I had planned my alone, car time carefully. First, was the food. I love to eat when I travel. So I packed the essentials in the front seat next to me. Diet Coke, Twizzlers, Whoppers and Jr. Mints. Yes, I am my dentist's best friend. Next was the tunes. About 4 hours of "Glee" tunes to be exact. And me singing at the top of my lungs. Sing like no one is watching. Right? I awarded myself the "Suburban Idol Award" for my vocals on "Dream On". Then when I started losing my voice, literally, it was time for my audiobook. I started listening to this month's book club selection The Thirteenth Tale.
Amazing storytelling and a perfect companion for the beautiful scenery of Utah.
First on the agenda upon arrival was CBC's Girl's Night Out. It was an event that gave me butterflies in my stomach. I was walking into a room full of women and bloggers that I had never met before. And yet some of them I considered friends. Would I recognize my virtual friends in person? I mean everyone knows that a blog pic ads 10 lbs! I was not in the room one minute when I heard "Linda!" and there was cute, cute Serene! I was immediately with friends. (pics on her blog. I was a lame picture taker). What a surreal night. Meeting women that I only knew through blogs but felt as though we had known each other forever. And that is how the whole weekend went. Meeting, hugging, saying "I love your blog."
Alexes and I representing Nevada!
And a highlight for me was running into a celebrity crush LDS singer/songwriter Hilary Weeks! I have seen her perform and entertain on several occasions and own several of her CD's. She was there as an attendee and I saw her walking to the same photography class I was going to. And I could not keep my mouth shut.
Me: Hilary Weeks! I love your music. I have actually talked to you before when you were in Las Vegas. (lame comment #1)
Hilary: (thinking oh my gosh. why can't she just let me be.) Oh thank you. So you have a blog?
Me: Yes! (And pointed to my tag with my blog name on it because I knew she wanted to read my chest. Lame comment #2).
Hilary: I like your outfit.
Me: (Thinking 'oh my gosh', Hilary likes my outfit. Just say thank you. But I am way too lame to just leave it at that). Thank you. Some of this is from thrift stores! (lame comment #3)
Hilary: (looking completely perplexed.) Thrift stores like TJ Maxx?
Me: (Feeling perplexed. I guess for someone like Hilary, TJ Maxx may feel like a thrift store) No, like the Goodwill and DI. ( Yep, I just told Hilary Weeks that I shopped at the DI. Nice. Lame comment #4).
Then I was saved by my bloggy friends Krista and Lisa. Hilary and I were both thankful for that.
Serene and Charlotte
In between learning about photography (apparently I have been doing it all wrong), blogfrog, realtionships, finding my voice (I didn't know I had lost it) and becoming a millionaire blogger, we ate. And ate. And ate. Can you say Chick Fil A TWICE in one weekend? My tummy was as full as my brain.
I extended my trip by a day and let my husband enjoy the kids alone for Memorial Day. Yes, I am generous like that. It is a bit scary how much I enjoyed travelling and being alone. I did miss my kid's faces and kisses. I missed my husbands embrace (but not his scruff he is now growing out for Scout Camp next week. Love being kissed by Grizzly Adams).
I loved being alone with my thoughts. Being alone with my blog friends. Being alone with my snacks and my tunes. Being alone with my lame comments and Hilary. I am home now. Soooo not alone. Kids are all home. There is something to do or clean or pick up everywhere I turn. So I will continue my Eat, Pray, Blog tour with a few added distractions.