Now that I've caught up on my sleep, I figure it's about time I post my version of the NYC Meet-up. Let me tell you right away- it was unbelievable!
Just as a pre-warning: I had been awake for about 30 hours when the Meet-up started. We never made it to bed the night before our flight. I was really hoping I didn't fall asleep at the dinner table! But once I met this group, I was wired! I didn't come down from my Filo high for hours!
B and I were a few minutes late to Sam Flax- the train system in NY is crazy! But as soon as I walked up, I spotted a group of people standing right in front of a Filo display. Couldn't have been more obvious that this is where I belonged!
We eventually made it into the store, where the managers were kind enough to open the display cases for easy browsing. Filos were passed back and forth, and I was able to see many models I'd never seen in person including the Deco. As beautiful as it was, I don't think I'd ever own one (gasp). It was just so perfect I don't think I'd ever use it- I'd just put it on a shelf and stare!
There were way more Filos and inserts than I have ever seen in person- I could easily have done some serious damage to my credit card had B not been there to moderate!
Much like Kanalt
mentioned, I was WAY to consumed with the day, the people, and the Filos to actually take photos (oops) but I did manage to get a few! Here's the group outside of Sam Flax with our purchases:
Back Row: Karensa, Susan, Dasha, Mimi, Me!
Front Row: Nan, Michele, Helen
We finally made it over to the restaurant after we had all put the lovely Filos back in their cases. Le Pain Quotidien- which most of us found delicious. I think just B and Kanalt's DH were disappointed with the dinner selection- but they were both promised "real food" later on. I'm pretty sure B offended our waiter when he jokingly asked for a bacon cheeseburger!
I tweeted about how proud I was that we actually managed to order drinks before delving into the Filos, but I may have spoke to soon! Not much after drinks arrived, the Filos began to circulate. I wish I had more pictures of the Filos and Filofaxers browsing and drooling, but I was so amazed myself that I completely forgot! I did manage to get a shot of our collection, an impressive 25 Filos:
I really can't say enough about the amazing people who I shared this meet-up with. I think that Nan
put it best; despite our short time together, I feel like I'd known every one for years. This group really is amazing and I am just truly so thankful I was able to make it to this fantastic event.
As incredible as the evening was, it had to come to a close. After dinner, a few of us went to a potentially debt-inducing Japanese stationery shop, where I DIDN'T buy a thing! I was so proud. But pretty soon after that, it was already time to say goodbye. Maybe it was because I was sleep deprived, but I felt like I blinked and the night was over.
Now, what was in that bag I had outside Sam Flax? Did I already buy a new binder???
Nope! I am way too much in love with Malden to even think about cheating with another binder. But I did manage to get a few new goodies:
My goal purchase was a 2012 year planner, although I quickly lost hope when I arrived- 2011 inserts were everywhere! But after some perusing, I managed to spot two 2012 inserts, a vertical and horizontal year planner. I have the 2011 horizontal year planner now, and love the layout, but hate the tiny boxes for writing. So I went outside my comfort zone and bought the vertical year planner, which as you can tell has a pretty decent amount of space for writing on each day.
I also bought a notepad, which I want to try in the Malden since it has the space. I'll have to rearrange my set-up
a bit, since I wasn't sure if I wanted to bother with a notepad. I figure worst case I can always pull it apart and just use it as notepaper. I also returned to my junior high days and grabbed a few jelly roll pens! The day planner sheets are a freebie- we all brought a few things to dinner that we were looking to get rid of. I gave my financial planning sheets to Colie, and she was nice enough to let me try these in return!
Well, even though I caught up on my sleep, a long day of wandering NYC today has made me pretty tired. If you are into street photography, I'd recommend checking out B's blog
, where he just posted some pictures of our trip so far. Of course I am biased, but I find his work incredible.
Stay tuned, as I am working on another post about Malden's experiences in New York!