Where was I?
Oh yes, I learned all about Andy Gibb.
I woke up, looked at the view outside my 9th floor window and had to pinch myself.
I missed breakfast but didn't care because I was so excited for the opening session of Friday morning, which I was attending on behalf of the women's ministry at my church.
I walked into the room, looked at all the round tables and didn't know where to sit. I sort of whispered a half-prayer, half conversation: "Where should I sit, Lord?"
I chose a spot and got settled in. About five minutes later, someone came up to me and said, "OK if I sit here?" I said, "Sure."
She said, "Hi, I'm Lynn ---- Gasp!"
At the same time, I said, "Hi, I'm Linda --- Gasp!"
It was Lynn from Unequal Marriage, whom I've corresponded with and whose writing I've enjoyed for so long! Lynn has prayed for me many a time. I was so happy to see her, but I couldn't believe she just walked right up to me without us knowing who the other was! That was so cool.
I had a wonderful morning and learned about promoting women's ministry and experiencing the power of God in your ministry.
Lunch was a shrimp salad, which was sad for me because 1) shrimp is maybe one of three foods in the entire world that I won't gobble down, and 2) I had missed breakfast! Anyway, Wendy Pope of She Speaks was hostessing our table, and she fixed me all up with a plain salad. It was as if Jorge himself were there. Ha.
I had two appointments with editors that day, and I was happy with the way both went. It was a real learning experience for me, although I was a bit freaked out right before the first one. I was trying to remember, as advised by others, not to chew gum, bat my eyes, clear my throat, click my nails or faint.
Wendy Pope generously offered to take some extra time alone with me to help prepare me for my first interview. I do not know why she offered, but out of the blue, she did, and I'm indebted to her for that kindness
After the 2nd interview, I was home free, Baby!!!
I just enjoyed each session and meeting everyone. Every time I start to tell you who all I was "so happy to meet," I'm afraid I'll leave someone out. There were people I've been reading for a long time and people I've been reading a short time. There were brand new people to meet. It was amazing.
As far as the attendees at the blogger's reception, I believe I have been reading Big Mama longer than I have anyone else, so I was very happy to meet her.
I took copious notes which I will revisit soon because I don't want to forget what I learned. By Sunday, I was on information overload, but that's good because it meant Proverbs 31 Ministries outdid themselves for us. The speakers were great.
My roommates, Kelley from Aroma of Joy and Missy from It's Almost Naptime are beautiful and sweet and funny. Kelley looks like she's about 25, but I still love her! I want to say "Hi!" to her daughter, "S" who apparently likes to read 2nd Cup, although I'm sure if she started reading this post she's in a coma right now.
I just want to say, if I met you at She Speaks, I love you. Because there was a bond of some kind. And not just because everyone was saying, "Y'all." It went deeper than that, at least for me. Five years ago, I couldn't have imagined this whole blogging life and friends. Life is funny.
I still have part 3 to tell you about, which was the trip home, where I flew on the Devil's private plane.
So here are my pics, and yes, I included a pic of the hotel room because I AM A DORK.