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BlogHer ’09 ended more than a week ago, but I’ve been in Kansas City for much of that, so I’m only now having time to process the conference. While I was there I won two contests and got handed a bag of fabulous t-shirts just for being in the lobby at the right time.
Ten Again shirts from Jessica Gottlieb
I ran into Jessica Gottlieb in said lobby, and she greeted me by asking if she could give me a prize. The answer was of course yes, and she gave me a bag full of incredibly cool shirts from a company called Ten Again. I gave Jake the Shot Wheels shirt since it was his size and he loves Hot Wheels. The Gatoraid and Moobeline shirts I’m keeping for myself. Selfish? Yes. Do I care? No. I love them.
I have one more kids’ shirt, Cap’n Crud, that I thought would be perfect for my daughter, but she said it’s not pink. Not “I don’t like it because it’s not pink.” Just “It’s not pink.” As if that is reason enough and self-explanatory. Ungrateful little…but her loss is your gain. I’ll be giving it away sometime soon.
Thanks, Jessica! Very cool. If I’m ever in LA I’m taking you to lunch (and yes, I’ve heard that might break the bank – I’ll come prepared).
Dell Netbook from Intel and Mama Spohr
A few days before BlogHer I entered a contest to win one of two Dell Mini 10 Netbook computers, from Intel and Heather Spohr. The contest was to help raise money to help families who are supporting critically ill babies. The Spohrs lost their dear little Maddie not long ago, and I’m in awe of their drive to help other families while still working through their own very raw grief. You can read all about Maddie here. You can sponsor a NICU support pack here.
I was actually asleep when my BlogHer roomie, Sandie, woke me up to tell me that I had won. She had seen the news on Twitter. I love Twitter for many reasons, one of them being that I got to go back to sleep knowing that I had won a computer, even though I was too tired and lame to go to the party where the announcement apparently took place.
I was thrilled to win one of the netbooks, but disappointed that Heather and I couldn’t get our schedules together to meet. (I did get to chat for a long time with the ladies representing Intel at BlogHer, and they were fabulous.) Heather, if I’m ever in LA, I’m taking you to lunch with Jessica. (But we’ll have to split something so that I can afford to feed Jessica.) Thanks for the great computer, I gave it to my husband who had been using a great big lap-crushing dinosaur. He’s very happy. He’s always complaining about the crap that blogging brings into our house, so I scored some points with the Dell.
$100 BlogHer Scholarship from TradedMyBMWforaMinivan
The last great surprise was winning a $100 BlogHer scholarship from Elizabeth and her blog, TradedMyBMWforaMinivan. I got the news over email while I was in a BlogHer session, and had to keep from squealing out loud.
I got to meet Elizabeth at BowlHer, where she presented me with my check. That was appropriate, because my fab BowlHer hairdo wasn’t free (but worth every penny – and if anybody has a picture of the back of my head from BowlHer, please send it my way!). It was a great way to end the weekend. If I’m ever in…Wow, you’re in LA too! OK, if I ever make it to LA (I’ve never been), we’re all going to have one huge politically-charged, big-mouthed, super-opinionated blog-tastic lunch!