Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Blingin' B*tches are Back

Blingin' B*tches SPQ 2010
We are back from our Sweet Potato Queen weekend! OMG, I had the time of my life.  Sister, if this event is not on your bucket should be.  TIP: Just start planning early! Go to Jill Conner Brown's site at and check it all out.  OK-I'm going to give you a little (very small) snap shot of our trip.

Arrived in Style-Jackson, MS Airport

Attended Meet and Greet at Hilton
Went to Big Hat Luncheon
Met Lots of Women from all over the country

Attended the Ball in Fine Attire

Marched in the St Paddy's Day Parade on Saturday

Seriously, that was the funnest thing I think I have ever done as a grown up.  I loved the crowd, the children we gave beads to, the little old men who wanted kisses, the young men who wanted pics with us, the women who clapped for us-all of it.  I wanted to do it again right when we finished.  Right then and there I knew it......I was so meant to be a queen.   LOL

We attended a pajama party that night and danced our butts off!  There was a live band that played all the great Motown oldies! I don't have pics of that night yet but here is Bubbles and Cheri at the Bathrobe brunch the next morning.  

Heard Jill speak, she inspired us, moved us to tears....not a dry eye in the room!
There is not enough room or time to tell you about all the fun we had. I'm already gearing up for next year! You better believe it!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sweet Potato Queen Week

This is my picture of me wearing the outfit I plan to wear to the Big Hat Luncheon at the Sweet Potato Queen Parade in Jackson Mississippi this coming weekend.  
I can't believe it is finally the week of the Sweet Potato Queen Parade in Jackson, Mississippi. 
 I have been waiting and preparing for this moment ever since I heard author  Jill Conner Brown speak at the Merry Market event in Odessa,TX  last year before Christmas. 

Jill was just so much fun with her queenly act and comical interpretation of the life of a woman, wife, mother and friend in the South.  She just touched something in me with her message of how she discovered her calling....her talents.....and over came obstacles that many of us get stuck in. 

You just have to read her books to get it.....her first book...."The Book Of Love" will make you laugh and cry and help you to understand this whole "sweet potato thing queen parade" thingy.  Read it!  Really...

So, Jill got me at that speaking engagement sponsored by the Junior League of Odessa, Texas.  I remember turning to my friend and saying "we are so going to that parade next year" when Jill told us about it in her talk.  My friend nodded "yes".  Now, here we are. 

Now, I find myself waiting impatiently for my disco purple sequin dress that I'm supposed to wear in the Million Queen March this Saturday.  I ordered it on Jan 12th of this year and recently discovered that unlike my friends, the other Blingin' Bitches of Texas, ordered my dress to be delivered via the Thailand Postal Service as opposed to UPS which is oh so much more efficient and faster as evidenced by the fact that the other girls have their parade dress and I do not!

Not one to be deterred by little obstacles, I have a plan B and C in place should my dress not get here before I hop on the airplane for Mississippi. I am so excited and I can't will be available next weekend.  Meanwhile, google "sweet Potato queen"