If you’re tuning in today for some decorating tips and tutorials, I’m sadly going to disappoint you. This will be a personal post catching you up on all that has gone on in my life over the past month. April has been INSANELY busy, and I have been mostly M.I.A.
Let me fill you in on all that has transpired this month! My husband took a job (starting next fall) as a high school teacher at a local private school. The kids get to go to the school tuition-free starting THIS school year, so they just switched to their new school and so far are loving it :). For those of you who have been following our job search, Matt has been underemployed for a few years now. He works as a college professor but wasn’t able to land an Assistant Professor job so just decided to work as a high school teacher. It’s not ideal, but we’re trusting it’s what he’s supposed to be doing for now and are so grateful for a job!
The first week of April was spent at my mom’s house in Virginia to celebrate Easter. We frequently drive the 6 hours down and 6 hours back to visit family.
I live in Pennsylvania, but I’m home in Virginia so often that many of you think I live in Virginia :). I so wish I did! I adore my mom, sisters, and extended family so drive “home” every chance I get!
I returned home for one day, did laundry, re-packed, and flew to L.A. to help a friend with a project!
Unfortunately this trip had been rescheduled a few times, and I didn’t look closely at my new return date. I realized a bit too late that I wasn’t going to return from L.A. in time to make my flight from Philadelphia to Salt Lake!
Ack! So, I had to buy a one-way ticket from L.A. to Salt Lake City. Tip: If you ever have to miss the first leg of your round-trip flight, be sure to call the airline immediately and TAKE NAMES of who you talked to otherwise they will cancel your entire flight. I am $510 in the hole because I didn’t take names :(.
When I realized that I wasn’t going to make my flight from Philly, I immediately called Delta and worked it out so that my ticket would still be active for my return flight. However, they have NO RECORD of me ever calling! Whoever I spoke to didn’t enter the information correctly and my reservation (that I already paid $400 for) was canceled. I spoke to a bazillion people after this trying to work it out and was told to basically just suck it up. There was no refunding my ticket and a “change in flight fee, rebooking fee, and flight cost difference” was going to cost me $670. Wha???? So, at the very last minute I scrambled to find a new flight for $510, one-way home from Salt Lake to PA. That of course was on TOP of the $200 ticket I already paid from L.A. to SLC. My original $400 ticket was just a complete loss :(. A very, very expensive lesson learned indeed. Always take the names of the associates you talk to on the phone and any other badge or ID info they have available.
Okay, so back to the fun stuff. I went early to Salt Lake City (with only 4 outfits and no camera) to visit my best friend from childhood, Melanie. Melanie and I met in seventh grade when I moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma. We were only in the same state for two years before we BOTH moved all over the country during our adolescence. Somehow we’ve managed to stay best friends in spite of all the distance. I hadn’t seen in her in 7 years so this was a very special reunion! We picked right up as if a day hadn’t passed between us :). Isn’t that the way with best friends?
Melanie and I toured Salt Lake, Provo, the mountains, ate out everyday, ate too much chocolate, got our eyebrows waxed, and ultimately had a fantastic girlie time! I cannot tell you how much I love this sweet girl :).
And then it was on to SNAP!
Since I didn’t have my camera with me Rhoda was nice enough to send me some of her photos! I had the honor of speaking on a panel entitled “Dimension, Pattern & Texture=STYLE”. I presented a PowerPoint on how to create vignettes for tables, mantels, and bookshelves.
It was so much fun! I wanted to share my talk here on the blog but Rhoda has “ordered” me to give a revised version of the presentation at Haven. I don’t want to ruin it for you so it will have to wait until after Haven ;).
The conference was beautiful, well organized, informative, and FUN! My favorite part of attending any blog conference is of course the PEOPLE! It’s overwhelming to have so many amazingly talented women gathered together in one place.
Four out of eight of our Haven team were honored to speak at Snap! All of us would have been there if time, money, and schedules permitted! Haven <3’s Snap!
My only regret from Snap was that I didn’t have more time, more energy, and more extroversion (you might be surprised to learn that I’m actually quite introverted and a bit shy in a crowd :)) to get to know more of YOU! I’m hoping to have another chance with some of you at Haven!
If you want to see more pictures from the event, click on the Snap Flickr stream. Thanks for letting me share a bit of what I’ve been up to this month! I hope to have some fun project reveals for you soon ;).