I finally hit my stride today with this whole traveling/conference thing. The morning dawned bright and early and I knew that THIS… this was the day. This was the day of Awesome. And it sort of was, and then some.
The first thing I did was go find some coffee. I realized yesterday that I hadn’t had a cup of coffee since I got here on Thursday, and now it is Saturday and that is a LONG time to go without coffee if you are like me and drink it every day. I do have tea in my hotel room but it is not the same. So coffee and a muffin to get things started and my spirits were much improved.
On my way to coffee, I was struck by how lovely the downtown area is, and especially by this gorgeous brick building which I’d noticed the night before. The architectural details and embellishments were a lot more apparent in daylight. Just gorgeous.
Ventura reminds me a bit of Humboldt County, namely the city of Eureka where I grew up, but with a little bit more Spanish Mission thrown in. I’ve got tomorrow and Monday morning off to toodle around town a bit and I’m really looking forward to doing some exploring and touristing around. Our workshops were held at the lovely City Hall, which is also a very pretty building. A very pretty building with a lot of stairs.
in the foreground there you can see a statue of Father Junipero Serra, I have helpfully highlighted him for you. Many people think of him as the founder of the California Missions. I think of him as that but more as the guy who pretty much wiped most of the indigenous California population out. He’s not my personal favorite, but the city of Ventura is proud of him and also of their Mission, and so he has a statue overlooking the hill that runs down to the ocean.
So much to learn today! I can sum up the bulk of my day in five words. “Accounting: You’ve Been Doing It Wrong.” Okay, that’s six words. Maybe I begin to see one of the fundamental issues with my accounting… at any rate, I’ve got a lot of changes to make and a lot of work to do when I get back. And may I just add, accounting workshops are always better when led by cute, young and personable funny guys in khaki trousers.
I also popped in to take a workshop that was topically a little lighter than Accounting during our lunch hour, but still just as terrifying to me as any spreadsheet.
I am a creative, y’all. The workshop said so.
Aaaaand, apparently that is no excuse for all this running about in ratty cargo pants, knit caps and ancient Firefly tee shirts. I have some closet revamping to do when I get home. The speaker was really sweet and personable and also not much older than my oldest child (that happens more and more these days) but she had some good points and gave us a formula (I *LOVE* formulas) for putting together outfits that don’t suck, so you can all look forward to a much more fashionable me.
Yep. Okay, yeah, well, maybe baby steps. I like my knit caps.
After another financial workshop I was really tired, aching, my brain was going to explode from too much information and I really just needed to get out of there, so I did. Missed the last two workshops of the day, but that’s okay. I was done.
My weather widget said it was raining in Ventura all day today.
Just miserable. Seriously weather widget, what gives? It was GORGEOUS! Warm and breezy, with the salt and sea tang in the air, the most beautiful day ever. I went back to my hotel, threw open the sliding glass door and took a 2 hour nap.
Then I skipped the 80’s Dance Party Mixer and went and had a quiet dinner alone.
Heaven. Koba Sushi in Ventura on East Main Street, a bit south of the Downtown area (you have to drive). Best sushi I’ve had in ages. So fresh and well prepared. I lingered over raw fish, hot tea and miso soup, wrote in my journal and relished the quiet.
I haven’t spent this much time alone since my first child was born.
then I went down to the oceanfront by my hotel and took a walk while the sun went down and the lights went on.
So what if I didn’t make every workshop? I learned so much at the ones I did attend, I’m not sure I could hold any more information. I have so much to take back home with me! A rediscovered joy of painting and the desire to get into my studio and PLAY. A newfound appreciation of how to do PR and reach out to the media, and a better understanding of how to make email work for me and what tools are available for my small business. SO MUCH ACCOUNTING. And wardrobe tips! That’s a heck of a lot right there. In addition to all of that learning, I have had long delicious naps, walks on the beach, amazing food, and I’ve done exactly what I wanted to be doing every minute of every day. I’ve taken care of myself when I needed to, eaten what I wanted to eat, put myself first at every turn, and been utterly selfish with my time.
Going on a Craftcation ROCKS. I can’t wait for next year! I’m so grateful I had the chance to do this.
Tomorrow the conference is over. Captain Sexypants will be joining me sometime mid afternoon, and we’re hanging out till Monday. Gonna go out for breakfast, eat ice cream, walk around town, explore shops and see The Hunger Games. I can’t wait for that either.