The conference was energizing and it was great to be with liberal thinkers. Lots of good ideas were shared, as well as many humorous stories. It's just so reassuring to be with people who reinforce one's thinking and values.....and that doesn't happen a lot around here for me. The conference started on Friday afternoon when everyone gathered at the poolside bar for introductions and mingling. As one would expect, it was a very friendly, welcoming group. From the poolside bar, we moved inside for dinner before adjourning for the evening. Saturday was a long day but very informative. The session ended around 4:45 and we thought we would have a little time to relax before the party at 7PM but Stephanie, the girl staying with me, needed to hit an ATM and drugstore. So, we actually only had time to come home and do a quick change before going back to the hotel, picking up three more people, and heading to the restaurant. The party was at Daniel's, which was a very nice restaurant......great decor, good food and nice ambiance. We had a room for our group and the party was open to our local members, many of whom showed up. The restaurant gave us special prices and free hors d'oeuvres, which were very tasty......they treated us well. I'd already prepared Stephanie that I'd probably be ready to come home around 9PM but, once I got my second wind, I hung in much longer than expected. So, even though I was exhausted, it was a fun, late evening.
Sunday morning (today) was the final wind-down session, with people then filtering away throughout the afternoon and evening. I volunteered to take anyone to the airport but wasn't called upon, so I came home and collapsed! It was a great weekend but I was also happy to get home to my kitties and get them settled from having an unexpected guest. I enjoyed meeting everyone and learning of their experiences. It was also nice to see two of our younger members, Heather and Jamie, who moved to Virginia Beach and Asheville respectively and began new chapters there. All in all, it was a great weekend.
|Anole on my water bottle.......yikes!|
Thought for the day from my friend Janeen:
"Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes."