As most of you know by now, there was this incredibly wonderful Vegan Bloggers Conference held last month, in Portland, Oregon. Full of FABULOUS vegan food, bloggers, cookbook authors, celebrities, doughnuts and fun!!
|I LOVE VVC2013!|
|SHAUN & I, "WORKING"!|
My college professor decided to reschedule our final for a different day. Things were looking up!
THEN, the wonderful conference organizers asked me if I wanted to volunteer at the conference - work my way through the weekend, so to speak.
AND, Shaun, the fabulous guy in my life, agreed to volunteer with me AND find us a reasonable place to stay.
|PORTLAND ART MUSEUM|
|SWAG BAGS OF |
They had Shaun and I assigned to HAND OUT THE SWAG BAGS!
Seriously? Best assignment EVER!
SO, SO FUN!
See all those bags? Acres of them, it seemed. It was like playing Vegan Santa Claus!!
Thank you for being so patient, my dear blogger friends.
All 300+ of you!
YES! I recognised you and knew your names, even when I looked at you blankly and asked you how to spell it... for the third time...
I loved the reactions as each person dug into their bag to see what treasures it held! I loved greeting old friends and meeting new ones as everyone signed in.
That afternoon workshops started, and we were assigned to assist with them. *gulp* Assist? Me? PANIC-ANXIETY-PANIC!
But I needn't have worried. Everything went smoothly.
|ISA'S IPHONE CLASS|
What a FUN, informative class too! I've been practicing ever since. I was even bequeathed a treasured "swatch" - fabric that was used as a backdrop for photos in Isa's latest book.
It's so pretty. I have to resist using it in EVERY picture.
|PEOPLE WERE NOT |
HAPPY WITH THIS!
We had a BLAST!
We got to attend classes, listen to great speakers, learn all the great tips and ideas, assist the presenters, meet more bloggers, work our tails off here and there and everywhere ... annnnnnnnd unfortunately, upset a number of you when the museum staff put an end to our over-crowding the classrooms...
We didn't mind letting overflow sit on the floor, YOU didn't mind either, but apparently the Fire Marshall has a thing about clear pathways and all that...
Tip for next time? Get to class early.
Don't yell at the anxiety-ridden assistant when they sadly inform you the class is full.
Have a back-up plan.
|JULIE, GAIL, and ME!|
Naturally, dinner was AMAZING too.
The whole weekend was.
Saturday and Sunday continued along the same lines.
Meeting and RE-meeting blogger friends I've become acquainted with through their cookbooks, online AND in real life. Assisting with workshops.
|ASK ME ANYTHING!!|
Which would have been no work at all, if everyone had actually READ the beautiful program and directory that I'm sure the conference organisers spent MANY hours writing and filling with information. Just sayin'...
Every question I answered was "in the book" but you still made me feel important asking questions I could answer, so thanks for that!
|WOO! PHOTO OP WITH |
I can't reiterate enough how MUCH work the organisers put into this event, and I want to thank them, yet again, for allowing Shaun and I the PRIVILEGE of helping them out in at least a small way.
If you get the chance to attend the next VidaVeganCon, wherever it's held, DO IT! Don't hesitate, it'll sell out FAST! Don't balk at the price. In fact, pay them double! It's worth it! No matter what sacrifices you have to make, it's worth EVERY moment and every penny.