OK so last year when we started taking about Forks we waited and then we let everyone know we were going and after that we started calling motels (there are no "hotels" in Forks) in order to determine where the hostile Twitarded take-over would go down and THEN we let everyone know the plan, little by little, as we figured it out. And you know how slow we are!
THIS year, things have already taken on a life of their own... People booked their rooms before we had even announced the dates, let alone the venue--I'm lookin' at YOU, Double Dippin (and btw JJ accidentally called you "Double Dickin'" the other night and let's just say you have a new name in these parts).
If I can digress for a moment, according to Wikipedia and a whole lot of other equally reliable sources, January 18th was "Blue Monday." It's officially "The Most Depressing Day of the Year," and I totally felt it.
where weather=W, debt=d, time since Christmas=T, time since failing our new year’s resolutions=Q, low motivational levels=M and the feeling of a need to take action=Na
I've been holed up here at Casa Snarky, working from home due to not-serious-but-temporarily-somewhat-debilitating medical issues, and I have barely left the house in a week. It took approximately 36 hours for me to start looking homeless (and not in the good RPatts hobolicious way), and today I only put on real pants (grudgingly) in order to be presentable enough to go buy a pint of Ben & Jerry's Chubby Hubby (totally serious). Can I mention the fact that I love that the weather is cold enough for me to cover my not-recently-washed hair with a hat and scarf? Yeah, it's bad...
What's keeping me going? This. All of this. We just quietly passed our two-year blog anniversary here at Twitarded. When I feel blue, I come here. You guys make things better. So does thinking about the trip to Forks (past and future). Yeah, I know that Forks 2011 is eight months away, but I have it on good authority that these months will FLY by and faster than you can click your heels together and say "SPARKLE PEEN!!!" you'll be packing your flask, Mini-E, and anti-social-anxiety meds and heading to the beauuuutiiiiful Olympic Peninsula. Trust.
For the people who are considering jumping on this crazy train for the first time or for you folks who were
We'll probably be arriving in Forks on Thursday, September 29th and we'll leave on Sunday, October 2nd (it's possible that we might be in Seattle on Wednesday or Thursday night; we'll keep you posted!). While we're there, we'll be shacking up at the Forks Motel (we chose them because they were the friendliest). I've been told that they (along with the rest of the town!) are anxiously awaiting our return. In a good way. Really! Our reputation precedes us... And they like us! Mostly because we will drink our weight in cocktails at local establishments during our stay, but let's not quibble - they REALLY like us! You can check out the accommodations at the Forks Motel HERE. Drop our name for a sweet 10% discount (it's Forks - you CAN say "Twitarded" to the nice person on the phone).
Need to find other people to share rooms with, carpool, or just to have a hand to hold while you are there??? Thanks to our volunteer moderators Jaymes805 (from Borderline Phenomenal) and Double Dippin, the Twitarded Forks Forum is up and running again HERE! While we'll be posting updates here and on the Forks blog, the forum is the best place to find a Twitarded partner in crime (or several) to share your misadventures (and to defray the costs of said misadventures).
We don't have anything specific planned for our stay yet - last year, we kept things very loose [note from JJ: like Latchkey Wife's vagina] so that everyone had the opportunity to spend their days sightseeing and their nights hanging with fellow Twitards, and we'll likely do something similar this year. This is NOT a "Twilight Convention" so there isn't a lot of structure. That said, there is a lot to see in the area. I am not outdoorsy AT ALL and I would not really describe myself as the sightseeing type, but the area is absolutely breathtaking. I almost skipped the trip to Kalaloch Beach so that I could go check out the thrift shop around the corner from the motel, and it would have been a HUGE mistake. The beaches and Olympic National Park/Hoh Rain Forest are simply stunning and not to be missed.
Rialto Beach - I want to go back to there.
(er, this is from 10/2/10, not 10/10/02 - lol...)
Hope to see you there for Round II!
P.S. For those of you who won't be able to sleep until you have nailed down an exact travel plan, you can find Olympic Peninsula-dweller VitaminR70's awesome and extremely detailed directions for getting to Forks HERE. Oh, and take the ferry - it's amazing!