Shabby Miss Jenn

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Night isn't quite over! LOL

Shelly and Mari had Megan, Nutt and I head over to their room!
(I left Eric sitting in our room with the map planning our route back home the next day!heehee)

We all get talking about how fun the weekend was. How it was so awesome to finally put faces to names we read and see on the forums every day. How some folks really came out of their shell (Nutt and Karen!LOL) How others were quite laid back (Sheila and Sherry)
How some have a wicked sense of humor and can make anyone laugh( ME! LOL)

Just a nice recap of the whole weekend and all that went on.
Laughter till the wee hours of the morning.
Sharing stories like real sisters of the soul.

I thank you ladies for touching my heart always!


Sunday Night...... Laughter and Tears!

Some folks had opted to go out for supper. Some of us had opted to remain in our rooms( I had enough leftovers to eat to hold me over!LOL).
We all agreed to meet back in the lobby that evening to say our goodbyes and just chat about the whole weekend.

Some of the gals wore their pj's down.....some were stitching....some were needle punching.
We all gathered around the lobby in the chairs and sofa. Some of us sat on the floor.

Once we all arrived and made ourselves comfy....Shelly made a bit of a speech. Saying it had been a whirlwind of fun and that she was so glad we all had made it there to join the fun. We all started then with "highlight" stories of the weekend etc. Lots of laughter was happening from all corners of the lobby.
The security lady actually came out and SHhhh'd us all cause we were all getting so loud! LOL

It was starting to get late and some of the gals were leaving at the crack of dawn to catch their flights. We all started whipping out cameras again and posing for the last minute pictures together. We all got together for a group shot holding Shelly across our laps!
Oh I love that pic! heehee

Then I look around ...... tears are starting to well up in gals eyes and flow down cheeks.
We all gather for different group shots of each other. Camera flashes are going off all around.
Tears are flowing...... we are all still laughing though. We have had the time of our life and are already making plans to see each other again!!!!!

The "Primmart handshake" is somehow created..... I didn't see the first one but have a funny feeling who started it! LOL Well then it spread like wildfire and had us all laughing so hard I thought some of us were going to get kicked out of the hotel on our last night! LOL

Back to our rooms we go with memories to last a lifetime!
Thank you my "sistas" for making me smile so much when I think about that trip!

Prim Blessing!

The fabric mountain becomes CANADIAN!!!! LOL

So many folks had brought different supplies to be used for the doll challenge. The table was just COVERED with everything you could think of to want to create a doll with. THANK YOU LADIES!

After the fabric pieces had been gone thru for dresses..... there was a HUGE pile of fabric left over. It was talked about and decided byt those that "donated"......that tickets would be given out and 2 of us would be lucky enough to split the pile of fabric.

Shelly walked around asking who wanted tickets......... you know I stood right up and said PLEASE! LOL Marnie and Heather(the other canadians) were at my table as well and took tickets. A few others did as well. Some of the others took tickets and said if they won that they were going to give it to us Canadian sistas! AWWWWW XOXOXOXOXO

Well.....Shelly goes to the front of the room again......shakes the bag with the tickets and pulls out two tickets. She says....oh look at that.....they are 2 numbers right after each other.

Marnie leans over to me and laughs.....wouldn't it be funny if it was our numbers?!

IT WAS!!!!!!!!! Shelly says our 2 numbers and we just erupted in squeals of joy and laughter!
Marnie and I fought the urge to race up there and nose dive into the mountain!LOL

We dance and shake our good luck booty up to the table and just start pawing it all over! LOL
I then get a brain wave!
Looked at Marnie and said...... how about I take it all to my room and split everything between us. Anything that is large enough to rip in 2.....we each get a piece. Instead of "oh I wish I'd gotten that piece" kinda thing happening.
She was so up for that idea!

Into a HUGE box it all goes and off to my room.
Sheila then comes up to me with another huge box of fabric and says.....take this fabric too and divide it up. WOOOOHoooooo Thanks sweetie!

So back to my room and I spend the next few HOURS ripping the fabric.
Yup.....there was enough fabric that it took a good few hours to rip it all! LOL

I knew that Marnie and Heather live quite close to each other and I thought it only fair to share our new found fabric wealth with Heather as well...... so I packed the box with extra fabric so that they could go thru it in their room together.
When I brought the box and bags to Marnie and told her it was her share.....she couldn't beleive it!

I have enough fabric to hold me over for a while now! heehee
If I could just bring myself to cut it! LOL

Prim Blessings!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Gift exchange time!!!!!!

Truth be known.... I can't recall when on Sunday we exchanged our gifts. If it was before we went to lunch or after but it doesn't make a difference to the story really LOL

It was something optional for us to do so not everyone had done so which was fine.
Some of us had brought a gift worth about $25 or more to exchange.
They were placed at the front of the room on the floor.

