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Fall business trip 2014: Atlanta

After the respiratory nightmare that was Las Vegas I was eager for my Fall business trip so I could have some fun without ending up on an inhaler. I was up to go to either Denver or Atlanta. I was sent to Atlanta. I’ll admit, I was a little disappointed because I wanted some place different, and Denver with its lovely weather and phalanxes of legal stoners seemed more interesting than … Atlanta.

But to Atlanta I went. I left on a Wednesday morning and came back Saturday evening.

Some quick backstory — as part of what I do at TNP I occasionally can travel to different medical conferences and exhibit on behalf of our association at meetings. Meeting seasons are in spring and fall, and I grab one city each season. I could do more, but I choose to limit myself to two, because I think I’d burn out if I traveled more than that. Most of the exhibit day includes standing at a table, being a booth crone. The days are weirdly scheduled with longish breaks throughout. During the breaks and after the day is over, I sightsee.

Like Las Vegas, I was lucky enough to be able to stay in the same hotel where the conference was held – the W Midtown. This helps a lot because it’s easier for me to quick-change into my tourist duds and hit the road.

The W | They changed the elevator mats all day

The W | They changed the elevator mats all day

The W was very swanky and hip, and decorated the way I would have decorated a hotel when I was 21 years old. Their minibar is called “The Munchie Box”, their pool area is called “The Wet Deck”, and there are many nook and crannies around the lobby with hidden seating that had to be intended for people to make out in. Read More

Virginia Beach 2014

This is the second year A-Woww and Cooki (aka Mom and I) went to Virginia Beach for a getaway. Last year we went and I felt as if I was cheating on the Jersey Shore. This year? Eff the guilt. Virginia Beach is beautiful. There are NO beach fees and yet they manage to do lovely things like rake the beach every morning.

We stood in the rain to PROVE that we made it to Virginia in one piece.

We stood in the rain to PROVE that we made it to Virginia in one piece.

We left on a Tuesday morning and stayed until Friday. I was a bit apprehensive because I hadn’t driven Molly for long distances yet. And it was raining. But we persevered.

Stormy night // Sunny  morning.

Stormy night // Sunny morning.

We hit the beach for a little bit after we arrived on Tuesday. Then some storm clouds came through. After dinner, we had a nice lightning show from our balcony. When we woke up on Wednesday morning, there wasn’t a cloud in sight.

dinner selfies

Dinner selfies.

We packed food for breakfast and lunches. Breakfasts were had on the balcony overlooking the pristine beach. Lunches were lunchmeat sandwiches, packed in a cooler and eaten on the beach. For dinner, we ate like royalty. We ate at Catch 31, Watermans, and Salacia. All three offered tasty gluten-free options for Mom and ALL THE BREAD for me. Win-win! My orange dress came from Go Fish, a beachy little chain store. I have to wear it again soon before the summer fades. (weep!)

Sunrise beach // Mom on beach.

Sunrise beach // Mom on beach.

The beaches aren’t crowded. There is no shoulder-to-shoulder, towel-to-towel feeling. I think that has to do with the fact that you can hop into the ocean at any point, not between two flags fifteen feet apart a la Ocean City, NJ. The lifeguards watch the whole beach.

Coffee on the beach is the best // Glorpy water = empty beach!

Coffee on the beach is the best // Glorpy water = empty beach!

Because the weather was perfect, we spent all day Wednesday and Thursday on the beach. We rented an umbrella and rotated around it all day, alternating between sun and shade. On Wednesday, the ocean was closed to swimmers because of abnormally high bacteria levels. I’ll admit, that reminded me of home. But Mom and I aren’t ocean swimmers, so we weren’t bothered. If anything, it meant there was more room on our strip of beach, as families moved to the blocks where swimming was allowed. Because, you know, glorp knows to stop along arbitrary street boundaries. Very polite glorp.

Ollie Bear on the beach // First night selfie // OllieBear taking charge

Ollie Bear on the beach // First night selfie // OllieBear taking charge

OllieBear came along, too. His next planned trip (and mine, too) is Atlanta in October.

If I die tragically, use that middle picture on my memorial program.

If I die tragically, use that middle picture on my memorial program.

The pink swimsuit came from Land’s End (not a sponsored link, I suck, blah blah). I splurged on it because I was tired of every vacation picture here and on Facebook showing me in the purple striped suit. Yes, I am that vain. Now I have two swimsuits!

Dew // Neptune // Glorpy water

Dew // Neptune // Glorpy water

This trip was much better than last trip. Some of it was due to the perfect weather, but the rest of it was due to knowing what to expect. I’d love for this to start becoming a yearly mother-daughter tradition, and I also think I’m going to start socking away money to add another night.

Spring business trip 2014: Las Vegas

Oh, Vegas.

I’ve had some great travel with TNP. New Orleans, twice. Both great. San Francisco? Amazeballs. Chicago? Awesome. So when I was offered the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas to (wo)man a table at a meeting for Hospital Pharmacists* I tripped over myself leaping at the chance. It’s been a while, and I was eager to get back.

The itinerary was:

  • fly in on Saturday
  • exhibit on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday
  • sleep on a 12:45am red eye flight home (via a layover in Minneapolis/St. Paul.) Wednesday morning
  • sleep at home Wednesday afternoon
  • head back to work on Thursday, refreshed and tan.

I shipped my exhibit box out on Tuesday, via FedEx 3-day saver. It was supposed to arrive at the Mirage by Friday at 4:30pm. I’d sashay in on Saturday afternoon, check in, putter around, and get a great night’s sleep. Sunday morning I’d get the box, set up the table and exhibit like a champ.

Mmm. The first indication of trouble was when the box decided to stay in Memphis, TN for the entire day Thursday and didn’t leave for Las Vegas until 3:47pm Friday. I thought there still might be a chance, with a speedy flight and the time difference, that the box would make it to the Mirage later that night. For the first time ever, FedEx let me down. It arrived in Las Vegas at 4:51pm, and was sent to the local facility at 10:17pm. Three-day saver doesn’t include Saturday delivery.

las vegas photo 1

Ollie & coffee | Ready to go! | MONEY!

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