This is LONG overdue. I returned a week ago Sunday from my last scrapbook event for 2008. I taught at the Seattle CKC at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. This is such a GREAT event. I'm totally serious — being raised in the Seattle area means I'm biased, but what a great city and a great venue and LOTS of great people!
I had the good fortune of Wendy's company for a whole day before the convention started and was joined by Paula, Kayce, Sara and Dani — all BPS girls — at the show. We had a delightful time. Some bad luck, but much more good luck.
We woke up to clear skies and NO rain (this is very good luck in November) and headed downtown to do something that for me is "so Seattle." We fed the Seagulls at Ivars. I've been eating at Ivars on pier 54 for as long as I can remember and the Seagulls there, loved to be fed. There's even a statue of Ivar himself feeding a bird!
Check out the little movie of us having fun. It's clear I need to work on my videographer skills, but I totally LOVE my flip. Next, we headed to Bainbridge Island, a quick 30 minute ferry boat ride across Pudget Sound.
We enjoyed a delicious lunch in a delightful bakery, but unfortunately missed our ride back and got a parking ticket (bad luck.) We were forced to enjoy another hour of warm autumn sunshine and a chance to just sit and talk. We also got to see the waterfront in some beautiful golden light — such good luck!
Back on the other side, we fed the parking meter again and headed off to Pike Place Market for some inspiration.
Somehow I read my watch wrong and thought it had been two hours instead of just one. We raced back to our parking spot, anticipating another ticket, but instead found our rental car had been broken into (my laptop computer was gone (very, very bad luck)
What was amazing to me was how very calm we stayed. We were safe and that was all that mattered really. We had good luck in replacing the car and the computer in record time. By 10:00 pm I had restored all of my presentations and was ready to teach! Technology really is amazing.
As always, I met and connected to many friends and scrapbookers. This is Vicki, who won an ipod on my blog earlier this year. We have a little inside-story that we celebrated with this photo! Also, note the cool "woven" lei that I'm wearing. It was created by a friend who came all the way from Hawaii. She also brought me Hershey's "only available on the islands" Macadamia Nut Kisses too. I am truly lucky (blessed) to receive thoughtful cards and gifts — scrapbookers are a generous bunch!
On Saturday night after two days of Teaching (Wendy taught six classes a day!) we all (top photo LtoR: Paula, Kayce, me, Dani and Sara) had the very good luck of spending the evening at my parents' home on Lake Langlois in Carnation. We enjoyed a most delicious home-cooked meal (like only mom's can do!)
It was a perfect wrap up to a fantastic weekend. Speaking of WENDY — I hope you've signed up for the fabulous return of Get Organized, Be Inspired, starting in January!!
p.s. IF you are lucky enough to speak French, you could go read an interview I did with the fabulous ladies at Zoom sur le Scrap. Here it is.