I am the worst blogger ever! My promise to write one blog a week went right out the door when I moved to Atlanta… but the good news is that this post is filled with a ton of juicy details from the past few months in the dirty South!
8 Life Updates from Life in the South
The End of the Roadtrip
Vegas, Albuquerque, Lubbock, Austin, New Orleans…. all the way to ATL! It took us a total of 8 days to get across the country. We could have done it more quickly, but mom didn’t want to drive more than 9 hours in a day, so we decided to take our time. We spent 2 days in New Orleans, which was awesome since I had never been before. We went to Commander’s Palace (amazing), we ended up in a very sketch part of town (sad to see how Katrina has left a very lasting affect), and we got beignets at Cafe du Monde.
And, of course, the music scene was vibrant.
Most importantly, after 2 months of being separated from Leo, we were reunited, and it was awesome! I’ve never been more excited about this crazy new adventure.
I Met a Bunch of Celebrities
Two days after I moved to Atlanta, I was on the road again… back to my roots in KC. For the past 5 years, Children’s Mercy of Kansas City has held the Big Slick fundraiser, hosted by many local (and famous!) celebrities. Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Eric Stonestreet, Robb Riggle and David Koechner are all among the regulars… and it’s a full weekend event, so I actually got meet these guys a few times, which was awesome!
The first night was a meet and greet at the KC Royals game. I had never been to the stadium before, and since we’re playing them in the World Series right now, it was pretty cool to be able to go.
My mom did a wonderful job of embarrassing me. She had met a lot of these guys at last year’s event, and when Paul Rudd walked up, she approached him and said, “My daughter has had the biggest crush on you for years. Will you come talk to her?”
Literally, regardless of age, your parents will never fail to mortify you.
In my mind, he’s probably heard it 10 million times, so no big D. And then the other side of me thought that maybe he might be flattered. Who knows? We’ll see if he remembers me next year.
Anyway, take a look at the photos – Johnny Knoxville, Weird Al, David Zayas, James Marsden, and Diana Agron. So many awesome celebrities coming together for a great cause!
Side note: Eric Stonestreet has an unlimited Subway card for life (he gave it to me to hold, and it’s literally like a heavy black card). Anyway, he only likes Jimmy John’s because he knows the owner (apparently it’s so much better), and its opening in LA, which he is very excited about. I guess that means I should try Jimmy Johns
4th of July in Vail
A few weeks later, Leo and I were off to Vail for the 4th of July for my family reunion. It’s one of my favorite trips during the year, and this year was so much more special to bring my fiancé!
Vail has a very special place in my heart.
Savannah in August
After finishing my family trips, we decided to embark on our first trip in the South, and we decided to go to Savannah. After seeing this beautiful city in movies, I had always wanted to go here. We left during a huge storm on a Friday after work, and while it should have taken us 3 hours to get there – it took us 6. There is this thing in the South, and the only way I know how to describe it is “Bible rain”. The sky literally opens up, and the rain pours down…. in bigger drops than I’ve ever seen in my life… with thunder and lightening like you wouldn’t believe.
We stayed at the Mansion on Forsyth, which is awesome (and supposedly haunted!) And we also made it to Southbound Brew Co for a little beer tasting. The guys who started it went to Tech, and so it came recommended to us.
We are going back to Savannah in a week for a marathon that Leo signed up for. We’re really excited to be going back!
Taking a $30k Pay Cut for an Amazing Boss & Company
Yes, it’s true. I took quite a pay cut for my new job, but it was completely the right move – professionally and personally. I’m working with an amazing team that truly works together, and I’m getting a lot of great leadership. It’s so refreshing to work for someone who appreciates the work I do, thanks me, and gives me valuable feedback – I haven’t had that experience since I worked in London.
So what’s the job? I’m working for Verizon Telematics, and we provide the technology in cars that make them “connected”. Our major clients are Mercedes, VW, and State Farm, so it’s amazing to not only have quality leadership, but to also have the exposure to major brands. It’s the job that I’ve been waiting for since I finished my MBA, and I’m so happy that I finally landed it!
Part of Verizon’s fleet…. I’ll get a test vehicle (both VW and Mercedes) for user experience studies for a few weeks in 2015!
We Got a Dog
…. but not just ANY dog…. we got a little fluff ball named Rexford. He’s a 6 month old maltipoo, and he is officially our fur baby.
Things he loves:
- eating worms
- his leash
- running on grass
- dog treats
- chasing leaves
- meeting other dogs
- anything that squeaks
- chew toys
- chasing his tail
- his sailboat bed
Things he hates:
Things he’s working on loving:
- his crate
- not eating worms
Miami in September
Not only did we have Keely’s baby shower, but we also had my 29th birthday! We decided to jump down to Miami (with our fur baby, of course) and enjoy the sunshine. Miami is awesome! We had so much fun! Keely’s baby shower was absolutely beautiful, and I haven’t been to Miami since I was very little. I wish we could have spent more time there, but we ate very well and had a memorable “first family trip” with Rexford.
Oh, and I tweeted Loew’s that getting more champagne would make the trip better. They sent me more, and that was awesome too.
Also, they are so dog friendly. I can’t recommend them highly enough for those who have fur babies
So what about Atlanta? Well the ATL is cool for sure. The city is beautiful – the yards are landscaped, the trees are huge, the homes are beautiful, the people are polite, and the food is good. Did I mention the cost of living is small compared to what we were paying in SF? At any rate, we’ve met some awesome people, Emory has a wonderful community, and it’s been a refreshing change (although I do miss Cali!)
The craziest thing that has happened in recent days has been Ebola… We live across the street (quite literally) from the CDC, and four of the Ebola patients have come here. It’s pretty crazy to see all of the streets blocked off with newscasters everywhere…. makes me a bit skeptical about the whole thing, but I suppose I can save that for a different post.
Anyway, I’m glad to be back, and I’m going to make more of an effort.