I am nothing if not a champion whiner...
I can go to the NEMQG meeting this Saturday!
Thanks for all your positive energy: it worked!
And, I know Mom would want me to tell you all that it was never actually a question of her not "letting me" go: she wanted me to go and knew I deserved to go, whether it is considered "time off" or not, all along.
Rather, I had to convince her to work in the shop.
On a Saturday.
Mother's Day is right around the corner and your stock is up!
PS... I can't wait to get to know everyone at the meeting!