Tickets were handed out to those taking part in the exchange.
Shelly and Mari went and would pick up a gift and then draw a ticket number..... if you had the ticket...that was the gift you got to take home.

The stuff that folks created were AWESOME! Stuff was really blowing me away! Folks really put some time and effort into their gift bags and everyone was just so beyond happy with what they were getting. It was so fun to watch folks opening them up and seeing the reactions.

Mari reached down and picked up 2 matching bags with all kinds of that shredded pink stuff from easter filling them. My ticket number was called and i let this hoot out of me cause I got SHERRY's GIFT BAG! heehee

I brought the bags back to my seat and near burst into tears! I was lucky enough to recieive 2 of her awesome dolls! (She had already spoiled me by giving me a doll she had made me wearing halloween fabric friday night!) so this made 3 dolls by Sherry that I now owned.
There was chocolates...a snoopy.....a sheep pez container keychain..... a rag quilt..... doll shoes...fabric fat quarters..... small doll teacups and so much more.

I was so beyond excited! She came right over to me and we chatted a bit.
Love ya sweetie!

The other gals got fully spoiled as well and it was so fun to walk around and see all that everyone had made for each other. I loved doing this exchange!

Prim Blessings!

Shopping VS more classes! LOL

The shopping bug had struck quite a few of the gals and it was decided that those that wanted to go shopping could go..... those that wished to return to the classes could. I hadn't ben able to get any fabric at the trip to Walmart the night before cause the fabric counter was closed till the next morning. ( I had been very upset!LOL)

I asked Eric if he would pick me up some homespun while I went back to work on my doll for the challenge. He agreed and I reminded him of where we had looked and what I had really liked.
The gals couldn't believe that I was trusting him to go and pick me up fabric.... I knew he would do great! LOL He bought me more then if I had gone myself! LOL

More dolls were being finished and we were all having our pictures taken with the dolls. Lots of questions were being asked amongst ourselves. Food was being nibbled on thru the afternoon.
The shoppers came back and we were all given more tickets for gift bags again.
Spoiled rotten by it all.

Then the ultimate happened! LOL

Prim Blessings!

Ruby Tuesdays!

Sunday's lunch was a treat from Shelly :)
We had all been given cards to fill out with what we were going to be wanting.
They sat us all at this HUGE long table and the food was AMAZING!
I had the best turkey sandwich I've ever had! LOL

Lots of pictures were taken and lots of laughter was happening again.
There seemed to never be a dull moment with our group! LOL

Can you guess who placed pieces of fudge on their salad plate when she came back and sat down? I laughed so hard when I saw her plate and her trying to hide it with a menu.


Prim Blessings!

Sunday! Classes and Doll Challenge

Sunday was our day to spend doing "business talks and classes" in the boardroom. It was from 10am till 5pm. We actually got to stay a bit later.

We all show up and the big table is just covered with doll making supplies! There was a ton of goodies to be picked thru and used. We all sat at the tables again and sort of floated around each other.

Shelly had gotten us a pre sewn doll body and parts so we could all take part in a doll challenge.
We were all given those to begin working on while the first class was being "taught".

SHERRY! Yup.... our gal Sherry of taught us some doll making tips and techniques! Oh I was so excited for this.
Sheila videotaped it and it was just so awesome. Lots of little things that Sherry does a bit different then I do that sort of made me go " OHHHH that is a cool trick!".
Sherry treated us all to one of her patterns and also a pre sewn doll to create. It was my first time looking at one of Sherry's patterns and I am the first to admit now that it wil not be the last one I own. I am loving her patterns and plan on owning many many more of hers.

She shared tips on sewing.... stuffing..... staining....and stitching details like face and hair. It really was a jam packed lesson and I am so glad to have been able to have been there for it.

We then all got started on creating our dolls for the challenge.
Fabric was being cut and torn all over the room. Machines were humming. Thread was being placed in needles. Bags of stuffing was being gone thru. We were all talking up a storm the whole while.

Different classes were being taught at the same time.

Megan taped a class that was on punch needle art. A kit had been set up for those interested. Quite a few of the gals joined in on that class. I opted not to as I knew I was going to be busy enough in the future and didn't want to tempt myself with a new addiction! LOL

I finished stuffing my doll and had her dressed. Got ready to attach the hair and made an announcement about felting needles. Megan had bought everyone a felting needle and I had already handed them out to everyone. I took the sheeps wool that I had brought with me and showed them all how to use the felting needles. Everyone caught on really quick and were very excited to bring the needles back home and try them some more.

We had batches of dolls being stained and drying all over the place. We kept blowing the fuse using the fans and hair dryers! LOL Some of us took our dolls to our rooms and dried them in the microwave and used the hairdryers in the rooms.

