An interesting thing happened to me in my hotel room Monday night. I was using the internet and had it plugged into my laptop. I wanted to check e-mails, blogs and such. I was on it for a while, and then decided to start getting ready to go meet with my college friend, Kaylee. So I unplugged the internet access, and RIGHT when I did that, this piercing, really LOUD noise poured through my room. Like, RIGHT when I pulled the plug! So I started scrambling, jumping back and forth, thinking "what did I do, what did I do???" I was FREAKING out! Weird, right? Until I finally realized that it was the FIRE ALARM! Yikes! So I grabbed the laptop, grabbed my messenger bag, my cell phone, my iPod, and my purse, and RAN like hell out the door...there were other people in the hall and one guy said, "This is so weird, I've never had this happen to me before!" I said, "Me, too!" Then I heard him tell his wife, "Hey, did you see that lady? She brought her LAPTOP!"
Yes, I grabbed my Mac. My precious Powerbook, which has my entire career on it. (OK, not the entire career...) But I mean, it's my BUSINESS! I do have everything backed up on an external and always do a backup of all recent files before I travel anywhere. And I do have an extra computer, where if anything happened to my laptop I wouldn't be totally SOL. BUT, come on! It's my work...Also, once I got down to the parking lot and the alarm stopped, I couldn't find my room key. I HAD looked for it before I ran like a banshee out of my room, but couldn't find it. So I had to go to the front desk to retrieve another copy...
Now, Kaylee, upon hearing about this story, said she would've grabbed her laptop, too. "I doubt I would've grabbed my iPod, though..." Yes, that was a stretch. And after this whole episode, I read that handy dandy little map thingy on the back of my hotel room door. I did nothing right. The instructions read that I should take my room key and calmly approach the room door, feeling it for heat. If it seemed fine, open the door and proceed calmly to the nearest stairwell to exit the building. Whatever....
I guess we never really know what we'd do in an emergency... That was the first time I had that happen to me at a hotel.
What would you have done?
Wow! I can't even begin to describe the time I had at CHA. OK, I'll try!
I really wandered the HUGE, expansive floor for a lot of the time I was there. Thank God I wore my hiking boots. Seriously, I wish I had had a way to log my miles. It was that big...
I didn't take many pics because I felt weird taking them. I got some odd looks when I did. (Maybe it was me just being paranoid.) Also, as far as product, I didn't see anything that really WOWED me. There was nothing NEW. Nothing that really overwhelmed and excited me.
Elsie Flannigan had a cute booth:
Now, let me just say this isn't a great photo and part of it is because of the weird looks I got for taking pictures. (This was a booth that I really felt that weirdness.) Anyways, since I just love Elsie's style, I asked for a catalog. The response I got was less than friendly (it wasn't Elsie herself). A wayward glance up and down at my badge and I was told that they didn't give out catalogs to anyone who wasn't a buyer. WHAT?! Then what's the point of having a booth? I understand you're trying to sell the line, get it into stores, but to deny a catalog to attendees (I had a designer badge) totally screws the point of the show. That said, I think that her line was the one I was most jazzed about (other than the chilly reception). Here are some of the adorable layouts on the walls using her line:
Here are some of the papers:
The 7 Gypsies booth:
A couple of lines from Basic Grey that I totally love:
Other than that, it was all about meeting people. I lurked around the F&W booth, since they had author signings. I saw Claudine Hellmuth, who is always absolutely wonderful to chat with....Linda Woods of Visual Chronicles fame, who is probably one of THE nicest people I met at the show. OK, she IS one of the nicest. I could've chatted with her forever. Linda, you rock! And her fab designer, Marissa, was also on-hand for me to gush to. Marissa also designed Pretty Little Things by Sally Jean and many of the other tremendous Northlight books. She was also extremely sweet! :-) Carol Wingert is a sweetie, too! We chatted about shoes (Clarks and Born) and probably seeing each other in the past at Ink It in Gilbert (she teaches there). She's got a new book coming out with Tena Sprenger (Lifelines) and I missed getting a signed copy of her Artful Memories...I was bummed!
