Monday, May 23, 2011

Roger that, Roger.

We fly the friendly skies!

Friday, May 20, 2011


The view from my room ;) 
I was in DC for meetings all week, and while I usually complain that all I see are the four walls of my hotel room and the meeting room, I actually had 3 off-campus experiences this time - hurrah! While the latter part of my trip was spent in meetings and dinners and receptions, etc. etc. etc., the front part afforded me not one, not two, but THREE outdoor excursions (and I use the term 'outdoor' loosely).

Excursion 1 involved a cab ride to the FDA in Silver Springs, MD where we walked OUTSIDE around the campus for a bit after our meeting (only to make our way back to our waiting ride, but still - counting it!). Excursion 2 was our annual lobbying on Capitol Hill in conjunction with our May board meeting. I was assigned to Massachusetts this year and escorted a very lovely member of our Board to various meetings where we lobbied for increased NIH funding, etc. etc. and Excursion 3 counts the MOST. I actually squeezed in time on Wednesday afternoon for a quick jog, and a nice post-workout stroll around the District. I saw lots of field trips, etc. and even did a little shopping. Hurrah!

Monday, May 16, 2011


I got to spend the weekend with my wonderful grandparents in Drewryville, Virginia this weekend. Mom and Liz had some work in Maryland, so I flew in and met them there and we drove down to VA together.

It was Paw Paw's 76th birthday on Friday, and we were able to celebrate with him and Nee Nee and Uncle Kenny with an awesome home-cooked country style birthday meal Friday night.

On Saturday we drove out to Smithfield for another celebratory meal (my family REALLY likes to eat, can you tell ;) and enjoyed seeing the Inner Banks (also known as the IBX).  And of course, we admired their beautiful gardens as well as several of Uncle Kenny's carpentry projects, and played with the cats and dogs.

It was great getting to spend some quality time with family, and taking a time-out from the hustle and bustle of city life! You can see all the photos from our trip here.

As always, non-revving was a bit of an adventure, and after 7 hours in the Richmond airport, I finally got out on the last flight of the day back to ATL.  I have to leave again tomorrow for meetings in DC, but I'll enjoy my time with Shannon and Riley until then :)

Monday, May 9, 2011


A Mother's Day Tea, fit for a queen!

Sunday, May 1, 2011


Just got back from a meeting in Dallas where we stayed at the fabulous, historic Belmont Hotel on the outskirts of downtown. Awesome staff, funky spot, and a great view of the city. I'd highly recommend it if you're ever in Dallas - affordable rooms, great vibe, nice pool area, awesome restaurant and a happening bar scene.