Hello everyone ... oh, how I've missed you! I was out of town for most of last week attending a marketing conference in Houston. Not much exciting happened while I was away since I was in seminars and sessions most of the time, but here are the few highlights from my trip:
It is my ritual when I'm traveling alone to find a sushi bar and enjoy a glass of wine and some rolls. It really is the only place I feel comfortable dining by myself. While in Houston, I made a return visit to RA Sushi. The sushi is fresh and delicious and the environment is lively and entertaining. I was there Thursday night and the place was filled with 20-somethings enjoying happy hour. There was a large group of girls sitting behind me drinking sake bombs together. It reminded me of when I was much younger and my girlfriends and I could party on Thursday nights and actually make it to work the next day. Now, nearly in my 30s, that seems impossible. Not that I mind being in bed at 9:30 each night. Early bedtime is the way life was meant to be lived.
As I sat in my safe zone at the sushi bar, three guys parked next to me and began to include me in their conversation ... like it or not. I stuck with my original routine, pinot grigio and two rolls, until one of the guys chimed in to say, "I've never seen a girl eat that much sushi" then asked for my phone number. Was that his pick up line? How charming. I told him I was happily married and that I really didn't eat that much sushi. I may have also suggested that "where I come from, all the girls eat this amount of sushi." My comment didn't make any sense, but it made me feel better. Sorry for dragging you all into it and making you sound corn-fed!
Whole Foods vs. House of Blues
As part of the conference, there was a networking event one night at the House of Blues. Cody Canada (former lead guy for Cross Canadian) was scheduled to perform with his new band, and Ty told me "we would have problems" if I didn't attend the concert. But the concert wouldn't start until after 9:30. And if you just read the previous bullet point, you know 9:30 is my bedtime. So, to Ty's disappointment, I skipped the concert and went to Whole Foods instead. I repeat: I passed up a free concert to go grocery shopping. When did I become so lame? The sun is definitely setting on my 20s.
It's solid wood. Hand carved. And only $350! I couldn't pass it up, so it's now in my dining room, placed underneath the eight white plates we had guests sign at our wedding.