Mom 2.0 Recap: Let’s all move to the same city

First, I regret that I can’t offer Mad Men hair tutorials, because I had nothing to do with it. Diana from the Sax Fifth Avenue Salon was responsible for all the ratting and twisting and pinning. It involved no extra hairpieces, but she did use three pounds of bobby pins:

My neck could barely support my giant lolling head, but would you believe the whole session only took about fifteen minutes? Having an updo done in Texas is like having your tires changed by a pit crew at the Indy 500.

During the party, Jenny snuck back to her room for her bottle of Strawberry Hill — presumably because she was looking to get some teenage girls drunk. When she returned, she mentioned that someone had asked her if she was “working.” We laughed, because she was wearing a giant blonde wig and a black petticoat. The next day some guy at a helicopter conference mistook me for a prostitute too, only I was in my regular clothes. So who’s the pretty one now, Jenny?

Karen took some photos of me for her upcoming book The Beauty of Different. She taught me Andrea’s trick for making people laugh in photos, which is to ask them to turn away and then spin around really fast with a fierce face. Like so:

I demonstrated later for the very brave Jon from Daddy Scratches, who was among the few men at the conference. He took the photo I’ll use when I’m asked to speak at Davos:

Karen also started on her Mighty Life List at the conference! Boo-yah.

She just published it, and she’s already gotten started with a project to photograph 1,000 faces. Also, she offered to show me around Trinidad for Carnival on the condition that I wear a sequined bikini with her. So I apologize for the Flickr stream in advance.

Rebecca was my roomie, which meant lots of laughing after lights out and many startling, pseudo-sexual assgrabs at the bar.

I’m pretty sure we’re engaged now, Rebecca. Please apologize to Hal for me. Rebecca also did my eye makeup for the keynote panel. Her eye makeup tutorial is legend, so now my eyes are totally Internet famous.

(Photo by Mainline Mom who has lots of great photos of the conference.)

The keynote panel with Heather, Gabby, and Stephanie was a lot of fun because it felt like a real conversation — albeit a conversation with 300 people, many of whom were wielding cameras and live blogging. Good eye makeup does wonders for your chutzpah.

The last day, I walked Heather up to her room to keep her company while she packed. She reached into the minibar and said, “Do you realize how long it’s been since we’ve had a cocktail date?” Between pregnancies and breast feeding over the last few years, there’s been entirely too much napping and not nearly enough Madonna karaoke at our recent reunions. She twisted the tops off two miniature whiskeys, and we clinked airplane bottle necks.

Then she tried to make me promise not to tell Jon that she wore 8-inch stripper heels all weekend, despite her fractured tailbone. Honey, Jon has met you.

This is Laura doing her impeccable Laura imitation at the Mom 2.0: Defining a Movement exhibit. The next day, Laura and I toasted her awesome conference in the hot tub. I met so many smart, kind women this year, I came home feeling overwhelmed by all the possibilities unfolding for our community.

Well done, girl. You know how to throw a party.

16 thoughts on “Mom 2.0 Recap: Let’s all move to the same city

  1. OH MY GOD!!! Diana has been cutting my hair since 1989. NO WONDER you looked so fabulous!!! She is indeed the bomb-diggity. 🙂


  2. Okay, this: “Having an updo done in Texas is like having your tires changed by a pit crew at the Indy 500” had me busting a gut! And the action shot of you flipping your hair? Priceless. Looking forward to the Carnival Flickr feed!


  3. Holy Cannoli, I’m buying tix right now for the next Mom 2.0 Summit!

    And I think I’ve just added a couple of new things to my life list to boot. Thanks again for another inspiring and hilarious post!


  4. Maggie, that picture of you doing the half-turn- fierce manouver — DAMN. You and that hair should be outlawed. You look like some kind of avenging goddess. Badass and beautiful. It was great ‘panel-ling’ with you — hope to work with you again soon and often!


  5. Sounds like too much fun (yay, minibar whiskey!) but that photo of as precious, precious iPhone (I think) dangling precariously over a hot tub is giving me mad anxiety.


  6. Wish I could’ve gone to the summit and met all of you. I was there in spirit, saw the gallery, and came away with a lovely photo to cherish which uses your quote. Thanks for the inspiration.


  7. It was an AWESOME conference and I will not miss another one for anything. And you’ve now inspired me to create my own Mighty Life List.

    I especially liked the Keynote. You are right it was like a conversation with 300 people. Even though I didn’t say anything, I feel like I participated in a conversation rather than just listened to a keynote.


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