Tuesday, May 22, 2012
…I met in Washington DC have been so fun to tell people about.
Or brag about. Whichever way you prefer to look at it. My 12 year old son says, “It’s not bragging if it is true.” Okay, I will work on that with him. But regardless, I am still happy about seeing some of the people I did on my trip.
One of the speakers at our convention was Ree Drummond, better known as the Pioneer Woman. She was originally supposed to join us for lunch, but she had to leave early. Rumor on the street (or what I was told in the hallway) was that she had a book signing to get too.
This picture really was taken a long ways away. I just cropped it, but it was already fuzzy. So technically I did not make it worse. But she was entertaining and personable and everyone enjoyed her thoroughly. And she looked pretty, not fuzzy, in person.
One of the pictures I have flashed on my phone to all that pass within 50 feet is this one. My perception of her from Biggest Loser was that she was a nice person. After having lunch with her, I can tell you I was exactly right. Now I not only think of her as merely a nice person, but I am also a fan. (I am a “fan” of several of my girlfriends too, so she is in good company.)
The women at the convention were in a tizzy about meeting Alison. Unfortunately, I have never watched Days of our Lives, but I know she has had a long successful career on the show. Despite her fame, she was sweet to everyone that approached her, signed a ton of autographs, and posed for ninety-million pictures.
I was privileged to sit with Alison and her husband and son during lunch and visit with them. It was a blessing to get to know them a little. Alison and her husband were very personable and genuine, and within 10 seconds I forgot about the fact she likely cannot walk down the street without being approached.
I told my husband they seemed like the kind of couple we could have a blast with on a double date. It is unlikely our paths will cross again, and I am a little sad about that. I sincerely liked them both.
Our last speaker of the day can only be described as dynamic. I have heard many, many speakers in the last 14 years. Many were great, some passionate, several really funny, but few can be called dynamic. I typically do not go up to a speaker and ask for a picture with them. I can count on one hand the number of times I have done it.
After Rick Grandinetti spoke, I marched my little self right up to the front of the room. I may or may not have cut in line. I told him he was phenomenal and asked for my picture with him.
I love it when speakers are energetic, engaging and tell stories to make their points. He checked every box on my list. Rick founded Succeed Inside the Box and you can check out his website at http://succeedinsidethebox.com. I didn’t hang around to visit with him after the picture. As you can tell by my hair in the picture, it had been a very long day. And honestly, I had nothing else intelligent to say after the phenomenal comment.
So that wraps up the people of interest I was blessed to cross paths with in Washington DC. Thank you for being patient while I bragged. I mean, shared.
If you are a mother and would like to find out more about the American Mothers, Inc. convention I attended, you can check out their website at http://www.americanmothers.org.