Then we looked and it was LUNCH! 1pm caught up to us really quickly!

Prim Blessings!

Saturday Night Continues.......

So the bunch of us that went to Walmart finish shopping in like record time.
45 minutes.....GO! LOL

We get back to the hotel and say we are going to freshen up and then go find a room to hang out in. I get cleaned up and grab a drink....head out the door and find Maple in the hallway so upstairs we go to Sheila and Sherry's room. We can hear giggles so we know folks are there! LOL

There are already a bunch of the gals there and different stories are going around and being talked about. Laughter is erupting all over the room!LOL
We stay in here till again.....about 2am I think it was.
(I think we all figured we'd catch up on our sleep once we got back home!LOL)
Heather and marnie join us too. They had freshened up and switched to jammies....only to go down to my room thinking that was where we were partying! OPPs! LOL
Eric told them to come in but they opted to head back up to our gathering! heehee

Lets just say that at this party...... some folks were mooned!
I have sworn not to say who mooned who! They say they thought their tattoo was lower then it was...... yeah right!


Prim Blessings!

Album of my Convention Pics!

For those that may not have already seen the pics...... you can check them out at the following link. There are quite a few of them so if you have dial up..... be ready to sit there awhile while they come in. Sorry about that but I had a hard enough time trying to limit the pics as it was! LOL

Have fun looking!

Prim Blessings!

Deep Fried Dill Pickle ~ RECIPE!

The Secret of Deep Fried Pickles:
If you are a pickle lover and love fried things... you are going to go crazy over these!!!
They are a little messy... but so worth it!!!

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup ice water
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons dill pickle juice
8 medium to large dill pickles, sliced 1/4" or use 4 cups drained dill pickle slices
oil for frying.
(Can buy a jar [or 12] of spears and use them...)

Stir flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Make a well in center, add water, egg yolk, and dill pickle juice, at the same time.
Stir with wire wisk to make a smooth batter.
Cover bowl and refrigerate 30 minutes.
Heat 2 inches (at least) of oil in deep fryer (Fry-Daddy) or large saucepan to 375 degrees F.
In batches, dip pickle slices in the batter to coat evenly and lightly.
Fry without crowding in hot oil until golden brown and crisp, 1.5 to 2 minutes.
Drain on paper towel and serve at once.
Dip in Ranch sauch, horseradish sauce... whatever you prefer - or don't dip!
They are just as good!!!

Brought to you by my friend Cindy of
I can't wait to try making some of these!


Prim Blessings!

We adopt MAPLE! heehee

I had been hearing so much about the fabric at the Super Walmart that I ask Eric if he'll take me over to it. Heather and Marnie also wish to tag along(fellow Canadians!) and see what goodies they can get as well. Cindy asks to join the fun as well and we say sure...hop in and away we go.

We are all talking and gabbing about the trip so far etc when right out of the blue....Cindy says "OH MY GOSH.... I'm with ALL the CANUCKS"

Well we all took to laughing!LOL
I said we were going to kidnap her and bring her across the border with us.
Said we had to make her an honorary Canadian and give her a new name.
Cindy for the rest of the weekend was called MAPLE!
Love ya sweetie! You fit right in just fine!

Prim Blessings!

Its Saturday evening.........

We all make it back to the hotel roughly around the same time. Some stopped for more shopping along the way home. We went to our rooms to drop off all the bags of goodies and freshen up a bit.
Mari asked me to go around and see who was going to be doing what. If they were interested in all going someplace for supper. I hit as many rooms as I could remember...sorry if I missed anyone!

Some gals opted to stay at the hotel and rest a bit. We were invited back to their room later in the evening to hang out and chill. The rest of us went looking for food! LOL
The first spot we went to didn't have the room for all of us unless we wanted to wait 1.5 hours.! We'll keep looking!

Mari goes into this BarBq place and they can take us....jus give them a few minutes to get things set up. This is the place that had the bronze pig out front that a bunch of the gals sat on to have their picture taken! LOL
It was a COLD pig to be sitting on!

Inside we all go and get seated. Eric and I shared a booth with Megan, Joanne, Sue and Karen.
This when it became very clear that the "wallflowers" were NOT wallflowers! LOL
We all look at the menu and just everything is looking so yummy! I'm having a tough time deciding but opt for this fantastic pork sandwhich and fries. Some of the others had ribs and a mix of other foods.
Megan, Joanne and Sue ask the waitress to bring them bibs.....she laughs but says ok.
When she comes back...we all laugh....cause they are child size plastic bibs! All with funny animals on them etc. They looked so cute! heehee

We eat our food and some of us have a frozen daiquiri that was really tasty! We were tired enough that ONE was all we needed! LOL

We hear clapping all of a sudden and the staff is bringing out a slice of cake to Marnie for her birthday! We all are clapping and Karen cracks me up cause she got right into it. Clapping and singing along! Oh I just LOVED HER!

