When I woke up yesterday, New York was the furthest thing from my mind. Well, not the furthest thing … because it’s been on my mind my entire life and especially since making the decision to go to BlogHer this year. But at that particular moment when I was slothfully hanging out in my bed, accompanied by all my kids – big and little – I did not realise that before the end of the day that I would be booking and paying for flights to New York.
It’s all thanks to my amazing Flight Centre travel agent Monique (email me if you want her details – she’s the best), who texted me with news of some very good flight deals on V Australia. I texted back with words like, if we weren’t both already happily married then I’d marry you … stuff very non-gushing like that.
So, I’m booked … and my husband and youngest son are too (they arrive the day after the conference finishes). We can’t wait – New York has been a travel dream and we’ll also get to see my brother and his family on the West Coast. Haven’t seen him since he moved there two years ago. Bring on August!
The reason we were all making like sloths in my bed in the first place was that soccer had been cancelled due to the wet (insert happy dance here) and we’d been out the night before for a World’s Greatest Shave fundraiser at my teenager’s school. My eldest son was one of the organisers (proud mum tick number one). And he volunteered to have his had shaved (proud mum tick number two).
I was blown away by the attitude of this amazing group of teenagers. If they weren’t having their head shaved, they were performing (singing and playing instruments at a level that would give YTT a run for its money), or simply there supporting those who were doing the first of those two things.
Witnessing a 14-year-old girl have her long, brunette hair shaved off to a number four will be etched in my memory forever. I would never have been so brave. She did it with a smile, her friends cheering her on from the front row.
And the 16-year-old boy in my son’s class since Year 1 … a boy who’s never cut his hair beyond a quick trim from his mum … who has been known for his ponytail since primary school … who lost his then teenage-brother, a student at the school, in 2006 … to watch him take on this cause in his brother’s memory? The tears very much did flow, trickling down over the mountainous goosebumps.
The whole night was for this boy and the money raised will go to his World’s Greatest Shave fundraising efforts. He surpassed his goal on Friday night but you can still sponsor him here.
SO, I’m a wee bit excited on this Sunday … not just about the little New York thing and the email from Apple to say that my new iPad is on its way.
No, I’m a little bit excited and nervous. Mostly EXCITED.
Tomorrow I’m unveiling Styling You’s new “frock”. It’s been wearing the same dress for two years and we can’t have that 😉
I’ve been working with the gorgeous and talented Katrina from The Media Maid and we’ll be making the switcheroo tomorrow morning. The blog will be down for a little while so that we can quickly work to make it all spot on and ready to show off to you. Bare with us as there’s no longer a “quiet” time on Styling You so we’ll be working to get this happening with the minimum of down time.
… to give you a little hint of what’s to come, here are some of the new photos I’ve had taken for Styling You’s new look. They’re by my friend and photographer Lou O’Brien. Love her work.
Oh, and it’s been a busy week for me over on Justb. too … you might like to have a Sunday read:
… and don’t forget, if you love a little photography, Justb. is offering $300 in its Facebook cover photo competition. You can enter here.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend … let me know what you’ve been up to? And if you have any NYC travel tips, I want them all!
PS. Keep those #condomdress photos coming in … I’ll be posting them on the blog on Tuesday.