Monday, January 26, 2009

Atlanta ~ Siesta Style

I just spent the weekend in Hotlanta with a bunch of my sweet Siestas from the LPM blog and it was incredible. Absolutely incredible.

I actually learned a few things about myself while I was there, you will be bored to know. Life Lessons at their finest. My first realization, is that I can't hang on little sleep like I could back in the day, y'all. Precisely translated, that means I. am. old. I am so stinkin tired today, which is the reason I can't, for the life of me, segue to the next paragraph...

Robyn and I left the Ham on Saturday morning and chatted it up the whole way there. We were barely in our AWESOME room when we both had our feet propped up on the coffee table plucking away at our respective laptops (because that's how we bloggers roll). After we finished emailing, tweeting, updating status', ect., we went to find the girls.

I want you to know, I don't think I quit laughing my fool head off for the next 6+ hours. Have you ever done that? It's quite the workout, really.
We laughed at dinner...

And laughed in the room....

And we laughed until I literally HURT. Which leads me to the next thing I've learned about me: I am an ugly laugher. You've heard of the Ugly Cry? Well, Ugly Cry, meet Ugly Laugh because I SO have it.
There are so many pictures with me in them where my head is thrown back, howling in laughter, that those looking at them would absolutely be able to pick my uvula out of a line-up if the need ever arose. What's up with that?

The third thing I've realized is that I cannot, I repeat CAN-NOT, take pictures while hanging with my friends. This probably falls in line with multi-tasking or something, and we've already established that I have a touch of the A.D.D.. I always go on a trip with the lofty goal to take THOUSANDS of pictures and I always wind up with, like, 2. I guess I'm just too busy showing everyone my uvula to be bothered with such trivialities.

Finally, I've learned that scarves are cute, but dangerous accessories if put around the wrong neck. Here is a picture where Kim and I managed to control ourselves for more than 3 seconds (no easy feat, mind you):

Take a look at the rockin scarf that I found on clearance at Target, will ya? Cute, huh? Yeah. Well, it about took my life a time or two. Here's how:

*Apparently fringe fascinates me,
*and apparently when you play with fringe on the end of a scarf that's wrapped around your neck, you tend to pull on it gradually.
*Pulling on it gradually gives the thing enough length that it can wind up under your rear end when you sit down.
*Sitting on a scarf that is already wound a little too tightly around your neck is ALSO effective in giving people an up-close and personal view of one's uvula. I'm just sayin.

Enough about me, though, because the WHOLE reason we were there was to be in the audience of Travis Cottrell's live CD/DVD recording of his new album. Let me tell you something right now, this man and his crew can BRING IT. Wow. I have been to several of the LPM or Deeper Still conferences where he leads worship, so I already knew to expect an amazing offering of glory to God, but last night was beyond my expectations. It was so meaningful and I can't wait for the thing to come out so that I can watch it all over again.

This was one of the best times I've had E-VER. I love my girls so much and I seriously cannot wait till we do this again.

Blessed beyond measure by this crazy web,


Holly said...

So glad you enjoyed laughing and the pure enjoyment of your Sisters in Christ, Gayle!!

Rest, now...enjoy a day of nothing!

Halfmoon Girl said...

Girl's weekends like that are so, so awesome. I have one that I look forward to every Sept. Glad you had a great time and got a sore gut from laughing. You are too cute- i don't care what you say.

GratefulinGA said...

Gayle everyone i've spoken with is hoarse and dead tired in the very best way...old no way. Out of practice? i'm thinkin..

So glad to meet you face to face, hug your neck, praise, pray and party with you.

God is soooo good!!!

love always,

Rach@In His Hands said...

It sounds like you had a fantastic time!! Getaways with girlfriends are a must!

Donna @ Way More Homemade said...

Green with envy.

Tammy said...

Yea, I'm a little green here too.

I am cracking up about immediate laptop opening upon arrival to the awesome room. That is SO me! Priorities, I tell ya'. Because my facebook friends demand frequent status updates! ;-)

Duckygirl said...

