It took me awhile to come up with the words for this series. So much transpired, it was completely overwhelming.
I think you know me well enough by now to realize I can’t possibly write about an experience like this in just one short post. I want to take you with me… so here we go!
Back when Jen asked me to be a keynote speaker for BlogPodium, I double checked the To and From area of the email. This can’t be right. She can’t be serious. It must be spam. 🙂
Well, it wasn’t. They wanted me. Donna Williams. That Funky Junk girl that decorates with pallet wood as her life’s jewelry, wears flannel and lives in a small town with one 3 way stop (with no traffic) as the main intersection.
Once I came down to earth, I was off it again in a jiffy. Me ‘n my lap top with a backup copy of my slideshow presentation, that would carry me through the speech.
I’m going to throw out a major shoutout to West Jet. This was the smoothest flight I’ve ever flown. It truly was like sitting in your living room in a cushy chair. No turbulence. No sound. No tight squeeze in the seats. No true first class section (I checked LOL) except for more leg room. But it wasn’t needed. I was comfy as ever and had the best flight to date.
At this point, I should be getting nervous, right? I mean, keynote speaker? In front of EVERYONE first thing?
I kicked that fright thing to the curb like a bad junk find. No! Not going there. This was going to be fabulous in every way. THIS!!! Is why I’m doing what I’m doing and I have no doubt in my mind. If you’ve read my story, you’ll understand what I’m talking about.
Oh Toronto, how you greeted me! I was picked up at the airport and brought to the Fairmont Royal York. And that’s when I quickly knew I was no where near that little country 3 way stop.
When I talked to the Royal York on the phone prior, they asked me which view I desired to have, the city or the water.
“How about half my stay city and half water?”
“We think you’re going to be very happy in one room the entire time. Let us take care of that for you.”
They gave me a corner room (two windows!) with a view of both city and water. (you can barely see the water in the above pic but that’s ok.. it was gorgeous anyway!)
So waiting for my luggage to be brought up (yes I did that this time!), I spun around, wide eyed, and peered into every nook and cranny.
One was to bring the luggage.
One was to bring 2 bottles of water and the offer of ice.
One was a lovely welcome gift of something wonderful to nibble on. And the offer to turn down my bed.
I declined the latter. I think I must have stammered with something like… “Uh, wow. Um, thanks! I’m not ready to turn in right now but thanks anyway…”
How do you answer that?! And what does it all involve?! I should google it… 🙂
Regardless, I felt very Downton Abbeyish, very welcomed and appreciated.
I will say this. The Royal York staff always meet you with a smile, turning all their attention towards you as if you’re the only one in the room. This goes for anyone at the door, behind a desk or even the cleaning staff. And I let them know how amazing that was.
This little country mouse in this big city was doing just fine!
I couldn’t find any bloggers as I walked the lobby, so I decided to venture out the front doors to check out the big city for a quick meal nearby.
My hope… something with style, funk, and hopefully good food. And that’s where I found Jack Astor’s with THIS fabulous coke bottle chandelier. Seriously!!!!
And then turned around and there were bloggers! Now we’re rollin’! Food and company… both perfection.
But it was getting late, and time to hit the hay. The morning would come early with a big task at hand. VERY big.
As night took over, so did the big city lights. But what I saw next totally stunned me.
I quickly turned out ALL the lights, so I could lay on my feather pillow and take in the splendour of the CN tower in full motion. The most wonderful nightlight in the world.
I’ll just never forget falling asleep with this as my view.
Oh my gosh. Today was THEE day… could I really do this?! My stomach did a small flip.
It was time to reach for that Keurig machine and find out…
Part 3 coming soon…