Okay, a quick update on the Chi-Cocoa Scentsation – while you are making your plans, we want you to know on Saturday evening there will be cocktails and that´s probably when Liz and Neil will be presenting their stuff so be sure to work that into your travel schedule. It´s bound to be a great wrap-up to what is shaping up to be a pretty fabulous day!
Also, we´ve been working on the hotel angle. If you need a hotel or a flight, feel free to call Musette´s travel agent, Roberta, at 602-482-9779 or email her at corptravelaz (at) cox (dot) net — she´s working (checking her email) this weekend.
Roberta has made my reservations at The Inn of Chicago, which was offering rooms for $199 and $229 for a room with two queen beds on Priceline, and I think Roberta can match that. The problem with Priceline and Hotwire, etc., is, I don´t believe you can change or cancel your reservation once you book, and they won´t guarantee the specific sleeping arrangements, just that there´s room for two people. Which is how Patty and I ended up sleeping together in NYC – our requested double beds weren´t available. So somebody ends up on the fold-out couch or a roll-away cot, which stinks. Booking through a travel agent offers some flexibility. If you have anything useful to add, please stick it up here in comments and/or in the Scentsation message board.
She´s also working on a group rate with the Allerton, which is supposed to be nice and close by and recently renovated. She needs a head count by Wednesday; I think initially we were looking at $228 per night (and yeah, it´s downtown Chicago – everyone needs a roommate!). But when she checked rates for me the Allerton was weighing in at closer to $329 (ugh) for Saturday so I´m not sure we´re getting much love there.
Sorry, this is all I´ve got for you right now – I jumped into the pool today (in my clothes) to bail Buckethead out of the water, where he was thrashing around right under the chair of the teenaged lifeguard, who looked at him like, dude – that kid is drowning! Buckethead was totally fine, have no fear. However, I did something ugly to my foot in my haste to retrieve him, and am now gimping around on crutches, and can I just mention how much this sucks with the Cheese out of town for another 2 – 3 weeks? Mobility: something we take for granted until it´s compromised. I can´t even get upstairs to smell my perfume! There must be some kind of samples sitting around down here, have to nose around … I hope you all are having a lovely weekend.