Friday, October 31, 2008
We went to the Fright Feast first. You get dinner and a show (the dinner was really good - surprisingly enough and it even had veggie options!). The show was corny and had "I kissed a girl" and "When I grow up" in it.
After dinner, you get to go to the haunted houses 30 minutes before it opens to the public. We went to the 3 main ones before they opened the main gates. Then, Morgan and I rode Montu twice in the front row. Morgan was so excited to have "two firsts" of riding the first row AND riding it at night. Then, we went through a scare zone and hit the other 3 haunted houses and one other scare zone. We never could find the 3rd scare zone, but the haunted woods one was great. The best was when a person dropped down from the ceiling right in front of Mona.
It was great fun. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I got home in time to make it to the gym to see the last part of Morgan's practice. Her team is getting excited about their first competition on 11/23. They got their uniforms tonight. Exciting stuff.
Glad to be home. Night Night.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I arrive at the first checkpoint where you show your ID and boarding pass, and the rude lady says that I have three items and cannot come through until I have 2. I tell her that the backback zips onto the suitcase but that I have it unzipped for ease of getting through security. I show her where it zips. She says that she doesn't care and that it is still 3 items. So, me being the patient and tolerant person I am, plop my butt down right in front of her podium and start zipping the backpack back onto the suitcase. Proud of myself, I start to go past her. She then tells me that it doesn't count as I have just attached them together and that I still have three items. I cannot believe it. Is she smoking crack?? So, I pick it up and show that it moves all as one piece. I put it down and show that it is all one piece. I lie it on its side and show that it is one piece. She is still not happy and says that I need to put my purse inside one of the bags. Finally, her boss said that it was fine and let me go. Oh my aching head....
At this time, I am trying to be on the conference call, but it is not going so well as you can imagine. We finally decide that they will get me a list and we will talk later. Probably a smart move on their part. :)
When I booked the flight, I knew it was a small plane. I did NOT realize it was a TINY plane. What I also didn't know was that it was very windy today. OH MY GOD...this was the craziest flight. We went up and down and tilted left and tilted right. My stomach dropped so many times that I really thought I might need a barf bag. I kept thinking of Mike and the Pilot Buddy since there was no restroom on board. Glad I went at the airport! Thankfully, it got a little smoother in the middle of the flight. The view was amazing though. Since we couldn't go above the clouds, we could see everything. I was in the exit seat (Yes, I said seat as there wasn't even an exit row - just one seat).
After landing, I get in a cab because I have another call coming up in 40 min. The hotel is supposed to be 20 min away. WRONG. It ended up being 45 minutes and $65. Gotta love it.
We ate at a Cuban restaurant that night. I had Paella. It was ok, but it wasn't as good as Papa's.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Chin up Rays, Tampa loves you. I can hear the cowbells now. :)
On another note, I finally got my updated voter's reg card, so I can now vote where I am supposed to vote. I keep seeing all of the lines for early voting. That just isn't the same to me unless you aren't going to be around for the real day. I love election day and the electricity in the air. I like going to vote ON election day. I am glad they have the flexibility though. I am sure all of these people going early can only help election day traffic.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Morgan had a great time at the birthday party. They had a big blowup jumpy slide, a trampoline, a pie smashing event, a search for items in jello, and a scavenger hunt. What fun!
After the party, we went to Best Buy for Morgan got get a new Sims expansion pack. I also saw that the LG dvd/digital picture frame was on clearance, so I got it. I have been drooling over Travis' for a while. It was a steal, so I will see how it works out.
After we went home (battling traffic of course), Mike calls and says he wants to go to Los Vallartas. For those of you who read yesterday's blog, Morgan and i went there yesterday. UGH. We are good sports, and we go. The balloon man made baseball player balloons to be the Rays players. They are awesome. We watched Tennessee play Alabama. Of course, Tennessee sucks this year, so they were losing. Bummer....
Friday, October 24, 2008
Morgan did her full by herself again. I could just watch her do them all day. Beautiful. After tumbling, we went to Los Vallartes with Mara, Kraig, Alexis, Kylie, and Uncle Mark. The service and food weren't very good, but the margaritas were fine. Mike got home late. Alexis spent the night. They had fun.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I eat breakfast with Travis and get a cab to the airport. I had a much friendlier cab driver on this trip than the trip out. The first guy was evil. The second guy was nice. I get there with plenty of time, and then I get on the plane. I am in the middle seat. LOVELY. It wasn't too bad as I had nice people next to me.
