For months now, our calendar has had the innocent enough looking words "bead tour" written on yesterday's date. But let me tell you, everytime I saw those words, my heart raced a bit, a little smile crept over my face, and then I'd count the days. This event, put on by Rings & Things, hits Green Bay in September & then again in the spring. Gary & I met Amanda & her Mom there, and we had a friend, Julie meet us there. Julie & Amanda's Mom were BSV's (bird show virgins), a little term I just made up-they're the ones with the biggest smiles and normally you hear the word "overwhelming" coming from them, all good things! This event runs so smoothly, that I'm always amazed. After working retail my entire life, I know all too well that it's not always easy to be calm, cool, and collected in a room full of women all shopping with enthusiasm. In fact, last year when we checked out, it just happened that the lines were particularly long at that time, and yet, the gentleman that checked us out actually chased us down out in the parking lot to make sure that we had gotten our coupon for free shipping on our next order. THAT'S service! Now the fun begins, pricing & putting the beads to bed (almost done), where they'll patiently wait for me to create something with them. But they won't wait long-tomorrow morning it begins:) Oh one more thing, after we got in the car to leave, Gary mentioned the tray of beads that he was carrying around, which I just assumd he wanted since he's played around a little with making jewelry and wants to do more. Turns out, he claims they were beads he thought I might like and I was supposed to go through them and choose what I wanted, not just buy them-whoops:) Personally, I think he really wanted them all along, he's not THAT easy when it comes to spending money! If you hear of a Rings & Things show coming your way-go! If not, you can always shop their website, you won't be disappointed either way.