We leave Wednesday morning for Manhattan to attend BlogHer 12 with 4,500 other bloggers, which makes me both unbelievably excited and more than a little anxious.
A lot of bloggers are anxious about attending BlogHer, but that’s not what makes me nervous. I attended BlogHer in 2010, met some really wonderful people and had a great time. I am not worried about someone whose blog I enjoy not liking me (that happened in 2010 and my psyche survived) and I am not worried about being a small, unnoticed fish in a big, bloggy pond.
This time I am skipping all the sessions and spending time sightseeing with my husband, Phil, raiding the expo hall of freebies and partying with Phil and the Friends Who Live in My Phone.
So BlogHer doesn’t bug me. It’s the city that makes me nervous.
The new knee has not reached its bionic status yet, and that worries me. It may be better but, despite a lot of sweat spent in physical therapy, it’s not stronger or faster. As a temporarily handicapped person, I am a little concerned about getting around a city that moves at the speed of light. And we have to haul our luggage through Penn Station.
That’s my other worry : Packing.
Overpacking or underpacking is just not an option. We plan to haul three roller bags and everything has to fit.
I could not be happy until I was sure that all the clothes I want to take fit in my carry-on-sized Samsonite. So I packed and unpacked for New York already. Good news is that everything fit and I am sure I picked the right clothes to be comfortable day and night.
Bad news is that I am the fucking freak who rehearses packing.
Another mind-numbing concern is about my DSLR camera. I love to take photos, but I am so concerned about damaging and/or losing my beloved camera and lenses in NYC that I am leaning toward just using a pocket-sized, Nikon point-and-shoot and the camera in my iPhone.
All I want are some very touristy shots of me and Phil around town doing very touristy things and photos of my Friends Who Live in My Phone. (By the way, this blogger and this blogger are on my must-hug, want-to-buy-a-drink list. You’ve been warned.)
So the fancy camera with its multiple lenses will likely sit this trip out.
Now I am seeking advice. Phil has never been to Manhattan. I’ve been twice but never done much sightseeing. We already plan to have dinner here and lunch here, visit Central Park, Times Square, Rockefeller Center and go to this museum.
What else should we do while in NYC?
Keep in mind I am hobbled, it’s very hot and we only have four days.