I worked at my Community College from 11:30am-4pm, dropped off some pop bottles at the recycling center, grabbed money from the ATM, and used my phone and the maps app as a GPS system. This worked really well, except for a momentary stop at the rest stop, and I arrived around 5:30pm. I did end up parking in the lot a little way away from where the dorms and classes were. This made for a lovely walk, though I did have to make 3 trips back to my car for my belongings. I will admit that next year I will bring a couple of blankets as well as my memory foam pillow.
I was fortunate enough for my classroom to be present in the same building as I was sleeping. There were plenty of plugs, I sprung for a single bathroom and no room mate. After I dropped everything off in my room I was only slightly late for the cocktail hour, managed to hit the entirety of the bingo game, and saw the vast majority of the introduction to the instructors presentation. I did only get a tiny portion of each of the three appetizers saving room for the after presentation mingling event. Unfortunately, there was no wine and cheese after the presentation and were were admonished to get a good nights sleep (fortunately I had some veggie chips and granola bars).
After a decent nights sleep I dropped my wheel off in my classroom and had an amazing breakfast. The participants and instructors were so friendly, willing to talk about everything, interested in every aspect of crafting and amazing conversationalists. Fortunately for me they listened to my rambling and let me observe (which I tend to prefer). During the first part of the day we were given our materials and introduced to the concepts of recording and organizing. Kate also gave us a look at her examples as well as lovely fiber to get our spinning legs under us. Throughout the first day we were given a wide range of mind blowing concepts.
Between spinning my own embroidery thread (learning how to do crewel embroidery) as well as creating project pages my first day was so busy. Lunch and Dinner were both amazing with tons of vegetables. I really appreciated the variety and tried to keep the carbohydrates down. The night ended in a vendor sale, I wound up buying 8 oz of merino lamb wool in white (named Dr. Watson) and adult merino in brown (named Morrigan), some yarn, and a few other tidbits. We were given shopping bags with adorable stamps (that must be lost in my suitcase somewhere).
I’ll write more about the second day and trunk sale.