Hey, you. Behind your computer.
Yeah, you. With the yoga pants and zombie eyes. Come out in the sunshine and meet real people. In Indianapolis. We’ll feed you something better than those tortilla chips and ice cream sandwiches.
That’s basically the email I received from Delta Faucet a few months ago. Well, really they just asked if I’d like to join them for an exclusive bloggers event in Indiana. They didn’t mention the zombie eyes or tortilla chips. But I know they were thinking it.
Just throw out the words exclusive and bloggers and I’m in. I’d never been asked to any type of “bloggers event” before. They could have lured me almost anywhere with those words. But instead they paid for my travel and accommodations to lovely Indianapolis. So, while I thought that there must have been some mistake and while I’m uber-crazy protective of my precious vacation time, I figured this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.
I accepted before they realized they got the wrong blogger. And then I loaded up my Toyota and drove to Indianapolis hoping that I wouldn’t embarrass myself too much. Because there was apparently going to be time set aside for us to install faucets.
Ryan was totally giddy about this fact, by the way.
I was thrilled to be a part of this event. For a few days, we had the opportunity to live and breathe blogging and Delta. I pretty much fawned over all the awesome bloggers the entire time. Here’s the group shot they took when we arrived to the Delta headquarters on day one.
Monique from McMurray/TMG; Jen from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam; Ashley from The Handmade Home; Katie from MSL Group; Destiny from A Place for Us, Kim from Sand and Sisal; Gail from My Repurposed Life; Monica from Hammer Like a Girl; Christine from First Home … Love Life; Me; Anna from Taking The Side Street; Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage; Dusty from All Things G&D; Michele from 4 Men 1 Lady; Hillary at The Friendly Home; Julia from Chris Loves Julia, Jamie from That’s My Letter, Jacqueline from MSL Group; Paula from Delta
While I wasn’t required to write anything, I was just too impressed with every person I came in contact at Delta Faucet. And the welcome we received was nothing short of amazing. Although I get a standing ovation every time I walk into my home, too. (Sarcasm. Obviously.)
We had an opportunity to learn about the Delta and Brizo brands, test out all their products and experience the company culture. We learned about all the research that goes into a faucet. (You can probably sign up to have a camera in your shower if you are into that sort of thing.) And we got a glimpse into the amazing design process. Plus, we installed faucets …
Thank goodness that Hillary was on the installation team. Because the rest of us were not – how should I say it? – experts on that sort of thing.
I could really go on and on about this experience. But suffice it to say that it was awesome. The other bloggers I met truly inspired me and challenged me. The only person I really “knew” before this was Dusty and I have to say it was a highlight to meet her because I’ve read her blog for around five years. She’s more lovely and awesome in person. (I definitely beelined for her like the blog stalker I am on the first night.)
Then, I had the opportunity to chat with almost every other blogger there. And you know what? Each one was fabulous and smart and funny and cool. And it was the first time … um, ever … that I was in a room with people who probably spend more time on the computer and iPhone than I do. (Nearly every picture has at least two tablets or phones in it.) Sigh … it was like coming home. 😉
And after purchasing more than 7 faucets in the past five years, this trip turned me into a loyal Delta customer. (I swear they did not tell me to say that. I’m just a cheeseball.)
Thank you so much to Delta for including me in this wonderful event! Your hospitality was much appreciated!
(Disclosure: I was invited to attend this expenses-paid blogger event by Delta Faucet.)