Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Weekend Recap

On Saturday, we headed to Myrtle Beach for a work conference. The conference was held at the Sheraton Hotel near Broadway at the Beach. With as much time as I have spent in that area, this was my first time going to Broadway. We checked into our hotel and then we checked in at the conference. 
After killing a few hours, we headed to the Sea Captain's House for dinner. Located on the beach, it is removed from the Broadway area and isn't as touristy as the rest of Myrtle Beach. Since we had a large group, we had to wait a little while for a table. We entertained ourselves by taking pictures and playing a game. Once we were seated, we had a delicious meal. Sara and I split an order of fried shrimp and one of the specials, pecan crusted grouper. Everyone else seemed equally as pleased with their dinner choices. After dinner, we walked the boardwalk and checked out Senor Frogs since we were hosting a reception there the next night.
Sunday started bright and early with a 5k. We started at the Sheraton and then ran on the beach before looping back around. Sara and I ran the first half before walking the rest of the way. Running has definitely not been a priority lately but it was fun to be outside and active. After showering and getting ready for the day, Ashley and I made a quick trip to the outlets before the conference started. I was on the hunt for a new pair of skinny jeans and found them for $20 at the Loft Outlet. Talk about a great find! 
We grabbed a quick lunch with the rest of the office before heading to the conference. It was nice to attend a conference and not be planning one. I volunteered to help with registration but that was the extent of my duties. After the final session of the day, we headed back to the hotel to change for the night. Since we were having the reception at Senor Frogs, we decided to eat dinner there.
Around 8 pm, we were joined by 150 conference attendees. It was fun to meet new people but I had the most fun with my coworkers. We danced and laughed the night away before heading to the piano bar where we danced and laughed some more. 
Monday, was a full day of sessions followed by the conference social. We ended up grabbing lunch as an office at Lulu's Cafe which we ran by during the 5k. Looking back, I wish I had gotten a t-shirt from there.

The conference social was held at Wonderworks, which is the upside down building on the boardwalk. It is full of interactive exhibits and had a little bit for everyone. We had a lot of fun playing with the bubbles, battling it out during laser tag, and climbing on the ropes course. (Don't let that picture fool you, shortly after it was taken I decided I am not a fan of heights and was ready to get down).
Tuesday, we closed out the conference with some final sessions and a brunch. Overall, the conference and weekend with my coworkers was great. I learned a lot and we certainly laughed a lot. I took the rest of the week off and drove home yesterday for a spring break.

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Friday Five

1. Reading:
There were times in this book when I thought Nicholas Sparks was writing about my life. From Amazon: In the tradition of his beloved first novel, The Notebook, #1 New York Times  bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with the remarkable story of two couples whose lives intersect in profound and surprising ways.Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

2. Eating:


This salad from Costco. Make sure you grab a bag next time you are there. I had it as a main dish one night topped with shrimp, sauteed it to make kale and brussel sprout tacos, and then as a side with bbq chicken. 

3. Listening to:
I've been loving Ed Sheeran lately. 

4. Recipe I'm Bookmarking:
Spring Veggie Bowls with Lemon Tahini Dressing
Mom and I just might have to make this when I am home next week.

5. Things making me laugh:
I could have used these bottles the past two weeks.

Happy Friday!  

Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday Musings

1. I had every intention of posting this on Friday but the day just got away from me.

2. Someone send help! I can't stop eating Mini Cadbury Eggs. My mom sent me home with a bag last weekend and I am embarrassed to say that they are all gone. That's what happens when you put them in a decorative bowl on the coffee table and mindlessly munch on them while working late at night.

3. My mom also sent me home with some kale from the farmers market. I tossed it with some good Parmesan, toasted pine nuts, fresh garlic, and olive oil. I literally could not get enough. It puts the big bags of kale from the grocery store to shame.

4. My roommate comes home today after being in China for two weeks. I can't wait for her to be back. 

5. Fortunately, this has been a good time for her to be gone. I've had three big events back go back so I've barely been at the apartment. Nothing like spending more time at the office than at home.

6. While these past two weeks have been insane from a work standpoint, I've found myself being energized by the long days and craziness. It is easy to get behind something that you love. I'm also thankful for my coworkers who keep me laughing along the way.

