Can you hold off with those invitations for a little while? Two events in subsequent weekends was a first in a very long time for the woman who spends most evenings in pjs, cosy beside the fire, and I’m struggling a bit.
My long lasting nail varnish is still doing its job.The long dress went back to the fantastic frock lady; the summer shopping dress is back in the wardrobe for many more months. It was a super buy (at over 70% reduced) and perfect for the weekend, so it will come out again, when I have enough energy to respond to your kind requests for my company.
The McSpecs arrived at the hotel about 4.30- plenty of time for swimming or sleeping. Once dressed in party clothes, the girls headed off to investigate the Ballroom/ explore the hotel/ get lost. In due course, they were able to bring Spurs fan and I along to show what they’d discovered. A room full of balloons, many tables laid with colouring pens and glitter glue amongst the cutlery and linen. Goodie bags with sweets and chocolates and colouring pencils and magazines and a book and a coaster and oh, what do you think this is? Folded up car window screens, as it turned out. I may have a bruise on my nose from the energy with which they unfolded.
A highlight for the girls was being recognised. Before he saw me, Tinman had identified my family. They were very impressed. Luckily my lot headed off for food before Spurs Fan and Tinman got talking about football: they could be there yet.
Awards, soup. Awards, chicken. Awards, very wonderful ice cream. Music. It was a lovely evening. Having a dinner and tables was a great way to get people to relax and socialise- the other finalists at the table were Business Bloomer, This is Knit and Cigar Loving Doorman. Unfortunately, no one amongst us won. I’m sure it wasn’t the weight of disappointment which caused the table to almost collapse at one stage.
Then there was Móna. Yes, that Móna who visits here sometimes. Wise Words won Best Food and Drink blog, Best Photography, Best Blog by a Journalist and the biggie, Best Blog. I was delighted. I felt I knew Móna- she has incredible energy and style and produces fabulous posts and I’m a little in awe. I may have told her all that at the point in the evening when I got to exuberant and huggy. She was gracious enough to not call security.
The next morning there was an enormous breakfast, some swimming, and sleeping all the way home. Bed when I got home. Bed early last night. Back to bed after Jake’s walk this morning. Rushing now to be washed and dressed before Girl2 comes home from school.
I’m not meant to live in a social whirlwind, but it was great to visit. Many thanks to Beatrice, Amanda and Lorna for all their hardwork, enthusiasm and attention to detail. See here for proper photos and a full list of winners.