First Report: HOUSTON

First, thank you all for your support this last week. It’s been a doozy, and sometime down the road, I may be able to share more than just my aching heart, but now is not the time.

Hmmm. What to say about Texas so far…

Dude, when leaving a building or your car? When you do, your glasses fog up like they would in a steamy bathroom. I kid you not. When I walked out of the airport to get my rental car, my sunglasses immediately steamed over. The ONLY time that has ever happened to me before was in my own kitchen on a cold December when I opened the oven to take out some hot baked bread. Here in Houston, it’s the norm. Your car windows fog too- on the OUTSIDE.

Also, it never ever cools down. Last night, I kept waiting and waiting for it to cool off, but at almost midnight, it was still almost 90. Today it’s been pouring rain all day. And it’s still hot. You. Should. See. My. Hair.

Texas really, really likes Texas. Also, the Voldemart here is really scary- at least in East Houston, which is the only one I’ve been in. Downtown is nice. The convention center is massive, and the new ballpark downtown is cool. Er, rather, it’s retro and nice- nothing in Houston is COOL. No, everything here is meltingly hot. I don’t know how Texas women even bother with make-up or doing their hair…

I’ve been taking photos, and I’ll put them up when I get home- I don’t have an isb cord for my camera on me, and as Mo will attest, I am so-not-good at techie things. I look forward to the day I can use my wireless mouse as a tri-corder and just tell my Computer what to do, a la Picard. “Computer! Chamomile tea with honey!”

There are over 2000 other fabric artists here, and I’m TOTALLY the little fish in the big sea. Intimidating? Oh yeah. I’m trying not to think about it too much. My booth is all set up, it looks cute, and I’ve done everything in my power. Now, it’s out of my hands. Tomorrow, I’ll get up, make myself pretty (minus the hopeless hair situation), don my super cute new apron (pictures and maybe a free pattern coming), and hopefully wow the world. Or at least the small part of the world that make up the fabric lovers who’ve travelled to Houston in 2009.

Moda  (Moda! I love Moda fabric!) is one aisle over from me- and so is Amy Butler. I have a girl-crush on both of them; I feel bashful each time I look over there and see the fantastic things they are setting up… and here’s me, over here, all quiet and small…and shaking in my boots.

15 thoughts on “First Report: HOUSTON

  1. Did know one warn you about the humidity?? Whoa Nellie! It’s bad news!
    I’m so excited for you! I almost drove down there to help out — sometimes I wish I was a tad more spontaneous!
    I SO wish you had pictures!
    So proud of you!!

  2. I’m so excited for you. For real, Moda and Amy Butler?! If I were you I’d have a hard time not wetting myself. But I’m sure you have more self-control than I do and fewer bladder issues. TMI?


  3. Oh, that sounds like heaven. I can’t even imagine, but I’m looking forward to not having to imagine when you post pictures! Too bad your thing wasn’t in Austin – I hear that’s Texas’ cool place. My sis has been near Houston for 6 months now and is barely warming up to it. (ick)

  4. We get that outside-window-fog here sometimes…. bad news.
    You TOTALLY have more prayers going for you than ANYONE ELSE in that convention center. NO NEED TO SHAKE.

    Maybe try to enjoy it though – at least a little.

    I am excited for a recap when you are reunited with your usb.

    Love ya!

  5. Always wondered what my monster would look like…

    My opinion of Houston is nudged up a tiny bit tonight by the exemplary, stellar meal I enjoyed at Niko Nikos. Fan. Tas. Tic. Seriously, the best hummus I’ve had in years. The felafel were super- the tzaziki was garlicy and tangy and perfect. Google Niko Nikos- the hotel guy recommended it, and as soon as I pulled up, I recognized it from the Food Network.

    Now I’m waiting on my friend Lisa to arrive and put on her red super-hero cape for having saved my tookus.

  6. You think I’m kidding? Nope- I really did make her a red satin cape. Ah, but for the lack of a usb cable…

  7. Your monster is pretty cool. Maybe I’ll put in your email from now on, and get the same one.

    Good luck, and I’m sure those other famous people that I’ve never heard of will just bring you more traffic, since you’re right by them! That meal sounds divine.

  8. Wiz, those other people would be like having Padma and Tom pop into a show you were trying to cook something for… and win. 🙂

  9. Go! Go! Go! I’m sure your booth looks awesome!

    I’m 5 hours away from Houston (In the DFW area) and it’s in the low 50’s… I’m freezing!

    Have a GREAT weekend!

  10. Wow, that really would be intimidating! But keep in mind that while you may be a little fish, you are still a VERY talented little fish. And there are people out there who like little fish! 😉 Can’t wait for pics.

  11. I’m in DFW, too. No, I don’t bother doing my hair or my makeup in the summer. There is just no point. :o)

    Good luck! Moda and AB? Jealous!

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