Monday, March 26, 2012

Week in Review

So last week was insanely busy!  I was in CT most of the week followed by a USCG dinner on Thursday, HUNGER GAMES on Friday, Blogger Conference on Saturday (post to follow) and Brunch with the rents' on Sunday at Barlow's (GO THERE!)

Needless to say that by mid afternoon Sunday I was exhausted!  I spent the rest of the day in front of the TV doing nothing!  It was glorious... simply glorious!!

I was in CT for the annual Conn Maritime Association's annual shipping conference (CMA's aka country music awards to this geek).  I haven't been in several years but was very happy I could make it this year.  The event is filled with vendors, technical sessions, networking events and customer dinners.

I love Peter Thomas Roth products! Huzzah for high end hotel swag!
I stayed at the Hilton Executive in Stamford which is a great hotel.  However, I will never understand why expensive hotels charge for breakfast & internet while the La Quinta in Saugus is offering free breakfast and WIFI!  Wake up hotels!  Charging $9.95 a day for an ethernet internet access is unacceptable in this day and age!!!

Upon arrival the first night I was lucky to attend a customer dinner hosted by our ship manager at the Norwalk Aquarium!  What a great idea to host a dinner AMONG the sea!

I was sooo that geeky environmental girl taking pics of all the sea life....

I was also that "special" girl who managed to take a shot of my feet while trying to walk, talk and hold my cocktail glass.... I am so smooth!

I felt a little (stress little) bad to be eating delicious crab cakes and tuna tartare while fishies swam around me...
My attempt at being "artsy" with photo shop
Buttttt.... sipping on glorious free glasses of Kendall-Jackson wine made it all better!

I failed royally at capturing my looks for the week.  I assure you I rocked suit coats, black dresses and even heels one day!  I thought I managed to pull off young and professional pretty well.  Classy but not stuffy...  Thank you H&M!

The week was filled with networking cocktail hours, long technical sessions, more coffee than I care to admit and a private dinner at Morton's hosted by a vendor (that was AWESOME!  I felt so fancy!!)

By Wednesday night I was super excited to have a long yoga session in my room thanks to my iPod touch and a yummy dinner thanks to room service!

Chilean Sea Bass over long grain wild rice with shrimp and a LARGE glass of Kendall-Jackson Wine!
My co-worker and I left CT Thursday and the dreary fog behind and returned to the North Shore to find sunny blue skies and 80* day!

Independence Park, Beverly MA

Lunch outside was a MUST!!!

March 22nd people!!!!!
I ended the week by embracing my inner-tween and joining half of Boston for the opening night of the Hunger Games!

It rocked!!  Go see it!!!
so many people!  deep breaths!!!
Check back tomorrow for a full recap on the Blog Better Boston Conference from this weekend!  I am so inspired to write better and actually edit my photos before posting....