Such a marveous weekend! Crazy busy, but marvelous nonetheless. That’s not to say there weren’t glitches, but hey, all’s well that ends well, right?
I’ve come to realize that stress happens no matter how well thought out or planned-to-the-hilt an event is. I co-directed the Florida Inspirational Writers Retreat at Cedarkirk in Lithia on Saturday, which was preceeded by a manuscript critique at a different location on Friday night.
The first big hiccup occurred when my co-director, Ruth, who was supposed to put up two of the three guest speakers, found out her husband had infectious pneumonia on Thursday. Since we couldn’t afford hotel rooms for the speakers, we had to scramble for other accomodations. I ended up putting the husband and wife on my pull-out couch (how very elegant!) and the other in my daughter’s guest room (thankfully she’s my backyard neighbor).
Then I realized at the last minute that I had to throw something together for breakfast for everyone – hooray for simple quiche recipes! Add a little fruit and sweet rolls and voila! Gormet breakfast!
Then at the retreat, we had the usual forgotten-at-home speaker notes, unexpected equipment failure and awkward silent moments when speakers didn’t realize it was their turn to take the podium. And there was the attendee who wouldn’t pay and the other who arrived 1 1/2 hours late and ran her car smack into a tree in the parking lot.
Couldn’t help but wonder what else was in her morning coffee besides beans.
But to my surprise, the retreat turned out quite well. Speakers spoke, attendees learned, several very talented writers strutted their stuff in a writing contest, and everyone left smiling. And I am soooo glad it’s over. Now to start planning for next year!