Monday, November 18, 2019

Best lemonade ever, Part 2

So where was I? Oh! If you haven’t yet read Part 1, please do that first here

Saturday morning started out slow but as soon as we told BG we were going to see Peter Sagan, she couldn’t wait to leave the house! First on the agenda was to put rainbow bands on my cast, and my husband was the master artist, and BG even helped! It was an absolute masterpiece πŸ€©πŸ’šπŸ’ͺπŸ’₯😎😍 The dogs walked/laid around the house looking sad and forlorn as we packed up some things for our overnight trip. Sure, we only live 30 minutes or so away from the venue, but the ride started at 7am on Sunday and I know how we operate in the morning as it is. The hotel I chose turned out to be literally a 5 minute walk away from everywhere we needed to be, and it was perfect. And our doggies were being well taken care of while we were “away.” πŸ˜‰

We left the house less than an hour off schedule and it actually turned out to be perfect timing. After dropping off our stuff at the hotel, we walked to the festival area, and after a few minutes visiting a couple booths, we ran into Gabri, who was alone! 😳 We chatted with him, learned a few things about his history with soccer πŸ˜‰, and who should come walking around the corner from where we came was the Man Himself. How he managed to walk as far as he did without an entourage following behind him was surprising to me. Although I suppose he looks a little different in regular street clothes 🀷🏻‍♀️ The crowd soon gathered though, of course. Break over, Peto πŸ™ƒ

We greeted him and he asked about my green cast. I think it was either my husband or Gabri who told him it’s green just for him. He said, “Oh, sorry to hear that” and he and Gabri (and others around) commented on the cool rainbow bands. I asked if he would perhaps sign my cast later at bowling or something (we didn’t bring the special markers and I didn’t know if he had somewhere he needed to be), and he said “Of corse. I sign it now for you,” and Gabri whipped out a big black sharpie. As he signed it I noticed a somewhat official looking photographer taking pictures but thought nothing of it until the moment showed up later on social media πŸ€ͺ It was a very cool moment indeed, and things were just getting warmed up.

We saw the event organizer and stopped and chatted with him for a bit, which was fun. We got to know him better through the weekend—very cool guy, probably our age 😎🀘
Then the next couple of hours we chatted with the sponsors, got our registration packets, and eventually ate all while BG, donning her BORA-hansgrohe jersey, strolled around on her balance bike stealing hearts everywhere she went. She especially won the heart of one of the sponsors who asked if she could post pictures of her on IG. She gained lots of fans, and by Sunday morning all the Expo venders knew her. In fact, she wanted to keep the wearing her jersey “because when I wear it everyone thinks I’m a star” (As her mother I’m not sure if I should be concerned or proud about that statement from her 🀦🏻‍♀️🀷🏻‍♀️😳🀣)

After a quick return to the hotel to drop off our new acquisitions (ahem, there were a few purchases made 😎 as well as some freebies 🀩), we went back for the VIP dinner party followed by bowling. At the dinner party, there was another entertaining great interview with Peter, this time supplemented with questions from the audience. I got to ask him one, but I think the real winner was from the guy who asked “Why are women so attracted to you?” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜³πŸ€ͺ Deservedly so, the question got some Twitter attention the next morning πŸ˜‚ and I actually met that guy the next day 😝

As much fun as we’d had by this point, we were in for a real treat at the bowling party...

Stay tuned...

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