I’m Back And, OH, I Have Stories To Tell

This weekend was so eventful that I’m not sure where to start.  So be warned, ahead lies a long and stream-of-consciousness post containing excruciatingly minute details that will probably only be interesting to those who where there.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Still reading?  Good!  Alright…first, here’s a list of who all came to at least one of the weekend events (and I know I have left someone out–I apologize ahead of time.  If you were there and didn’t make it onto this list, will you e-mail me, please?):

ChilitexasAfter a five-hour drive from our fair city, Chilihead and I went straight to the restaurant in Ft. Worth.  We popped open the back of her mini-van and freshened up, hoping none of our new friends would see the two Oklahoma rednecks getting ready OUT OF THE BACK OF A CAR. 

We entered the restaurant, only to find we were the first ones there.  We walked up to the man at the front desk, and the following conversation ensued:

Him: Name, please?

Us:  Um, we’re here to meet a big group of ladies.  The name is probably Jeana.

Him: Last name?

Us:  Um…we don’t know.

Him:  How many people are in the party?

Us: Um…we don’t know.  Maybe 20?

Him:  Would you recognize Jeana if you saw her?

Us: [Thinking back to the tiny little picture of Jeana from her blog]  Um, probably not.

It is at this point I realize we’ve driven across two states to meet people we don’t recognize and whose names we don’t know.  I have become The Kind Of Person I Make Fun Of. 

Friday1_copy Thankfully Front Desk Man sorted it out, pointed us to our table, and we DID, in fact, recognize Jeana when she arrived.  Just as I expected, it was like greeting old friends, not total strangers.  The laughing and talking commenced immediately, with the help of some funky blue margaritas.  Everyone was just as I expected.  Jeana is a hoot, Kelsey is adorable, GiBee is pronounced JEE-bee (I was wrong!) and Faith wore pink.  I knew she’d wear pink!

After dinner, we hotel-stayers headed back to the hotel for a couple more hours of shrieking laughing and talking.  At 1:30, Chilihead collapsed into our (oh, yes!) Sleep Number Beds.  If you were wondering, I’m a 30. 

Saturday2_copy On Saturday, we slept in until (Oh Great Day In the Morning!) 10:45, a feat I haven’t managed since college.  It was wonderful.  We headed to the lovely Botannical Gardens (or "Botanic", as they say in Texas, which is just wrong) for a luncheon, but a wedding taking place in the same area meant that service was slo-o-o-o-ow.  After waiting for our food for a bazillion years, I double-dog-dared Lauren to snag us some wedding cake for our trouble.  Saturday3_copy She gave it her best shot, until the mother of the bride caught her and chewed her out.  LovelyShalee has an audio post from our lunch over at her site, and you can hear our cackling fellowship.  You can also hear my voice and confirm that I am, in fact, a hillbilly.

Our group split up after lunch, and Chilihead and I joined Kelsey, Jeana, Shalee, and Minnie on a pilgrimage to Grapevine Mills outlet mall.  Children’s Place windpants for only $5…SCORE!  The sassy Minnie (She Of the Funky Hair and Awesome Shoes and Much Too Adorable Figure) was a perfect shopping coach.  We Saraheven visited a formal-wear store to try on formals, and you can see the photographic evidence of that little adventure here.

After the shopping, we met up with the group at Tina’s gorgeous home for a taco dinner.  I was able to do much cuddling with Sarah‘s precious baby daughter Addison, a very special blessing after praying for her so much.  There was stillSaturday4_copy_1 more laughing, lots of eating, a group photo  (which I will be posting as soon as Tina e-mails it to me; hint, hint, Tina…) and endless chattering.  Really, would we ever run out of things to say?  (By the way, if you’re wondering why I blacked out Chilihead‘s face in this photo, it’s because she forgot to put on her Groucho Marx glasses.  Her celebrity must be protected at all costs.)

Sunday morning Chilihead and I had a bittersweet good-bye breakfast with BreakfastJeana and Faith (see the picture of my breakfast on the left.  Yes, I actually ate a Texas-shaped waffle).  Before heading back to Oklahoma, Chilihead and I stopped at Ikea and spent entirely too much time and money on kitchen gadgets.  We had a stranger take our picture during checkout wearing our Ikea bags, looking all sophisticated and European.  Ikea ("Yes," Chilihead said, "nothing says sophisticated and European like a couple of middle-aged Oklahoma housewives wearing Ikea bags.") 

