Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Back from Branson

Hi everyone!  Sorry for being gone for so long.  Boy, do I have a whole new appreciation for everyone who blogs daily!  Life and illness took precedence.
My trip to Branson was a blast!  Can you believe that I've never been there before?  It's a neat place and from what I hear, the traffic is horrendous during peak season.  So it was good to go in Feb.  Funny story about our stop at McD's in Lebanon, MO. Three from our group went into the ladies room.  I waited for someone to come out - figuring the restroom probably didn't have more than three stalls.  It seemed to take them forever so I decided to investigate.  Well, the girls were crowded around the sinks and laughing.  Let me tell you these sinks are NOT the usual sinks you see that are activated by motion sensors.  First of all, the sinks were in the wall!  You put your hands into this hollowed out area in the wall and wait for the soap to dispense, then the water, and then the blow dryer!  The hot air coming from the sink blew our minds (no pun intended).  Too funny!  One of the girls commented that it's pretty bad when you have to read directions just to wash your hands.  Some of us were having problems rinsing off all of the soap.  So we had to wait for the whole cycle (including more soap) before the "rinse cycle" came back on.  I wasn't impressed with this technology.  (sorry)  I know it's to prevent the spread of germs but it really didn't seem too efficient.  It was pretty frustrating, actually, but we all had a good laugh about it!
When we got to Branson we walked through Dick's 5 & 10 (talk about nostalgia!) then walked up the street to have lunch at the Farmhouse.  My patty melt was delicious.  Drinks were served in Mason quart jars.  Now that's a drink!  We met some nice ladies from Arkansas who stopped to chat with us on their way out of the restaurant. (They could tell from our conversation we were SU! Demos.  Hi Donna and Rhonda!)

Here are our new BFF's from the restaurant.  (L-R) Rhonda, Donna, and Ann Marie (I think -sorry!)

We made sure we had time to swap cards with other Demos before registration at 12:30.  That's was so fun and exciting - like a feeding frenzy in the hallway. lol  Too bad I didn't get any pictures of that.

                                               Display board samples 

Above are samples of some of the presentations made with products out of the Occasions Mini Catalog                                  

There were a lot of samples posted on display boards, the presentations were informative, we did some make n takes, and we got FREE stuff (woohoo!)  We were given 30 minutes to complete the make n takes, which was a bit stressful to do the four projects.  We decided to finish them later - just stamp or cut the necessary pieces using the supplies provided that we didn't already own.  The plan was to assemble the projects later that evening. That didn't happen after going to the Cantina Laredo for dinner.  Can you say margaritas?
After dinner we walked around the Landing a little bit before going back to the hotel. It was about 10 pm when we decided to call it a day.  It felt like 1 am since most of us got up at 3 or 4 am.  It was a long day but a FUN day!
On our way home we stopped at Lambert's Cafe for lunch - you know, home of the throwed rolls.  I love that place!  Sure was some good eatin'.  It was a great trip and we made it home safe and sound.  A big thanks to Jayne for driving.
More samples from Regional and my Camp to be posted soon.

Thanks for hanging in there with me on this long post and for stopping by today!


  1. Glad to hear you are feeling better! Enjoyed the Branson 'experience' with you! :o)


  2. Great story Judy. We had a blast & made some more great memories together. I love spending time with my SU peeps!