Wednesday, August 14, 2013

I have an exciting announcement

From what I can gather, there seem to be a few rules about "exciting announcements" in the blog world. First of all, you must announce your announcement prior to actually announcing whatever it is you're wanting to announce. Follow that?

So on Monday, you say I've got some exciting news to share with you... but I can't reveal the details yet. Stay tuned. Winky face! and then the next, say, Tuesday, you make your big announcement.

The other rule I've noticed is that your announcement must either be that you're having a) a baby or b) a book.

Well I'm going to ignore the first rule and tell you my news after this paragraph. And I'm going to ignore the second rule, because I'm not gestating a baby or a book.

I am, however, planning a top secret trip for my closest friends.

Was that a huge letdown? I thought it might be, so here's a picture of Ike as a puppy to make it up to you.

Carol Convention is a trip my friends and I have been taking for the past four years. One of us plans the whole thing on the sly. The rest of us send her money. In the months leading up to the trip, the planner sends clues, not revealing the location until the week before. So far, we've been sticking to the dirty south, but we have big plans to require passports one of these days.

I thought it might be fun (for me, at least) to share the story of Carol Convention, introduce you to the cast of Carols, share travel guides and tips for friend-trips, and lead up to this year's big announcement via the blog. Who knows -- maybe I'll inspire a wave of Carol Conventions?

For now, I'll leave you with the first clue of this year's trip:


  1. Ah! How fun. Our group retreats somewhere together each year, but this one-person-planning thing really takes it to another level. I love it!

  2. If West Side Stoey is involved then I am coming with AND THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO STOP ME.

  3. You all are fun. And puppy Ike's smirk is the cutest thing ever.

  4. Seriously I wish I was a part of this group of yours. I always love reading and looking at pictures with your recaps. Can't wait to see where this year takes you!

    And I fully appreciate the Ike picture - adorable!

  5. They're all things that have to do with West! Those are West Terriers (or whatever, clearly I'm a dog lover), Kanye West, West Side Story and West Nile Virus. More puzzles, Daci, MORE PUZZLES.

  6. This is an amazing idea!! Can I steal it and institute it with my friends? I wonder if they would go for it...

  7. Confession time ... after reading about the Carol Convention three years ago, I spoke with my mom and sisters and sister in law. We've been doing it every year since! Such a great way to take a break from life and hang out.