In no particular order…
1. Going to The Arcade Fire with this group of fabulous women. The showers of confetti were both real and virtual.
2. Lying across the laps of some of those same women in the too-small Uber car ride home from The Arcade Fire, especially when the doorman at the Ritz opened the car door and I fell out. Because I’m classy like that.
3. 4 PM Champagne, midnight hamburgers, 2 AM sing-alongs, all those conversations in the hallways.
4. My hotel room “sleep makeover” from The National Sleep Foundation, including a comfy new pillow and this guy:
5. Not getting a chance to use my sleep makeover (cf. midnight hamburgers).
6. When Schmutzie and I simultaneously reached into our bras to fish out our Whirlpool refrigerator raffle tickets, because where else do you put things when you have no pockets?
7. When Emma Waverman won a fridge, and listening to the poor Whirlpool reps try to figure out how to get the thing to Canada. (By the way, I'm writing this from Emma's basement ... which is another highlight. Not the basement, lovely though it is, but hanging out with her.)
8. My roommates!
9. Being on a panel on “How to Be a True Agent of Change: a New Look at Issue-based Content,” with powerhouses Heather Barmore, Elena Sonnino and Katherine Stone, and moderator Morra Aarons-Mele. (Anyone have a photo of this one? I'd love it if you sent it to me.)
10. Working through my anxiety about being considered an agent of change and being forced to re-/think about my own roles, responsibilities and achievements in the blogosphere — and the wider world.
11. Kelly Wickham’s talk on “Calling out My Sisters.”
12. Seeing VillageQ up on the marquee at the Iris Awards, justifiably there with some of the finest names in blogging.
13. Getting back to refrigerators: Taking scandalous #fridgie photos with Farrah Braniff.
14. Getting Jen Mann’s take on self-publishing — and getting excited about it.
15. Plotting misguided URL names with my roommates at two in the morning: www.trappedlemons.com, www.ThingsAmericansSteal.ca (like the song “This land is your land”), www.lunchboxfullofunderwear.com, www.giraffenubbins.com. They were funny at the time.
16. Giving in and finally joining Instagram in the middle of a session and having 30-odd followers by its end – and getting private, in-person tutorials on how to use it from Elan, Vikki and Casey. I’m still a work in progress, though, so be patient with me. Also,
17. Box full of boobs.
17. Most important, seeing so many people I am so very fond of, and meeting so many new people. That sounds cheesy, but it’s absolutely true — you are a hilarious, smart, creative and beautiful and I can’t wait to see you all again. (I wish I had photos of/with more of you.)