Despite a bit of getting lost on the way home, Chili and I had a ball, talking until I nearly lost my voice.  Is there anything better than time in the car with a girlfriend…and no kids?

I’m home now, a bit road-weary, still hoarse, and buried up to my eyeballs in the laundry and kitchen explosion that occurred in my absence.  But I’m richer, too–I’ve now mirled with some of the very best the blogosphere has to offer, and I happily count these women among my real-life friends.  I’m already looking forward to the next real-life blog gathering, whenever and wherever that may be!

30 thoughts on “I’m Back And, OH, I Have Stories To Tell

  1. Laurel Wreath says:

    Thank you so much for sharing all this, wish I was there. I even (tortured) made my husband listen to Shalee’s audio blog. I told him if they do this next year “honey I am soooo there!!”.

  2. Minnie says:

    Oh my GOODNESS, did we have some major fun or WHAT!? My sides still hurt from all of the laughing.
    It was such a treat to meet you guys! Can’t wait to get together again soon!

  3. Shalee says:

    It was a lot of fun, but you didn’t get any pictures of me… Are you trying to tell me anything? Because now I’m going to have a complex about it until I talk to you and know that you really do like me, but there wasn’t any place to put my picture up too… 🙂
    And Laurel Wreath, what do you mean by this: “I even (tortured) made my husband listen to Shalee’s audio blog.” Am I that annoying?! I think I’m slightly insulted…. However, send me your phone number and I’ll torture him some more for you. Hey, what are fellow bloggers for?

  4. HolyMama! says:

    very well done. the best part has to be the chic women in plastic bags! i have GOT to go get mine written, but it’s so much fun to read everyone else’s!

  5. Birdie says:

    To visit the Ikea here, you practically had to drive past my house! Next time, feel free to stop by and say “howdy”! We’ll even feed you! ;o)

  6. Christina says:

    Oh my goodness how fun!! I am smiling ear to ear for you right now. There is just nothing like those experiences. I’m so glad you went!

  7. Goslyn says:

    Oh oh, so much fun. I am way jealous, although I am so glad you had a good time. Are you really a 30 for a sleep number? That’s SOOOO soft. I’m a 55!

  8. Jenny in Ca says:

    Oh, sounds like you all had such a blast!! I am suffering envy right this minute that I wasn’t there. The pictures are all wonderful.
    When are you all coming to California??
    Jenny

  9. Gego says:

    Wow! What a wonderful, well-deserved experience. I promise that the kitchen was clean when I left about one. Now, the laundry, well, that takes a professional! Thanks for sharing your wonderful kids and Hubs while you were gone. I missed you. Love you, Gego

  10. Rachel Anne says:

    Thank you so much for letting a blogging newbie join the group! I had such a great time on Saturday night, meeting an incredible group of girls! I was really blown away by the depth and the fun and the connection between the women there….what a cool, cool thing. Shannon, you are a treasure and I felt blessed to get to meet you.

  11. Kimber says:

    Just blog hopping and came across your blog 🙂
    Sounds like you guys had a blast…loved how you wrote about it 🙂
    I am sort of new to blogging (about one year)….but already – I have gained dear friends – that I pray I get to meet one day face to face – maybe we will all have to meet up for the weekend like ya’all did 🙂
    blessings to you and your bloggie friends…God is way coolio for connecting us sisters from around the country – isn’t He?!!!

  12. GiBee says:

    Uh … yeah … so … as y’all can see, I am SOOOO not photogenic. No. No, no, no. But who cares when you’re surrounded by a room full of funny, beautiful women?!? Had a great time!
    And let me just say for all of Shannon’s readers … I score her with TEN rocks … and that’s out of 5, too! She gets an extra 5 for her smooth southern accent!

  13. Paulette1958 says:

    HOW FUN my stomping grounds, at the Botanancle gardens I go all the time and do photograpy.
    I signed up for this weekend and went to Miami for the week. Glad ya’ll had a grand Texas time. I love Texas.

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