Jul 30, 2011

Etiquette Check

Thanks to A Cup of Jo for continuing to provide me with useful knowledge.

Jul 20, 2011


A sampling of my life as a business traveler . . .

On another note, if you have a Blackberry and iPhone, guys think commenting on that is a good pick-up line. Memo: it's not . . .

Jul 18, 2011


I recently went back to NOLA for a quick business trip. I managed to squeeze in a visit to a fabulous southern/cajun restaurant, Luke. There's one in the city my bf lives in, so hopefully we can try it out soon!

The gumbo, oh my word . . .

Jul 13, 2011

Summer Reading 2011 Update

One of the worst decisions I ever made was buying a Borders Rewards Plus membership. I get an extra discount on most books (which are often already discounted) and free shipping. The result is I've spent $100 on books this summer. Below are the updates on books I blogged about previously:

American Wife:
I really liked this book, but I don't think its one I will read again. It's an interesting spin on Laura Bush and her transformation to first lady, but as we were talking about it in our book club meeting, we found that we didn't really like the main character all that much, however engrossed we were in the story. I'd give it 3 out of five stars

Something Blue: The sequel to Something Borrowed, I had high hopes for this book. I miust say that I wasn't drawn to this one as much as the first one. I just have problems believing people change that drastically and that people suddenly fall in love, but all in all, an enjoyable book. 2.5-3 stars out of 5.

One Day: I'll be honest, I bought this and read it because the movie is coming out in August. An engaging, yet at times heart-wrenching, book. It checks in with a couple (at times friends, at times more) on the same date every year. You see how much their lives change (or don't) year-over-year. It also makes you reflect on how you're living your life and if you're where you want to be. Four stars!

Sisterhood Everlasting:
The last book in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. Not my favorite, and at times it felt a little jumpy, but I was glad to get closure on the series and what the girls did with their lives, even if they weren't how I pictured, or some of the loose ends felt a little like a cop-out. Three stars.

Since I'm not buying anymore books for awhile (that sound you hear is my AmEx breathing a sigh of relief), here's what's on my nighstand for the next few months:

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (about a third of the way through this, good, but a slow read)
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
In the Garden of Beasts
(SO excited for this one--about the family that was ambassador to Hitler's Germany)

Stay tuned . . .

Jul 5, 2011

What, what, what are you doing

I often go on business trips by myself (cut to a photo of my eating dinner alone in my room) or if I'm with co-workers, we're too busy to do anything fun (cut to a picture of me and two co-workers sitting outside a high school gym in Colorado at 2 a.m.)

So on a recent trip to Chicago for an internal training, I took advantage of traveling with several co-workers and a free night to hit up The Second City (alma mater of such comedians as Tina Fey, Steve Carrell, and Stephen Colbert). Their shows are always hilarious and topical, so I knew I couldn't miss it.

It's kind of one of those "you had to be there" memories, because so much of the comedy is improv and situational. So I leave you with my favorite comic relief video courtesy of the folks at SC:

Jul 1, 2011

Dance Dance Revolution

Jazzercise makes me laugh. I think of moms in sweatbands and leggings. But call a jazzercise class something fun like Zumba and I am there.

In case you're curious about it, here's what my favorite Zumba song looks like:

However, here's what I look like doing Zumba:

Verdict: I look like a white girl. But at least I look like I'm having fun :-)