Entry #13 Friday, September 26th at 12:45 a.m. ~ Estes Park
So here’s the deal. I am staying in a room at a lodge on site at the YMCA of the Rockies. During the Grand Gathering, I roomed with my girlfriends from Austin (aka the ORIGINAL Jesse’s Girls). I’m the only one who stayed for the main conference, and when they left I had to check OUT of that room and move IN to another room with 3 new roommates. I got my key before my afternoon session and put my suitcase in the room.
Due to back-to-back activities, I did not get back here until after the keynote address. We made our introductions ~ three lovely women from the Toronto area ~ but they were just going to bed so we didn’t talk long. I wasn’t tired and decided to come out to the lobby to work on my computer (update the blog). I put up my stuff, changed into my PJ’s and turned back my bunk bed, so I wouldn’t disturb them when I later returned to the room.
I whispered to one of the gals who was still up reading what I was doing, then took my laptop and the room key and came out to the lobby. Of course, that was several hours ago. It’s almost 1:00 and I just tried to get into my room. The door is now dead bolted and I’m locked out. Some alarm even went off INSIDE the room as I tried my key, but nobody woke up.
I’m not quite sure what to do. This is not like a normal hotel lobby or anything, no one else is around. There are some couches and a lot of LIGHT, but no pillows or blankets. I’ve looked. This is not good and I’m a bit bummed out right now.
I wish my peeps were still here …
Update @ 4:55 a.m. ~ Managed a few hours of sleep, curled up on a couch. Used my sweater to alternately cover my feet and my head. There was a lot of pulling and tugging on this old gray cardigan, and I’m guessing it’s pretty well trashed by now. People are starting to move about so I’m up.
My roommates ~ and I’m using THAT term pretty loosely right now ~ have an alarm set for 6:00. I should be able to get in there shortly. Thankfully, there IS hot coffee available here in this bedroom called “the lobby.” On the up side, I won’t miss the morning sunrise!
Life is something that happens when you can’t get to sleep. ~ Fran Lebowitz