This year has been the first year since I’ve had kids that I have been working. So between my job and the kids, I haven’t felt like I’ve had much of a break at all. So when my friend Lolli invited me to come to BlogHer in New York City with her this year, I jumped at the chance!
We’ve been here 3 days now, and it’s been a whirlwind of people and places and things. We rode the train into NYC (hello Acela express and 2 hour trips!) and started off by checking out our hotel room. We did a little shopping:
We got all dressed up and went to see Newsies on Broadway. Amazing. Like goose bump amazing. I loved all the songs, the actor who played Jack Kelly (the main charceter) was super cute and our seats were great.
After the show we did some more shopping:
Did you know that the Disney Store at Time’s Square is open until 1am?! That was an awesome store.
Thursday we were invited to an event called Blographer. It was hosted by Adorama and that was very interesting. I saw some cool camera stuff, listened to some awesome presenters, but didn’t win anything. (I think I was one of the few that didn’t…too bad.)
I went and wandered the Expo hall after Blographer and met some cool sponsors. Hopefully me meeting some cool people will translate into cool things for my readers. (All 5 of you, love you guys!)
We also did 2 parties that night. Both were official parties of BlogHer and both were totally different. The People’s Party had a whole bowling lane set up in the party. They even had shoes for you to borrow. It was a little surreal to be on the dance floor with the music blaring and have random bowling pin noises behind you. Then the other party, Queerosphere, was in the old hotel ballroom and had a live jazz band. Amazing deserts too!
This morning dawned bright and early. Like 6am early. And what could be so interesting to get me out of bed at that time? Dance with the Rockettes, of course! We were able to go into one of their practice studios and be taught part of their routine that they do for the Christmas show. That was very cool to be inside Radio City Music Hall and see places that the public typically doesn’t see. We were also able to have a Q&A session with them. Both of our instructors have been Rockettes for over 6 years. Did you know that each year they have to audition every time? And they do 17 shows a week in the Christmas season, 7 days a week. Wow.
There were no “eye high” kicks for me. (Have you seen how high my eyes are?! Oh, and I’m too tall to ever be an official Rockette.) But I can toe the line with the best of them.
The rest of today has been sessions, expo hall, meeting Martha Stewart, and some awesome New York Pizza. My feet hurt, I’m tired, but happy.
I love this recharge time I’m having. The kids are in good hands at home. They say they miss me. And I miss them. And I miss Juice. But I am LOVING having time to myself. More tomorrow too.