I drove up to Milwaukee today because I'm speaking at the BABY EXPO in the morning. I wasn't paying attention and missed my exit. I realized I missed it when I started seeing signs for Green Bay and Fond du Lac. Oops. Thankfully I was able to get off the highway backtrack before I hit Canada. I parked in the garage, grabbed my suitcase (which has 4 outfits in it because I don't know what to wear and I'm just dorky like that) and headed for the elevator. I pressed "2" because that's the floor that has the skywalk over to the hotel. As soon as I pressed the button, the lit-up "2" went off; the doors never closed. I tried again. I pressed "2". The number lit up and then turned off immediately once again. I looked up and lo and behold, I'm already on level 2. Right there is the skywalk. RIGHT THERE! Duh.
I went to the lobby to check in and the hotel didn't have a reservation for me. Hmmm, I was supposed to be here today, right? Right? I quickly tried to remember the date. Yep, I'm supposed to be here now. Hmmm. I asked the hotel clerk if it was under the event organizer's name. "Nope", she informed me. She's already checked in and there was only one room under her name. I started thinking that perhaps I'd dreamed the whole thing. No, I assured myself. My picture is definitely on their website. I'm sure I'm supposed to be speaking here tomorrow.
Well, long story short - I did have a room, the hotel messed up, the event organizer fixed it so it's all good.
Last week, Vicki, the organizer, had mentioned going out to eat this evening, so she called me tonight and asked if I still wanted to grab a bite. Are you kidding? Going for food that isn't prepared by me? No kids? No husbands? Uhhh yeah! We went across the street to a little Italian place where I devoured a whole pile of gnocchi. I had to restrain myself from licking my plate. Seriously, it was yummy1 Vicki, on the other hand, had been feeling a little sick from the stress of organizing this whole event and didn't have much of an appetite. I think she ate 2 bites of her ravioli. I felt so bad for her. (And no, I didn't scarf down her remaining ravioli.) This is the first year for Milwaukee to host this Baby Expo. She's got a ton of interesting and unique vendors, goody bags, giveaways, and an awesome speaker with laryngitis. How can you beat that? Plus, the event is free! So if you're anywhere near Milwaukee come on out tomorrow or Sunday! HERE'S THE INFO.
As always, here are pictures of my room...
2 beds this time. I think I may have to jump between them. Kidding, just kidding. No really.
View from my window of tropical downtown Milwaukee. (It was really was tropical today! It got up to 40, I think!)
OK, I'm going to bed early tonight and praying I have my voice back in the morning.
Oh yeah - my giveaway for an HP Photosmart wireless printer is still going on HERE.