Jenn Mason, author of the upcoming The Art of the Family Tree, designed by yours truly, was at the Rockport booth. I SO enjoyed meeting her! She rocks! I hope to work with her again in the future...It's a FAB book...coming to stores in June. I talked with clients and anyone else who would talk with me! Everyone was extremely friendly, encouraging and wonderful with their compliments. I loved meeting them all...Also, I got to spend time with Cindy and Gary of The Paper Studio in Tempe. We met up at the airport, where unbeknownst to us, we were on the same flight! We even ran into each other on the show floor later that day and met up that night for the keynote.
Speaking of the keynote, I got to see Martha Stewart speak LIVE. Seems like so many I talked to on Sunday on the show floor said they just saw her, wandering the floor. Of course, I DIDN'T! But I enjoyed her keynote. What I didn't enjoy were the all-too chatty women sitting behind us at the keynote. Advice to CHA: do not serve free wine before a keynote. It causes those who can't control their liquor to giggle, laugh, sneer, chortle and whatever else during a speech that I paid good money to see and HEAR, as well as the other patient people around me. Even after being told to keep it down, they continued. Even to the point of: "Hee, hee! Oh, shhh, keep it down, SHE can't hear Martha!" What is this, high school? Grow up!
Anyways, it's great to be back home. Lucy seemed pleased to see me. Even though Grammy came over at lunch time to let her out while I was gone (thanks, Grammy!) And I was proud of myself...I stayed right near Disneyland and didn't break down and go. OK, I went to Downtown Disney because I was curious. I hadn't been there in years and had yet to see how the park expanded into other parks. Hey, I had a little free time... :-) Once a Disney freak, always a Disney freak...
And now, back to work!
Still working on the Christmas journal...so pathetic. Day 29 is going to be such a simplistic page that I'm not even going to post it. But this is Day 28:
Just a little bit of December for you in late January!
I am going to CHA on Sunday...I may post from there. Will have my laptop, but not sure if I'll have TIME! If not, I'll post what I saw when I get back. I am taking my camera, yes, indeedy!
Anyways, dear Renee tagged me:
The Rules: Each
player of this game starts with "6 weird things about you". Each person
who gets tagged needs to write a blog post of their own 6 weird things
as well as clearly state this rule. After you state your 6 weird
things, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names.
Don't forget to leave a comment that says "you're tagged" in their
comments and tell them to read your blog for information as to what it
So here we go...
1. Like Renee, I have an addiction. Hers is to Diet Coke. Mine is to Coca-Cola. I CANNOT eat at a restaurant that doesn't serve it. Pepsi? NO. Usually if it's one of those places, I take the food home. Seriously. If it's Sauce, I'll drink iced tea. In fact, I won't see movies at Harkins Theatres normally because I can't stand the fact they serve Pepsi. And I MUST have Coke while watching a movie.
2. Before I leave the house, I check to make sure the doors are locked and the oven's off, etc., like 3 times! My hubby just rolls his eyes. And yes, I have come back home to make sure something's off or locked.
3. I have this weird piling habit. Stacking, piles. I honestly don't live like a pig. But I do hoard books and magazines and I stack them. In fact, I have seven stacks in my office right now. (I have to go through those!)
4. Since my bed bug incident in SF last August, I have a slight phobia about bed bugs in hotels. I check the bed with a fine toothcomb. Like when we went to Vegas in September and stayed at THE Hotel at The Mandalay Bay (which is a total rip-off, BTW) I ended up having them move us to another room because the first room had tiny blood stains on the headboard. That's a sign of bed bugs. Ick! It makes me itch just thinking about it.
5. I HATE driving at night. 'Nuff said.
6. I LOVE gray days. Yes, I live in AZ where it's sunny like 363 days of the year. So when a gray day rolls around (I definitely need to move to the Northwest), I am SO happy! Like today: It's so cloudy and rainy and I LOVE it! It makes me feel more creative. And I hate when it's been raining and the sun comes out and it's all like bright and wet. Make it cloudy some more. I'll take it any day...