Hello Frisco

It is currently 9:01 p.m. on Sunday night. And I have been in my pajamas since 2:15. Mainly because I feel like I’ve lived a thousand lives since last Thursday and right now. By the time DotMOM wrapped on Saturday afternoon I was barely coherent.

I flew to Dallas on Thursday afternoon on the bumpiest flight I’ve ever been on. And I mean that. It was worse than the time I flew from Rome to Newark in 2002 and we hit turbulence and the person next to me started to throw up in their handy paper yuck sack.

Okay, on second thought maybe it wasn’t that bad. But I will tell you the man sitting next to me whispered, “Oh God” about every ten seconds for at least the last eight minutes of the flight. And I’ll be honest, that’s unsettling.

I just kept thinking that if I was going to die on a flight I really wished it would be more glamorous than a flight from San Antonio to Dallas Love Field. Talk about anti-climactic.

But we finally landed and I took a moment to compose myself then got off the plane to wait for Sophie because she was flying in about an hour later and I was going to ride to the hotel with her family. Unfortunately, when we all arrived at the rental car place we were informed they had given our car away since our flight was late. But then they couldn’t give us someone else’s car. Which is ironic considering they’d given someone else our car. It was like a Seinfeld episode. I know you can “take” the reservation, but the key is to “HOLD” the reservation.

They finally found a car for us and Sophie’s husband had to spend about thirty minutes trying to figure out how to fit all our luggage in the trunk because we both have overpacking issues and should have just both packed a footlocker like you used to do when you went to camp for two weeks. Maybe we could have labeled all our underwear with Sharpie markers too.

Once we arrived at the hotel we had a quick sound check and went over some conference details, went out for a lovely dinner, and then returned to the hotel room and visited for a while before we both decided it was time for bed. At which time I was delighted to discover that Embassy Suites not only believes in a proper air-conditioning system that blows cold air, but also the importance of the fitted bottom sheet.

Hallelujah and amen.

I don’t understand why this isn’t a universal hotel feature. And I don’t want to hear anyone tell me it’s because they’re hard to fold. Some things are worth a few sacrifices.

Friday was a blur of meeting some new friends and performing our conference duties and listening to some great messages. I know I keep saying this, but I love the DotMOM Conference. It really is so good.

Here’s a picture of Sophie and I onstage with John Croyle. It should be obvious from that photo that I was doing my best impression of a robot with a facial tic.

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And it was even more fun because Gulley flew up to meet me on Friday morning and then Jen drove over to the hotel to spend the night with us and we all got to stay up late laughing and talking just like we’ve done anytime we’ve been together since 1991.

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Needless to say, I was dragging a little by Saturday morning. And by a little, I mean that I could have laid down on the floor of the hotel lobby and taken a nap. But there was still a full day ahead and after a gallon or two of coffee I was good as new and talking very loudly at a very rapid rate in an octave about four times above normal.

This may be the reason that I chose to share my “sweaty feet issues” when I wear flats with an entire room full of women while giving a talk on fashion. Note to self: You don’t have to share everything.

When it was all over on Saturday I went straight to the hotel room and could have slept the rest of the night. But my friend Michelle was there and my college roommate, Meredith, was meeting us for dinner and Sophie needed a Mexican food fix before flying back to Alabama. So we powered through and ended up eating fajitas and queso at Uncle Julio’s and it was so worth it. Y’all. They had queso with beef fajita meat in it. If that isn’t the most genius idea ever, then I don’t know what is.

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Meredith dropped us off at the hotel and Michelle went home and Sophie went to visit with some other friends, so Gulley and I went back to our room and put on our pjs and got in bed before we began to recap the weekend and all the fun.

At this point I may have been more than a little punchy. Like that kind of tired where everything is beyond hilarious. Gulley and I were laughing until we had tears running down our faces and could barely breathe.

And that’s when it happened.

The front desk at the hotel called our room and said there had been a complaint about the noise coming from our room and could we please quiet down.

That is so shameful.

In all honesty, it’s not the first time this has happened to us in a hotel. But it’s the first time it’s happened since 1993.

So, in closing, it was a really fun weekend.

And if you happened to be in room 501 at the Embassy Suites in Frisco on Saturday night, I deeply apologize.


Here are the numbers drawn by Random.org on the book and earring giveaway.

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#17 – Nellie
#45 – Jen
#335 – Melanie (but not me because that would be weird)

Thanks so much, y’all. There will be another giveaway this Friday.

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  1. Candy says

    LOVED every minute of you being on stage at dot mom!!! It was an awesome weekend. I also ate at Uncle Julio’s–delish!!! :) Hilarious about the hotel room–wasn’t me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Colorado says

    You all look wonderful but Jen, oh my! She looks radiant! What a fun weekend you had. Here, it was snow and more snow. Feb. is so long!

  3. says

    It was delightful to listen to you and Sophie at DotMom! I wish I could’ve met you, but girl…You were TOO POPULAR! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have read your book and laughed and cried my way through it. Thank you for being real!

    Jill Duff

  4. says

    I so need to hit up one of the DOTmom events! Wish y’all flew up North once in a blue moon. (Hint, hint!) I think being called on account of too much noise is perfectly acceptable if you’ve just spent the weekend speaking to hundreds of ladies about your sweaty feet issues. Right?!

  5. Noelle says

    I loved DOTmom!!! It was the very first time I have ever been to a mom type conference and it was beyond refreshing, deeper than encouragning, and more profound than my deepest prayer time. God spoke to my soul, re-organized my priorities and lovingly, yes very very lovingly, re-modeled my mothering.
    thank you so much for the time and effort needed to make this conference true.
    four boys and one husband in Longview Texas are so glad you did!!!

