I finally sent myself some of the pictures I took at the conference, so now I can blog about it:) I apologize for the poor photo quality...Nate had several bids that he needed the camera for, so I used my phone to take pictures.
Julianne and I connected right around 12:30 on Sunday afternoon. Nate was washing my car, so we waited for a few minutes before taking off. Once we got on the road, we had to stop at the gas station to fill up - it was then that I realized I had forgotten my purse at home. Do you know how long it's been since I've done that??? I can't even remember the last time. Both Friday and Saturday were very loopy days for me (it took multiple tries to get anything said or done - Necia can attest to this), so I warned Julianne that I would very likely need her constant supervision. She laughed, but I was oh-so-serious! She agreed once we discovered my purse was at home...lying by the front door...
So the drive up was fairly uneventful. Right around the Centralia outlet malls, we found ourselves slowing down to about 25mph. We never could figure out why there was so much traffic. South-bound I-5 was moving quickly while we puttered along for several miles and then things lightened up. We figured it was the end of spring break so everyone was heading home.
We arrived in Bellevue and promptly got lost. I pulled two u-turns on major roads, right in front of our hotel. They made the entrance as difficult to get to as possible, I swear! Actually, it really wasn't that bad. I just kept missing my opportunities to turn into the lot. When we parked it was at 5:01pm. I ran inside to check us in and to request a "cot" for the director sharing our room with us. Neither Julianne or I knew who she was, really, so we weren't sure how we were going to connect with her.
We dumped our stuff upstairs, changed, and walked the four blocks to the conference center. Mary Kay craziness! There were women everywhere. And a few men, one of whom became Sales Director while we were there. The first session was long. Just before it started, though, a couple women asked to take the seats next to us, and when they went by, we noticed that one of them was wearing a name tag...She was our roommate! We connected with her and she drove us back to the hotel that night.
Early the next morning, Julianne and I got up early in search of coffee and a warm breakfast. The day was beautiful! We eventually found a Starbucks, bought our coffee and breakfast sandwiches, and then walked back to the room to start getting ready for the day. We had to pack up our belongings, as well, because we had to check out before walking to the morning session. Our roommate took off in search of breakfast, so we packed up the room and checked ourselves out. We walked to the conference center (by this time, my feet were killing me from the stinkin' heels I had to wear), found seats, and sat through three short classes. We stayed for the 10:30am to 12noon session and then had to head back to Portland.
The drive home felt so short! We made the drive in good time and had wonderful weather along the way. The conference was incredibly beneficial...it really motivated me to grow my business. If any of you out there want free Mary Kay product, I have a dozen odd ways you can get some! Just let me know and I'll mail you a flyer:]
Anyway! Here's my favorite view of Oregon as we're crossing over the Columbia from Washington. Ah, clouds...Enjoy!