and I have to say — I just adore her. She tells great stories and she makes me laugh. I stayed up all night last night — seriously, all night. Haven’t done that in a while. But I really needed to catch up. There was about an hour between 4:30 and 5:30 a.m. when my inbox was empty — no new mail. That’s a good feeling.
We are leaving this afternoon to drive to Seattle, drop off some boys and then head to Whistler, Canada to celebrate Clark’s 13th birthday. Just Dad, Mom and Clark. OK, now there’s something — my child is thirteen. Thirteen. It’s been thirteen years since I gave birth for the first time. How is that possible? Wasn’t he just nine? I mean I remember my thirteenth birthday party really well — how did this happen? So freaky.
Had a wonderful time in Edmonton last weekend. Got to hang out at Memories Wholesale and visit with a fine group of retailers from all over Canada. Have been saying eh? to my kids since arriving back home. Also got to visit with Wendy Johnson — visionary behind the Joy of CardMaking special issues from Paper Crafts. I’m thinking she should come teach some card stuff at BPS? Can I just say the magazine doesn’t even do her cards justice — they are just so darling. Also got to hang out with the one and only Heidi Swapp. I’m trying my best to lure her over to BPS too! You know what makes Heidi so cool — like, I’m going to be able to list all the reasons — she is just so darn real. She is so like off the charts cool and yet she isn’t, you know? She is smart and grounded and personable and extrememly busy. We talked about being moms and finding balance and working hard and working smart. Of course I love her sidekicks Emily and Jodi too — fantastic women that I’m now hunting down husbands for [another story for another day.]
Had the most amazing brainstorm on my drive to the airport last Thursday — love it when that happens. Someday when this next "dream" of mine comes true. I’ll say, remember when I told you about the brainstorm? It was February 22, 2006. And you’ll say "Oh yeah — so this is it huh? And I’ll say "This is it!"
Back to Cathy. She is writing another book — a sequel to her industry-altering original and I cannot wait to crawl into bed and read it [lack of sleep] Anyway, thanks friend for reminding me that I have a blog. I’ve now rambled on sufficeintly and it’s time to go.
p.s. My books are back in and shipping — this is good!