What do Guinness Milkshakes, Mardi Gras, and Pajamas Have In Common?

If your answer was: Tameri's Wild Weekend with the OCC RWA, then you're right!

Last weekend I ventured up to Orange County to spend some time with my Romance Writer's of America chapter (OCC RWA) to celebrate their 32nd birthday! Wow, that's a long time to have a group of writers getting together.

Most of you know I ADORE my RWA brothers and sisters. Whether it's an online chapter or the two I get to participate in in person, RWA nurtures my creative soul. I get so much out of the monthly meetings. Not just lessons in craft, but in humanity, humility, and humor. Lots and lots of humor.

I've said it before, but it's worth saying again ~ if you're a creative type, find your people. Whether it be a favorite conference, a group that meets once a month at a local cafe, or a weekly walk through a park. Find like souls who GET you and hold them close. Those are the people who will be there for your ups and downs. Your cheerleaders and your ass kickers. Because yes, we all need both. Sometimes one more than the other. 😉

If you'e a writer, find a writing group near you and check them out. If you like them, join in the fun. I absolutely recommend anyone who has the slightest bit of romance in your novels to join RWA. You don't have to be a romance writer! But there does have to be romantic elements in your novel. It is bar none the best organization I've ever been involved with. They are super supportive, know their stuff, and are willing to share with other writers.

My chapter mates have become family. I laugh with them, cry with them, and laugh some more. Want proof of how awesome they are?

This is how Victoria Dahl started her speech at Saturday's morning workshop:

What does a Scotsman wear under his kilt?

On a good day, lipstick.

I'm still laughing. And you know, I will never look at a kilted Scotsman the same way again. Now, I'll be snickering like a fool. Because I'll know.

Victoria gave an emotional speech that had me nodding my head and thinking that maybe I'm going to be okay as a writer. The afternoon speaker was Heather Bennett from Decadent Publishing and her speech was a riot. I'll have more on that in another post. It involved a mostly naked man, which is always a good thing!

I bet by now you're wondering about that Guinness Milkshake, right? Was it good? Was it EWWW? I was a tad nervous to try it, but DAMN! It's delicious. Vanilla ice cream, Andes chocolate mints, chocolate (sounding good so far, right?), and Guinness. Yeah, it couldn't gone either way, but it rocked. If anyone lives near Anaheim Hills, CA, go to Slater's 50/50 Grill. Trust me on this, you'll like it.

Me with Dude Bear. He kept trying to steal my shake. Um, no way!
Me with Dude Bear. He kept trying to steal my shake. Um, no way!

That started our weekend off just right. Oh, and my favorite Gal Pal Gayle stopped by to dine with us. She's hiding beneath the baseball hat. For those of you who don't know this, Gayle shows her horse Snoopy, and I thought she could use a bit more bling in her outfit, so I got her this cute little cowgirl hat. What do you think? She ‘claims' Snoopy doesn't think much of the hat, but I beg to differ…

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What about the rest of the weekend? It was just as fun!

Kate Wood and I getting our Mardi Gras on!
Kate Wood and me getting our Mardi Gras on!
Christine Ashworth, Jenny Hansen, Debra Kristi, and Kate Wood. Don't we look fahhhbulous? Of course we do!
Christine Ashworth, Jenny Hansen, Debra Kristi, and Kate Wood. Don't we look fahhhbulous? Of course we do!

There was a raffle for these amazing baskets. I won two! Both were New Orleans/Mardi Gras themed (as was the day's party). I'm looking forward to a night of mystery and murder at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney!

The big winnings!
The big winnings! Aren't those baskets beautiful?

At night there were workshops that we attended in our pajamas. It was so much fun to see everyone in their jammies. Next year, I need pictures! I completely forgot this year, but I did get a cute pic of my ‘Big Girl Panties' that I decorated in a workshop meant to empower and motivate. It was a ton of fun giggling with the ladies as we glued stickers to our unmentionables. Seriously, get some friends over and have a panty party. You'll thank me later.

Big Girl Panties

So there you have it. Guinness Milkshakes, Mardi Gras, and Pajamas. Oh, and we can't forget the Big Girl Panties! It was a fantastic weekend full of laughter and learning.

What do you do to get inspired? Think you'd ever decorate panties as a motivational tool? What about that milkshake? Want one?

 

12 thoughts on “What do Guinness Milkshakes, Mardi Gras, and Pajamas Have In Common?”

  1. Christine AshworthChristine Ashworth

    LOVE the panties – I SO should have gone to that workshop! I had a blast hanging with you, Kate, and Debra. Sending you MUCH love, hugs, and zimbies, lol!

  2. Gayle CarlineGayle Carline

    It was SO MUCH FUN seeing you, even for a brief evening!

  3. Jenny HansenJenny Hansen

    You KNOW my favorite line, right?

    “Seriously, get some friends over and have a panty party. You’ll thank me later.”

    BAHAHAHAHA! That is just worlds of awesome right there. I still want a guest post.

  4. David N. WalkerDavid N. Walker

    Seeing you and Jenny in the same photo made me want May to hurry and get here so I can see both of you again. At least, I hope you’re both coming back to DFWCon.

  5. Patricia SandsPatricia Sands

    Tameri, who has more fun than you? And when you are having fun, you make certain that everyone around you is too! You make me want to jump on a plane and fly out there for your meetings but I will have to content myself with planning some sort of reunion with you in 2014! Gotta do it! In the meantime, keep spreading your sparkles! xoxo

  6. Emma MeadeEmma Meade

    Ye all look fab! Had never heard of a Guinness milkshake, hmm, something to consider. 🙂

  7. Debra KristiDebra Kristi

    That Guinness milkshake was seriously good. I had so much fun with you ladies. I hated for the fun to end. And both Victoria Dahl and Heather Bennett were fabulous. You know what? Our fabulous panties don’t look too different. 😀

    Sorry I was late getting here.

  8. Kristy K. JamesKristy K. James

    Lipstick…LOVE it!

    I really wish I could find a group of writers in my area. It’s really annoying that I can’t. Maybe I’ll have to go to the NaNoWriMo kickoff event again and ask around a little more than I did last year.

    Kind of on the fence about the milkshake. I’m not much of a beer lover. In fact, I’d go so far as to say I don’t like it at all. Wonder if they could replace that with some creme de cacao?

    I’d totally go to a panty party. Think it could be combined with a men-in-kilts party? 😉

    Okay. Didn’t get enough sleep, gotta go get cat litter, and then make supper (which will not include cat litter). Glad you all get to have so much fun out there in California while I, sniff, sniff, am stuck all alone in Michigan. 😀

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