Friday, November 7, 2008

An Update from Crazy Busy Land

I should be vacuuming and checking the downstairs bathroom and changing the laundry from the washer to the dryer, but I decided I had EARNED a little sitting on my heiny time, so you're getting a post about last night's SAS.

Wouldn't you be excited if you walked into your office's conference room and saw THIS instead of a bunch of stapled papers with an agenda on the top and men in suits? I know I would, and the women who stamped last night commented several times how relaxing their time was. I was so happy to hear that, because that was exactly what I intended!

I arrived around 2:45 and killed time until 3:20 reading the USA Today in the parking garage. I read someone's blog recently and she commented on her fear of parking garages, and now I can empathize! It sort of freaked me out a bit, and here's why--the low ceilings! You feel like you're going to hit the hanging signs every time you pass under them! Also, the tires squeal every time you turn, due to some treatment they've done on the concrete. And if you have claustrophia issues, FORGET IT! The spaces are so small that I felt like I had the choice between hitting a concrete post and scraping someone's car. Thankfully, I did neither...

I set up and waited for the women to arrive. We got started late, but better than not starting at all! Some couldn't stay the whole time, like Reade, who likes to design outside the box. I could really stand to live more like she does!

Sandy was my hostess, and she made our time so great! She had Panera Bread Co. cater dinner, and so we ate and stamped and it all flowed so nicely. She had only stamped with me one time before, and hadn't been able to come back due to a heavy work travel schedule. She remembered why she liked it so much, and I'm sure we'll get some more time together in the new year.

Kara is an avid scrapbooker (her husband won't let her go near any retail locations that have supplies), but she'd never ever made a card. She LOVED it, even though she felt she lagged behind the pace all night, due to her perfectionist persnicketyness. I love introducing her to something new!

Melissa (Missy to me) is the link between me and Sandy. She has been a regular stamper in the past, but work travel has dominated her life this year too. She did a little adapting of my cards to her style, which was fun to see.

Meghan had never stamped before, and she was the first one to arrive. When I gave her a quick overview of what we were making, she was slightly overwhelmed. But she jumped in with two feet and created beautiful cards!

I can't say enough about how impressed I was with these gals' willingness to try something new! That either says a lot about Sandy's ability to convince them they would enjoy it, or it says a lot about who they are as people. I'm not as adventurous as they, I have to admit. They all "swam in the deep end of the pool" and we had a great time. I hope we get to do it again, as some who were supposed to attend were called away on business or sick.

Okay, I've sat enough. Gotta get sheets on beds, etc. Onward, as Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz says.


Life with Kaishon said...

This looks like such a fun night! You are doing a great job! I have been praying that God would bless your business during the Holiday time! I have my box from you to open and I am SO excited! I have been saving it for a few moments when I can really open it and appreciate it. I think tonight will be the night! I can't wait to post about you! God bless!

sandra said...

it really look fun!
congratulation Jen

Maren said...

Hi Jenn,
I loved meeting you last night! On my way home I made a mental connection, are you related to Carol Nahrstadt? With you being from IL, I thought, hmm, maybe. Lond story short, Carol was the payroll clerk for the company I work for. Have a great weekend.