My manager says I have to write a blog post about my NCECA trip before it is no longer relevant. (Three weeks is still relevant, right?) I don’t like writing, so I’ll show you the pictures I took and try to tell you about them instead.
Shh, don’t tell James I’m cheating!
There were no flights that were decently priced on the day I needed them. I went early and took the time to visit my families. First, there was an 8-hour layover in Denver.
Naturally I asked my Mum and sister to drive 2 hours from Colorado Springs to hang out with me and explore the area.
We had ice cream.
After Denver I flew into St. Louis and inconvenienced my (other) Mom by asking her to drive 3+ hours to get me and bring me to her place in Quincy (that’s a tiny city in Illinois) to stay for a week(ish).
There was a St. Patty’s “pub crawl” and a picture scavenger hunt at Tilted Kilt. Is it a crawl when you're on a bus?
Did I mention my Mom’s got adorable pups?
Also, my Mom makes bomb-ass cakes. You should go check them out at: www.limasbestcakes.com
The last night we ended with our ritual watching of the 1993 Disney Classic, The Three Musketeers.
And then (after a bit of a rental car fiasco):
ONTO KANSAS CITY!
I checked in and started my first shift as a volunteer.
Even bought a freaking amazing bowl from CJ Niehaus.
The next few days were a blur of activity, going to informative lectures about glaze chemistry, kiln building, techniques and processes (some of which I assisted for my volunteer time), making new acquaintances, hanging out with old college chums (am I old enough to use that word?) and exploring Kansas City’s offerings.
Kansas City is full of amazing architecture.
And it was hosting REALLY GOOD ART.
Not that KC didn’t already have some good stuff.
I brought home some art and swag to remind me of the trip, and keep me inspired.
Something tells me I need to make some tiny swag to hide around NCECA next year. It seemed to be a really popular thing to do, and who doesn't love free things? Especially when they're awesome!
Cup Sale steals (these were marked down to $2 each at the end of the day… be jelly)
And last but not least: the best pun ever:
Do not use if seal is broken!