I flew in to Salt Lake City at 1pm on Thursday and then met up with Stephanie Schwab @stephanies who was slated to be my co-pilot to The Canyons. It was so neat to meet someone right off the bat! We talked about all kinds of things and before we knew it were were pulling into the Grand Summit where I dropped Stephanie off and then I headed to the Sundial Lodge which was to be my home away from home. Two of my roomies had already checked in so after I dumped my stuff off I set out to track them down.
As I was walking I stopped to take a pic overlooking the valley. Utah truly is gorgeous, and a lot warmer than I imagined it would be, it was close to 90 degrees when I got there!
It didn’t take long before I was in awe of all the bloggy people I have been tweeting with or reading for so long! It’s funny but I ended up flying over 800 miles to meet a bloggy friend who only lives 200 miles away. But it didn’t matter. It was just great to finally meet one of the people I owe my little slice of blog heaven to!
Of course it’s not the most flattering picture, since we were planning on taking a picture of each other taking a picture of the other, but it’s a picture of my friend Carissa Rogers. We are so soul mates! We even have the same camera! 😉
After we were done mingling and meeting some more awesome people, it was back to the room to get all snazzy for the opening party! There was an inspirational, comical and tear jerking keynote by Nirasha Jaganath, Wendy Sachs, Stephanie Quilao and Heather Spohr. These women truly are amazing. They have used their writing to support, encourage, and heal others. I don’t even think amazing is the right word to describe them!
Right before the keynotes started I spotted my blog crush from across the room. Greg, also known as @Telling_Dad was sitting just a table away. I was so excited that I sent out a tweet.
Then I settled in to listen and learn. Little did I know that my phone would send a little shiver in my hand and I would be greeted by this response.
Talk about SWOON!
I was so giddy my table mates looked at me funny. I had just been telling my roomies that I was feeling quite humbled because here were all these awesome bloggers that I knew by sight, but it seemed as if I was just a nobody in the crowd.
It was so awesome to be sitting at my table and suddenly have this amazing dad blogger that I have been following for over a year come up to me and say hi! It made my night and I couldn’t wait to get back to my room later and Skype my girls from Monday Mingle and tell them who I met! 😉
Once the speakers and dinner were done it was time for some entertainment. We were treated to dueling piano’s! Now I have fond memories of a dueling piano bar in Portland several years ago so obviously all those memories came flooding back to me.
And if you know me you know that I suffer from the dance disease. It is hereditary and I can tell you it’s been passed down to my kids. The symptoms include uncontrollable foot tapping when a good beat is played, followed by head bobbing, followed by the sufferer to request the cute guy on the piano to the right play “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones so the sufferer can then get up in front of a bunch of women she doesn’t know and dance the “Carlton” from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Yep, that is pretty much how I ended my night. It was a blast and let me tell you, some serious bonds can be formed on the dance floor!