old home week

A couple weeks ago, I traveled to FL for a work conference. First of all, as a corporate girl turned stay-at-home mommy, this was a wonderful escape. My awesome job put us up at the Hard Rock resort, a lovely establishment, and fed us like queens (and one lone king…until last week, we only had one male coworker). I had a ball. We got lots of work done, but we also did quite a bit of drinking, eating, and we saw Blue Man Group! In our conference room, there was this huge coffee bar set up – coffee, flavored syrups, hot tea, ice water, soda…I drank fresh coffee all day. I loved it.
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As for the work part, I’ve worked for this company – which is strictly virtual – for almost a year, and this was the first time I had met my bosses and coworkers. It was so nice to put faces with names and acutally have a conversation with people without emoticons. I learned a ton of ways to work more efficiently, we came up with great ideas…it was invigorating.

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Funny what a little adult conversation does for stay-at-home-moms.

I structured the trip so I could see some friends and family also, since I went to college in Orlando, and High School close by in Cocoa Beach. I got to see my grandfather in the nursing home, which was kind of awful because he didn’t recognize me. I got to see my best friend from high school, my best friend from college, I took a tour of my unrecognizable campus, and went up to Jacksonville to see my sister and nephews real fast. It was a whirlwind, but it was awesome. Here are a few photos:

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Well, that’s probably enough for now. I’ve got some crafty pictures to post, so I better get to it :)

Daunte Culpepper Retires

First of all, this headline made me feel old. Then it made me sad. He’s only 31! Daunte put my little school – that’s actually not so little – on the map. And now, his career has been cut short by injuries. Here’s the story:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/football/nfl/specials/preview/2008/09/04/culpepper.ap/index.html?section=si_latest

This weekend, UCF will face off with USF. This rivalry is getting fierce – I hope we decimate them. I particulary dislike USF because they were so efficient in setting up their football team and surpassing us in achievements and support in lightening speed. But now, the playing field is leveling out. This should be a good game on Saturday, and I can’t wait to see the Knights kick the crap out of the Bulls!

UPDATE:

Well, we lost in overtime, and the crybaby Bulls won’t play us anymore. The game was super exciting and then a huge bummer. Luckily, there are two more nationally-televised games this season :) Go Knights!