Some of us sort of mingled from table to table talking with folks as we were all finished at different times. It was a great way to sort of end the day together.

Prim Blessings!

Amish Tour

Our Amish tour was really fun and I learned quite a bit about the Amish. I won't give all the details away in case someone makes it to the next convention and the tour is happening again.
I will say that I came away from it with a new found way of looking at the Amish Communities.
It was very interesting.

We got to go check out a few bakeries where we had some amazing food bought. The cheese bread I highly recommend! The cinnamon rolls were HUGE and the fresh baked buns...oh yeah!

Went into a fabric barn and just wanted to forever live there!
The colors and fabrics were amazing. The prices were quite good as well but I held off and didn't buy any fabric there. Some of the others bought fabric! LOL

We also got to stop at a shop that had the most amazing quilts I have ever seen in my life!
There was a section of the shop that also had baskets. Once Karrie and I started looking and turning them could see a signature and age of who had created the baskets. I ended up buying the tall basket that is shown in my album. It was created by a 16 year old girl and i will treasure it always! Karrie bought a basket too.

We also learned that an Amish outhouse is beyond SCARY! LOL

It also was a very warm day out with alot of wind and the tour ran a bit longer then I think some of us had planned on. I was really starting to feel the wear and tear of a long day on my feet and in the car.

We finished the tour and headed back home.
The gals were very excited to learn that our back seats recline and before we knew it....all were snoozing! LOL

Prim Blessings!

The shopping! Oh My! LOL

There were so many spots to shop in and it was hard to pick where we wanted to go!LOL
We all sort of split off into different directions and knew we had to be back to the cars by 1pm for when our tour started.

I asked Eric if he wanted to come along and he said sure. We walked along looking in windows and such at first. There was a horse and buggy tied to a post outside a small home. I took a picture of it. I knew that the Amish themselves didn't like to be photographed but it was just the buggy so figured I was safe.

We then went into a few small shops but nothing was really catching my eye yet. A bit further down the street....we hit the motherload! LOL We walked inside this AMAZING shop and I was just blown away. It was all old barn boards inside. Very old and rustic looking. The main focus was their candles which were smelling really great. They had at least 5 different rooms that you could walk around and thru that held everything PRIM that you could even imagine.
There were signs up all over that said no pictures were allowed to be taken.
All of us gals were rushing around pointing things out to each other. It was so funny.
I picked up a bunch of things to be given out as presents to family when we got back home. I also got myself a few prim goodies that I fell in love with.
Had so many inspirational ideas racing thru my head from seeing stuff and talking to the gals that I gave myself a bit of a headache! LOL
I'd go back there in a heartbeat!

There were numerous other shops that some gals went into as well. Lots of antique shops and fabric places. A place to buy fudge etc. We were all having a blast and were walking around with bags FULL of stuff! LOL

Head back to get started on the tour..... most of us made it back on time. Some gals had a bit harder time stoping the shopping! heehee
Won't point any fingers at anyone! LOL

Prim Blessings!

Off to Jamesport and Candle talk LOL

So we all pile into the cars and head off following Shelly.
Eric is driving and I'm in the front with him. We have Sheila, Lauren and Sherry traveling with us. That should have been Eric's first clue that he was in for quite the trip! ROFL

When I told him that my friends were turning out to be just like me.... I don't think he grasped just how much like me they all were! LOL

The topics of conversation flipped from recaps of talks from the night before (hunting; pigs named bacon and pork chop; shooting a crazy chicken from a lilac bush; "all food comes from a store" LOL) to "special" exercises..... to candles..... to sleeping with your mouth open....and much more that I'm just not allowed to talk about cause I signed a contract ! LOL

By the time we arrived in Jamesport I think Eric just wanted to jump out and run away screaming! heehee
We were following the others and all of a sudden we spotted a horse and buggy heading our way on the road. All of us were rushing around trying to grab and find our cameras. We weren't sure if we were allowed to be taking pictures of them in their buggys.
This must have been happening in all the cars as we missed our turn! LOL

Finally made it into town and we all got out with all of us talking at once about what we had seen.
Next thing you could hear hooves clacking on the road and here comes another buggy thru town this time.

We head over to the resturant to grab a bite to eat and then to do a bit of shopping in town before our guided tour was to happen. The meal was set up buffet style and had everything you could imagine to eat. Fried chicken...meatloaf....salads....desserts and it all was for $10 a person.
So yummy!

We inhaled our food and then hit the town to go shopping!

Prim Blessings!

Saturday Morning ....... came early! LOL

We all met in the lobby for breakfast the next morning. Some of us not quite so bright eyed and bushy tailed as others! LOL We were all grabbing a quick bite before we all had to pile into the cars to drive to Jamesport MO for our trip to an Amish community and shopping.

