Maybe it was Memphis

Conventions, travel, food, and some interesting sites.


The grandeur of the lobby, the opulence of the ceilings were a great treat to enjoy at the Peabody. 

Yes, I gathered with the other tourists to watch the ducks.  It was cute.

We had a reception on the roof at sunset.  The river swollen and at flood stages.

The city is a bit dirty, decaying, and dangerous. So we kept to our packs, and didn’t venture out alone.


I’m ready to get home to my own bed, pillow, pups, and peeps.

Going away is a great adventure, but coming home is a treat.

Party at Greta Garbo’s house


She was an enigma, private, dynamic, classy, and brave.  She also had an amazing Spanish style adobe house build up against the mountains in La Quinta, CA back in the infancy of the Palm Springs craze.

So imagine my delight and surprise that at a recent conference, one of our evening events was here, at Greta Garbo’s house.

It was delightful.  

The fun thing about travel, sometimes you get to see some very special places.

Rain, Sun, snow, hail, missed approaches, and rainbows

A travel story.

Fun and games in travel land.  Last week I was in Florida.

Lovely beach.


This week I’m in California.  Southern California, Sunny Southern California, well at least today it’s sunny.

It started Sunday night.  My flight was scheduled to arrive at 8:30 pm.  But there were storms, poor visibility, and a very bad missed approach for landing.  Talk about a quiet plane.  It was a completely silent plane.  The crew came on the loudspeaker to let us know that we “missed the approach, and would make a 2nd attempt, but the the weather conditions made their instrument readings at the minimum for safety.”

Well yippee.  So me, I pray for the pilots, and for wisdom, but I don’t want to be redirected to an airport 115 miles away from my destination.

We made the 2nd attempt, but you have figured that out already, since I’m writing this post.

So off and running.  The next morning,  I drive into Irvine, Ca for a meeting, it’s raining all the way.  I see a magnificent double rainbow, right on the freeway, and I drive right through it.  


Image credit Pinterest. 

Right into a hail storm.  Pea sized hail pelted me for a full 5 minutes, everything came to a stop.


Image credit Pinterest. 

Then the sun came out.  I shook my head at the quirky weather, and kept my eye on the East, wondering if Jesus was going to make his appearance, or maybe one of the 4 horseman of the apocalypse. 

The weather finally cleared, and although it is cold in Sunny Southern California, it is sunny, and there is snow in the mountains.


What an amazing place.

I’m so grateful today for the opportunity to be on both the east coast,  and the west coast of this great nation, and surviving some really odd weather.

Flying in a little plane.  Or, what happens when you get caught speeding in the sky.

Image credit Pinterest.  (Not our actual plane.)
Our firm has a contract with a private airline, that flies regionally.  

One of the partners decided not to go to a meeting we were having in Dallas, so I got to take his seat on the “plane”.

I’ve always flown a lot, but only commercially, so this was a new experience for me.  The company flies a small 8 seater.  I don’t know what kind, but I had a great view of the pilot, co-pilot and cockpit.

Halfway from Dallas to Houston, a very loud alarm started beeping, and the pilots started working the control panel, and smiled at each other as the alarm subsided. 

The 7 of us in the cabin were wide eyed, and sitting up straight.  The co-pilot turned and said, “we got caught speeding”.

I had no idea they had speed limits in the sky.  You learn something new, everyday.  I decided at that point I would indulge in one of the adult beverages they provided.  I was very grateful for minor alarms.

What was really cool, was no TSA lines, no body scans, no pat downs, no arriving 2 hours early, and it was at a little airport 15 minutes from the house.  I could get used to this kind of flying.

Where ever you find yourself on this fine Friday, I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

TGIF everyone.

I’ve got a few things on my mind

First!  I’m so grateful that our lovely blogging buddy Diane from Ladies who lunch came through her surgery well, and is resting and recovering.

Cheers to you and your boobs!  Just in time for Save the TA-Tas month.


Image credit Pinterest.
Second. 

I finished up my full second week of work still smiling.  I’m a happy girl, actively employed, enjoying getting back to my industry and friends.  I lost some of my desk “stamina”, but I’m sure with time and practice, I can get back in condition.

I’ve forgotten how to pack….so I’m scrambling to get ready to fly to Vegas for a convention.  I may have overpacked.  Fortunate for me, there is great shopping where I’m headed!  That way I can bring a second suitcase home?  I might need to rethink this.


I’m not a gambler by any stretch of the imagination, so I hope I get to Coddywomple around the strip and people watch.

Our group is at the Luxor.  Between the Pyramid, the Eiffel Tower, and the dancing water at the Bellagio, I will have a lot to see.


Cheers all!  Have a great weekend.

The FUTURE challenge

future

My dearest buddy Rob from the VPub has nominated me for something fun!

He’s a great blogger, has wonderful music posted both original, and other artists.  His blog is witty, entertaining, interactive, social, and I’m so happy I was introduced to him in this blogosphere.

For the Future Challenge the rules are as follows:

Rules:
• Thank the bloggers who nominated you. Thank you, Rob!
• Link back to the challenge creator, Dreams and Movie Screens so she can track your progress.
• Share 5 things about your future (jobs, kids, marriage, travel etc). Then one day you can look back and find out how psychic you really are.
• Tag 5 bloggers and put them up to the challenge.

5 things about my future.

  1.  My future is very bright, but uncertain right now for my profession.  I’ve always worked, I like to work, and I will work again.  I’m not sure if that will be as a bee keeper, honey producer, or as a check out clerk at the local grocery store.  Who knows, I might start a serious blog for income?
  2. My husband and I are focused on where we will go after retirement, and we bought some land a couple hours from any City.  We will raise bees, and see how that will impact us either as a hobby or a business.
  3. My children are grown, and I’m looking forward to grandkids someday.  When we build our house in the country, it’s going to have a cool bunk room for the grand babies, a play area with rope swings, 4 wheelers to ride, pond to fish, and a place where the whole family can congregate together.
  4. Someday in the near future my husband and I want to travel to the Home Countries; The Czech Republic for him, Scotland/England for me.  I really want to do the river boat cruises through Europe.
  5. In this transitional phase for me, I’m in between so much.  I wrote a fellow blogger recently, that it’s like a very long slow curve I’m traveling around and I can’t see what’s around the bend.  I’m not afraid that I don’t know.  But distractions keep me from staying positive.  My future is bright, and tomorrow I will wake up again in anticipation of ‘something good’ happening, because;  Something Good is Going to Happen!

I’d love to open this challenge up to anyone who would like to participate.

Specifically:  Marla, AKA Crazy Mom at Just Make the Coffee, Lorrie Bowden, Lucy at All Right Choices,  and Christy Life As Christy.

As I take these seminars on Big Thinking, I’m really challenged with these things to push myself a little farther.  My nose has been to the grind stone for so long.  I’ve looked up and I’m over 50.  Time to get dreaming about my future, don’t you think?

Thanks Rob for the nomination.