7. The office signed up for intramural softball. Hopefully our record will be better than dodge ball.

8. T-Swift has been back in full force lately. My commute is timed perfectly so I can listen to "Trouble" on the way to work and "All Too Well" on the way home.

9. I watched "About Time" last week. It might be one of my new favorites. 

10. Happy Monday friends! Here's to a great week. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Go Terriers!

Tonight the Wofford Terriers are taking on the Michigan Wolverines. This is our third time dancing in the last five years and I am hoping third time's the charm. Regardless of the outcome of the game (although my bracket will be messed up), I am proud of our team and their accomplishments. I also love all the press we have been getting. Here are some of my favorites:

Know Your Opponent: Michigan Wolverines
This one has gotten a lot of negative buzz on Facebook. I think it is hysterical.

Tips for Filling out Your Bracket
The Onion says to pick Wofford!

Know your NCAA Tourney Mid Majors: The Wofford Terriers
Make sure you read the second paragraph and pick up some Wofford apparel if you live near OSU.

And listen to Jay the Great "Black and Gold."
Go Terriers!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Spring Fever

I am suffering from a major case of spring fever! The weather has been so dreary and cold the last few days. So while waiting on the sunshine and warmth, I have compiled a few of my favorite spring things.
OPI You're a Pisa Work
Peanut M&Ms in Easter colors
Rolling out a new Junior League Spring Event for 2015
 Fresh Flowers
Sprinkles
New Bathing Suits

Friday, March 7, 2014

Fun Facts Friday

1) It looks like all you are going to get from me the next few weeks is Fun Facts. I'll try to get back to regular posts soon but nothing is guaranteed.

2) We've had a lot of students visiting from Louisiana this week since it is Mardi Gras and their high schools are closed. One of our visitors gave me a King Cake at the end of my presentation. It was such a sweet surprise.

3) I got a Fit Bit this week. Wofford is doing a Fit to Give Challenge and employees are supposed to track their activity level over the next few weeks. I'm interested to see how it turns out.

4) It is hard to believe Hope is 15 and driving! The time goes by so quickly. I'll have to get her to cart me around next time I am home.
5) I can't get enough of this "Let it go/Let her go" mash-up.

6) This perfectly describes me when it comes to finding a song I like. I will listen to it on repeat for a few days and then stop listening to it all together.
7) This article is so true. I have little self-control when it comes to queso, cupcakes, and Chick-fil-A.

8) For Lent, I decided to give up criticism and work more on living out the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control). It's been a good reminder for me to read Galatians 5:22-23 every morning.

9) Sometimes I think I could write a book about my life experiences. There are some funny moments that make me wonder if they are actually real. Some highlights from this week include: what up and you're like a hedgehog cute but prickly.

10) Happy Friday!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Fun Facts Friday

1. Work is so crazy busy right now and it will be for the next 2 months. I'm setting my sights on April 27th. Please bear with me in the meantime.

2. I'm so happy that The Voice is back on. I just love watching it. It is always positive and the witty banter between Adam and Blake keeps me entertained.
 
3. I went to the eye doctor earlier this week to get a new contact prescription. They dilated my eyes and getting back to work was quite the adventure. Why they let me drive is a mystery. I could see my computer screen though, so I spent the rest of the afternoon rocking my shades inside.

4. For Christmas, my mom got me a Nespresso Frother. I wasn't sure how much I was going to use it, but I have made a latte a day this week. Sometimes you just need a little afternoon pick-me-up.

5. "Can't Remember to Forget You" is my guilty pleasure song of the week. The video is a little much though.

6. If you are looking for an easy weeknight dish, make Bon Appetit's Chicken with Tomato-Herb Pan Sauce. My only advice is to make sure you can open a window or turn on an exhaust fan. I used pretty thick chicken breasts that took a while to cook, so it got pretty smokey in my apartment.
 
7. Have you heard about Ben and Jerry's new core flavors? I can't wait to try them. I can't tell you the last time I had ice cream in the freezer but this will be making an appearance soon.

8. Sara and I started watching House of Cards this week. I had to laugh when I told someone that I used to work in DC and they asked if I worked for Claire Underwood.

9. I am obsessing over #FashionbyMayhem. I can't wait to see this girl on Project Runway when she gets older.

10. Happy Friday!