Things had slightly changed the night before. To begin with.... this was going to be a strictly "gals only" convention. Which was fine with Eric as he had just planned on driving me there and then doing whatever for the weekend.Well that changed when Sheila and Lauren arrived the night before. Something WENT on Sheila's car and we were a bit nervous of having her do more damage to it driving it more. Or that we'd get stranded on the side of the road someplace.So her car was taken out of commission and instead of another car being rented.... Eric was voted in to drive some of us to Jamesport and join in on the trip. The gals were loving him by then and he was having a blast getting to know them as well. It all really worked out super.He , Shelly and Mari had "bonded" the night before at the ER! LOL

Almost everyone had their convention shirts on that we had gotten in our goody bag from Shelly.I don't wear tshirts so I didn't have mine on. I did have the pin (oh yeah!We got a pin!) and the keychain attached to my purse. I had the totebag slung over my shoulder too.It was optional if we wore the shirt or not but I went back to my room and asked Eric if he would mind wearing the shirt. LOL He right away said sure and switched shirts.Out we walked into the lobby and everyone loved it!
We all ate our breakfast and figured out who was travelling with who. Some of the gals headed outside to get ready for a bit of a birthday surprise for Marnie! heeheeWhen she walked thru the doors and got outside....we all burst into Happy Birthday while the "wallflowers" sprayed her with silly string! LOLIt was so much fun!Into our cars we all got and we were off.......

Prim Blessings!

Friday Night continues...........

Some of went to our rooms to take our gift bags etc. Sort of refresh ourselves and then we were going to go meet up in someones room to chat and giggle some more. Not sure exactly what time it was....but it was at least 11pm by now.
I took my goodies back to the room and told Eric was was happening. He was watching some tv and just relaxing.

I started to head down the hall with Megan and we stopped by the door to Shelly and Mari's room. Thru the evening Mari had been feeling worse and worse. She had a horrid cough and her throat was really sore. Her eye was almost closed by now too. Shelly thought she should go to the ER but Mari wasn't sure she wanted to go. The winds had REALLY picked up and Shelly was a bit nervous about driving her car.
I went back to my room and asked Eric to drive them to the ER. He of course said yes. So we all banter back and forth on they didn't want Eric to be feeling like he had to do this.
End of topic...... Eric drove them!

So Megan and I head upstairs now to let everyone know that the news.
We went to Valorie and Lauren's room and found a bunch of the gals. We just talked and giggled till almost 2am! I could barely keep my eyes open any longer.
This was when we also learned that lauren can drink a can of Mountain Dew at any time of the night! LOL

We all knew we had an early morning ahead of us so of to bed we went.
Megan actually roomed with Nutt that night as Sugar wasn't due to arrive till the next night and we didn't want Nutt to be alone in her room.

I opened my room and Eric wasn't back yet.
I was just about to fall asleep when he slipped into the room and I sat right up to ask him about Mari. He laughed at me and said that I sat up way too quick for me to have been in bed long.
I was like "whatever" and asked again about Mari.
He laughed and said that she was feeling no pain at all at this moment.
He had left them at their door with Mari saying that she wanted to go around and see who was still up and with Shelly saying NO..... they were going to bed! LOL

We all went to sleep! LOL

Prim Blessings!

Meet and Greet Friday Night

The convention was offically starting at 6pm in the boardroom on the main floor. Almost all of us were there by then. We had been in touch with some of the others that were still travelling. Some were travelling during really nasty weather still so we told them not to rush and that to just take their time.

Many of us were sitting in the lobby just talking and getting to know each other. It was just before 6pm and we decided to head into the boardroom.

Shelly had really outdone herself and it was really amazing to see for the first time all together.

The tables were round and set about the room. They have white tableclothes and a bowl of chocolates in the middle. Glasses were set on the table.
On the back wall were 2 tables that were COVERED with different foods.
There were sandwiches of different types...... tons of chips and Mari's dips for us to all indulge in.
There were sausages in a barbq type sauce. The other crockpot had mini meatballs I think.
Then Eric had bought all kinds of Canadian goodies for the gals to try...... I placed them about the tables as well. Different kinds of chips and chocolates. His aunt had made a batch of homemade maple fudge too. Everyone said that was melting on their tongues.

There was a section off to the left that held just about every type of soft drink possible as well as a number of other drinks. It was awesome!

There was a huge table at the front of the room that was covered..... and I mean COVERED with bags of all different sizes. Those were the goodie bags that were able to be won during different parts of the weekend.

There was a round table that was covered with large brown bags with the Primmart Convention Logo. Each bag had our name tag on the front of it and we were told to go up and take our bag back to where we were sitting.
You know that there was some serious quick peeking going on thru the tissue paper. Those bags were jammed packed with goodies!

