Boat Shoes are the New Heels (Adventures in Canada Part II)!
we made it back from canada late last night and whew what a weekend it was! my husband was the keynote speaker for the district 60 spring conference AND i spoke for my first time on an international stage (more on that later). look at this snazzy hotel where it was held-it felt very ‘hogswarts-esque’ to me:
our luggage remained lost until early evening saturday night but let’s back track a minute to continue the ridiculous saga.
every single person at the conference over 300+ that found out our luggage was lost was so incredibly kind and helpful. people were literally offering to give me the clothes off their backs or run back home and see if i would fit in their size 8 shoes (this 5’9 lady rocks a size 9 though).
jack, a very kind man who also picked us up that
night before morning at 12:30am, took my husband and me to the mall on friday afternoon so i could grab a dress (jeans and a t-shirt looks sort of tacky at an international speech contest when people are in suits and gorgeous dresses). we also had to take very good care of the clothes we were wearing because that’s all we had for the time being. my husband is lucky i think of things like this to protect him.
just after i purchased my dresses-(hey when you find 2 dresses for less than $100 you get them) we got a call from american airlines saying our luggage was found and they were giving it to air canada to deliver to us to arrive shortly. in my mind, this meant it would arrive in the next few hours so i didn’t bother wasting money on buying hair product or mascara or shoes or anything for my husband…
yeah…no luggage and air canada said they had not received it from american airlines and had no idea where it was. greeeeat. don’t ever believe the airlines when it comes to baggage. now it was time for the dinner and the contest. the hubs looked decent because he’s always a snazzy dresser and i rocked the new fashion trend of 2014 “boat shoes are the new heels” good thing i put enough product in my hair on thursday morning so throwing some water in friday night made me look less frumpy.
i should also mention that we were invited to sit at the head table. this meant we were introduced in front of everyone and then got up on a stage to where we were seated…i definitely saw some strange looks as i passed wondering why on earth i would choose the above shoes. i felt super uncomfortable at first and hoped people didn’t think i was being disrespectful but i smiled and carried on.
it turned into a great conversation starter and let’s be honest-boat shoes are WAY more comfortable than heels anyways. if you too want this new fashion look, these are shoes that i sported.
the contest was great-so many wonderful speakers with solid messages. congratulations stephen for making it to the semi-finals in kuala lumpur-see you there! i also just have to say how much more i enjoy these contests now that my husband isn’t a contestant and i can just sit back and enjoy without feeling sick to my stomach with nerves.
woke up-still no bag. the only way to deal with this? bubble bath. this was a glorious jacuzzi in our room that i used 4 times over the course of the weekend. our new place only has a shower so i fully indulged.
then i put a scarf around my neck and pretended i had a whole new wardrobe (i had to save the second dress for the even fancier that dinner saturday evening). carolyn mackenzie, an anchor for global television in toronto received the communication and leadership award so naturally i had to go hug her and tell her that i’m inspired by strong women like herself who do big things and still make their families and marriages a priority.
she had on killer heels. i still had on my boat shoes.
my clothes, my face wash, my deodorant, underwear and appropriate dresses all back in my life (as well as the husband’s) we cleaned up (read=i took another bath) and my husband rocked his keynote that evening! i was loving his bow tie with the suit but then he sort of looked like billy nye the science guy after he took off the coat…
he also had a magician vibe about him as well. good thing i like science, enjoy magic and love this man. he had his first book signing and sold out of all his books!!! if you haven’t picked up a copy yet, SIGN UP to be part of a world record that he is attempting to break next wednesday april 16!
i also think his new glasses make us look less like siblings…even if they are farther along on the dad-spectrum than i anticipated.
we had a truly fantastic time with everyone while we were in toronto and thanks for being so wonderful and understanding during our luggage-loss-saga! thank you district 60-your kindness, all the fun and laughs we had will be remembered!
oh and i said i finally got up on stage and spoke didn’t i? well…more on that tomorrow but just know i may have made a few ears bleed with the microphone feedback so you’ll have to wait to hear the whole story!
the new wifestyle: things eventually work out, one way or another.
1) tell me about any wardrobe malfunctions or mishaps you’ve had with clothing?
2) do you like speaking in front of groups?
3) let’s get personal-are you a bath or a shower person? (usually a shower person because i save baths for relaxation time)