When I dropped by to reserve the room, the manager of Golden Corral asked,
"What name will the reservation be under?"
"Hmm, well, you better put down Blogging Babes."
He stopped, he looked at me and then said,
"Well now, that poses a lot of questions."
I just grinned and thanked him and went on my merry way. Later, the waitresses told us he'd told them that as well and really wanted to know what we were. What a let down for them to find out we were just a bunch of bloggers.
Anyway, we met at Golden Corral, we being the following:
Ali at Girl in a Whirl
Anne at Not Entirely British
Anne at Twas Brillig
Donna at Donna's Journey
Jen at Lords of the Manor
Jeri at Fickle Pickle
Lori at Scott Smith Photography
Shellie at Random Thoughts From the Archives of a Frazzled Mind
Suzanne at Chocolate Daydreams
Tristi at Tristi Pinkston LDS Author
Me at Dream Just a Little More and . . . by Candace
Golden Corral gave us a cute little room all to ourselves and the salad bar was fantastic and the food pretty good. Of course, Tristi was disappointed there no pine nuts on the salad bar. And Jeri, was it you who said there were no artichokes? Anyway, it was no problem for me, I don't like pine nuts and artichokes so I didn't notice the lack.
Jen and Ali had to navigate through the worst traffic and accident to join us from up north. Thanks for making the effort ladies, we were so happy you made it!
We had people donate some wonderful prizes:
Karlene Browning over at Custom Online Scents donated a party pack (that would be lotion, shower gel and perfume) of the new . . . by Candace scent "Babe" which was inspired by the Beautiful Bodacious Babbling Blogging Babes.
Karlene also donated copies of the books "The Stork Gives No Returns" and Cindy Bezas book "Powerful Tips for Powerful Teachers".
Sandra Sorenson at Your Scent Your Way donated an oil warmer and two delicious oils, one of green apple and one of cinnamon. I adore my oil warmer and believe it will be the all new rage! Somebody's house is going to be smelling really great!
Anne Bradshaw at Not Entirely British donated a copy of her new book Please, No Zits! which is really turning into a favorite of readers everywhere. She also brought these delicious chocolate things that were sheer heaven.
And I donated a big gift basket which contained Forged in the Refiner's Fire, 13-0: Reflections of Champions and Out of the Shadows Into the Light, a bottle of Xoçai Activ Drink, 25 to 30 Xoçai chocolate nuggets, a Butterfinger, a Snickers and a bag of M&M's.
Sadly, I cannot remember who won what . . . ladies chime in when enter a comment and let us know who won what.
We had so much fun talking and getting to know everyone. Tristi Pinkston was the spotlighted blogger and it was fun learning about her books, her Scentiments business and her family. Next month Jen Lords over at Lords of the Manor will be telling us all about herself.
So all in all - we had a complete and utter blast. I tried to pass the mantle, but nobody wanted it. So I guess I'm in charge of this little group.
Our next get together is November 9th -- it'll be date night with your sweethearts ladies. I'll let you know where in a week or so, but it will definitely begin at 6:30 p.m. on that lovely fall evening. Tristi Pinkston has promised to recomprise her role as LDS Storymakers Conference Fairy and will be singing the song "I've Been Rejected" from the 2006 LDS Storymakers Writers Conference. YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS!
Addendum: Those who were missing in action yesterday for one valid reason or another:
Annette Lyon at The Lyon's Tale - speaking engagement.
Heather Moore at My Writer's Lair - speaking engagement.
Jana Sperry at Mom Interrupted
Janet Jensen at Janet's Blog - speaking engagement.
Jennifer Wilks at Confessions of a Lifelong Bookworm
Jill Q at Mental Tesserae
Julia Goff at Where Oh Where Has My Mind Gone . . . Today - stuck in Cedar City.
Karen Hoolver at A Writer's Ramblings - jury duty and a broken van.
Karlene Browning at Inksplasher - on the road from Kentucky to Utah.
Michele Paige at My Paige - had to teach.
Sandra Sorensen at The Dance - had to teach.
Stephanie Fowers at Stephanie Fowers - didn't know about it, she's a new member as of yesterday.
Wow, this group is really growing. The bigger the better.