I'm going to try my best to not forget anything but please forgive me if I do.......

We all got:
a tshirt that had the Logo on it for convention.
An awesome tote bag with the logo that on sunday we all got folks to sign the bags. (I'm missing a few folks but not many)
a keychain
A magnet made on a tile
A baggie with rosehips and a mini pineapple (They are from Mari and freaking ROCK!)
A cd of graphics from Cheryl
An envelope with a primpack of business cards from all who donated to our goodie bags
A cookbook from The Pantry Chef (think thats book is downstairs) LOL

Oh I know there was more my mind is drawing a blank right now.
What else did we get ladies?

Then thru the night we had to stand up and tell a bit about ourselves as a sort of introduction.
That was my lest fave part of the night! LOL I don't do well talking about myself like that.
We all did it though and it was fun to learn about each other.

Some of the others had made it to the hotel and we were so glad to see them arrive safe.
Food was eaten by all...... laughter was being done at all the tables.
Folks were mixed up all around the room. There was no set place that you had to sit at. We all sort of mingled around a bit.

Tickets were handed out to us all and every now and then a ticket number was called and you got to go up and pick whatever bag you wanted. Some were HUGE...some were medium....some were small lunch bag type bags. ALL had amazing gifts inside.

Some gifts that I can recall folks winning......

Mini pillows with snowmen face
Dried fruit
Dried Artichokes
Bread mixes and tea towel
Photo albums
Scrapbook albums
Prim calendars

We were all very happy and so impressed with the whole evening.
The room was booked from 6pm until 10pm.

Some opted to head to bed as it had been a long day of driving for many.
Some of us opted..... well...... not to sleep!

Prim Blessings!

Out for Lunch

We were all starting to get a bit hungry so we opted to head over to a close section of town and all grab a bite to eat. We knew that some others were still due in but we had enough time to grab something to eat.
I can't recall the full name of where we ate..... something with MIA in it! LOL Maybe one of the other gals can fill in the rest. They pushed some tables together for us all and that was when we all got to see just how hard it was going to be to go somewhere and eat. This was only half the gals and we were having a bit of a rough time.
Food was ordered by us all and it was SO GOOD! We all were talking and starting to unwind around each other more. Getting to know those right next to us a bit better.
This was the resturant that I learned about DEEP FRIED PICKLES.

Cindy was sitting next to me and soon as she saw them on the menu she said she was getting them. Some of us must have had that "are ya crazy?" look on our faces cause she then started trying to convince us that they were really good. I wasn't quite sold on her sales pitch yet! LOL
Marie(mamaw) ordered some as well. All our meals arrived including these pickles and low and behold..... THEY WERE AWSOME!

Cindy says she will share her recipe with us all but we are still waiting on that. Think I need to send her an email and remind her! heehee I will post it here in the blog if she won't mind.

They also had this dark bread that was served with dinner that had nuts and a ton of other stuff in it. The gals were loving it. I passed on that cause it also had raisons in it. Nutt liked it so much she bought herself a small loave to take back for the weekend.
Our rooms came with a small fridge and throughout the weekend.....we all were cramming food in them! LOL

Prim Blessings!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


Eric and I checked out of our hotel and head over to the AmeriSuites Hotel where we were going to be staying for the convention. What a complete difference to the hotels we'd been staying in so far on our trip! LOL
The lobby was HUGE and everything was all brass and glass. It was a really nice hotel.

I go up to the main desk and tell them that I am with the Primmart Convention.
Seems I am the first to arrive so they ask if having a room on the first floor is fine.
I had assumed that was all taken care of and they'd just be giving me a key. I say the first floor is fine and we get our key and head in.

Our room is really nice and there is going to be plenty of room to have the gals stop by to chat and visit if anyone wishes to. We place our bags inside and I'm slowly starting to unpack a few things.

Eric's cell phone rings and he hands it to me...... Like he just knew it was going to be for me or something! LOL

It was NUTT again and she is saying that she has arrived. I get all excited and ask her if she is at the airport or the hotel. She says she is in her room at the hotel. I ask what room she is in as I too am at the hotel already.
She tells me her room number and low and behold.... Across the hall from me! LOL

We both are on the phone and rushing to open our doors. There we are all hugging and giggling already. We get a bit more settled in and next thing you know there are more and more gals arriving.

We are waiting out in the lobby area by now and scanning the folks that are walking thru the door. If they looked a bit nervous and looking around....we pounced! LOL


Nutt called Sherry on the cell phone and she said she had just called the car to come get her from the airport. We all were so excited! LOL
They pulled up and soon as she got out of the van..... I'd have known her anyplace!
We went rushing out the door at her and just covered her with hugs and squeels! LOL
Poor gal must have been scared to pieces! LOL

Eric in the meantime was hauling all the goodie bags and such into the main room for Shelly. Her van was jammed back with goodie bags and gift bags. I couldn't believe all the stuff that she had ready for us. WOW!