I have a 2 hour layover again in Houston. We board the plane, and I am on an aise. We wait for a bit, and the pilot says that maintenance has to happen on the breaks. We finally pull out (no air while they fixed it), and we start to cool off. All of the sudden, the sky falls and we get a STORM. Nothing like being on the plane waiting in the middle of a storm. Thankfully, we were on the plane or we probably would have been even more delayed. After already being on the plane almost 2 hours, we finally take off. I was SO happy to land in Tampa and to go get Morgan. Home sweet home.
I did make it home to watch the 2nd half of the Rays game. BOO...poor Rays lost by 1.
By the way, check out my friend Steve's blog here. He is now an Assistant District Attorney! Congrats Steve!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I must be getting sick as I am starting to like the Allscripts orange. I guess it is just hard for me to hate the Tennessee orange. I see Misys people everywhere because they have that orange lanyard around their necks with a white shirt on. They stand out.
After the booth closed, I had to take a nap. I did an hour power nap and checked email. We went to dinner with some partners at a mexican place in Old Town. It was good, and the margaritas were great. At Christy's suggestion, we went to Whisky Girl to dance. It was awesome. It is scary when you know the songs because of your 10 year old daughter though.
Monday, October 20, 2008
After the booth, we had dinner at Rainwater restaurant. It was amazing. Very nice dinner.
We went back to the hotel late, and I was so tired. I don't think I even woke up in the 4 whole hours of sleep I got. Amazing.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I went to Houston first, and I went to get a bite to eat during my 2 hour layover. I found out that Houston has some weird law that says you have to have a plate in front of you to drink alcohol before noon on a Sunday. I met a girl who sells Timeshares in Charleston and a guy who works for Sherman Williams in Alabama. They were pretty cool to talk to. I couldn't even imagine drinking at this point. My liver was begging for water and diet coke. Thank GOD for caffeine and hydration.
My next flight also involved sleep. I have to give it to Continental as they still try to have good service. They even served a lunch. Amazing. We landed in San Diego around 2. I was there for MGMA (Medical Group Management Association). I rushed to the hotel, changed clothes, and rushed to the booth. It turns out that it is slow inside an exhibit hall on a beautiful sunny day in San Diego. Imagine that!
After the booth, we went to dinner at Mickey and Lou's. I went there with my brother Mike several years ago during HIMSS. It was still really good even though I was too hungover to eat much. We watched the Rays game, and I was amazed at how many people were cheering for the Rays. The few people who were cheering for Boston weren't too bad. I just wanted to say, "Can't you just be happy for a team who has never been to the World Series?" Thankfully, the Rays pulled it out and will go to the World Series. It wasn't even any fun to give my boss a hard time as he was several hours delayed, bumped from a flight due to lack of bin spacea, AND they lost his luggage. GOOOOO RAYS!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
We then went to the Half Barrell and watched the games that were on. Of course, there was an obnoxous Ohio State fan there. FIGURES. We met some cool people and hung out. The bar loved our sign, and we had several pictures taken of us with the sign. I went to put my T tattoo on my face in the restroom, but there was a drunk girl in the bathroom who got my shirt soaking wet. It was very cold outside, especially with a wet shirt.
The stadium is just as wonderful as ever. LOVED it. The stands loved the sign just as much. It said, "I bleed orange, but I am running out of band-aids." However, no bleeding happened at this game. Tennesse ROCKED the house with lots of interceptions and scores (sorry Dad).
After the game, we walked back to the hotel, and we watched the Rays LOSE again. GRRRRRRRRR....
All in all, a fantastic day. However, my liver is crying out for a rest. GOOOOO VOLS!!! GO RAYS - you get ONE more chance
Friday, October 17, 2008
We got to Knoxville, and we checked into the Hilton downtown. The view was outstanding as I could see the river, Calhoun's, and the stadium all at once. AHHHHHH.....Home...:) We went to Calhoun's for an early dinner. We saw the Mississippi State radio crew, but they were hiding in their bus. We did thoroughly enjoy the dinner - we highly recommend it if you are in Knoxville or Nashville. After that, we went back to the hotel for a while as Calhoun's had cancelled the band due to potential rain. BUMMER...
