Six whole days. I can't believe I haven't blogged in six days. I don't think I've been gone that long from this blog in my entire ancient history of blogging. And you know I'm an 'old' blog because the Nester said, "Aren't you really old?" to me at Blissdom. She forever apologized for calling me old and explained through and through that she MEANT my BLOG, but I got a kick out of it, anyway. I've been called much, much worse.
I might have even been called worse things by the hotel staff at the Gaylord Opryland... which turned in to a really snazzy, posh, version of 'Hotel California' - from which you can't escape. Although, I didn't really WANT to escape from the Opryland - I just wanted my mother to escape the hospital (where she got stuck after going in to diabetic shock and nearly dying in Nashville). So our Blissdom conference 'weekend' turned in to nearly a week at the Gaylord. And finally, on the last two days there, I learned my way around the place; which was a huge feat because that hotel is like a city under glass. A really pretty, tropical landscaped, fantastic city. That costs more money to stay at than any other hotel I have ever been to. So if you want to go there - be sure to attend Blissdom next year to get the conference hotel rate... which the hotel was nice enough to extend to those who got stuck due to snow - or life-and-death medical situations. Ahem.
So. I'm finally home from Blissdom. Yes, folks, the LAST Blissdom attendee to leave the Opryland has finally made it back to reality. Alli Worthington said "You win!" And because of the DRAMA of the hospital stay for my mom, the wallet I lost (and subsequently found after driving home 16 hours in the car STRAIGHT through the night because I had no ID to check in to a hotel at midnight), and the incredible amount of laundry and unpacking that still has yet to be done... sorry for the run-on sentence... my brain is toast.
There's just no way to produce a worthy Blissdom recap without time to absorb my thoughts, simmer on my memories, look through my swag, savor the Blissdom twitter stream and all my warm fuzzy feelings towards the familiar faces there.
It is too great a task to write such an important post without TIME and THOUGHT.
And did I mention that it was my son's birthday yesterday? I now have a TEENAGER. So Nester, you were right about me. I am old.
We're taking him to Fuddruckers tonight for a burger. I love it when birthday dinners prevent me from having to cook. Especially when the amount of laundry that still has to be done could fill a swimming pool (remember: I took 5 people with me to Blissdom).
So until then... you can browse my amazing flickr pool of Blissdom pictures. There's just no way to explain what a great conference it was. Super speakers, great sponsors, delicious food, fun friends, and inspiration to take away. I hope that I can go to next year's Blissdom. I'm going to start saving early - and hope you will, too! This year's conference sold out well ahead of time, so be sure to get your ticket before they all disappear.
Until I have time to do a Blissdom recap justice, why not head over and read a few off of the link-up below. I plan on reading through them this weekend while I blast through the laundry, unpack the last of my suitcases, pay my bills, finish updating my homeschool plans, print out a menu for next week, and work on getting the Homeschool Post back online.
Have a great weekend, y'all!
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