July 25, 2011:

Mahhhhvellous Michigan

Taylor or Dearborn, I'm in one of them right now.

Tomorrow (almost today) I'm participating in a panel discussion with Masco Corp as I mentioned earlier today (now almost yesterday). If you have any thoughts you'd like to share on how Design Bloggers and Designers can partner better with Brands to achieve the common goal of servicing the consumer better - please get in touch would love to have your feedback. Do it before noon. HA! 

The drive here was well interesting... I didn't kill my husband - yay me. We didn't really get too lost - yay him (sorta) and we are still (mostly) on speaking terms. Always a good sign when you can in fact do long distance road trips with a partner and live to talk about it without copious amounts of therapy/PTSD. I mean, don't get me wrong, some TV network missed out BIGGGGGGGGGG Time on the conversation (I'm being polite) that ensued when my directions via Sarnia were ignored in favour of the driver's preference and then I was inundated with questions from said driver about where we were going and what route to take - um.. dude... my directions were case specific to the OTHER crossing so we are S.O.L. I digress. We got to where we were going. We even found a Best Buy so that I could get an American phone to perform some sort of elaborate tethering process for which I have yet been trained.

Sigh. If only Canadian Cell Phone companies worked WITH their customers to provide us with decent and affordable roaming packages to the US. Snooze you lose guys. AT & T got my money. 

What does any or all of this have to do with design? Nothing. Let's be frank. I'm wiped. Exhausted. I worked all weekend in order to take three days away from the office and still worked the entire way down here in the car, returned emails as soon as I got into the hotel room and again upon my return from dinner. Fabulous Sushi Resto in Dearborn called Crave. Seriously. Divine. Salmon Sashimi that melts in your mouth and a Chocolate Lava cake that was pretty much God and I'm not that big a fan of chocolate. I'd like to thank the extremely patient and friendly patrons of the restaurant for entertaining my son, letting him hang out with you on the lounge sofas and the impromptu photoshoot with someone's blackberry. xo

So now to sleep. I have to rest up to be witty and insightful tomorrow. I've already located the nearest Starbucks. I think I've picked out what I am going to wear. I have options. Will mull these over. I'm also trying to figure out how to make a dressing room look fabulous using a less expensive millwork option, putting together a fabric scheme for Wed Luxe offices, plotting out some additions and alternatives for Christine's gorgeous kitchen (did you see the sneak peeks we teased over the weekend and today on her blog?) and worrying about demolition on a project that starts Wednesday - reminds me I have to send the contractor a note about the key!

The Bed here is redonk comfy. AND my sweet little baby is sleeping in a bed by himself for the first time in his life. He's sooooo big now. I can still eat him hourly though.

Enjoy your day! Make it beautiful!!!