Thursday, April 09, 2009

I'm back!

Did you miss me? Of course you did! The plan was to check in while I was traveling. Did I even tell you I was leaving? I figured I would have plenty of time at the airport to blog but that is not what happened as you can see. I flew out Sat afternoon, got there as they were getting ready to board. I factored in picking up my sister so she could have my car, I didn't factor her deciding to take her car and then stopping to get gas and coffee. Since my trip was so last minute I didn't have time to buy a book so I popped in to one of the airport shops to see what they had. Nothing in the romance department so I bought a Vanity Fair instead. It's always great for flights because they actually have articles. Course, that means I now know more about Bernie Madoff then I ever wanted to, LOL.

I had an aisle seat which is good because I sat next to 2 very large ladies. They were very sweet though. I didn't really talk to them until the last hour of the flight since I slept most of the way. We were flying during my normal nap time, not that the time of day really affects my sleeping on a plane. The layover in Chicago was the perfect amount of time, just a little over an hour. I had time to get a Chicago style hot dog and only had 20 minutes to wait before we loaded. I don't like it less then an hour because if the previous flight is running late, it's too stressful. I read for the quick jaunt to Atlanta and Dao picked me up, yay! It was midnight so we went straight to the hotel. She had a Vietnamese sub waiting for me, woo hoo!

We chit chatted in the room, I wouldn't say we caught up since we try to talk at least every other week but it's fun to talk in person! There was a vent in our room that wouldn't shut off so it was cold and of course, no extra blankets. Most people who room with me know I always turn off the A/C or at least turn the thermostat off. The room was cold. Good thing I packed my flannels. So Dao went to sleep but I was still wide awake. I tried to go to sleep after surfing the web but my body wasn't co-operating. I normally go to bed around 1am. That would be 4am in ATL. Guess who was up til after 4am? Then of course due to the cold and worry about over sleeping I didn't sleep too well.

Dao and I wandered down after I woke up to check out the continental breakfast. Not too impressive. Then it was time to get ready for lunch. I needed to run some errands before hand so no time to lolly gag. The lunch with Karen was scheduled for 12:30pm and we got there a little after noon and I would say over half of the 70 people who were going to show were already there, LOL. So much for getting there early.

The lunch was wonderful! Unfortunately Dao couldn't stay too long since she couldn't get Monday off and had to drive home but she did get a chance to see Brenda, Brian and Charlie again who came back from FL early to be at the lunch. How wonderful is that? I love them! Karen was also tickled to meet Brian since Brenda had posted a pic awhile back of him reading one of Karen's books. There were so many people to meet that I didn't have a chance to be tired. I barely had a chance to take a drink of water. As soon as I walked in there were friends to meet. Just because we hadn't met in person doesn't mean they're not friends as most of you know since most of my friends were met online first.

Karen and I hadn't done anything like this before and considering this was pulled together in a little over a week it was a tremendous success. People flew in as well as drove for hours to meet with Karen. That's a lot of pressure. It was pretty exciting and exhilarating. I thought the lunch would be 2 or 3 hours, it lasted 5 hours! Karen took her time talking to everyone and of course I was running around talking to everyone. One of the gals brought her daughter and niece along. She was so excited about the lunch that she forgot it was her daughter's birthday, LOL. So I picked her up a pink cake and we sang happy birthday to her and told her that she could dig right in to the cake with her fork. Who wouldn't love that? Of course I then went and got myself a fork so I could have a bite of the cake also, LOL. There are so many wonderful moments. The hardest part is there are so many people I want to talk to that you don't get a chance to have long conversations with anyone.

Karen and I are usually too busy talking to get pics taken so I was determined to get a Thelma and Louise shot. The group shot was taken after few people left which is a bummer but this will give you an idea about the crowd. Some people brought husbands, mothers, sisters, daughters and children. It was fun for everyone.
Brenda's teenage daughter Charlie even said, it wasn't as boring as she thought it was going to be. There you go!

Once the event was over is when I realized how exhausted I was. Back to the hotel and a nap for me. I honestly would have been happy staying in all night but I couldn't. I had plans to meet up with Franklin and go see dancing boys, I couldn't cancel those plans! So after my much needed nap I dragged myself up to get ready to meet my #1 gay. We went to BJ's. Our friendly neighborhood gay bar with dancing boys. What more could a girl ask for? Excellent company and men in their undies. Perfect! Franklin and I had a wonderful time catching up with each other with wonderful scenery around. His friend Scott was with us and he's a chef! He says the next time I come to town to give him warning and he'll make a meal for me. How fab would that be?

Franklin says hi to the gals. He misses you. We also spent time together on Monday before I flew out. We were originally going to do lunch but we changed that to lunch in the morning, LOL. I wanted to go to the Collonade Room for fried chicken but they don't open for lunch, gasp! So we ended up going to a local fast food joint. Their chicken was ok but no Collonade room, LOL. Then we wandered over to Borders and spent some time wandering around there. The nice day of the day before was gone. When we went from the car to the bookstore it was like running thru a tornado it was so windy. It was hilarious the look on his face when I stepped out of the car and my hair started flying everywhere. He did not want to get out of that car. There went my plan for us to get ice cream. Instead we went to the cafe and had a hot chocolate. Did you know SBC had a triple chocolate drink which means hot chocolate with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, white chocolate shavings and a chocolate stick? How decadent!

And with that my whirlwind trip to Atlanta was over. It was great to see Brenda, Franklin and Dao with one week's notice and two of them out of town. I have wonderful friends and it was a wonderful trip.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Happy Birthday to me...

Well happy fake birthday to me! I almost missed it. This working from home stuff makes it more difficult for me to keep track of dates but I had birthday greetings in my inbox which confused me for a sec, LOL. I need to remind Nancy so she can get me a present. Hey, just because I almost forgot doesn't mean she should. Especially where a present is concerned.

I really should make this day work for me since it's what's on my driver's license. You know there are places you can eat free on your birthday or I can get me some drinks. I might need to do some research. OK I just did. This link has a bunch of places you can sign up to get freebies on your bday. I signed up for Duke's Chowder House. I'm excited! Now I just have to make it to Seattle, LOL.

I will make it to Atlanta this weekend though. Karen is doing a lunch there and you know how I hate missing out on the fun. Dao is going to try to make it to town and I already let Franklin know I was coming. Its a quickie trip. I emailed Brenda but she's out of town this week and is going to try and make the signing. I told her when Karen was going but haven't heard from her since I added the bonus of me being there! If Dao and I hang out we will go eat. If Brenda and I hang out we will go eat. If Franklin and I hang out we will go look at boys. I hope I get to hang out with my friends, LOL.