  6. tammy says

    They outlawed fitted bottom sheet sin CA because they maids said it hurt their backs to change them. I was kind of flabbergasted. One can only hope that cleaning the bathtubs isn’t next on the list.

      • LeighAnn says

        Tammy, you just made me laugh out loud! Thank you for the “clarification”! Hope you have a great week!

  7. CathyB says

    I am deeply disappointed that you did not post (capture?) a photo of John Croyle wearing his Texas A & M t-shirt b/c I am sure hoping you gave him a LOT of grief about how the Aggies are the ones who ruined what would have been another perfect season for UAT (remember???…University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa as opposed to UAB (Birmingham/aka as Bammerham) and UAH..Huntsville)….glad you had a good time and so pleased your book is doing well! I finished mine in record time, once Amazon delivered it!
    Cathy B…the Auburn fan with an Aggie son-in-law…Gig ‘Em! except when they’re playing Auburn ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. says

    While we were waiting for the last session to start, this lady a couple of rows ahead of us turned around a few times and I kept thinking, “where have I seen her?!” Then it dawned on me that it was Gulley! We visited for a few minutes at the end and I’ll tell you the same thing- truly, I rejoice with you over good friends! It was fun to read the stories in your book but it was even more precious to see you worship side by side!

  9. says

    You deserve to relax a little! Y’all did a great job as emcees and I loved the fashion breakout. (I’m the mama who was sitting in the front row and asked about a bra fitting.) I’m getting that done ASAP and signed up for StitchFix last night!

  10. Rosemary says

    Oh, how you make me laugh. I am with the poster above, wishing for a conference for those of us who live up north!! Love that Gulley was there and love the hotel story. After my wedding reception my mom had a bunch of family in her room, and someone actually called the POLICE about the noise. It’s been over 22 years, and we still haven’t let her live that down. That’s when you know it’s a good time……

    Gave away my paper copy of Sparkly and now just have my kindle version.. Love it!!

  11. trish says

    Enjoyed Dot Mom more than any conference I’ve ever been to. I don’t think any of us in your fashion talk minded discussing your “issues” with flats. Just makes you a regular mom, like us. Great job emceeing!

  12. Lisa says

    I loved the dotMom conference, and you and Spohie were great! I was also in your fashion breakout, and I’m ready to tackle my closet, once I finish catching up on all the laundry waiting on me :) (I’m the one who asked about the Capri pants)
    I can’t wait to read your book, I’m sure it will be wonderful! I just commented on Living Proof Blog to try to win a signed copy.
    Thanks for all you did to make last weekend so special for so many busy Moms!

  13. Cathy S. says

    Sorry I didn’t win your book and earrings…… never fear, I went to Barnes and Noble in BCS this afternoon. Good news for you, they were all sold out but the clerk said they had ordered a bunch more so mine is on reserve! Can’t wait to read it and laugh out loud.
    I know what you mean about the hotel room and making too much noise. Never been told we were too noisy but when my cousin, my 80 year old mother and I get together for a trip to wherever, you can bet that we will be doing a bunch of laughing til we can’t laugh anymore. Sometimes it is over absolutely nothing! Love those memories!!

  14. says

    So, this comment has nothing to do about what you wrote today, but I wanted to share with you…

    I just had my birthday last week, and since the beginning of February, I had been telling my family (loudly and persistently) that the ONLY THING I wanted for my birthday was your book. Well, that’s not really true, I totally wanted more than one gift, but I needed to drive it home somehow.

    Sure enough, my parents came to visit this weekend and my mom got me your book! The instant I opened it, I started to brag for you and share how you were on the NY Times Bestseller list (Bravo, by the way.) I’m telling her how I know it’s going to be so good and I’m even being generous and saying that I will let her borrow it, when I notice she has the weird look on her face. Then my dad says, “Go ahead and tell her! Tell her what you did!”. My mom confessed…she had read the entire thing before she wrapped it up for me. She was just going to read a page and then couldn’t stop.

    So, I just got regifted your book.

    It was the best regift I’ve ever received. I started it Saturday, finished it today, and loved every word.

  15. says

    I just found your blog through Sheaffer…and how have I not seen it before?!?! Been poking around here all morning!! I work across the street from that Embassy Suites…and looks like you ate at Cantina Lareda…another good choice! Glad your time here was fun! My family and I are headed to San Antonio for spring break, so maybe we’ll cross paths at Mi Tierra! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. kasey says

    you and sophie were great! that was my first dotmom, and i’m already planning for the next one! so so good. every bit of it. it was great to meet you, and i’m thankful you signed my book (and the one for my sister…gig ’em!). hope you are able to rest up some! thanks for sharing the weekend with us.

  17. Deborah (Debbie) says

    Ok. Can I just tell you that you absolutely make my day, inspire me and make me grin…BIG.
    I SO thank you for sharing your delightful self with all of us. You don’t know it now, but you are inspiring.

    I think I should also tell you that I greatly admire a woman who is willing to give up goats for lent. I think I’ll do that next year :)

    Blessings upon blessings!

    • Deborah (Debbie) says

      Hmm…the above comment was supposed to be at the end of your “I Can’t Wait Till Easter and I Can Have a Goat” post.

      I suppose you might as well know now, I’m sometimes a little “scattered”….

    • Deborah (Debbie) says

      Arrrggg…go back to sleep woman (me not you)…of course you must know you’re inspiring (how could you not?!)…however, you don’t know just HOW inspiring to ME! And now, before I say something else that is goofy, good-bye.