BlogHer! Man, I don’t even know where to start. Let’s go at this thing photo-style.

On Friday afternoon I went on a one-hour boat tour, and that was definitely one of the highlights of the weekend—it was so interesting to hear about the amazing buildings that make up the Chicago skyline. Of course, I can’t tell you what any of them are because I promptly jettisoned all of the useful information from my skull about five minutes afterwards, but suffice to say: Chicago is cool.

I think this is the Sears tower, although I guess it’s now called the Willis tower or some such thing. On the right is River City, which looks like something from the cover of a 1967 sci-fi magazine. You too can live in the FUTURE!

This is the view from my hotel room, which totally made up for the fact that my shower didn’t drain and every morning I stood in several inches of human soup and fervently hoped that was my OWN hair floating by.

I walked down to the Navy Pier with Angella on Saturday morning and we saw this enormous Ferris Wheel and decided what the hell, let’s ride that sumbitch.

As our car slowly ascended to approximately ten million miles above the earth, both of us frantically whipped out our phones to—of course—Twitter about it. “Code brown! Code brown!” wrote Angella, which made me laugh so hard I nearly caused a Code Brown Incident of my very own (“Cleanup on Aisle Way the Fuck Above the Ground!”), but the funniest part was later, when Kristin sweetly and curiously asked if brown meant poo?

Here is one last photo, taken while juicily defecating in my pants, ergo the CODE BROWN, Kristin.

A few of the amazing women at BlogHer: Amy, Kate, Heather, Kristin, some shiny-faced doofus, and Angella. Amy’s baby Ezra is just out of view, which is for your own good, because looking at him directly triggers incapacitating feelings of SMOOSH. (Camera credit goes to Angella, who I hope will forgive me for stealing this picture outright from her Flickr page.)

I also ganked this photo of Angella’s, because it makes me smile all over again. I can’t even remember what was so funny, but dude, it was so goddamned funny. By the way, that’s Leah next to me and the reason her baby isn’t in the picture is because earlier that day I spread him with jam and devoured him WHOLE. God, it’s great to be around other people’s children, reveling in their charms while simultaneously experiencing the full-body relief of knowing it’s not MY problem if they poop or cry.

The best panel I went to by far was the one featuring Kate, who is exactly as mesmerizing when she speaks as she is when she writes. Which is saying a lot, you know?

Not only did I creepily accost this lovely woman for HOURS ON END about how great her cleavage looked and where could I buy a bra like that, huh huh huh huh, but then I took a picture of her boobies. And posted it on the internet.

The entrance to the Cheeseburgher party, which was a lot of fun and featured many, many cheeseburgers. Also people wearing cheeseburger bags as hats.

Proof I can pretty much dork up any photo I’m a part of. (Stolen from Kristin this time.)

And what have we here? So much to enjoy, really. The giant gaping mouth . . . the unicorn-cake, turning demurely away from my slavering maw . . . yes indeed. Wow.

I took this during the community keynote, and will you look at all those people? BlogHer is crazy and overwhelming and more fun than I could ever describe. I had an absolutely fantastic time and it wasn’t scary or weird or dramatic at all. I met so many wonderful people and reconnected with beloved friends and I even got to take an uninterrupted nap in the MIDDLE OF THE DAY and I really hope to be there again next year. I hope you’ll be there too.

Lastly, I’ll leave you with Bruce, the Guy Who Basically Crashed BlogHer for the Purpose of Meeting Women and Was Sadly Only Briefly Fooled By My Camera Ploy:


40 Responses to “Après BlogHer”

  1. kirida on July 26th, 2009 9:28 pm

    the gaping mouth + unicorn cake is my absolute fave. get that framed! And I’m so jealous you got to hang out with Angella!

