a crappy ending to such a fun trip. I have loved creeping on all your photos this week and can’t wait to hear all about the crazy times and stories. :)
    .-= Amanda Brown´s last blog ..Summerland Indeed =-.

  19. Hannah August 9, 2010 3:32 pm edit

    It sounds like you had an amazing time!!! Can’t wait to see your photos of NY itself. I loved my time there, but TOTALLY agree with you about the smell!! I think the worst smell is those pretzel carts on every corner – YUCK!
    Sooooooo sorry to hear about your cancelled flight, I can imagine how devastated you were to have to wait even longer to be reunited with your family. I hope you are home now? xx

  20. Sizzle August 9, 2010 4:53 pm edit

    So happy you had a great time!
    .-= Sizzle´s last blog ..From Here to There and Back Again- Love Travels =-.

  21. Sarah August 9, 2010 5:29 pm edit

    Angella! It was great to meet you this weekend! Glad you finally made it back home. Hope to see in you in person again at another BlogHer gathering!
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..BlogHer Deflowered =-.

  22. Teej August 9, 2010 11:12 pm edit

    Everytime I read about blogger I think I need to start a blog so I could be a legit attendant at the conference. I read so many of those ladies blogs and think they would be so awesome to hang around.
    Sorry to hear you got stuck in Seattle. I’m flying into Kelowna on Tuesday for work just for the day hope I don’t get the plane with “technical difficulties”.

  23. Miss Britt August 10, 2010 6:13 am edit

    My LORD you take amazing pictures.

    I wish we could have talked more, but I’m glad we got to hang out as much as we did. So fun!
    .-= Miss Britt´s last blog ..Alone in a Crowd =-.

  24. Mrs. Wilson August 10, 2010 6:59 am edit

    Oh DUDE. That last part SUCKS. But so glad you had a good trip!! And I bet you were THAT MUCH MORE EXCITED to be home when you finally got there!!!!!

    Looking forward to more recaps. :)
    .-= Mrs. Wilson´s last blog ..the prodigal blogger =-.

  25. Domestic Extraordinaire August 10, 2010 9:26 am edit

    It was so great to see you again and I am glad that you finally made it home.
    .-= Domestic Extraordinaire´s last blog ..The Big Apple =-.

  26. alimartell August 10, 2010 3:59 pm edit

    but, most importantly, how was your nap in Mishi’s room?

    Was so lovely to see your face. Next time? MORE FACE TIME.
    .-= alimartell´s last blog ..Well- If I Learned one thing from BlogHer ’10- it’s that I am not pregnant =-.

  27. BOSSY August 11, 2010 4:48 am edit

    Best time ever.

  28. Nadine a.k.a. scarbie doll August 11, 2010 9:48 am edit

    I know we met in San Francisco two years ago, but this time felt so very different after two years on Twitter and learning so much more about your family and vice versa. You are lovely and it was fun running into you and Leah countless times. Hopefully next year, we can hang out a bit more.

    I feel you on the hugeness. The community has grown oh so much bigger and less intimate, but I found there were still spaces to create moments in with those who you love to read lots. Am happy with the way it turned out, but must be prepared for overwhelm in 2011.
    .-= Nadine a.k.a. scarbie doll´s last blog ..Pitter Patter =-.

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