I feel the need to wrap up some loose ends, with today being the last day of the week and all. (I like to start my new weeks out fresh, you know.) I had trouble coming up with a title for this post, because it’s not just about one thing. Then I remembered when I lived in Alaska, we called it “a melting pot” because of the diverse cultures represented. This post is all about a variety of culture here. ahem.

We’ll start with the business trip we took last week. As we were getting ready to leave, we discovered a stowaway: (A note to our youngest: if you’re going to stow away, don’t do it in the driver’s seat of the van.)

It was a long ride (and would have been so much better in this) but we made it in plenty of time to check into our hotel and refresh ourselves before our first meeting. The grand ballroom was filled to capacity and we had to sit in the very back, not because we were late, but because we were required to wait on two of our business associates so we could all sit together. Anyone who knows me knows that I have issues with people who are perpetually late, and that day was no exception. Twenty minutes after we were supposed to meet, he came strolling down the corridor as if no one in the world mattered but him and his wife. Sigh. I got over it quickly, however…because let’s face it, I had a choice. I could choose to either: a.) let it fester up and seethe inside of me, thereby ruining my chances of hearing the fantastic speakers that were lined up; or b.) let it go and get all I could out of the meetings. I chose the latter. If there’s one thing I’ve learned is that we are all, as humans, fallible. I’m certainly no exception to that rule.

The next order of business I have to tend to is the matter of the bath. I was so anticipating a nice, long soak in a jacuzzi tub the entire ride down. I brought candles and bubblebath — oh yes, it was going to be an event. Then I stepped into our teeny, tiny bathroom and this is what met my eyes:Double whammy.

We did have a nice room and a beautiful view of the river, although you can’t really tell from this photo.All you can really see is my husband’s head bowing in silent prayer because I haven’t seen the bathroom yet and he knows that I’m going in there next and he hopes it doesn’t ruin his chances of “one night without the kids“, if you know what I mean.

K’s team is still undefeated in basketball. Her skills are improving quite nicely. We are taking her up to the Church a couple of times a week to shoot baskets and work on her offense/defense skills. She has a game today at 1pm and I’m taking my el cheapo camera, so if I get any good shots, (totally punintended, I assure you) I’ll post them for you.

One more thing…Monday is the start of something really huge that I’m really excited about. It is the start of Shannon’s (aka Rocks in My Dryer, aka Bloggy Giveaways) bloggy giveaway carnival!I just so happen to have something for it this time that I am excited about giving and I hope you’ll be just as excited to win!

(And it just so happens to be my busiest day of the month, because we are having a grand opening of our office that day and I will not be around much due to the fact that I’ve got to chop, peel, cut and arrange fruits and desserts on beautiful trays to feed the 150 or so guests we are expecting. Fun, fun.)But you can still pop by and comment for your chance to win! It’s going to be spectacular stupendous really cool.

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5 Comments on A Melting Pot of Bloggy Goodness

  1. Misty
    January 26, 2008 at 3:01 pm (10 years ago)

    did they tell you you were getting a tub or your just hoped? That bathroom would be a letdown!

  2. Dawn
    January 27, 2008 at 12:21 am (10 years ago)

    Wow, you did a lot this week. Thank you so much for the encouraging post on my blog. 😀

  3. Fresh Girl
    January 27, 2008 at 3:55 pm (10 years ago)

    Awww, that’s the sweetest little stowaway I’ve ever seen! I think I’d be tempted just to take her right along with me. 😉

    Oh, I would have been doing a slow burn at the late dude, too. I’m so careful never to be late for anything, that it drives me crazy when other people are. One of my closest friends will, I tell her, someday be late for her own funeral. I’ve never, in 20 years! known her to be on time for anything. But I love her anyway. 😉

    Yeah, if you’ve been anticipating a good long soak in a big tub, I can see where that particular reality might be a disappointment. Yikes, what a tiny shower! It IS, however, right up my alley…I like a small shower where I can reach the walls, and if it had a small stone bench built into the wall…oooh, that would be nice.

    Yay for the ball player! Hope the game yesterday went well.

    Can’t wait to see what you’re offering in the giveaway — I’m participating as a prize person for the first time, too. 🙂

  4. Flea
    January 27, 2008 at 7:48 pm (10 years ago)

    Your van is so clean! Is it brand new?

    I’m the same way with late people. I see it as a sign of disrespect for people in general when others are chronically late. But I’ve also had to learn to let it go to enjoy life.

    So what’s the secret of the clean can?

  5. Emily
    January 28, 2008 at 2:50 pm (10 years ago)

    lol @ the shower. awesome.

    i’m the same way about ppl. being late. i hate it — always have to remind myself that i’m not perfect either! 😉

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