Friday Fun With ID Collection’s Jim Williamson

showIt’s Friday. I will now turn it over to ID Collection’s Jim Williamson. In just a few days, I will be strolling the streets of Buenos Aires. I am finally getting a summer vacation. It is the beginning of spring there, and I have never been. I love new journeys, and doesn’t this one sound nice? I thought so, too, until yesterday. Guess who showed up? Murphy and his dang law book.

I generally try not to get too excited about a trip (or anything, really) until the actual day of departure. You just never know what can happen. Let’s take yesterday as an example. I was rushing to get quotes done by deadline and trying to get things handled before I leave the country on this much needed vacation that we have had planned for a whole year. Things were beyond crazed when one of my valued sources came to me and said, “I hate to do this, but I can’t help finish this job. I have decided to change careers. Here is your two weeks.” Then another source in another part of the world emailed, “Hi. Love you but just want you to know that I can’t do that fabric for you after all. I’ve decided today would be a good day to retire. Let’s stay in touch.”

My head began to spin. I thought of travel plans, my packed work schedule, events I needed to plan and host. As any designer or showroom can attest, you have to be prepared for anything at any minute because crap just happens. I thought about pulling a Scarlett and just say, “Fiddle-dee-dee. I’ll just have to deal with that tomorrow.” But I emailed a possible replacement. Daddy has to be realistic, people! As the saying goes, “The show must go on, and I’m tapping as fast as I can.” I got my quotes and POs off and raced home because we had dinner plans with new friends. As I entered the house, I found the sh*t truly had hit the fan. The dogs were sick in multiple places and the maid had just left. Need I say more?

Let’s transition from sh*tty days to suitcases. (I know, no obvious connection.) How am I going to fit eight days of clothing in one carry-on? I will start by ditching the workout gear. It always sounds like a great idea to get up and take a morning run to enjoy a new city, but in all reality, it’s probably not going to happen. Looks like basic black will be the attire for this trip. It’s easy, there’s no matching, and it’s very forgiving.

I definitely need a dose on inspiration and lots of visual stimulation, and from everything I have heard and read, Argentina is certainly the place for that. I even caught an episode of House Hunters International set in Buenos Aires the other night. I’m super psyched to see our friends and visit their lovely home.

You should be super psyched about the State Fair opening today! Big Tex is back and better than ever, and I get my annual corny dog fix. With that, let’s wrap for this week. I will see you back here in a couple of weeks when I’m back from my trip. I hope I return with “ a little touch of star quality.”

 

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