Float 2019

So Christmas and New Year Eve came and went without a hitch. Entered January with a bang and never stopped and before I knew it Float 2019 had reared it’s head and it was time to set off on my travel again.

First stop was Birmingham International Airport BHX for my first flight of the day to Amsterdam. The city is full of naked women and coffee shops….apparently

Early morning call for my 9.15 am flight to Amsterdam

Early morning call for my 9.15 am flight to Amsterdam

Check-in and Security took about 25 minutes so plenty of time for breakfast and a beer

A full English and a breakfast larger. It has to be done

A full English and a breakfast larger. It has to be done

 The hop over to Amsterdam was about 40 minutes so landed in plenty of time for the next party of my journey, 9 hours to Minneapolis. I settled in for the long haul, sank a few more beers and took full advantage of the inflight entertainment

In the cruise at 37,000ft somewhere over Iceland

In the cruise at 37,000ft somewhere over Iceland

The flight was uneventful and we landed bang on time. The weather in Minneapolis was a tad cooler than that of the UK with the outside temperature of -19. It certainly took your breath away.

I had a 5-hour layover as this was my first port of call into America and I need to clear Customs and TAS. All completed in 40 minutes and checked into my next flight

5-hours is a long time on your own so I decided to head for the nearest burger bar and treat myself.

BINGO! They even had a can on Strongbow. It would be rude not to.

BINGO! They even had a can on Strongbow. It would be rude not to.

Finally arrived in St Louis after 19hours on the go and checked into the hotel, unpacked and made my way to the bar. Meet quite a few familiar faces and the drinks started to roll but time eventually caught up with me and it was time to rest.

For those of you who know me will know I don’t sleep well in hotels and with a 6 hour time difference I woke up at 3.30am, h well best get a coffee.

Looks like someone else could not sleep. 4.30am and im having a coffee with the very talented and lovey Carla Romina Finali

Looks like someone else could not sleep. 4.30am and I’m having a coffee with the very talented and lovey Carla Romina Final

My roll at float 2019 was as a delegate instructor. Which means I pay full fees to attend float, pay my own hotel cost and flight but receive a payment for each delegate that attends my classes.

I did quite well as Steve Jones who runs Float allowed me to deliver 2 classes and both were will attended.

Delegate / Instructor. The best of both worlds

Delegate / Instructor. The best of both worlds. Note the confetti. Thats was all due to Anne Cahill McGovern and Jill Shortreed. They are sort of like my older sisters and look after me….sort of.

 

Just prior to teaching my Balloon Printing class on Tuesday evening Mrs McGovern and Mrs Shortreed thought it would be funny to tip an entire bag of glitter down my top and for those of you in the bar later that evening I can confirm glitter travels far and wide.

I do believe I now have the new name of "Sparkles"

I do believe I now have the new name of “Sparkles”

 Also found these in my bags when I got home, not sure who they belong to.

Flowery Scissors. Nice!

Flowery Scissors. Nice!

The final night Gala and Awards. Absolutely Stunning decor buy the 3 main sponsors. I’ll let the pictures do the talking

Stunning Entrance decor buy Qualatex

Stunning Entrance decor by Qualatex

Fabulous room and table decor by Betallic

Fabulous room and table decor by Betallic

Breath taking stage decor by Anagram

Breath taking stage decor by Anagram

Well done to all delegate who entered the competitions, I take my hat off to you all, you inspire me.

Jill Shortreed and Anne McGovern. Simply Stunning and very sellable

Jill Shortreed and Anne McGovern. Simply Stunning and very sellable

Matt Russel, well done. LOVE IT.

Matt Russel, well done. LOVE IT.

Keeping the British end up with Tope, Heydi and Stu

Keeping the British end up with Tope, Heydi and Stu

And then it was time to party in the bar

And outside the snow continues to fall. It was a cool -10

And outside the snow continues to fall. It was a cool -10

Two Boiled Eggs

Two Boiled Eggs

Kathy Burke preferred the warmth of the bar

Caity Byrne preferred the warmth of the bar

And soon it was all over, it was amazing and I loved it

Thursday was an exploring day so off I went all wrapped. St Louis here I come

Kathy and Gregg Cassebarth. Lovely couple and had an amazing day

Kathy and Gregg Cassebarth. Lovely couple and had an amazing day

We found a casino and WON!

We found a casino and WON!

Evening meal joined by Phil and Janice Whitehead. Thanks for driving Phil. I'm sill traumatised with the in-car karaoke. Next time I will supply the music

Evening meal joined by Phil and Janice Whitehead. Thanks for driving Phil. I’m sill traumatised with the in-car karaoke. Next time I will supply the music

Now thats what I call a Bloody Mary. Get me another

Now thats what I call a Bloody Mary. Get me another

And then it was time to fly home

Goodbye St Louis. Ill be back in 2020

Goodbye St Louis. Ill be back in 2020

Many thanks to Steve Jones for allowing me this amazing opportunity, I loved every moment of it

Thank you Qualatex for sponsoring my stock and Tristan Michael Savage from US Party all the Confetti

See you all at Float 2020