Even though it didn’t officially start until Thursday, hubby and I got there on Wednesday. After checking in, we headed over to our favorite restaurant PF Changs where we talked books, then went back to the hotel and hung out. We got to sleep in the next morning, which was bliss, then did some writing before going over to IKEA, where we promptly lost ourselves in the wonders of home decor and furnishings for a couple hours. If we didn’t have dinner reservations that night, we might still be there! Yeah, we love that place!
That night it was back to PF Changs (told you it was our favorite restaurant!) for dinner with Monette Michaels, whom we met the first time we went to Lori’s and have been good friends with ever since. Dinner with her at Changs has become a tradition. After that, it was back to the hotel to regsiter and get our badges, then hang out at the meet and greet. It was the first time Lori had something on Thursday like that, and hope she does it again because it was so much fun! Hubby and I hung out with the fangirls from my Street Team – Brenda Wheeler, Janet Juengling-Snell, Cindy Overton, Kimberly Radicy-Rocha and Barb Ledbetter – as well as fellow Romance Divas Maddy Barone, Mary Quast and Robyn Bachar, and their friends Jessica P. and Diana B., along with Kathryn M. Oh, and there was a DJ for dancing. Yay!
Surprisingly, we didn’t stay up too late that night. Mostly because we had to be up early the next day to help stuff goody bags. You get to meet lots of new people while doing it, so it’s always fun! It took most of the day, though, so we didn’t get to hang out much until dinner. Then it was time for the book signing. It’s one of the highlights of the conference because I get to meet so many people. Even recruited some new members for my Street Team! Love it! Afterward, we met up with Desiree Holt and her daughter in the bar, which rocked!
We slept in again on Saturday, then spent the day hanging out with everyone until crazy late that night! Man, were we tired the next day! But spending time with Brenda and her hubby and Maddy and Jessica, then Janet and Cindy after that was worth it!
Can’t wait until next time!
I have pictures on my FB page, so hope you’ll stop by!
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