Eric helped some gals bring their luggage in and take it up to their rooms. He learned that I am not the only one to overpack and bring a ton of bags! LOL


Kansas City! .......... but we were early......

We arrived in Kansas City that afternoon. Knew that Megan too was due in early and she had told me where she was staying so we made our way there and got ourself a room. She hadn't checked in yet so I left one of my business cards at the front desk for her to let her know I was in.
We settled in and got ready to relax for the evening. Turn on the tv and start watching the local news channel. sat right up in bed cause they were saying we were under a tornado watch for the evening!

I had changed into my pj's and was snuggled down in bed just glued to the tv. I was convinced we were going to see a tornado and had myself all worked up. LOL

There is a knock on our door and I go to see who it is. I llok out thru the peekhole and there are 4 people standing outside my door. Lucky for me...I knew who they were! LOL

Megan, Sue, Mari and Shelly all came to welcome me!
So yup...the first time I meet the gals..... I'm in my pj's! LOL

Megan's flight had come in way later then was expected. Sue had had her own hassles flying in.
Our room was way too hot for them. We had turned the heat on when we first arrived cause we were chilled from the rains....forgot it was on and had just gotten used to the heat.
When I opened the door to let them all in....and felt the cool breeze in the hall....knew our room was too hot! LOL The heat got turned off quickly.

The gals stayed for about 20 minutes and then were on their way. We were to meet back up at the other hotel as other gals were going to start arriving at all different times of the day.


The phone is for you.........

We had our cel phone with us and everytime it rang...... Eric would answer it and then I'd hear "the phone is for you" LOL Some of the gals had swapped numbers so we'd have some contact numbers amongst ourselves. I had given them Eric's cell phone number.
First to call was Sherry! heehee
She made me guess who it was too..... sang a litle bit of the Jeopardy music while I rambled off a bunch of guesses! LOL

Then Megan called me. Everyone was just checking up on where we were on the trip. They had posts on the forums of how I must be driving Eric crazy and he'd ditched me someplace LOL

Then I was in a convience store as Eric had just bought some gas. I was looking at all the different treats that could be found. I had just picked up a Nutter Butter bar and laughed that there really was such a thing and you guessed it...... NUTT called me! LOL
Oh how we chuckled about that.

I loved having my "sistas" call along the way.

Prim Blessings!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Nelly and the Big Boom

For those that don't already know this about me.... I love listening to NELLY. There is just something about his music that makes me smile and shake my groove thang! LOL

Well...... my mother also likes his music and since we were going to be driving by St.Louis , I thought I'd see if we'd be able to get a picture of the famous Archway.

So we are driving along and I'm snapping pics of the arch....not sure how they are turning out cause we are driving and its so far away. Its getting closer and closer though and I'm thinking......usually we drive around the OUTSKIRT of a big city. What is going on? Yup..... right smack thru the center of downtown for this city. We got so close to the arch I think I could have touched it! LOL

Well you will also see in the picture.....some grey clouds!

Yup.....we are nearing the downtown section and the skies just opened up. I didn't even know that our windsheild wipers could move that quickly! Its really windy.....the rain is just coming down in sheets. I am really starting to freak out when..............


Smack dab in the middle of one of the worst thunder and lightening storms EVER!

I lose my mind right about here. I can't read the signs...... Eric is laughing at me and saying we are going to be fine. I can see flashes of lightening shooting out of the skies like all around me. Not to forget to mention that there are lanes of traffic on either side of us just wiping around like it was a sunny ol afternoon!

I'm not a big fan of ST.LOUIS now!

Prim Blessings!



Then it all went CRAZY on us...........

I'm the first to admit that I am not the best to travel any real long distance with. My hip gets really sore and I have to keep stretching out in the back seat. I tend to fall asleep and Eric's foot seems to become heavier during this time.
We are in the habit of writing out the routes and where we need to turn etc onto a piece of paper and keep it on my seat while I'm snoozing in the back. Quick glance over to the big writing and Eric can keep track of our next turns etc.

I had had a good ol snooze and was feeling quite good. Switched back to the front for a bit to take advantage of the new views. Not much really but it was all new to me. I love reading all the billboards for the antique malls and shops you all in the USA have. I'd be mighty poor if I lived close to all them! LOL

Well we had been having a grey sky kinda day....small glimmers of sunshine but not much.
We are a little ways outside our next "big place" to drive thru and so I am mentally preparing for it. I live in a really small place so the really large cities tend to freak me out somewhat.
The interstate is always quite well marked though so I don't generally lose my mind.

