Friday, June 04, 2010

Boston and NYC

I was supposed to go to Washington DC, Boston and them NYC the week of May 17. I ended up getting a severe stomach bug which sidelined me for a few days. I met up with my co-workers in Boston and then on to NYC for a board meeting. Nothing too exciting this trip.

I did get a purse for mom. I didn't find anything that I loved so no new one for me.

Getting to the airport was an adventure. It took two hours -- the cabbie GOT LOST!! How does a NYC cabbie get lost going to the airport? And he hit another car on the way. They both rolled down their windows and said "you ok" "yea" and took off. Unbelievable.

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Tx Motor Speedway

I had to go to the Texas Motor Speedway to tape a PSA with a driver for my work. We got to watch them tape Speed TV's NASCAR Race Day and I always get a kick out of stuff like that.

The weather was bad so the race was cancelled but we got our taping in so everything worked out. We ended up driving home because the weather was so bad. And I don't do well flying in bad weather.

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Blackhawks in Dallas

Before heading to Atlanta I went to the Blackhawks v. Stars hockey game. We had seats close to the ice and a great parking pass. There were a couple of guys in front of us and one of them kept teasing me because I was vocal in my regard for Patrick Sharp. He kept it all fun so it was all good -- not like the hoedoggie I had to sit next to the last time I went to the game. And my boys won!!!

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I had to go to Atlanta for a social media conference. You know me -- I worked in some play time too. First fun thing to do was go to an Atlanta Braves v. Chicago Cubs game. They have a nice stadium. And Chick-Fil-A in the place!! I had a great seat behind home plate and sat next to Braves fans who relentlessly teased me for liking Chicago.

The next three days were spent at the conference. Very long days but productive. I signed up for pretty much every contest they had for a free ipad. Caleb has been asking for one for a while so I was on the hunt. I did win tickets to a Braves game but I was so exhausted I gave them away - especially since I had already been to a game. But, when I got home I got word that I won an ipad!!!

I kept up with the hashtag for the conference and one guy kept talking about eating chicken and waffles. It peaked my interest so my co-worker and I went to Gladys Knight's Chicken and Waffles restaurant. Oh. My. Goodness! Pure heaven. I would never have thought chicken and waffles together would be good but it was divine. I also had black eyed peas and yams with it. Yummy!!

The last night of the conference I went to the Atlanta Thrashers v. Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game. Those fans are brutal but I always enjoy a hockey game.

After the conference it was off to Savannah for a few days. It was about a four hour drive - and an hour wait to pick up the rental car. Caleb had been texting me and calling me asking me to come home so I felt very guilty about taking a couple of days for myself but then said I deserve it so I went. I appeased Caleb by going to the Atlanta Aquarium and getting him a stuffed animal shark. It was one of the nicest aquariums I have been to as well and a nice way to start my mini vacation.

My main reason for going to Savannah was to eat at Paula Deen's The Lady and Son's. I took the guided Paula Deen tour so I would be assured a spot to eat at her restaurant. It was worth the money for the tour. We had a great tour guide and went to eat lunch at Paula's brother's restaurant, Bubba's Oyster House (or something like that). I had a low country boil for the first time ever and it was delicious.

After the tour I headed to Tybee Island and laid out at the beach for a couple of hours. Nothing fancy but I always enjoy spending time at the beach. Before heading back to Savannah I ate at a local place and had -- wait for it -- low country boil again. This place had alligators in the entrance. The kids would have loved it.

So the next day my only item on the agenda was to eat at Paula's place. It was so good. I had the buffet and had a bit of everything. It was all good and I was pleased. They start out your meal with hoe cakes and garlic and butter biscuits. Oh yummy.

I liked Savannah and would definitely visit again. The historic district was especially nice and quaint.

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