Sport, food, travel and boys?!

•April 6, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Alright alright, I’m finally giving in and mentioning the new man in my life – ONLY because it ties in with the food portion of my blog post. We met just over a month ago and he totally Friends lined me on the first date AND didn’t give me a kiss good night, so I basically thought I was doomed. Let me refresh your memory and bring you back to when Monica said “Uh, No. Loosely translated, “we should do this again,” means “you will NEVER see me naked.” The worst part is that he said we should do this again after we spent the whole night talking about how much we love Friends! He should have known better….

Anyway, I put him in his place and now we’re hanging out multiple times a week, something that I am totally not accustomed to based on past failed dating attempts where we would have one “date” every three weeks. Last night I cooked for him for the first time and was so nervous! Parmesan crusted chicken, buttery mashed potatoes and crispy, crunchy broccoli rounded out the menu. I think it went well – four pieces of chicken later – and then we capped it off with Dairy Queen Blizzards. I usually eat the same three meals on rotation when I even have it in me to cook, so it felt good changing it up and not eating alone (and by eating, I mean inhaling).

In sports news, I actually made it pretty far with my bracket! Going into the final four, I still had three teams alive! All I needed was for UNC to beat Oklahoma in the final, but that can only happen if Oklahoma makes it. Which they did not. Obviously. It’s OK – I have already moved on to the next….baseball! In fact, the Yankees have the bases loaded with no outs in the bottom of the first right now! In May, I am going to a Mets game on Curtis Granderson socks day. The Grandy Man Can! More importantly, I am going to a Padres game when I am in San Diego next week, which brings me to the travel part of this post!

It’s been a while (by my standards) since I have been on a plane, all the way back in November. I fly to San Diego next Friday for a workation. I will have three days to myself to explore the city, catch a game, check out the zoo and eat! People keep asking me if my beau is coming, but 1) isn’t it too soon? 2) I like to travel alone – it’s liberating!

Anyway, busy season is in full force at work. Thanks goodness I have my baseball, boy and bestie to keep me sane amongst all the craziness!

 

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‘Cuse Hoops – Final Four!!

•March 28, 2016 • Leave a Comment

For the eight years that I have made a March Madness bracket, I have chosen ‘Cuse to win it seven times since that is my team. Of course, this year I didn’t select them to win it all, because people always make fun of me when I do. Knowing my luck, this is the year Syracuse will become the champs! I will be happy nonetheless, but it will just prove that I am cursed :P!

The person who organizes my pool just informed me that I am just one of three (out of 101) people who selected Nova and Oklahoma to be in the Final Four! Look at me go. Now, I am waiting to see if UNC can hold off Notre Dame. I have UNC beating Oklahoma in the final, so this one is pretty important in terms of my bracket! However, I am going to be torn if UNC wins – do I root for Syracuse to win as a fan of the sport, or for UNC as a fan of the glory (and prize money) of winning the bracket?

To be honest, I don’t even know if I can get enough points to win anyway. I am not ranked very high in the standings, but my potentially solid Final Four may change my fate. This is why March Madness is so amazing – the unpredictability, the desire to root for teams early on, only to pray for them to lose later. Also, it is the perfect segue to baseball! God forbid I could survive without some sort of sport action in my life!

Can’t wait for to watch the Yankees for the next several months. But certainly not ready to wish March Madness away.

Go ‘Cuse!!!!

Women’s Travel Fest – NYC

•March 8, 2016 • 2 Comments

The tables have turned! For the first time since becoming an event planner nearly a year and a half ago, I finally went to a conference that I didn’t plan in some capacity. And let me tell you, it’s a whole different world. For the first hour or so, I picked everything apart – like the fact that only generic confirmations were sent out, as opposed to ones specific to the day in which you were attending. I didn’t need Saturday’s information when I was only going Sunday, but I got it anyway! Then there were no directions as to when to register or where to proceed after getting your name badge (do we stay on the 17th floor for kick-off speech or proceed to the floor where our breakout was taking place?). Don’t get me started on the fact that the hotel’s A/V team couldn’t get the first presenter’s laptop hooked up to show her PowerPoint. Throw the timed agenda out the window! Maybe I can join the team to help out for next year – it must be so hard to execute when many may be volunteers who don’t have much experience in the industry. All in all, it went well with only a few hiccups!

The content was on point and the presenters were awesome, I am just shocked at how aware I was of these mini mishaps. I am sure that to the general attendee everything went smoothly, and this was also the smaller part of the overall meeting, so maybe more attention to detail was paid on Saturday. I’m impressed that I have come such a long way from when I first started in the industry and had no idea what to look for. I can honestly say that I could have planned and executed this meeting successfully! I may never be able to be an attendee like I was pre-event planning again and will constantly be critiquing and praising when appropriate. The branding, venue location (view especially) and overall friendliness of the volunteers and presenters won me over. Can’t wait to go to the next one!

The event lent itself to great insight into the world of travel – from how to enhance your digital media presence, learning about the importance of supporting other women by frequenting their local businesses when traveling (and in everyday life), to realizing that it’s OK to not want 2.5 kids and a white picket fence in the suburbs, I found the messages were both accurate and relatable. It is so difficult to find people who are on the same page as me, since most people I know don’t have a burning passion for travel. I’d say sometimes I feel like I am doing something wrong, longing for something that is impossible to obtain, and being foolish for thinking I might just be able to lead a life of travel. But now I feel inspired to shake the stigma, stand up for myself and do what makes me happy. The presentations may not have worked, but the words were enough.

March Madness

•February 22, 2016 • Leave a Comment

I haven’t watched much college basketball this season given my hectic schedule, but that doesn’t make me any less excited for March Madness. I can’t wait to make my twelve brackets that will all surely lose and watch someone who knows nothing about sports win. It’s kind of funny how it’s such a crapshoot!

I remember the first time I really got into the tournament in college. I was so addicted that I even missed a Spanish quiz to recover from a late night of watching the games (don’t worry, I still got an A in the class!).  We had three TVs going at once, good times. This is also when I found out about the boss button on ESPN.com.

Maybe my luck will change this year and I will win one of my brackets. Either way, this time of the year always makes me pumped about sports and is the perfect segue into baseball season, my favorite time of all. Go Syracuse hoops! Go Yankees!

World Nutella Day!!

•February 6, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Happy 10th World Nutella Day!!!!! I took this photo in Ipercoop in Viterbo, Italy.

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Best Cities for me?!

•February 1, 2016 • Leave a Comment

I took a quiz to see what cities in the USA I would be best suited to live in and here are the results:

  • Charlotte, NC
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Knoxville, TN
  • El Paso, TX
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Little Rock, AR
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Charleston, SC
  • Nashville, TN
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Chesapeake, VA
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Augusta, GA
  • Memphis, TN
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Lexington, KY
  • Austin, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Houston, TX

I have only ever visited Atlanta, Charleston, Dallas and Fort Worth, so it looks like I have some traveling to do!

I wonder where I belong.

 

 

Travel Writing Contest

•January 4, 2016 • 1 Comment

2015 was the year of many struggles for me. I have decided for this new year, to embrace my hobbies and passions so that I can bring joy back into my life. That being said, I have decided to enter a few travel writing contests that I stumbled upon online. The prizes are of little meaning to me – not that I expect to win anyway – but I am more invested in the task at hand, writing seriously and competitively and feeling like I have produced quality work. Any suggestions are certainly welcome. Wish me luck!!!!