It was bright and sunny Thursday, which was pretty fitting for the first day of the fabulous Mom 2.0 Summit. There wasn’t much on the schedule for Thursday – just registration and a certain, much-anticipated, '60s-themed Mad Men Party – so on this day, I focused solely on connecting with some of my online friends who I knew were attending the event.
After getting some work done in the morning, my first stop was to Hobby Airport to pick up Mir Kamin, author of the personal blog, Woulda Coulda Shoulda, and shopping Web site extraordinaire WantNot.net. As I was sitting waiting in the arrivals hall, I looked up and saw none other than Alice Bradley, writer of the immensely popular site, Finslippy. After exchanging surprised greetings, Alice decided to forego the cab and join us for the ride to the hotel.
Since Mir and Alice hadn’t ever visited Houston before, I figured I needed to represent and give them a proper welcome to the city. So before heading to the hotel, I took them to my favorite coffee house, Brasil. Both Mir and Alice flew in from the east coast, so they were escaping recent snowstorms – the least I could do was let them enjoy Brasil’s great outdoor patio and fantastic java libations.
Finally, it was time to get back to the hotel and get ready for the Mad Men Party. On arrival, we bumped into many of our online friends, including Heather Armstrong (parenting blogger supreme of Dooce.com), Maggie Mason of the MightyGoods franchise, designers Laurie Smithwick and Gabrielle Blair, Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess), Laura Mayes and Carrie Pacini (founders of the Mom 2.0 Summit) and so many others. It turns out that when these women decide to break out the '60s attire, they don’t mess around – vintage fashions appeared out of nowhere, and there were even makeup artists and hair stylists on hand, available to tease hair to astronomical heights.
Finally, the moment we were all waiting for: the Mad Men Party in the Four Seasons Lounge. The party was sponsored by Volkswagen, and the crowd was positively fabulous as everyone greeted each other like old friends. Past attendees eagerly told those who were attending for the first time how valuable they found the sessions in the first conference, and this year’s panelists got together in impromptu meetings over cocktails to discuss the upcoming sessions.
It’s going to be a great conference.