Jen from Life With Levi had a 'pre-conference' gathering. I'm just going to admit it right here. I have no sense of direction. NONE. Nada. And because of this? Harper and I got lost. WAY lost. Driving around for 2 1/2 hours lost.
Why didn't I just call Jen you say? Or perhaps why not call my husband? Or use that fancy smartphone I am always bragging about to get directions? Because it turns out that my car charger doesn't work and my battery went dead as can be. So here I am, the little country mouse, driving around the BIG CITY with Harper screaming her guts out in the back seat. I eventually gave up and stopped at the house that looked the safest and asked to use their phone. Luckily, the man who answered the door was not a serial killer...or if he was I wasn't his type. It could also be that Harper looked at him with her little tear-stained face and grinned and flirted like crazy. Maybe he just had pity on us. Either way, I got in touch with my husband, who called Jen, who came and got me.
When we finally got to Jen's house, I was exhausted. Harper, on the other hand, had just taken about a two hour nap so she was ready to PARTAY and was up past midnight. Jen hooked me up with a (much needed) glass of wine and the girls at the gathering gave me TONS of sympathy and some chocolate which was PERFECT. We watched Bridesmaids, which was absolutely hilarious in a "I might wet myself from laughing" and "OH MY GOSH THIS IS SO INAPPROPRIATE" kind of way. After the movie, the last of the partiers left and Jen and I chatted a bit then went to sleep.
|Pic by Teresa Boardman|
For our second session, we attended the panel on Building Communities Online and Offline, which consisted of Jen Emmert, Meghan Wilker, Ian Schwartz and Stephanie Meyer and was moderated by Kate O'Reilly. I got to hear about how Jen developed her community during her weight loss journey but then Harper needed a break so we wandered around the halls a bit.
During our hallway meandering, we ran into Mandy Dwyer of Glimpses of Soul Photography. She asked Harper if she would be interested in modeling for a bit and of course Harper said yes. That girl can't stay away from a camera! Mandy was as sweet as sugar and I'm hoping we run into each other again soon. Miss Harper might want to hire her for her One Year pictures...
|Pic by Beth Rubin-Gabor|
Once lunch was over, we went to see Kate Hopper speak about "Making Your Writing Sing". Oh my was she amazing. I actually stood up and shared one of the writing exercises she had us do and kind of amazed myself with the image I was able to paint in such a short time.
The last session was about "Moving Your Blog to Wordpress", something I've been considering for awhile. I learned a ton of info and it really has me thinking about making the plunge. Tim Elliot was very knowledgeable and I'm glad I attended this session.
It was a fantastic day and I cannot even list all of the people I was so glad to finally meet in person or this post will be way too long. Kudos to Missy, Arik, Suzi, Beth, Bridget, and Josh for planning and executing such a fantastic event.
...and thank you very much to Jen, who hugged me and dried my embarrassed and stress-filled tears and got me safely to her house on Friday. You are a true friend. I mean it.
|Pic by ...me *snort*|
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