I got to the airport 2.5 hours early, because the UT cult members were flying to Pasadena, and I had been warned the airport was a mess. And a mess it was. A giant, orange mess.
The 2.5 hours was barely enough.
I got in line at curbside check-in to check my bag at Southwest, and I was behind a family flying to California. Not an ordinary family. They had three large boxes. Seven suitcases. Two walkers. They needed three wheelchairs to the terminal.
Cult members behind me were grumbling about the wait. 5:30 seems to early to grumble, to me, so I watched. The man turned around. He was missing teeth in the front. Above the teeth, a hat that said Vietnam vet. His wife, maybe a foot shorter than me, was Vietnamese. Her mother was traveling with them. All three spoke alternately in Vietnamese and English. The wife kept turning around and apologizing to me for the wait. Their daughter lived here. They'd come from California for a month. They'd shopped a lot. They were sorry for the wait.
You can say whatever you want about Vietnam. Just the word makes people my age and older cringe a little.
But this man, sent to serve, found his wife there. He brought his Vietnamese mother in law to Austin for a month, to shop. So it is what it is. Like most things - not all bad. Here's the only picture I thought it was decent to take. You can see his cane.
On the plane, my prayers were answered. My row was: Emergency Exit, Navy , Marine, Me, Aisle, Navy. The Marine next to me was a fascinating and friendly person.
I actually was kind of hoping someone would make trouble, just for fun.
Trouble? Did someone say trouble? Here you go. Dana and me at dinner.
Here we are at Make & Takes
We got to see Patty Bennett demonstrating the kits from the Occasions Mini - I love her.
They had these mirrors over every demonstration booth so even if you were in the back, you could see.Then, we found fabric. There was a whole booth dedicated to quilting with the Big Shot and other fun things to do with fabric and the dies. These quilts were all pieced with the Big Shot..
Then, how bout these sassy bag decorations with the Flower Folds die?
Or this onesie and fabric flower?
Or this beautiful rose?
Or all these fun flower embellishments?
Oh yea, did you see our bag?
And our cardigan?
The tote bags?
Anyway, that's pretty much day one. I'm pooped. More tomorrow.
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