Monday, March 24, 2008

I should have had a designated driver!

When my DH picked me up from the 2008 LDStorymakers Writer's Conference (he had been visiting family in Utah while I was at the conference), one of the first things he said to me was, "You are wired!" I admit it. Every year I go to this writer's conference to get my batteries recharged and it works so well that for a while I have trouble winding down. And I was finally able to meet Kerry Blair, one of my favorite authors, just before the Whitney Awards. I was so jealous of the people who were able to get tickets. Next year, I hope the Whitney's are held at a bigger venue.

On the way back to Idaho, DH was feeling tired, so I offered to drive. After all, I was still wide awake and running on adrenaline from the conference. Unfortunately, he started asking me what I had learned. I started explaining blogging and podcasts and book trailers. Then suddenly I realized that I had no idea where we were. I had completely missed the exit to Tremonton (which is very well-lit with huge signs) and was heading to Boise. I had driven 12 miles with no clue I was going the wrong way! I took the first exit I saw and turned back the other way. We decided maybe DH should drive after all, and I just talked the rest of the way home to keep him awake.

I'm still pretty pumped up about the whole weekend, but operating on a more normal level. Please everybody, next year when the conference is over, don't let me get behind the wheel.


  1. Oh, Marta! We must have been separated at birth. I was supposed to stop in Nephi on the way home Sunday morning. I'm driving blissfully down the highway, talking much faster than I'm driving, and suddenly realize I have NO IDEA where I am -- not sure of which state, even. I wish I could say I've recovered, but I haven't.

    As nice as the Whitneys were, the highlight for me was meeting you. You are just an angel. I hope you know that. I can't wait for the day that you're not only there, but you're holding that first Whitney in your hot little hands!

    I'm a believer!

  2. What a nice thing to say! Thanks, Kerry.

    Hmmm, separated at birth . . . Sounds like a great premise for a story.

  3. Marta - I totally know how you felt! John and I talked and talked and talked about the conference during most of the two day drive back to Kansas. The conference was amazing!

    Can't wait to see you again next year!

  4. Hi Marta

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  5. Marta - that is a funny story. I was so glad to see you at the writers conference. It just wouldn't be the same without you there.

    Glad you made home safe and sound. I assume, since you wrote this blog, you did make it home safe and sound?