High: After four days together, the Mommy/Blogging friends I traveled with became much more than just Mommy/Blogging friends.
Low: Those friends and I realized we are mommy bloggers and can't keep up with the twenty something fashion and entertainment bloggers.
Low: Making a quick exit from lunch to assure a place at the front of the line at her book signing, only to wait an hour at the front of that line, for her to arrive, sign a couple books and leave just before I got my moment with her; the moment where I was going to pitch her all my great ideas, give her my blog card and she was going to ask me to join her team.
High: Business cards; giving and receiving. So many new blogs to check out. No shame forcing my card into someone's hands.
Low: How am I ever going to get rid of my 500 remaining cards?
Low: They also made me feel old and made me realize I'm not that important.
High: A great night of wine tasting at City Winery, a very expensive bottle of wine as a souvenir and the opportunity to learn about MindSpring Academy; an amazing school aimed at tackling the growing epidemic of childhood obesity.Low: We enjoyed ourselves too much and ended up loosing track of time and missed the famed Hasbro party.
High: Informative sessions where I was able to gain new tips aimed at expanding my reach in social media and conquering the world.
Low: Over crowded sessions meant I had to find a seat on the floor, next to an electrical box, on top of a pile of loose wires, out of view of the speakers, in a skirt, affirming that I first need too conquer finding a seat!
High: Having a genuine conversation with Kate Gosselin of Jon and Kate plus 8 and sharing tales about life with our multiples.
Low: Finding out maybe it wasn't quite the genuine conversation I thought it was, but she was being paid to be nice to me.
High: A little break from kids and their constant testing of my patience was just enough to make me miss them and be so excited to see them when I returned.
Low: My patience was tested in other ways by the long lines every where I went. I hate waiting in line, I guess I'm just not that patient.
High: Swag bags and free giveaways. So much loot. My kids thought it was Christmas morning when I arrived home and opened my suitcase. Tiaras, candy necklaces, jewels, bouncing balls, lip balms and press-on fake fingernails for the girls. They now look like dancing Barbie palm readers. And, wow, they managed to redecorate a whole room and completely cover every inch of bare skin with the boxes of Muppet Bandaids I scored. There were video games, books, snacks, and toys a plenty for the boys. As I handed Jameson one last piece of swag, he asked how I knew that he wanted a banana shaped, light up, whistling key chain with a hidden flash drive. And Cameron has found more uses for his green rubber halved avocado shaped stress relief squeezer.
Low: Too much swag, I'm afraid I had to leave many valuable pieces behind. Several bags did not make the cut either because they were not appropriate for a Mommy blog or because they just wouldn't fit in my bag, on the train or in my house.