August 5, 2012

#BlogHer12 TOON swag - part 2

Continued from Part 1.

Besides the masochistic desire to not sleep at all for three days, one of the reasons we attend conferences like BlogHer is to learn. I was curious as to how other women deal with blogging about their children, so I dropped in on @redneckmommy, @Ooph and @marymac's panel session called "Mom! Stop blogging about me!".

Tanis Miller Attack of the Redneck Mommy - Stephanie Mullen Ooph.com - Mary McCarthy  pajamasandcoffee.com
Parenting is a sensitive and deeply personal subject and so is blogging about your children; different women have different philosophies. For me personally, it's about respect, same as anyone (except when lampooning a public figure, in which case you're on your own). Anyhow, I thought the panel was much too short, as we'd only skimmed the surface before it was over. This topic deserves it's own conference.*

*Wanna see how closely the drawing resembles the real deal? Check it.

Time for lunch! While stuffing my face the ebullient @missversatile showed up and posed for me.

NoniShanay Cavaliere
And then there was @MarthaStewart... while I'm not exactly a Martha fangirl, I do admire her strength and well, balls. For example, when BlogHer co-founder Elisa Camahort Page asked her during the interview, if there was anything she wasn't good at, Martha replied, "something I haven't tried yet". Haw haw!

MarthaStewart.com
This is what she looked like on stage (to me). Happy Birthday Martha!

One of my fave bloggers is @LadyEstrogen. She's funny, she's smart and she 's very provocative. We sat down and had a drink together and she showed me the present she got from Trojan. Yes, people, apparently they were giving these vibes away at the booth and Lady E scored one. At least I think it was one; she may have had others hidden from my view. Tee hee.

LadyE.me
The Voices of the Year event was amazing. I was impressed by the caliber of writing and performance. It was world class. And I was humbled to be included in presentation of Honorees in the Visual category. Needless to say I was so busy, laughing/crying/feeling that I didn't actually draw anything. Sorry.

However, at the Open Mic session right after the VOTY reception, I was pleasantly surprised to see the oh-so-dry reading by the elegant @PHDinParenting. She had me in giggles. So I drew her.

PhD in Parenting
There was apparently a double Unicorn cake that caused a fuss at last year's BlogHer Sparklecorn party. Ever curious, I went down to check out this year's Unicorn cake, which looked pretty nice; but nothing really magical happened until I started to draw it. Lo and behold! Pickle Weasel materialized and took that silver ponycorn for a ride.


By this time, the music was starting to make me a little nauseous, with its unrelenting thrum-thrum-thrum. It dawned on me that I was completely exhausted. On my way to the elevators I passed a group of women sprawled on the Hilton hallway floor, mid-powow. Reclining with her friends was @cecilyK who I've admired for the past year for the strength of her personality. She appeals to me as a woman who endeavours to live life on her own terms.

As I walked past I really hoped to catch her eye, but she didn't look up. I kicked myself for my shyness, turned back and just asked if she'd let me draw her. She said yes!

Uppercase Woman
And so my day was complete...or so I thought. I went to my room and fell into a deeeeep slumber. For about half an hour. Whereupon my roomates @Faiqa and @msmegan came bouncing in, jumped on my bed and tried to get me to go out to Karaoke with them. But that's another story.

Wanna see my toon swag of Katie Couric?