The Long Haul


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It hasn’t hit me yet that we’re leaving for Spain in just TWO days.  This trip came to fruition so quickly that I haven’t had much time to “think” (over-analyze, freak out, make excessive lists, visit the doctor for a Xanax prescription, etc.) about what is actually about to happen, and what it takes to get there.

The longest flight I’ve ever been on was about 4.5 hours which was to Las Vegas. This trip will be DOUBLE that in length. The trip to Vegas wasn’t  bad. The night before I decided I was in college still and pulled an all-nighter… staying out til 5am. I ran home to pack and prayed the entire way to the airport that I at least remembered to pack my work pants and a few pairs of clean underwear, and was on the plane by 7am. Truly a miracle. Needless to say, I passed out before we left Charlotte Douglas International and snoozed like a baby until we landed at McCarran.

The trip home was nearly unbearable. For starters, I had been in Vegas for seven days — which is the equivalent to about three weeks in normal time.  I had also spent those entire seven days with a coworker. A coworker who happened to be a mom in her 40’s who viewed our work trip as a vacation, bachelorette party, 21st birthday and escape from her husband and daughter all-in-one. To make matters even worse, I had just met Matt a few weeks before and was super eager to get back to see him. Time seemed like it was going backwards and no movie, magazine, or book could have made that trip any better.

Anyways, this flight on Saturday is around 9 hours. Not quite sure how I’m going to do it. Luckily, we leave at night and I’m hoping I’ll pass out and wake up in Barcelona. I’m also hoping that the excitement of the trip ahead will make the flight fly by.

Here’s where I need your help…

  • What travel accessories are a must-have?
  • Any iPad apps/games that help pass time? (I’m thinking I’ll probably relapse with my Candy Crush addiction)
  • Have you ready any books lately that you couldn’t put down?
  • I’m not a movie person, but am not opposed to downloading a few. Any great ones out there?
  • Do you have any song suggestions I should download? Not sure how many more times I can listen to “Applause” and “Blood on the leaves” before I’m over them.

There’s a new ride in town…

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Uber is now in The Queen City!

My first experience with with Uber was last winter when visiting Chicago. As you can imagine, winters in Chi Town are brutal. You risk the chance of having your arm frozen off each and every time you step outside to hail a cab. Lucky for us, we were able to stay warm and cozy inside until Tony appeared out our doorstep.

Before we headed out for the evening, we reserved our ride using the Uber app. The app allows you to place your ride request and pick-up location within seconds; no waiting on hold forever with Yellow Cab. You then receive a confirmation text. The app tells you who your driver is, provides a picture, and shows you their rating. Tony arrived at our doorstep in a Lincoln Navigator and kindly opened our doors like a true gentleman. The car was clean and smelled good (read: no lingering vomit odor) AKA the complete opposite of every other cab ride. When registering for the app, you input your credit card number which then stays on file. So, when the ride is over, you simply leave your tip and get out. No swiping or scavenging for extra change when the “credit card machine is down”. If you enjoyed your ride and the driver, leave feedback via the in-app rating system.

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Are you sold yet? If not, maybe this offer will entice you. Uber is offering three (3) FREE uberX rides per user, up to $20 off each for the entire month of September! With this deal, you might just find me showing up to the office or gym via Uber the next few weeks.

So, you’re probably thinking that come October, Uber prices won’t be affordable. False. Uber prices are competitive with regular taxi services. Check out the fee structure below.

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Show some southern hospitality and welcome Uber to town by following on twitter: @Uber_CLT or via blog: http://blog.uber.com/charlotte.

Are the Panthers trying to get us drunk?

According to TeamMarketing.com, the Carolina Panthers have the lowest beer price per ounce  in the NFL. The Panthers beer came in at 27 cents per ounce, with Detroit having the highest at 67 cents per ounce. Perhaps the Panthers are trying to get us drunk so we forget how terrible the team is? Whatever the reasoning may be…it certainly helps the pocket book when trying to drown your sorrows.

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We’re going to SPAIN!!!

…next weekend.

OMG OMG OMG!

Matt has had a tentative business trip in the works since late June. However, his business partner in Madrid took the end of July and all of August off for “holiday” so the trip wasn’t confirmed until late last week. Can we talk about a month and half vacation for a minute? Wow.  OK, back to reality now.

We leave next Saturday and will fly into Barcelona where we will spend a few days. From there, we will head to Madrid for 4-5 days.  We are considering spending our last few days in San Sebastian, but are open to any ideas.

So, for all your world travelers out there….what should we do and see? Any must-see destinations? Places with the best food/drink?

Labor Free Weekend

{Thursday}

My long weekend got started early on Thursday. I left work around 3pm, met my Dad, and headed down to God’s Country, USA for the kickoff of football season. My Carolina Gamecocks made me proud and proved once again who the REAL Carolina is. The game was suspended early in the fourth quarter, and Dad and I made it back to the car just in time to avoid a torrential downpour and pretty terrifying lightning storm. I consider myself a pretty huge fan, but hats off to those who waited over 100 minutes to watch the game resume.

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{Friday}

I worked from home on Friday and may or may not have gotten my Labor Day weekend started early. I treated myself to a much needed pedicure and took my car to be washed; two things that put my soul at ease. After attending a few conference calls, I hopped in the shower and got ready for the evening. Matt’s mom and dad came to visit for the long weekend from Jacksonville, and I was so thrilled to see them. I met them over at Matt’s apartment and then we walked from there to Mac’s. Matt’s dad is obsessed with the sausage platter at Mac’s (a man after my own heart) and insists on eating there every time they’re in town. We walked home and ended the evening catching up some more.

{Saturday}

My Saturday started early with a hair appointment…who schedules a hair appointment on the opening day of college football?! Luckily my appointment was early and I was out of the salon by noon. Just in time to head over to Matt’s where a college football marathon ensued.  Matt, his parents, and I all sat on the same sofa watching any and every possible college game we could from about 1pm, until I finally cracked and headed home around 11pm. We had two TV’s and three iPads going to ensure we didn’t miss a single second of one of the best days of the year.  Twelve hours of football, mimosas, and enough salsa to feed Mexico definitely does the body good. I even broke down and wore orange to be a supportive girlfriend. Just to be clear, the orange was for Florida and NOT Clemson.

{Sunday}

On Sunday I headed over to my parents house to help them prepare for a Labor Day cookout they’ve been planning for a while now. My sister and her husband were in town, Matt and his parents, all of my sisters girlfriends, and my parents best friends and their extended family all came over. My mom went all out (per usual) with decorating the house to perfection and planning the perfect end-of-summer menu. To kickoff the cookout, mom had planned a neighborhood-wide scavenger hunt. She split us up into different teams, and we had 45-minutes to run throughout the neighborhood, asking neighbors for random items like handcuffs, take-out menus, and pirate gear. It was a great activity to help break the ice since not everyone knew each other. There was a lot of hilarious controversy that surrounded the competition, including multiple cheating scandals. Although my team didn’t win, we felt like we should have. And that’s all that matters, right? The night was so fun and ended in an intense corn hole competition. After everyone left, my family and Bob ended up just sitting around and chatting until after midnight.

{Monday}

Oh how glorious it was to not be at work on a gorgeous Monday! We all slept in late and then headed to lunch at one of our favorites, Brio. We made a quick trip to the mall and then sad our goodbyes. Sadly, my sister and Bob had to head back to the Windy City. Matt and I headed to his place where we sat on the porch and enjoyed the weather. We ended the long weekend with turkey burgers and beers at Bad Daddy’s. I love my family so much and truly cherish the time we get to spend together!

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