Monday, December 14, 2015

Tales of the Traveling Totes

Hi All,

I'm going to be very honest. I had the best of intentions to have a Denver-related Tales of the Traveling Totes to post about today...but that won't happen.

Why, you ask?

Because when I went to Denver, there was not much to take a picture of. You see, I didn't go for fun, but for the American Speech and Hearing Association Convention, where I presented a poster on the way movement affects stuttering (basically, whether walking, throwing a ball, playing Jenga or simply sitting will have an affect on fluency).

I also couldn't take my tote! I traveled with a group, and none of them checked bags, so there was no way I could fit my wonderfully large Christabel into my too-packed carry-on.

In case you haven't seen, this is Christabel. 

But my tote was there in spirit, and to be honest, I wish I'd had the guts to make my group wait the 20 extra minutes to go to baggage claim so I could have brought her.

There's a lesson here: don't travel without your tote, ladies!

Here are some pictures from the trip:

I'm in the pink. See the posters? 

This is the poster we presented! And yes, I did blur out my name. :P

I can't say I would recommend sushi in Denver...

This bear was one of my favorite parts of the convention center!

I also bought a stuffed buffalo. When in Colorado?

I know, this is a bit of a bust, but to be honest I rarely travel from the Southeast, and the ASHA convention was a new experience for me. So for next year's convention in Philly, I'll know:

1) Bring Christabel, but don't bring her into the convention center. If you noticed, I had a huge Super Duper tote they gave me in there... which ended up being filled with so many things from so many booths, I was glad I hadn't put them all in my traveling tote. It's harder to mess up a less nice tote, especially one made from canvas!

2) Drink water! So many of my friends were dehydrated, and it really hurt energy levels throughout the day.

3) Always, always buy the stuffed buffalo. (Duh!)

4) Food outside the Southeast is... well, not the same. But the beer in Denver was great! :)

Until next time... when I will have pictures with Christabel...

Please check out my fellow Travelers! :)

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Linda with Miss Rosie @ More Fun Less Laundry
Patti with Miss Kenzie and Taylor @ Pandora's BoxRita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Samantha with Christabel @ Samantha Stone
and our non-blogger friends:
 Colleen with Miss MacKenzie Joy
Tami with Miss MC la Mer

Also, there is a giveaway!!
Leave Patti @ Pandora’s Box a comment for a chance to win a MacKenzie-Childs Flower Market soap dish, Balsam scented soap from the Adirondacks and a mini soap from Cape Cod, all items purchased on her recent travels with her Traveling Tote!
A winner will be picked on Dec 27th!!




  1. Well, looks like a fun time. Our girls are a bit of a challenge to take along at times. ;-)
    Hope you and Christabel have a very Merry Christmas!

  2. Sammie, you remind me of myself (and my adult daughters who have followed in my footsteps, good or bad, not my call) busy making a living that it's not always easy to relax and have fun. If you had fun at your convention (and it looks like you did), that's what's most important.

  3. Well, i am sure your tote was there in spirit!! Your poster presentation of research sounds interesting. One of my high school friends was a stutterer and sings to perfection - he also is a talented mime! This must have been a great experience for you. I hope you are finished with finals by now and can sit back and enjoy the holidays. Wishing you (and your mom) a wonderful season and a bright new year!!

  4. So proud of you and your hard work. Mayhap we can take Christabel on a short road trip during Christmas Break. Are you game?