We go to the bar in the hotel (the Orange Martini - LOVE the name), and we meet these people from Atlanta who went to Mississippi State. It dawns on me that I haven't really talked to many people who went there other than my Dad. They seem like very cool people. We takled a lot about jobs, living locations, etc.
Mike and I get ready to leave. We are in the elevator, and these two guys are there. They ask what we are doing. We say "Old City". One dude wants to go to the strip and the other wants to go to Old Town. Both of them tag along. We go to a bar that has a patio. We quickly figure out from the many shouts of "Is thatr ERIC CHURCH?????????" We loved him. I am not sure that it could have been any better.
Next, we went inside and listened to the band play. 500 miles to Memphis was their name. They were pretty good too. Next, we walk in search of our next good place. We can hear this band upstairs, but we can't figure out how to get there. FINALLY, a door opens and a drunk blond girl is staggering out. She asks if there is a bus near. We tell her to take a cab, and she says that she had no money to stay. She lets us into the fraternity party (the PIKES), and we have a fantastic time dancing away. The band ROCKED, and it wa HYSTERICAL to point out people and equate them to our adult friends. AMAZING time. HAD a BLAST.
Next we take a cab to Gus' Good Times Deli. I heart GUS. He and his wife are retired, but I lived there. Mike and I get steamed Ham and Swiss sandwiches, and we start talking to college kids. Of course, they are for Obama, so I have to get into it. That is when Mike reminds me that they are in COLLEGE so they want to share the money with everyone. :) KNOXVILLE ROCKS...
Thursday, October 16, 2008
We ate at Pei Wei for lunch. Gotta love Pei Wei. It is a mini-PF Changs but fast and cheaper with the same food. How can you not like that???
As I am getting ready to go to the airport, I got a call from Morgan saying, "I DID IT, I DID IT." She finally got her full back. Of course, this means that Mike and I have to go by the gym to see it. :) It was beautiful. The first one she did wasn't so great. She got upset. She came over to us, and I said, "Morgan, I am so proud of you. It doesn't matter that you didn't hit that one...it matters that you tried." Her coach had the 6 girls who could do a full get up while the rest sat down. I pointed that out to her and gave her a hug. Mike, being a male, says "Try harder." I cracked up. Such a typical male vs female discussion. She did it beautifully the next time though, so we got to see. :)
We went to the airport and somehow ended up drinking margaritas. How did that happen? We started watching the Rays game. They were ahead 5 - 0 as we boarded the plane. We were all happy. We landed, got the rental car, and headed to my parents house. I check the score and it is 7-7 in the 8th...WHOAAAA....what happene???? We go straight to a bar. We get there just in time to see them lose. :( It's ok Rays.....you can do it!
We got to my parents house, and I looked at some old memories. I found two letters from my parents when I was in high school. I was at a church retreat, and the letters made me cry back then. They made me really cry now. They were wonderful letters where they talked about how I had really grown up, and they talked about how proud they were of me. I have the best parents in the whole entire world. The only part that made me cringe was the part that said they were proud I had committed to a life of no alcohol or drugs.....Hmmmm I guess I shouldn't have had those margaritas. lol
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I started thinking about signs to take to the Tennessee game today. I am thinking of something playing on the pitiful nature of the Vols this year. I thought of putting "Fire Fulmer" but maybe that is too blunt.
This orange crap that is appearing at my house for Allscripts is kiling me. Orange is the Vols color - not Allscripts. UGH...Of course, everyone keeps thinking that I am loving the color, but they don't understand that I don't work for Allscripts so I don't like it. If I worked there, maybe....:) I could double my work attire AND my play attire at one time. :)
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
What great teamwork. The team is so young, and they just keep pounding the ball. 13 runs.... Amazing. It would be so fun to have the World Series and the Super Bowl in Tampa this year. What a great time for the city.
My boss sent an email cheering for the Red Sox (he is a Yankee fan AND a democrat)
"If you allow the Tampa Bay Rays go to the World Series, dogs and cats will start dating, Republicans and Democrats will start getting along, the world will spin off its axis 2 degrees causing us to whirl out of orbit, crash into Venus, and everyone on the planet will be wiped out.
