Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Ok -- so this blog is going to be focused on the actual convention related events and not the more personal stuffs. :) SO!
First things first -- MEET JOCELYN!!! :D
I met up with Jocelyn (WOLFKITTY) downtown and we headed to the Townhouse that Greg (KSIGMA1222) rented for the night for SparkPeople to meet to say hi and see if anyone was there yet before going to the Convention Center.
The townhouse was TOTALLY GORGEOUS. Here is the front sitting room --
Greg was in the patio grilling up chicken!
The first meetings of Sparkers!
Then we headed over to the actual Convention Center to meet up with Jenny and the other SparkExperts Etc. in preparation for the Convention the next day. At first we meet outside for the first time with our fellow panel members. :) Debbie (S318830) walks outside and is like I KNOW YOU! And we're like WE KNOW YOU!!! hahaha. :D We head inside and see SPARKGUY and the other SparkExperts, etc. :) It was pretty surreal.
For some reason I didn't realize Coach Nicole was tall...
The lady on the right here is Jenny -- she is the one who guided us Panel Members through EVERYTHING! She's the greatest! :)
Then we headed back to the Townhouse to hang out again for a little while.
Here are some of us out on the patio -- Don (DDOORN) and Greg (KSIGMA1222) in the back and Leah (SPRING4FAL), me, and Violet (SPARKLINGVIOLET) in the front.
It was funnnn!!! :D So fun to meet SparkPeople and get to know them in person. The whole thing was definitely a bit surreal because you are meeting some people that you know wayyy more about than anyone you've ever met for the first time face to face. :) So the first starts of conversation can be a little weird.
In here is Chris to the left, then Debbie (S318830), Karen, Violet (SPARKLINGVIOLET), and Robin (KASHMIR).
Then the next morning it was UP bright and early to be picked up by Jocelyn on the way to the Convention Center for the pre-convention Walk/Run! :)
Tim and Violet led the walk:
And SP_NANCY led the run:
And we were off!!! :D We ran down the street and a little loop around the Marina -- it was gorgeous!
I snapped a bunch of pictures while we were running, but here are a couple of us stopped at crosswalks. :)
After the run we took a couple quick pictures, like this one of me and Jocelyn with some Spark Volunteers! :D
Then Jocelyn and I headed off to a secluded bathroom to freshen up and get CUTE because we knew presentation time was approaching quickly. :)
We headed up to the room and people were just arriving, but it was packed later - TRUST ME. :)
Here is the SparkStore:
And the SPARK WHEEL!!! Live and in PERSON! :D
I won 100 SparkPoints! :)
Yes -- you actually got a bunch of SparkPoints for attending different activities throughout the day and spinning the SparkWheel -- which reminds me I haven't added mine yet! hahaha :D
The first Speaker was Chris "SPARKGUY" Downie:
*******More of MY pictures from the events above can be seen at
Afterwhich we had a short break, which included a Stretch Session led by Coach Nicole! :)
At this point us panel members were getting pretty nervous because we were preparing to go up next!!! I actually took the previous picture from the hallway!!! :) I got a view pictures of us on stage from some fellow sparkers!
Oh man you can't see my face, I'm trying to use the clicker. HAHAHA :D
Well after that I was pretty thrilled -- things went well. There was some phototaking and then it was time to EAT LUNCH and also film video interviews they were doing with successful sparkers (including the panel members, but there were several other members as well).
This is me and ~*~*LISA*~*~ : she is the fabulous, fabulous lady who picked me up at the airport and took me to the grocery store to get some food and all that good stuff. She is SUPER SUPER NICE!
