Laughter and friends
Ever notice how friends truly bring out the laughs? I disappeared for a couple days because I flew to Chicago to attend the Spring Fling Conference. It was great but what an adventure getting there!
Fellow Superromance author Amy Knupp emailed me last week to confirm my arrival etc. Because I wasn’t at my desk, I didn’t know much but she quickly found the copy I’d sent her and told ME what airport I was flying into, the arrival time etc.
Then on the day of my arrival? She went to the wrong airport.
That kicked off the weekend. But, it gets better.
In chatting with Amy for several months we were undecided on what we were going to do when I arrived (ie, stay in Chicago, drive back to her house or what). Wellllllll, one thing led to another but let’s just say hotel reservations were made. By me. The problem?
We arrived at the conference hotel to discover I’d forgotten to extend our stay to include Wednesday night–and the hotel was booked. We had no room. OOPS!
Laughing because we’d both made such air-headed mistakes, we decide to find lunch, Priceline a hotel for the night etc.
We see a restaurant name that immediately snags our attention–Thai Thai. (We were hungry and homeless–it was funny at the time!) We immediately decide to check it out because the name alone made us laugh.
Welllllll, after pulling into the strip mall we see something we just weren’t expecting.
Nearly hysterical with laughter and joking that this was our future home or at least our place of rest for the night (note the name (BTW, it’s a knitting store!) we stop to take a photo because writers just can’t pass up an opportunity like this one. Blog material anyone?
The coast was clear when we stopped but in the twenty seconds we sat in the car to snag a photo, a woman drove up behind us, beside us, and screamed out the window, “Lady, WHAT are you doing????” before she sped off.
She was obviously having a bad day. She left. We laughed. Then we saw her again–going into Thai Thai.
Deciding she wasn’t quite a serial killer, we decided to stick with our original destination but I think our laughter and happiness scared her. We walked in–she walked out. LOL In fact, she couldn’t get out of there fast enough as we came in the door. If only she knew we were two romance writers who liked happy endings. LOL
Amy was a Priceline virgin but with the Hookers Nook so close she braved the experience. We booked a hotel (a Marriott, no less), ate our Thai Thai and went on our way to the Marriott we’d passed along the way, patting ourselves on the back for a job well done.
Inside the Marriott, we walk to the desk, smiling, give our name–but we have no reservation. Because we’d, um, gone to the wrong hotel. :panhit:
OOPS, OOPS, OOPS!!!
LOL Yes, at this point we’re both thinking neither of us should be driving–or booking anything. It was like dominoes falling but through it all (because we had no schedule to keep, thank goodness) we laughed ourselves silly. *Everything* was funny and we were wiping away tears because only we could make the mistakes we’d made.
We eventually made it to the right hotel. We had a room. All was well. After checking in, we even braved another trip out to find a mall and shop. Did you know Godiva fixes everything? (Or that they have a Godiva of the month club and you get a FREE piece of Godiva by signing up???? (It’s free, too!) All you have to do is visit a location and walk in. No purchase necessary. (But I highly, HIGHLY recommend the dark chocolate truffles. YUMMY!)
Amy and I had so much fun we’re planning another trip 2012 (the next Spring Fling). I wonder what adventures we’ll have then?
Do you have a friend that brings out the laughs? Have you ever had a day like the one above?
Kay – coming soon look for a list of things we learned during our Chicago stay. Some of the revelations came from the events mentioned above, some didn’t. It’s a list you have to read, tho. :rofl:
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