The magic continues…
Hopefully if you are reading this blog, you have already read my day 1, which of course was quite eventful.
I opened my eyes and finally got to take in how beautiful the Washington Athletic Club really was, the room was typical of one you would find in a small boutique or spa hotel.
The colours of the room were so relaxing, and perfect to unwind in after a hectic day.
Nice toiletries in the bathroom, although it did take me 30 minutes and eventually a call to reception before I found the hairdryer!
I also know that one of our AR friends had a few problems getting the lights on too!
We really did have so much fun! The view from the window was of downtown with the water as the backdrop.
Could not have asked for anything better! Thank you AR.
I was in the Elevator first thing in the morning when I actually got to meet mysweetcreations ~ Kelly (I often sit there drooling, looking at her photos) and also got the chance to meet her beautiful daughter.
She really is the most sweetest girl ever.
So day two started with another day of hugs from all those wonderful all-stars! Followed by a scrumptious breakfast at the AR offices and I mean totally scrumptious.
We had orange juice, Coffee and a too die for selection of the biggest muffins I have ever seen, hot sandwiches, fruit and yogurt ~ I was too busy munching my way through the muffins to worry about the yogurts!!!!
After breakfast the day began with a presentation, it was so wonderful to hear what an important role the Ambassadors plays within AR.
It really did make you feel so special, the presentations were also both fun and interactive.
Oh I forgot to mention our Orange AR Goodie bags! Filled with some neat little items and a raffle ticket, which we could use to try and win a selection of prices including a gorgeous red stand mixer!
I know some of the All-stars came away with some wonderful prizes.
I did have envy for the gorgeous red blender that was won!
We then split into smaller groups to go behind the scenes of AR.
Where we learned about the culture, goals and what it takes to run the site. We talked about Videos. PR, International Sites to name just a few of the topics. One of the things I found the most fascinating was that AR was actually asking us for our input
and opinions. It was wonderful to share some of the joys and frustrations we find with the site and of course to learn about what we could expect for the future.
Oh I am so excited already!!!
I was invited to join four of the most wonderful ladies for lunch.
I was so grateful to them for taking me under their wing and hope that this was the first of many get togethers.
Staci, Cindy Lepp, Amanda (Oh and I nearly forgot Amanda’s boyfriend ~ Tim) and the other English Girl, Pelecangal (Janet).
We had a wonderful lunch at steelhead diner along with a few laughs and even a little bit of gossip.
We have a little free time in the evening before the party, so my lunch buddies and I decided to try out the liquid refreshments in the hotel bar!
I was at a loss what to do the next day. I know I needed to do some sightseeing but a little unsure exactly what to do.
In the elevator going up to the room and I get chatting to Mrsfisher0729 (Adawndria) and she invites me to join her and her friend on a Chocolate Indulgence walking tour the following day.
Oh my goodness, did she really say Chocolate, CHOCOLATE. Now I know exactly how I am going to spend my day.
I run along the corridor to my room. Fire up the I-pad and luckily get my place on the walking tour.
I just know I am going to be in chocolate heaven. So I thought to myself, seen as the day was going to be all about my little luxuries I would start it off with a trip to the hotel spa!!! ~ Role on tomorrow, I’m like a kid waiting for Santa
The evening of Day 2 was of course the All Recipes 15th Birthday party (the main reason for our trip).
A lot more hugs. Just could not stop hugging Baking nana (Penny), feels like I have been reading her blogs forever.
More hugs from Mrsfisher0729 (Adawndria), Bibi (Brenda), jrbaker (Jennifer B), Mauigirl (Julie), Magnolia Blossom (Lora), Marianne, Paula, Baker B (Sarah K) although I am pretty sure that I hugged most of the people there!
I was just so in awe finally getting to meet everyone.
The party was so much fun, great food and drink.
More opportunity to talk to the AR employees and of course hang out with the All-stars!
We had so much fun dressing up and acting silly so that we could get the moving picture books made.
The party finished pretty early in the evening, far to early to go to bed, especially when there was an Irish bar in town!
Cannot beat a good Irish bar with live music. I sat totally mesmerized watching Cindy Lepp on the dance floor, she was absolutely amazing.
Who would have thought this lady could dance as well as she cooks.
After that display there was absolutely no way I was hitting the dance floor with my own two left feet! Although I was pretty good at being a wallflower.
Quite a few drinks later and its time to retire to bed for the night.
So day two is over, another exhausting day but once again so much fun, fun, fun!!!!
And guess what? yes that’s right.
We get to do it all over again tomorrow!!!!
To be continued…