Monday, January 17

NYC...a dream

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January 18th and 19th marks the 2011 Martha Stewart Dreamers Into Doers Event...
the event I've been dreaming of ever since I found out I would be one of the lucky ones to attend.

Highlights of the event include:
• My first trip to NYC ever.
• A Meet & Greet Monday night with all of the Dreamers
• Dinner at Pastis late Monday night with all of the "Party Girls"
• Mingling and meeting face-to-face with all of the super talented women I've become friends with through the blog world. (TomKat Studio, Pizzazzerie, Fresh Chick Designs, The Celebration Shoppe, and SO. MANY. MORE.)
• Two days of amazing workshops sponsored by MSLO.
• Fabulous guest speakers including THE Martha Stewart.
• Attending a live taping of the Martha Stewart Show.
• "Slumber party-style" late night chats with the party girls.
• cheesecake with Kim from the TomKat Studio.

You've no idea how much I want to be sending each of you a card like the one pictured above.
You've NO idea how much I want to be the hero today and tell you I beat the flu symptoms...
that I didn't have to cancel my flight out today...
and that I'll be in New York over the next 3 days attending this amazing event.

To my disbelief...
here I sit.
I should be fighting cold NYC temperatures...
Instead, I've been up against temperatures of 102°.
The Ugg boots I should be wearing have been replaced with warm fuzzy socks.
My neck and chest are wrapped in Unker's instead of winter scarves.
The winter coat I should've been wearing in NYC is instead made up of 4 layers of blankets.
The cute business cards I had planned on "handing" out have been substituted for "hand-santitizer" and my "hand" constantly reaching for the box of tissues.
And that cheesecake I should be eating with Kim?
Cans of chicken noodle soup have taken its place.

Yes.
I've cried.
Many tears in fact.
And I know when my head is even more clear the reality of having missed out on this opportunity will surely sink in and bring with it even more tears.

So...
as much as it was going to be a dream to be in NYC for such a FUN, exciting event & opportunity.
It will continue to be just a dream...
for now.

So today...
I'm crawling back into bed...
Pulling the covers back over my head...
Cursing the flu bug that ultimately sabotaged the event of the year I should've been at...

Please stay healthy everyone...

KEEPING IT REAL
hardest post I've ever had to write yet.
I don't like to feel or admit defeat.

Good news?
Aside from the runny nose and weepy eyes, Ella seems to be feeling better.
Hoping J and Ema are able to escape being bitten by the flu bug.
Doctor said the cases have tripled around here in the last 2 weeks.

24 comments:

staci @ lizard n ladybug January 17, 2011 at 8:29 AM  

Oh no..
all I can say is 'feel better'.

Louley's Belles January 17, 2011 at 9:18 AM  

I am so sorry for you! I want to cry for you. I hope you feel better. NYC is my favorite place in the whole world! It was a dream of mine until my prince of a hubby made it come true when I turned 30. Your day will come. Hope it is soon. Hope you feel better!!!!

Christi Bennett @ pisforparty January 17, 2011 at 9:30 AM  

Oh my goodness! I am SO, SO, SORRY!!! =( I can't even imagine. I hope you feel better soon!

Mel January 17, 2011 at 9:37 AM  

So sorry to hear that Jess, hope you get better real soon!

coolkids January 17, 2011 at 9:50 AM  

oh no! Feel better! There is nothing worse than the flu! thecoolkidsblog.com

Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe January 17, 2011 at 11:07 AM  

My heart breaks for you Jess! I pray you feel better soon and please know that you and your extraordinary talents will be missed!

Lisa ~ The SweetTalk Shop January 17, 2011 at 11:24 AM  

Oh Jess!!! Feel better soon, and I'm so sorry you were not able to go to NYC!!

Paiges of Style January 17, 2011 at 1:23 PM  

Oh no! That is such a bummer. Feel better and I know you will get invited back next year. You are amazing!

Celebrating Moments by Marcie January 17, 2011 at 1:25 PM  

Awwww you poor thing!!!! I can only imagine how disappointed you must be. Praying comfort to your body, your spirit and your heart <3

Ebony of Sparkling Events & Designs, LLC. January 17, 2011 at 1:52 PM  

Sorry lady!!!!!!!!!! Big hugs to you... I know how much you were looking forward to this!

Ebony

Save Me A Seat January 17, 2011 at 2:33 PM  

Oh Jess! My heart is breaking for you. I can see why this was a tough post to write. I was right there with you in the beginning of the post all excited and then felt like a deflated balloon by the end. What a bummer. Remember, everything happens for a reason. There will be another event just as fabulous and you will be invited. For now, know that you have many fans out here in cyber world that love your work. Keep you chin up and feel better. xoxo Christie

Pam @ PartyStart.Me January 17, 2011 at 3:49 PM  

OH this post made me cry, because I know how much this trip means to you! I wish I was going as well...

Keep your head held high and of course keep dreaming those big dreams, because dreams do come true...sometimes they just take a little while to happen.

Hugs!!

A Blissful Nest January 17, 2011 at 4:24 PM  

Oh my gosh I am so sorry you had to miss it for this yucky reason!! I am missing it because I was wait listed and had forgotten to register on time. I am devastated!!! I wanted to hang with all my party girl friends too. SO next event we WILL be there! Get some rest and take care.

Emily January 17, 2011 at 5:52 PM  

This completely broke my heart! I love you Jess! Get better!!!

Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. January 17, 2011 at 8:48 PM  

I am so sorry you are still sick and weren't able to make the trip to NY to see Martha and all the other party girls! I know how much you were looking forward to this event! I'm sure there will be many more great opportunities for you in the future! Hope you feel better soon!

ohbabyboy January 17, 2011 at 9:02 PM  

Oh no!! I'm really sorry you couldn't make it and just hope that you feel better really soon. I wasn't able to go either - and I live right here in NYC :( - I was put in the waiting list and didn't make the cut but I'm sure that I will be there next time and hope to meet you in person :)xo Clemens

Stacy - InkSpot Workshop January 18, 2011 at 6:29 AM  

Oh this is terrible news, but somehow you delivered it in the cutest way possible. Hope you feel better soon.

Ever - The red house by the lake January 18, 2011 at 8:07 AM  

I feel really sorry for you! I hope you will soon feel better and that fate has a new chance in store for you.

Love your blog!

Gaye January 18, 2011 at 10:35 AM  

Oh no! Jess, I know how much you love you some Martha Stewart! I hate so much that you are missing this!
If it makes you feel better, I love the designs you have created for Jamie!

78968400mom January 18, 2011 at 11:01 AM  

Oh my. please feel better!

Kori Clark January 18, 2011 at 5:44 PM  

OH MY GOODNESS! What are the chances??!!? I am praying you are already feeling better and the opportunities that have yet to come this year as going to make up for the one missed. So sorry sweet Jess! xoxo

Half Baked January 18, 2011 at 6:29 PM  

So sorry Jess! You'll be there next year!!

SUZANNE January 19, 2011 at 12:27 PM  

OH. MY. GOODNESS!!! When I read this a few days ago, I think I cried with you. My heart breaks that your dream is on hold, but I'm sure you will have another amazing opportunity to go again next year. Keep your head up and keep smiling! We're all sending get well wishes your way! :)

Angela January 21, 2011 at 12:41 AM  

OH NO J. I jumped on to read about your adventures in NYC and kept scrolling down posts thinking i missed it and I read this. My heart is aching for you - I know how excited you were!

I was hoping that flu bug wouldn't get you...it was a bad one. It got me and I was literally down for over a week.

NEXT YEAR you will be there in NYC with Martha!

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