  2. Kathryn on July 26th, 2009 9:32 pm

    The boat tours ROCK. Whenever we have people come to visit, we drag them on one, and inevitably (even though I can tell they think they’ll be bored to tears), it’s their favorite part of the trip. (Maybe that just means they’re really, really bored by the rest of the trip?) I have been on approximately 732 of the suckers, and I still enjoy every single one, and learn something new every time. Glad you enjoyed our fair city!

  3. Jillian on July 26th, 2009 9:36 pm

    Alas. Next year. It does sound like y’all had fun. I’m going to Chicago for labor day weekend and think I’ll hit the Pier. Your pics are great!

  4. She Likes Purple on July 26th, 2009 9:38 pm

    Hope to meet you next year, Linda!

  5. Mandy on July 26th, 2009 9:41 pm

    From another cleavage-ly challenged person: Well, can one buy a bra like that??

  6. Angella on July 26th, 2009 10:24 pm

    Where do I begin? WHERE DO I BEGIN?

    How about I write a list?

    1. Wait until you see my post tomorrow; it’s basically an Ode to Linda.
    2.Have you SEEN how many photos I have of you taking photos? The one of me made me laugh out loud.
    3. Code brown! Code brown!
    4.Steal any photo, any time.
    5. WHAT ON EARTH WAS SO FUNNY? I nearly lost my mind with the laughing and I have NO IDEA WHY.
    6. YOU are a dork? I look like a deer in the headlights. Or that I’m about to give in to the running part of “fight or flight.”
    7. I agree with Mona – you need to frame that photo. Or make a t-shirt.
    8. BRUCE. That was one of the best hours of my life.

    Wait. That last one sounds naughty.

    (MISS YOU)

  7. jonniker on July 27th, 2009 3:56 am

    Seeing as it’s in New York, and I am close to New York and won’t have an infant (and oh my God, can LEAVE THE CHILD WITH MY PARENTS), I will actually be there, and hope you are, too. How about that.

  8. JMH on July 27th, 2009 4:02 am

    I LOVE Chicago…one of my favorite cities. Since I only live 4 hours away, I wish I could get there more often. Looks like you had a great time!

  9. Cookie on July 27th, 2009 4:23 am

    Lol… thanks for the morning laugh. Glad you had a great time.

  10. Sandi on July 27th, 2009 5:17 am

    The Bruce video is the funniest shit- ever!

  11. Heather on July 27th, 2009 5:24 am

    As soon as you started to describe your shower I thought, “I see she stayed at the Sheraton.” Then I saw your photo of the view from the hotel and recognized it. Definitely the Sheraton. I was there the week before BlogHer and it was not as nice as I expected.

    Glad you had such a great time at BlogHer. Funny as always to read your commentary.

  12. MH on July 27th, 2009 5:34 am

    Unicorn porn makes me cry.

  13. Eric's Mommy on July 27th, 2009 5:38 am

    Oh how I wish I was there, it looked like so much fun!

    I love that Bruce video it cracks me up.

  14. Chataine on July 27th, 2009 5:46 am

    “I am so totally just taking a photo.” NICE.

    Love all the pics – the unicorn one definitely takes the cake. Heh. Wow, I should’ve left that one alone, huh?

  15. michelle on July 27th, 2009 6:17 am

    Hey, a good friend of mine in real life (who blogs under the name Tech Savvy Mama) went to BlogHer (2nd year attending, I think) and really enjoyed it–I’m waiting for her recap! It always looks like a fun event when I read about it on various blogs–a spinoff from the old JournalCon that people used to talk about about 5 or 6 years ago on Diaryland and Livejournal. Glad you enjoyed it. Chicago is great in the summertime.

  16. Emma on July 27th, 2009 6:24 am

    It was awesome to meet you and thank you for not being weirded out by being accosted by a stranger who loves you.

    Also, you are totally hot.

  17. BellyGirl on July 27th, 2009 8:10 am

    The pics were so good, but then the video made me forget all of them. Hilarious!

  18. Trish on July 27th, 2009 8:26 am

    But I heard Tim Gunn was there – where is the picture of Tim Gunn?