And this is probably RIGHT after eating lunch -- it was gorgeous outside and apparently I was super happy. HAHAHA :D
Jocelyn brought one of her old shirts to show off in her video interview and we decided that we could both fit and proved it with a quick selftimer photo. :)
My video interview went pretty well -- they had me pose with both legs in one leg of my old pants, *a la WOLFKITTY*, and then when they asked me to say thank you into the camera to SparkPeople... um... I cried. HAHAHAHAHA oh man that was kind of embarrassing, but the Video people were EATING IT UP. ;)
I missed the workout, the SparkExperts panel, and walk -- the lunch break activities. But then in the afternoon SP_NANCY gave a great talk -- she was wonderful!!! And I LOOOOOOOOOVE her southern accent. :) It made me feel at home. HAHAHA. Then it was SP Nutrition Expert Becky Hand -- who I DO have a picture of speaking:
As you can see she was very animated and engaging -- it was fun! :)
Then there was a speaker that I kind of zoned out on for the first part of her talk -- I was getting tired and she is some kind of life coach/author -- Cheryl Richardson. I was thinking I would not be into her talk and she wasn't a SparkPerson plus I was getting kinda tired at this point... but then about halfway through I tuned in and I really enjoyed listening to her speak! :D Glad I didn't miss the whole thing! HAHAHA.
Then Chris got back on stage and talked about the book -- also there was a special sparkperson guest... Elle Newman? I think? She talked about how she changed her life with SparkPeople and it affected other areas of her life -- she took control of her career as an author and made things happen resulting in a book out there on Amazon and getting signed with a publishing house (can't remember which one)... but anyway -- back to Chris and the book -- I did kinda think I was gonna not really care about the book, but hearing more about it I definitely am excited. :) I think it might be something that turns into a frequent gifting item for me for sure!
THEN!!!!! MORE PICTURES and mingling and meeting other Sparkers, etc. You got SparkGoodie cards in your goodie bag and they had a place on the back to write your SparkName so I was out trying to give all mine away and get some in return. They are all sitting at home and I haven't had a chance to friend everyone yet, but it will happen!!!! :)
Here are some pictures from that Post-Convention time:
Sparksperts and Volunteers!
Me and my GOOD SPARKFRIEND WHATAGRL42!!!! SOOOOooooo excited to meet her and it was wonderful!!! :) She is the most longterm SparkFriend I met at the convention, followed by WOLFKITTY, and then almost everyone else I had never SparkFriended until I had heard of the convention or AT the convention.
Me and an unexpected SparkFriend at the Convention!! FLIPFLOPPER48 who is a longtime member of my team the Challenge of Harry Potter! :D
Met this guy -- here's us and then the picture of his backpack!!! :D How cool is that???
Me and the lovely Robin (KASHMIR)!
Me and an awesome chick named Sara that I met that day (SPATULASARA)!
Another picture of me and SparkGuy because I couldn't remember if I got one the day before... hahaha
The Member Panel!
This is L-R: Debbie (S318830), Stacey (STACEY-P), Jocelyn (WOLFKITTY), Leah (SPRING4FAL), and me!!! :)
Becky, me, and Nicole!
AND OH YEAH!!! The HUDDLE BANNER!!!! :) They had it set up with Markers and everyone HUDDLED on it throughout the day. :)
SO!!!!!! THAT WAS THE CONVENTION!!!!!!!!!! :D It was pretty freaking awesome.
Afterward a group of us Sparkers went out to find sustinence and ended up at a delicious Indian food place called Gourmet India. :) I took a bunch of pictures in there but I'm gonna keep it simple and post this one of us all together:
This is L-R: Leah (SPRING4FAL), Sara(SPATULASARA), Jocelyn (WOLFKITTY), Karen (KGROTHE), ME!, Debbie (S318830), Chris(AUNTC321), and Greg (KSIGMA1222).
Greg's friend Mitch came to meet up with Greg and got stuck taking pictures of us with everyone's camera. :) He was such a good sport!!! This is the same person who on Friday gave me a ride to Balboa Park (pictures of that excursion and more in another blog entry). :)
But check it - I was TOTALLY STOKED about that Indian Food! :D HAHAHAHAHA