Please win, I want to survive.
Your humble Pin Stripe Fan"
I cracked up. Of course, I had to bring up that they are an inspiration and a great example of teamwork. Go RAYS....please win.....for Michael who adores you and stays up late for every game.
Monday, October 13, 2008
I think it is interesting that two companies who had so much bad blood are able to join forces. I remember when it was a bitter rivalry. I am sure it has to be crazy for the people who left Misys, who went to work in Cary at the A4 office, and who are now working back at the same original building. That has to be spooky weird. Having been a part of two acquisitions this year, I know it is challenging for any company to merge two groups, and I wish the two groups good luck in the merging. I guess I will have to limit the Tennessee shirts while near trade show events. :)
Sunday, October 12, 2008
After we checked out, we went out on the boat. We had a great time at Shell Island, and we just hung out and enjoyed the day. Everyone had lots of shells to take with them when they left. :)
We went to Bern's for dinner, and you just can't beat Bern's Steak House. Even the waiters have to work there for almost 2 years to become a waiter. The food is awesome, and they have an incredible wine selection (100,000 bottles onsite and over a million offsite). We did the tour of the kitchen and the wine cellar, and we had fantastic bananas foster in the dessert room. THANKS to Papa for dinner and Mike for dessert! What a fantastic end to Mark's birthday weekend!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Thanks Mom and Dad for driving down, getting all the food and decorations, and for everything you did for everyone!
Thanks Mike for flying in for the occassion!
Thanks to Abhi for great pictures!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday, October 10, 2008
So, I have had just a BIT of fun teasing Mark (he is wearing a "40" shirt in the picture under a Happy 40th Birthday Banner with yellow 40th birthday caution tape and a blinking "kiss me I am 40" pin in case you can't see it). Since he always tries to convince people that he is younger than I am, I had to make sure that the record was set straight. We all wore "Old Fart's Friend" name tags today. It was a fun day. We took Mark to lunch at Pei Wei. Good times.
My parents were here today, and we all went to dinner at a Mexican restaurant for Margaritas (ok, and dinner). Margaritas have to be the best invention ever - especially on a Friday after a long week. Can you say YUMMMMMMYYYYYY?
Tomorrow is Mark's official party at the beach. I am excited to spend the day at the beach. Mike M also comes in tomorrow, so it will be fantastic to have the whole family together for Mark's birthday. :) HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARK! WE LOVE YOU!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I have sat in the middle of a group of people for over 3 years now, and today I was in an office by myself. Although, there have been many days where I thought I might like that, today was a very odd experience. As silly as it is, I felt so lonely in that room. Maybe part of it was being away from the office and wanting to catch up with the team, but I just felt disconnected. Hopefully, the shock will be over tomorrow.
I heard that many Misys and Allscripts people were laid off today. It sounds like departments all over on both sides had lay offs. Some of the people I heard surprised me as they had been there for a long time. Knowledge and experience take a long time to acquire and a long time to replace. Best wishes to everyone looking for new places to work.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I ended up getting to leave earlier than originally planned, and I got back to Tampa in time to meet Morgan at the gym for her tumbling lesson. She had a rough day as she didn't win the VP vote at school. Of course, it was made worse because her school cut off a lot of her speech (after they had edited the recorded speech without asking or letting her record it again -of course, this was also after several teachers had reviewed it prior to it being recorded). So, now, it just seems unfair whether that really affected it or not. I felt so badly for her, but I am also so very proud that she was brave enough to try to run AND that she dealt with the disappointment very well after she got over the initial shock.
Man, it was SO great to be back home in my own bed.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
The meetings were very good. The awards dinner was very good. The comedian was from Knoxville, and he was hysterical. He was Korean, and he had a very southern accent. I kept waiting for some joke about hunting and the orange Tennessee fans wear, but he didn't go there.
After the comedian, there was a band, and we had a great time dancing and just enjoying the intelligent people and the conversations with them. After that, I made the wise decision to go to bed instead of staying out even later.
Monday, October 6, 2008
After the meetings, we went to dinner at a Thai place called Nan. It was very good. Tom ordered a variety of appetizers and entrees, and they were all delicious (even the pink wontons).
At one point, I was doing a demo and the man I was talking to stopped and said, "The world is coming to an end" as he looked at his phone. He said the Dowm was down around 800 points. Wow, that is crazy.
