Ah, it's good to be back online and posting for all the world to see. Or at least a few select people.
I registered for a mid-singles conference (between 28 and 45 year olds) in Seattle (well, Bellevue, WA) for Memorial Day weekend. I couldn't find anyone to go with me from my stake, so I sent out the S-O-S and got a few hits. This though, would mean that strangers would be riding up and sharing a hotel room for a stressful weekend. For the remainder of this post, this phenomenon will be called "stranger danger". yes, when planning an event - words to the wise - don't do it with STRANGERS. You just don't know what you're getting for your buck.
Well, it wasn't all bad, as soon in this pic.
L-R Jenny, Kristine, Cherish and Me, Sharona
J-31, student, K- 40, PhD, Cherish- single working mom of 3 and recently active,
Me, normal, lol...j/k!
The conference was good the first night. We had a catered dinner with fabulous food. I also think it was the night with the most attendees. I guess spending the entire weekend was too much for some. But, it was nice. Speed dating - for any of you who might EVER need it in the future, is kind of nice because you are not trapped into talking to any one person for too long. Plus, you get to talk to people who you would never talk to if it weren't for this opportunity. It was a good way to break the ice with a lot of guys. Only problem was: 400 attendees, 70 men. yeah, so we'd talked and laughed about the m to FM ratio on the way up in Oklahoma, Huntington Beach and other areas around the US but we never thought we'd blow them out of the water! There are so many singles in our age category but it seems they just aren't coming out. They are all over the place, online, in our wards, etc. Whatever...
Cherish is working on her temple recommend and while the rest of us could attend, as she was dropping us off, she reminded us of how jealous she was and that made me re-recognize the blessing of having a recommend. Maybe I take it for granted sometimes and there is NOTHING to be taken for granted.
We met some other folks - Sarah and Clark to be speicifc. I fell in love with Sarah. She's 29, divorced, took a 60% pay cut to be home with her daughter but still makes enough to manage to do fine. She's brilliant and won't be making that little for very long. She will excel quickly. Clark and she are probably dating now. They make an awesome couple.
Sarah and Clark