My upline picked me up on Thursday and we headed to the home of another sister Consultant. We swapped cars and her husband drove us in to the city to their hotel. Once they were settled, we walked to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center to find the registration area and meet up with my roommate. We got our registration packs and went our separate ways with plans to meet up for dinner later that night.
|All my bags are packed...|
|Last minute replacement sunnies.|
|Oh yeah, I've got my title back!|
|It's 5 o'clock somewhere...|
|Home sweet home for the next couple days.|
|On my way to dinner!|
After our rather yummy tea we walked around and had dessert at Gelare. YUM!
|My brand new bag! Can be worn as a shoulder bag or as a backpack. So clever!|
After lunch we had a chance to view all of the Page Layout Competition entries. Mine wasn't all current product so I wasn't in the running for a prize. That's ok. I wanted to show off my work! (I also liked seeing my name up in print!)
Finally, after a great auction to benefit Operation Smile, we collected our layout entries and headed back to our hotels to get all dolled up for the Gala Dinner & Awards Presentation. Our convention agenda said semi formal attire for the dinner. Well let's see here... what do I have in my wardrobe that's semi formal? My LBD (little black bridesmaid dress)! My roommate and I each got ready and charged our phones up before making the walk back to the Great Hall. When the doors opened, the room looked lovely. All weekend, the various presenters had been using the giant autocue/teleprompter screen hanging above the Hall's sound desk. Our table was #46 and it was set very nicely. At each place was a little wrapped gift. Another exclusive stamp, just for convention attendees! Seriously, SO SPOILED!
We were told to take our seats and drinks were brought out while the awards presentation was started. I got the "ham salad" appetizer: salad of jamon iberico, charred asparagus, pepperdews with labna, caramelized onions, salsa rossa. Who are we kidding? I had the bread and butter and put the jamon iberico on top!
For mains, I got the chicken! Breast of chicken, chicken lollipop, caramelized fig compote, celeriac puree, foraged vegetables, rosemary glaze. Again, I had the chicken and glaze. The compote was nice, the celeriac puree was not nice.
Sebastian Maclaine. Holy moly, what a voice! Any time you walk out to a room of 580 ladies (with a few gents scattered throughout) you're gonna get wolf whistles. He sang Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. 'Nuff said!
The entire night definitely felt like a tv awards show. Glamorous gowns, handsome men, fabulous food (especially dessert!), and amazing awards. I recognized a few of the ladies that won. Each time the presenters stopped mid sentence, we all got super excited and tried to guess who was about to have their name called. The buzz in the room was electric! The head of the big team I'm in won top team sales with 1001+ downline, with $5.2million in sales for the last year. THE LAST YEAR! Wow! Go Team Bonded Hearts!!!!!!!!!!
similar) was played and the prize was the table centerpiece. I won it! :D A live band played for the rest of the night and the dancefloor opened. I got a few photos taken with Monica and the Brians.
Sticky Boy! Much yelling and whooping and hollering happened, I won't lie. Finding a Sticky Boy is a very rare and special occurance. Head Office staff hide varying sized Sticky Boy stamps around the venue at corporate-sponsored events (convention, etc). He's usually hiding but this one found me! I looked ALL weekend and couldn't find one. Imagine my surprise and delight to find him in my shoe!
|My very own Sticky Boy!|
Now, I've only ever been to one other business convention and this one? Hands down SO MUCH MORE FUN! And the best part? Convention 2015 is in Brisbane! And the bestest part? The next incentive trip is to DUBAI!
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