Hello from the hotel room again!
Last night didn’t go so well socially. After ordering a club sandwich and glass of Chardonnay from room service, I forced myself to re-apply makeup, get dressed and go to the top floor of the hotel for a “Newbie Mixer”. I regretted that decision immediately upon arrival and wished I’d stayed in the room and watched Stop Loss. Everyone was engaged in conversation and since walking up to people is not my thing, I freaked out and left. In the elevator heading down, I got mad at myself for being scared of the Newbie Mixer, so I hit the button for a different floor and went to a party for non-newbies. I would have left that one too, were it not for a couple of friendly ladies (mom bloggers) who empathized a bit and escorted me back to the Newbie mixer where I freaked out again. I think maybe I was just tired and needed to go to bed.
Today was better. Seminars had begun and the first one I attended was designed especially for introverts. It was led by a panel of talented introverts who’d done their share of crying after cocktail parties. That seminar was, I must say, brilliant on BlogHer’s part and I came out not only feeling better, but with a couple of new blogger buddies — one of whom walked with me to the next seminar which was “Lunch With Rocco DiSpirito/Bertolli”. At this point, I was feeling good about things and happy I came.
The lunch with Rocco seminar had very limited seating, which was kind of nice. Some people had a hard time seeing him do to the actual demo, but he worked the room despite that and posed for pictures, signed books and apologized for the box lunches we had. It was obvious he wanted to cook for everyone right then. I think his passion is primarily making people happy and secondarily, doing that through food. His partnership with Bertolli seems to be a good one because it’s all about getting people away from take out and back into the kitchen where they at least have to stand over a stove for a few minutes and plate something.
Of course, there were some food bloggers in the room to challenge this! Kalyn from Kalyn’s kitchen asked Rocco if all this emphasis on convenience food was going to turn people away from the true art of cooking. Rocco used that to present his argument that if it takes a packet of pre-made spaghetti sauce to get people in the kitchen where they are at least standing over a stove and plating something, then that’s progress. Good points all around. I think there’s lots of middle ground.
Now I was really was glad to see Kalyn. She and I have been email friends for a while and since she has a picture of herself on her blog, she was literally a familiar face. Kalyn introduced me to some other food bloggers who again, I will list later. I’ve been collecting business cards and kicking myself for not having any Cookie Madness cards, but I’ve collected info on new people for the blogroll and personal entertainment. So hooray on that front.
Well, I’d better go. I skipped out of the “Syndication and Content” conference to write this and I’m dying to get another quick walk in before the last seminar of the day.
I am going to try to post some pictures later. I promise. I am not, however, in any of them because I’m having a terrible time with my face right now. Long story.