well, i went. i'm back. and i survived.
i spoke at a big floral conference trying to teach 100 florists how to be their own photographers. trying to condense 6 week of lessons (my e-ecourse!) into an hour talk was challenging. but i did it. and i was nervous as heck, but had some amazing woman rescue me and give me a pep talk and took me out for a glass of wine, and i was ready to go. you must check out her website and if you are in the DC area and ever need a florist, she's your gal. instant friends we were. she's just that awesome and so invested and so caring...you won't be disappointed.
what can i say? i'm from maine. for the most part, we live our lives simply and our energies are a bit mellow, relaxed, and a bit like, "whatever." our biggest worry is shoveling and heating costs and wondering if our summer will last longer than two months. but NYC and that energy? holy shit! i thought i would go there never wanting to leave, but guess what? i LOVE maine. i love our home. i love all of it. it's really good to get out once in a while, but coming home is the best.
i left mark home to take care of the house and animals and i realized just how much i value his presence. sure, can i fly to NYC and navigate the city and sit at a bar and have dinner alone? yea, i can. but it is SO not the same without him. we are such a team! we have so much fun! everything i did i kept thinking i wanted to show him, but he wasn't there. so we're going to go back real soon with the little one.
so it was a valuable experience all around. i met new people, made new friends, met up with an awesome blog buddy and took photos together, saw new things, ate good food, drank far too much espresso, walked at least 80 blocks, sat in airports for too long, completely made a fool out of myself not realizing that to order a glass of wine at an airport you needed to use an ipad and figure out how to swipe your card (and i leave a tip for who exactly? the ipad?!), texted the little one FAR too many pictures of the city because i missed her so much, and spent much time texting mark about all the cool things i was seeing that i wish he was too...yea, that was NYC.
and here is my small visual experience. thanks to a blog pal, i was able to see some of the better sites of Chelsea...