  19. Keri on July 27th, 2009 8:40 am

    Awesome recap – the first one I’ve seen so far. I’m so glad everyone is back so they can go back to posting and I can go back to reading!

  20. Pocklock on July 27th, 2009 9:02 am

    So wonderful to meet you. I didn’t make it to the ferris wheel and so I must live that view through your pictures, and without a CODE BROWN of my own.

    Hope to see you in New York!

  21. Swistle on July 27th, 2009 10:38 am

    Yay, a BlogHer report!

  22. Kathy on July 27th, 2009 11:06 am

    Already making plans to attend next year!

  23. Moose on July 27th, 2009 11:41 am

    By next year, I hope to have overcome my phobia of introducing myself to Obviously Very Nice and Awesome People and will come up and say a confident hello. If my phobia remains intact, you may be forced to greet a talking ficus plant. The one I’m hiding behind.

  24. Sally on July 27th, 2009 12:13 pm

    OMG I was in Chicago the week before blogher for a library conference and that idiot, Bruce, hit on me at O’Hare at 8 am in the morning after I missed my first flight. What in the hell is he still doing there? He gave me some story about losing his cell phone and taking a train to Philadelphia.

  25. Jen W. on July 27th, 2009 12:52 pm

    Glad you got to do the tour in Chicago. It’s such a beautiful city, and it’s cool to see from the water!

  26. Lawyerish on July 27th, 2009 12:57 pm

    Wait. I hear BlogHer is in New York next year. Oh, dude. IT IS SO ON.

    Great pictures; it looks like you had a blast.

  27. Jennifer on July 27th, 2009 1:13 pm

    Angella has some serious camera lens equipment going on!!

  28. Heidi Miller on July 27th, 2009 2:56 pm


    So glad to run into you at BlogHer09! What a delight. And your boat tour sounds like a lot of fun. I did that once with my mom–the architecture tour was amazing!


  29. shriek house on July 27th, 2009 3:19 pm

    I just wanted to tell you all the snarky/bitchy BlogHer tweets I follow(ed) were giving me a Code Brown of my own, but yours were all hilarious and genuine and without Drama. Thank you for restoring my faith in womankind!

  30. Frannie on July 27th, 2009 3:34 pm

    Bruce definitely knows how to find the ladies. Ha ha Ha Glad you had lots of fun. I missed it this year!

  31. Kristen on July 27th, 2009 5:01 pm

    Okay, I don’t even remember you taking the boob picture, and now I’m wondering what else I’m forgetting … All I remember is that I laughed so hard that night that my face hurt.

  32. Rhi on July 28th, 2009 6:47 am

    Bruce’s t-shirt was fracking hilarious.

  33. Leah on July 28th, 2009 2:49 pm

    Bruuuuuuuuuce. DAMN.

  34. sweetsalty kate on July 29th, 2009 8:54 pm

    See, I made the rookie mistake of running around like a headless chicken in search of a Very Long List of people I wanted to meet. And so I spent two and a half days Meeting and Meeting and Meeting and then found myself home and thinking “Well crap. I didn’t actually sit down and really talk to anyone…”

    And that means you. Every time I saw you I wanted to squeeze your pipes. Uh-huh. They were too delicious. Oh and also to get to know you. Right. I forgot about that.

    Next year. NYC. Date.

    ..and thanks for the sweetness about the panel. I have no idea what came out of my mouth, but I’m glad my ventriloquist rocked it.

  35. Jem on August 2nd, 2009 6:51 am

    Love the Chicago photos. My Mum just decided on the spur of the moment to fly at the end of August around Canada/USA, for my cousin’s wedding in Detroit, from New Zealand. I’ve organised her whole trip and she’s spending 2 days in Chicago and she wanted a trip on a boat, so this was cool to see. I’m so jealous because I work up a huge tower myself and she gets to go to the Sears (sorry, Willis) Tower before me!

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