Even though the world was possibly coming to an end, I think I was asleep before my head hit the pillow.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
I went to meetings during the day, and then the opening reception was at the world of Coke. It made me think about how funny it is to people not from the south that people in the south call all soft drinks Coke. I always giggle when I hear "pop" or "soda" because I have always called it Coke. Non-southerners always think it is odd when people ask what kind of Coke you want. :)
It was great to see some people again and to meet some new people! Long live Coke! :)
Saturday, October 4, 2008
The dev crew did get to go out on the boat, and Travis even let us take his boat too! Now that is trust! :) We had a great time - well, except for the sandbar part. :)
We had a meeting that was very hard for me. I left the meeting, and I got a ticket on the way to the airport. Ugh. I get to the airport, and I get on the plane. I realize that I left my purse in Tampa. Lovely. I did have my ID and debit card thankfully because I used them at the check-in kiosk. Thank goodness for small favors. I am on the plane and remember that I never got a rental car after one of the trip members has to cancel coming on this trip. Thankfully, Krishan got me a reservation when I called him frantically as the door to the plane is closing. So, the whole flight I am nervous because my purse is in Tampa. I decide that I need a drink, and I order a bloody mary. Of course, a freaking coke is $2 and a bloody mary is $7. Gotta hate US Air. Anyway, I am drinking my bloody mary and starting to chill a little after a very long stressful day, and I spill my drink ALLLLL over my shirt. I have ice cubes in my bra, tomato juice all over my shirt, and I am freezing. Of course I am in a window seat. I pull all the ice cubes out and get as much off as I can with a wet napkin and then try to dry with dry napkins. Lovely. Wow, this is a fun day. We land, and I am immediately shivering. I am in a tshirt and shorts (changed after the meeting).
Wow, it is cold in PA, especially when your shirt is wet AND you wore shorts and a tshirt. I go to get a rental car, and I hand him my license and card. "We don't take debit cards ma'am," says the rental car man. I try to explain that I don't have anything else and I ask if I can make a deposit or something. No, he says. So, I sit outside the car rental place almost in tears. Travis doesn't land for over 2 more hours, and I am wondering what to do. There is a Dollar rental car place next door, and I figure that they surely take Debit cards. I call the Tampa airport too, and they do have my purse and have it locked up for me. Whewwww.... I can't figure out how to get to the Dollar rental place because the lot is all surrounded by a fence. I finally decide that I have to walk out onto the road to get there. I am dragging my suitcase around the spikes that keep people from stealing cars. I am walking down the road hoping that cars can see me ok. I walk into the Dollar store, and I am on the verge of a breakdown. I tell him that I have no reservation and no credit card and ask if he can take a Debit card. I tell him what has happened. He is SOOOO nice, and he gets me a car. It is now 10:45 and Travis still doesn't get in for almost 2 hours. I drive around a little looking for a restaurant (I haven't eaten all day due to nerves and being a bit hungover). I can't find anywhere, and my phone is dying. I pull out my eee pc, and it is dying too. My other phone is dying. Uh oh...I am really panicing now. I don't know how to get to the hotel without my electronics and Travis won't be able to get me either. I call Lisa in near tears, and she tells me that she will let him know to take a cab, and she agrees that I should go to the hotel and chill. So, my email won't connect, my eee is dead, and I have no plug. Hmmmm....
I call the hotel chain and get the number. I call the hotel and get directions. I have no pen. Where is my pen? In my purse in Tampa. Lovely. So, I can't find anything to write with so I used eyeliner to write the directions down. I drive the almost 45 min to the hotel, and I look for food (of course, it is 12 something now). Wendy's! Whew...open until 1. I work on the demo prep as I haven't gotten to do that during the week. Travis calls later when he gets in and he is starving. We go in search of food, and we find a Burger King open until 2. I finally get to my room and go to bed knowing that we have to be in the lobby at 7:30.
The meeting went well, and I got back to Tampa at 6:30p. I met Mike and the kids at Skipper's and we ate dinner. Mike wanted to see the Sauce Boss (he sings and makes gumbo at the same time). Mike and Michael stayed, and I took the girls home. Michael got to stir the gumbo, and I am glad Mike got to go.
What a week....