It is next to impossible to sum up a weekend like the one I just had, especially when every cell in your body is clouded and confused from eating 3,519,209 calories in the span of 48 hours. So I am taking myself off the hook for coming up with clever paragraph transitions and give you a few more highlights, in bullet form.
:: Yes, I did the podcast with Sophie and Melanie, though I don't believe it's quite ready for publication yet (stay tuned--I'll tell you when it is). It was a very unnerving experience. The two pros were relaxed and funny; I kept feeling the need to sit up straight and sound smart. I did not pull it off. Also, I think if you will listen very closely, you will be able to hear the rumbling sounds of my digestive system in the background--did I mention that we ate a lot of food?
:: It was indeed heavenly being alone in a hotel room. The bed was huge and soft and covered with six (SIX!) luxurious pillows. I slept with every single one. And I slept in the middle of the bed, too, because I am a wild, wild woman.
:: I bought a laptop bag at Steinmart that is a force to be reckoned with. It was originally$55; I got it for $19 (which, as Melanie pointed out, is "practically free.") Here it is for your viewing pleasure:
Is that a fine bag, or is that a fine bag?
:: We did much discussing of the Pioneer Woman love story, to the point that we sounded much like crazy stalkers. But I can tell you this freely, since the Pioneer Woman is about as likely to read our blogs as, say, Dick Cheney.
:: We spent a lot of time talking about blogging and bloggers and blogrolls and blog-rings and such and such and such, which is probably no huge surprise. Of particular note was the hour we spend pounding away on our keyboards Saturday night, all piled on the same bed. Because, you know, it is such an excellent use of time to travel hundreds of miles to see each other and then do EXACTLY WHAT WE WOULD BE DOING AT HOME.
:: I got some video of the Casting Crowns concert, though I have nary a clue how to upload it off my camcorder. I'll get Hubs Dryer right on that. But let me say once again how amazing it was. You know what was particularly impressive to me? There was never a big moment at the beginning of the concert where an announcer boomed, "AND NOW...CASTING CROWNS!" Instead, they simply started singing, with all the stage lights off, essentially deflecting any glory from themselves. I'll confess that I tend to be a little jaded where Christian marketing is concerned, but these guys were the real deal. They were not there to perform, they were there to lead in worship. Period.
:: You know who else is the real deal? Sophie and Melanie. They were in real life just as they are on their blogs--funny and warm and genuine. Blog on, girlfriends. I'd share queso with you ANY day.