Till ST.LOUIS MO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I lost a piece of my mind that I'm pretty sure I will never get back! LOL

Lots of Bubbles and LOST

So the tub was chalk full of bubbles and hot hot water. My body was beginning to not scream at me anymore for sitting in the car that long.

Turned the tv on to watch LOST (our fave show EVER!) and because of channels and time guessed it.


Oh I went to bed cranky! Eric had stopped even earlier then the night before so he wasn't impressed either. I did manage to sleep really good that night though.

Then we were back on the road!

Trip continues..... few more hiccups.....

So we plunge thru the day.....snow melting more and more the further we drove.
Grass was beginning to appear green and you could see buds on all the trees etc.
Stopped at a few places to get gas and to grab a bite to eat.

Still feeling queezy and knowing that LOST is on that night....I started pushing for another early night. Less grumbling coming from this time cause I made sure to keep mentioning LOST was on.
Made it all the way to Indiana that night and stopped at another Econo Lodge.
Eric surprised me by getting a room with a hot tub! OH YEAH!!!!!
It felt so good to fill that sucker up with bubbles and just soak.
Course that was after we sprayed the room with water as not quite all the jets were under water when we turned them on the first time!


What a way to start the day! LOL

We had taken off the winter snow tires before we left home. Taken out the little snow brush we usually have in the back etc. Eric says I should have seen the folks in the lobby who were looking outside like they had never seen snow before in their life!

Kansas City bound

So we hit the road and had made no firm plans of how far we'd be going each night.
We had switched Eric's cell phone plan to allow a certian amount of calls to come in etc.
Didn't want to get hit with any crazy cell phone bill when we returned home. (Heard some horror stories..... fingers crossed till the bill comes in!)

With feeling queezy quite a bit.....I pouted a few times when it looked like Eric was going to drive too far in one day. He wasn't overly impressed with me I could tell but we stopped!
In our first day....even with stopping "early"...... we made it to PENN!

We didn't want to spend a ton of money on hotels on the way down but I also wasn't going to be stopping at anything that looked like the Bates Motel either! LOL
Econo Lodge was picked and it worked out just fine for us.

If you are wanting something quick and fairly cheap....I vote Econo Lodge!

I tossed and turned all night....coughing and just getting more and more nervous.
Eric of course wasn't tired so had a rough time getting to sleep too.
Got up the next morning at a decent enough time to hit the road again.......only to find out.....


Prim Blessings!

Nerves got the better of me!

I knew a few of the gals going from emails and from chatting. For the most part, everyone was going to be brand new and I guess I was more nervous then I thought about it all.
Starting a few days before Eric and I even left....I started having hot flashes and feeling queezy. I brought along a facecloth so I could pour cold water on it during the trip to help feel better.
(I had had a horrible bout with the flu and had thought it might be the tailend of that. Still have a cough at night)

Each time that we'd stop to grab a bite to eat....a wave of "Oh NO" would wash over me.
Made for not a great trip :(

Prim Blessings!

Primmart Convention Pt2

The convenetion was held in Kansas City MO on April 7-10 2006.
I had looked into flying in the beginning but it was going to be a crazy amount of money.
Also wouldn't have been able to bring back nearly as much as I did! LOL

Eric and I left the Monday before and spent the night at a family members in New Brunswick.
We wanted to be able to cross the border as early as possible and start our trip. (Thanks you guys for letting us stay with you. Had a blast and will make sure to come back over for a weekend!)

We had to arrive by Friday afternoon so I could be settled in and freshened up in time to go to the Meet and Greet at 6pm.

Yeah.....what was I thinking? I was driving with Eric...... we made it there in record time! LOL
Prim Blessings!

Primmart Convention 2006

Where do I even begin with this whole story?! LOL I don't want to forget anything but my goodness a ton of stuff is racing thru my head. Lets see if I can just start at the beginning and work forward a bit.

The topic of Primmart gals getting together to meet has been bantered around a few different times in the past. Folks move around and plans change. Nothing was ever set in stone.
Well the topic arose again earlier in the year and this time it looked like things were moving full steam ahead.

Shelly(Owner of Primmart) got the ball rolling and a convention was planned. Lots of gals loved the idea of getting together. It was not something that was going to be cheap to do though so some serious thinking and planning had to happen for many of us. I will be the first to admit that I butted heads with Shelly over things a few different times. She was great thru it all and we worked everything out in the end. She was fabulous!

I mentioned the convention to Eric and said how awesome it would be to get to meet the others going. Right away, he was up for the road trip. read that right.....road trip! Eric and I DROVE to convention!

Prim Blessings!

Been away way too long

What a whirlwind of craziness I call my life! LOL
Been doing a zillion things and they all have kept me away from my blog.
Not anymore...... I am going to get back into writing and I hope you all will stop back by often.

Prim Blessings!