Seriously! Could that have been more fun? I'm not sure it could have been - I guess it could have if those who couldn't make it from around the world had been there too.... I'll just have to wait for Chicago for that!
Though I was totally in denial about it, I was completely nervous about going. I had hives on and off for all of last week, but completely pretended they were just odd groups of mysterious mosquito bites - not stress induced hives. Nope. Not me.
Bonnie, Linda, Angie, and I took the Mega bus up and despite the obscene hour had a perfectly lovely trip up. We were a little early and wasted some time getting coffee and walking up and down the street in the sun until the restaurant opened. AND THEN!! Guess what? They can't serve alcohol in NYC before noon. I don't know if that's just on Sunday or what. But what??? they stop serving at I'm guessing 4 or 5 am and then must wait till noon. Totally funny to me. (thought definitely not at that moment as I seriously wanted a drink.)
We had some seriously yummy guacamole and chips, cuz we're all seriously health conscious like that! I was telling my friend Camille about the guac and she immediately Googled it (as she is the undisputed Google queen) and this link is a chef at Dos Caminos talking about making it and the recipe is as follows:
* 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro leaves
* 2 teaspoons finely chopped white onion
* 2 teaspoons minced jalapeno or Serrano chilies, seeds and membranes removed, if desired
* 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
* 2 large ripe avocados, preferably California Haas, peeled and seeded
* 2 tablespoons cored, seeded, and finely chopped plum tomatoes (1 small tomato)
* 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
This is a bad picture of the beautiful Vanessa reaching for their seriously yummy guacomole.
I had to enlarge to the nth degree as this picture was really of a bunch of people in the bar with Vanessa way in the back - but it was the only one with their guac in it and it was seriously good!
Guess what I had for dinner tonight!!!!!
It was so easy to make and so so so so good!!!
I was lucky enough to be sitting with Bonnie on my right and Gilly on my left and Carmen and Jen across from me with Linda and then Joey on the other side of Jen. Sooo much fun!! It's not like I wasn't already madly in love with all these women, but now... seriously... I can't stand it. They were all just exactly as I thought they'd be and I had just so much fun laughing with all of them. The connection was immediate as if we're all old friends.
At one point Joey was saying that it was sort of like meeting celebrities - as in you've seen their pictures and know what they look like and you know all this info about them - like you were on the lookout for some other famous bandy people. It's totally true. I swear I totally came to New York so I could be in the presence of the celebrities Joey and Gilly and all those other wonderful woman who's journeys I've been following. And I got to meet several others who's journeys I'll soon be catching up on!
Speaking of celebrities...
After brunch we went back up to the bar we saw Lindsay Lohan. She was just standing there texting. Susan just leaned over and asked.. Excuse me, are you Lindsay Lohan? Lindsay totally denied it, but I've decided to believe it was really her and she just didn't want to tell us and really, that's okay right? She totally deserves privacy and anonymity in her life... she's such a sweet girl.
On the drive home, poor Linda had to endure my singing as I was in a totally mellow mood and just had to listen to some Zach Brown band (and a little Steel Magnolia's too).
I didn't get to spend time with everyone, but everyone that I did get to talk to was - to a person - absolutely delightful. Warm, real, generous, open, funny-as-shit and just plain lovely! You know, everyone says how women are these mean catty bitches - and I'm here to tell you (though I know you already know) that this community is filled with nothing but support and praise. What a lucky girl I am!
And okay - this last picture of me and Carmen was taken on my phone just as we were leaving. I was at my drunkest and have no idea who took it - it was a total surprise - I was so excited - when I got home and found it there as I was showing Brad the pictures. I've also determined that, clearly, I need to have all my pictures taken when drunk because while Carmen is as beautiful as she always is - I look great in this picture - all tan and whatnot when I'm really white as a ghost.