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Wasn't I Supposed To Write a Recap of BlogHer?

Look at some of you people! You've written two or three follow up posts to BlogHer already and here it is Thursday and I've been hounded by several close friends to write a post already!

I'll be honest. When I was contacted about possibly interviewing Glee's Jane Lynch while I was out in San Diego I had to pinch myself for two reasons. First, because I was a little starstruck even though I totally played it cool and didn't sweat through my shirt. Secondly, because I freaked out and froze up because I wasn't sure what I should ask her. I wanted to know about how she manages to score such primo roles in film and television. My friend, Carmen, wanted me to thank Jane for not only being a wildly successful actress who is also a lesbian and out of the closet but for, as she said, "being out on the front porch". I knew that Jane had married her partner in the last year or so and that she was a new stepmother to a 9-year old girl, so I also wanted to talk about parenting. Turns out, her parenting was not so much highlighted in our conversation as it was laced throughout all her responses to my questions. Her biggest concern was how we are connecting with our families and especially with our children through texting and other digital products and applications.

Jane Lynch is naturally tall and thin and standing next to her is a little intimidating but only because of her height. Otherwise, she is perfectly lovely and warm and we bonded over growing up in Illinois.

Jane's spokesperson role for LG Text Ed is pretty important to her and one she doesn't take lightly. When we talked, I asked her about being a mom, setting limits, and sticking to your decisions as a parent. Her answers sounded like something my girlfriends would say so, of course, I was smitten by her.

Normally, I'm pretty skeptical of corporate companies that sponsor videos that teach their consumers something they deem important. In fact, I usually stay far away from it because I feel like there's a trust factor there that is a little too familiar. Most companies don't presume to know what's important to their consumers enough to put out sponsored links and videos so when Jane told me about the LG Text Ed videos I wasn't expecting to be as informed by them as I was. Let's put that in the "Who Knew?" column, shall we?

You can take a look at the videos here. The first one is about talking to your kids about sexting and the second one is on ground rules. You can also read more from author Rosalind Wiseman who contributes to the LG Text Education council. It was hard to chat with Rosalind one-on-one but I got lucky at 6 in the morning as I left for the airport and there she was! She insisted that I get into her car and get a free lift to make my plane and then we had the most intense 15-minute ride where we tried to talk about EVERYTHING. Who knows what that might lead to now? (Not me. I don't know. I'm not even hinting. I'm just saying it was kismet and serendipity and all that jazz since we have the same passions about teens.)

The rest of this post is all pictures. New writers I met, new people I can learn from, and old friends that I got to reconnect with and that makes me insanely happy.

The dad blogger bunch doing their best Sears Catalog poses for me.

Heather, my Maddie, and Jen. The Redhead Crew. I found myself introducing her with, "Do you know the story of Maddie? Do I have to explain it?" and everyone (really. EVERYONE said, "I know.")

Bossy and Jen. These are women that keep coming into my life and it's marvelous.

Jessica and I have worked together and talk virtually a lot so it was wonderful to finally meet her.

Doug is such a character. I don't know what else to say about him save for the fact that he's just good people to know.

Maddie is admiring Alison's nail polish. Rightly so.

Her whole face smiles and I love that about her. She's on my list of Happy People With Which I need To Surround Myself.

My panel from the conference. The lesson here is not to wear strapless dresses with fake unicorn tattoos. It looks like I'm not wearing anything.

Again with the Bossy. Or Georgia. Either name fits this woman.

Downtownish San Diego in the mornings. Quiet and nice.

An impromptu dinner with Karen of Chookooloonks and her husband as well as my glowing friend, LeahPeah.

This is the arm of Missy Germain who writes Bitten and Bound. My panel was ending when I walked past her. She looks all business-y in dress with perfectly coifed hair and she was tatted up so I asked her if I could please "read" her arms. This one blew me away and she readily offered that she's 5 years sober. Yeah. She wins. And she's keeping tally marks for each year!

I foresee another post coming that delves into Jane's questions that she answered for my interview. But I'm all tired out from posting all the pictures that I can't even go back and do links to people. You know who you are. You're all number one in my book.
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Reader Comments (13)

When was the last time I told you im super jealous...

August 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdelami

I am SO HAPPY that I finally got to meet you and spend some time with you. We are so hanging out when I get to Illinois. Also I love that picture of the redhead crew, please to be emailing that to me.

August 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I can't comment without saying how jealous I am that you met Jane Lynch. She's like, MY FAMILY, and I've never met her. Except that she's not really my family; we just share the same last name. Whatevers.

Lunch with you on Friday was spectacular, even if it was just cafeteria foods. But you, my friend, are someone with whom I could eat pretty much anything because you are made for good conversation.

So glad we hung in the cabana. THAT IS NOT A EUPHEMISM.

August 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterheather...

My 10 year old daughter and her friends are very jealous that you got to meet Jane. Rolled their eyes at me when I had to admit I have not met her..:) Thanks for adding my tattoo photo, so nice of you!


August 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMissy Germain

Love you love you love youuuuuuuuu.

August 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBOSSY

I can't believe we only got like five minutes together.

August 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAvitable

First, Jane Lynch is my personal hero. I love her.

Second, seriously, it's bad enough that you're gorgeous, but you gave the gorgeous to all of your children. Seriously, all of them, stinking beautiful. I'ma call unfair.

August 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

Thanks for the update... I'm sure now that I have to go with you to the next BlogHer event. Who wouldn't want to go to cali? .

August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen

Well, coincidentally, I want more of YOU in my life, so let's make that happen, mmmmkay?

Also, I wish I knew Bossy, seems like we'd like each other okay.


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