Wednesday, February 11, 2009

On the Go

I've been digging through 350 pictures from the weekend and trying to get caught up on seemingly everything in the world (including blog reading - woefully behind barely covers it) while also trying to get a million things on my list ready for the drive to Chicago this week. If I don't dump out some of my pictures and empty my mind of the past weekend, my mind my explode, and that would make it kind of hard to do the Japan interview, which is the main reason for the Chicago trip. Yes, more info on that is forthcoming. One thing at a time.

We got an early start Saturday morning heading Nashville (10 hour drive with stops), and thanks to the fact that 2008 was the year that I gave in and actually started using Facebook, it worked out that I got to see someone I haven't seen in over 20 years along the way between Tulsa and Nashville. Turns out an old classmate owns a Harley dealership. That's just plain cool.

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We arrived in Nashville just as BlissDom 09 was wrapping up, and I ran into Lotus (and Braden!) in the parking lot literally just as we were pulling up and just as she was leaving. This was a very big deal to me because she's a favorite of mine, and the impact her Weekly Winners project that I do every Sunday has had on my life is indescribable. Almost. I did describe it once.

While the last speaker was wrapping up, the awesome VDog came out to greet me (and to save me from the awkward lurking around without a hall pass lanyard thingy) and gave me the hugest hug. Soon after that, I finally got to meet Rebecca whose pictures have always blown me away. When Mishelle came out, there were more hugs, at least one while jumping up and down and trying not to scream. Once the speaker was done, I got to meet Colleen quickly in the crowd and craziness (we got to hang out more later).

I got all dressed up (possibly over dressed, and I. Don't. Care. because it was fun) and headed to the lounge where the cocktail party was happening. Later Tom and I did a double date with Mishelle and her husband, and had a really great time - good food, good laughs, good beer, good wine and we came away feeling like we'd really made good new friends, even the guys.

(this photo by Mishelle, who is in the middle, and I'm on the right)


Back in the lounge after dinner, we got to spend some time talking with Colleen and staying up until the place closed at whatever time that was. I just know it was late and that I was not entirely sober.

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After breakfast, there was the photowalk in downtown Nashville, and it was a blast. It was my first time visiting, and I just loved the feel and all of the beautiful architecture. There will be bucket loads of pictures on Sunday, but here's a peek.

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Lotus and Braden Photowalking
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We hit the White Castle on the way out of Nashville since it's been forever for me and never for Tom, and he actually liked it! That kind of dispelled my belief based on 30-some years of research that people who didn't grow up eating White Castle didn't like it.

Bellies full of badness that tastes good but that later turns on a body, we headed out and saw some beautiful skies.
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The muffler had been getting iffy (and, truthfully, had been rigged even to get the car from Oregon to Oklahoma for the move back in December), and while it sounded kind of scary-ish, it stayed intact the whole way home, and we came home to an intact home as well. Those last 5 minutes of returning home always feel like someone has hit my anxious button while I start to imagine returning to something Very Bad (or, worse, to nothing at all in the event of theft, fire or some other Even Worse Kind of Very Bad Thing).

The muffler has been fixed, so if I knock on wood really hard, I should be good to go for the drive to Chicago on Thursday. I'll likely get some time for blogging while I'm gone, and I'll be trying to keep up with all of y'all as time allows in time pockets between visiting with family, freaking the hell out preparing for the interview, getting to meet Lou (omg!), then visiting one of my best friends in Indy and getting to meet Tabatha (from way back when I started regularly blogging the Chantix quit). Whew. I need a nap. And coffee.

26 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! that looks like so much fun! Had I been in PA I think I'd have tried to go. I'm not Southern but I love me some southern bloggers.

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  2. your trip looks perfect! you're an excellent storyteller by the way.

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  3. I'm glad you had such a great time! Oh, and I LOVE that photo of the shattered glass - so cool!

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  4. Pictures are awesome and it looks like you had a wonderful time!!!

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  5. The story is great - the pictures are awesome - and I can't wait to give you the biggest hug.

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  6. Omgoodness I cannot wait til we get to meet I am most excited.
    Loved your pics. Looks like you had a great time.

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  7. I would have LOVED to have gone!!!
    Your pix were wonderful!
    I am so jealous!

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  8. The time we spent together is a highlight of my whole weekend. I maybe should've brought my camera to dinner, but I really needed some time away from it. And time spent with you was well worth it.

    We <3 You Guys!

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  9. love all the photos--i've flown into Nashville, but not in the city itself, unfortunately. Have a great trip to Chicago! Thanks, too, for all your kind comments. :)

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  10. Oh what a lovely time! I'm so jealous :) I wish I could meet you and all of the other wonderful peeps there.

    Those are gorgeous shots along the way.

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  11. Oh, you met Mishi. I am JEALOUS! These pics are great.

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  12. Wow! What an amazing trip! And I'm only a little jealous.
    Okay.
    That's a lie. I am SO JEALOUS!!!!

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  13. I'm so glad you had a good time! and that last pic...tictactoe sky? Awesome!

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  14. Great photos of the trip. I'm jealous you got to meet so many of my favorite bloggers.

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  15. Wow - looks like you had a great time!!

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  16. I've never been in that part of the country, so thanks for the tour!

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  17. oh this looks like a fab time! Lucky you to finally meet up with some peeps!! I love the photos - have not been to Nashville in forever!!!

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  18. Loved your story. Such great pictures. It looks like you guys had a great time.
    We are supposed to go to Nashville this summer.

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  19. Have fun with Lou. He's a sweetie!

    And I loved the photos.

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  20. I am JEALOUS!!!!
    Not only have you met all of my idols, you had a photowalk in Nashville, AND you're meeting up with Lou as well!!! Can't wait to read more!!

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  21. Wow! You sound like you had an amazing time. Isn't it cool to meet bloggers IRL. Before I see them in the flesh, they are not unlike surreal celebrities who just happen to talk to me. :)

    Oh, and I can't lie. I'd totally down a Slider in a second right about now.

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  22. I agree with Shadow. You are and awesome storyteller and your pictures of the the HIZ-OOK!!!

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  23. Along with being the Haiku Mistress, and photographer extraordinaire, you are, in person, an absolute delight. It was a lovely - extraordinary - evening.

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  24. Was so lovely seeing you by surprise as I was heading to the car!

    And getting to hang out at the photo walk was so nice. It's so surreal (but in a wonderful way) to finally hug and see a person you've talked to so many times for so long!

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  25. Beautiful pictures Maggie!

    I'm so glad you had a great time. It's so neat that you've gotten to meet so many bloggers. :)

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  26. oh boy i'm wayyyy behind on my blogreading too because look at everything I'm missing! First, you look hot! Looks like ya'll had a great time -- and good luck on your Japan interview! If you didn't have it already that is!

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