And don’t worry, I got to be backseat middle the entire trip.
And while we were driving my hyperactivity-not-formally-diagnosed disease crept up and luckily Kymber had paper for me to draw on. So I drew what was on my mind.
Seriously though, did you see this Instagram? Clearly, there are struggles.
There were so many generous sponsors and so many awesome things one could win! I’m not lucky, so I knew I was down and out from the start, but I sure enjoyed watching others win cool things!
I really loved the size of this event. It was just the right amount of people (about 75). I met a lot of new faces and everyone was so cool and approachable.
There were crafts, and we were told by the Fiskars sponsors that we were “The most creative table” which she later admitted it was the mess that told her so. I’ll take credit for bad PR on crafting once again.
And to all the speakers, photographers, and organizers- you are amazingly down-to-earth cool people. It’s a lot of work to put a presentation together, and I thank you for all you did and your precious time as small business owners!
And can I talk about a post without talking about food? Hardly. One sponsor was DK’s Donuts, and I happen to not be a donut fan. I know, don’t gasp too hard. It’s just the one treat I can resist and as pure sugar and carbs it’s my insulin’s sworn enemy. I will choose other sworn enemies to make me fall asleep typically. BUT, I ate light and healthy and I even got up and ran without my running shoes that morning, so I decided I could try their O-nut, which is their take on the crescent donut. It was filled with chocolate and strawberries, so there was something in the middle to make me feel like I had a good choice taking place. All I can say is D-to-the-vine! It was so so so good! Good thing I don’t live in SoCal, cause I’d probably be in a diabetic coma several days a week.
All this was wonderful, but probably my favorite part of all was getting to spend time with one of my favorite people on earth and dearest friends, Katie. We met through blogging leaving comments on each other’s blogs originally, then one day we were coworkers. We went through a lot together in only a year of meeting in person, it really brought us together, and we’ve been friends who can talk about anything ever since. Even as I write this very light-hearted post, I think of the heavy week I’ve had on matters of the heart, and I love that Katie is one of my favorite people for all spectrum of hilarity and heaviness.
While we were together, there were photo booth shenanigans.
We ate together, we found the bathroom together, we sat by each other and cracked each other up the whole time, and we spent time on the beach. We left for a few moments to talk about life, love, and matters of the heart that we don’t always tell everyone else about. My soul needed that.
And my collection of pictures of me wearing wooden glasses with one of my favorite friends needed this.
And for only about $100 to register, figuring out hotel/travel fees and a few meals, my heart was full, and I was reminded what a beautiful thing the blogging community really is.
Beyond Dinner and a Movie
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