That looks like SO much fun!!! Thanks for sharing pictures with all of us green gals ;)


Mocha with Linda said...

Wow, this was quite the bloggy weekend between the P31 event in Houston and this in Atlanta! Looks like such fun. I'd be infinitely jealous if I hadn't had my time with some Cool Blog Gals on Thurs & Fri!

Sheryl said...

It was so good to meet you. Wish we had more time to sit and talk. Would have loved to gotten to know you better.


Dena said...

Sounds like an awesome trip. I laughed so hard when I read about your scarf mishap. Been there, done that. Oh, and I'm an ugly laugher too, because I wrinkle my nose and eyes as if something smells bad. LOL

Maria said...

Sounds like you had an awesome time. Everyone knows me by my laughter and I scare babies with it all the time....! It is so loud... but I have so much fun and just have to let it out until my insides hurt!!

Your so blessed to be able to get to get-a-way!

Honea Household said...

I so wish I could've look great, girl! Glad you had fun.

Fran said...

Completely think you are the coolest. It was an honor to be with you and hang with you and laugh with you and eat with you and worship with you.

Thank you Jesus for these crazy internet friends. ;)

Emily said...

WHEN (I'm saying when...'cause it's going to happen) we meet...I don't know if I'll stand next to you in a picture. You're not only cute, but you're tiny! You'd make me look like a giant. oh, and fat.

Christine said...

I have so enjoyed hearing eveyone's accounts of the weekend and the taping. I am so excited for it to be released and see it all for myself! Minus the uvulas, of course ;)

Cheryl said...

Loved every minute of this weekend too!
But I'm pretty wiped out as well.
Has any one ever told you that the you look like Kate from LOST? especially in the picture on your blog!
Take care!

Mary (who doesn't have a cool blog name) said...

You are wayyy toooo cute to be an ugly laugher!! But it was an incredible weekend, wasn't it!! Loved it all! And can't wait to do it again --really soon. Beach 09 - that's all I'm saying.

Growin' with it! said...

i've missed out on the lpm blog. oh gotta check that out! you my friend are an adorable laugher (is that a word)...anyways, i love seeing how much you enjoy life and your sweet friends. what a blessing indeed!

AnnieBlogs said...

For starters, your hair looks SO. GOOD. For seconds, I'm really sad I wasn't there.

Love you bloggy girls.

His Girl said...

how fun! there's just nothing like a bunch of amigas to refill the heart-

laughter is so awesome- I even like to watch others do it!

Andrea said...

How glad you get to do stuff like this all the time. And with sure sweet friends!

I am so about to put the LMP on my bloglines, so I can be sure to get updates for events like these...I WILL get to one...someday!!!

Melinda said...

Loved every stinkin' side-splitting moment! SO good to meet you face to face!


Reformed Grits said...

One day I wanna go!

connorcolesmom said...

My laughing buddy!
I realized yesterday that my abs still TOTALLY hurt!!
I LOVED getting to talk to you
And those pics of us and priceless!
Miss you already!

Becca and Adam said...

Looks like you had fun - I just found your blog and was at the concert too. Just thought I'd say HI and that I enjoy reading your blog! :-)

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

(Is that how you spell a baby's cry?)

You also forgot to mention how it was FUN, but NOT as fun as OUR weekend together. Silly girl.

Deedra said...

Oh Gayle, your post has me cracking up! I am so happy to have gotten to meet you on Sunday! I wish we could have spent more time getting to know each other!

Maybe next time!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Glad you had fun! Scarves!

Jean Stockdale said...

There is nothing like getting together with sisters in the Lord. So glad you got a heathy dose of some of it. And praise and worship too! Wow. Blessings.

willblogforshoes said...

So jealous. That is all.

~Mrs Sandy~ said...

I'm Sooooo jealous! It looks like ya'll had soooooooooooo much fun.
I just found your blog and got a kick out of you sharing your cold with I hope you are feeling better.
I live in Ga and I'm about 40 minutes from Atlanta:)
Hugs, Sandy