Thursday, May 19, 2011

My Whirlwind Day Trip, from A-Z

A is for Amtrak, my mode of transportation for the day.

B is for Beth Feldman, a/k/a Role Mommy.  It truly was a pleasure meeting her.  I am in awe of her business prowess!

C is for champagne?  With lunch?  Yes, please!
D is for the delicious appetizers, food and desserts that we nommed on the entire time we were there.
E is for Electrolux, who will generously donate $1 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund each time you participate in the "Are You Party Ready" challenge at Kelly Confidential!

F is for frizz.  Can you say rainy, overcast, drizzly, humid and cold ALL AT THE SAME TIME?!  Northeast weather has sucked it this entire May.  The end.

G is for gorgeous women (and Tom!) in stylish outfits. 

H is for heels.  Kelly Ripa's were AWE.SOME.
Shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood.  Photo courtesy of Jill.

I is for iPhone rookie.  Which I am.  I forgot my charger.  And promptly had to sink $30 on another one as soon as I arrived at Penn Station.  Duh.

J is for Jen Singer.  Author of Momma Said and the new site Parenting With Cancer.  Jen is definitely one of my role models in the blogosphere.  I'm honored to know her and call her a friend.  (And ask her to see if I have any broccoli rabe stuck in my teeth.)
K is for, of course, Kelly Ripa.  Who is silly, skinny and savvy.  It's now a tie between Kelly Ripa, Bethenny Frankel and Tina Fey as my BFF.

L is for lunch.  Pasta broccoli rabe.  With anchovies.  That I couldn't even taste! (thankfully)  And roasted chicken.  With yummy red peppers.

M is for making it work.  Being able to take advantage of the opportunity to attend an event like this takes a certain amount of juggling.  For me, for Hubby, for the boyz, for my boss, for my co-workers.  I am lucky, indeed.

N is for New York City.  It's so nice to get out of Boston every now and then.

O is for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.  Have you answered Kelly's last minute party scenario question yet?  Every time you do, $1 is donated to the OCRF.  Please do.

P is for, of course, #partyready!

Q is for "Quiet on the set!"  When I got to the event (an hour early), Kevin Scott, EVP and Head of Major Appliances North America must have been shooting a promo because they kept yelling this from behind the white curtains.  And I, a dork, found it amusing.  And felt way cool just to be sitting there.

R is for the book Room (affiliate link).  I bought it to read on the train.  This book has disturbed me so much more than I ever thought it would.  I cannot stop picturing my 5year old Baby as the face of Jack.  Heart-breaking. 

S is for summer sausage.  Let's just say that Kelly Ripa made some pretty funny and lewd cured meat jokes.  So my type of humor.
T is for Tom Colicchio.  Who was gracious and engaging.  And offered us plenty of tips for being "party ready" at the drop of a hat.

U is for an unbelievable setup.  Maybe it's just me and my small-towniness, but I can't get over the amount of work that goes into these types of events.  They are usually held in a nondescript building in the middle of nowhere in NYC.  You enter, thinking, "Where the hell am I?" because there is no flair at all to the exterior.  But when you enter the room?  WOW.  The details are amazing--every single last touch.  I mean, they had the garbage cans swathed in white linens. 

V is for the valuable conversations.  Again, hanging out with Beth and Jen was a highlight for me.  I sort of feel like Forrest Gump's feather in this blogosphere.  I'm a Floater.  Able to get along with anyone and everyone.  Not really having a niche.  Not really knowing where I belong or where I want this to go.  So it's nice to be able to feel validated, to have meaningful conversations, and to realize that yeah, I kinda like what I'm doing and where I am.

W is for wine.  Both red and white.  Both served with our lunch.  Amen.

X is for feeling x-hausted after my 4am wakeup and my 9pm return to my Trenches.

Y is for yawning. 

Z is for zzzzzzzzzzzzzz. 

But oh, so worth it.

My participation in the "Are You Party Ready" Campaign was sponsored by Electrolux who provided me with transportation arrangements to and from New York City to participate.


MommaKiss said...

I've met Kelly before. AT her show. She is so funny! Love this, so glad you got to go.

Shell said...

Wow, what a fabulous event! I have the biggest crush on Tom.

Making It Work Mom said...

I am also head over heels in love with Tom.

And about The Room. So disturbing, but a kind of can not put it down disturbing.

There is one part that I was reading and I literally could not stop reading because all I could think about was my youngest. I could not stop wondering how she would react in the situation. And then I totally could not sleep.

grace @ahead said...

i absolutely love kelly ripa! and her shoes are to die for! i'm sure you enjoyed! the food looks delicious!

umommy said...

I am totally envious! What a fabulous event. Love Tom! Kelly is great too. Love your A-Z round-up - great post!

Rebecca said...

How much fun!!! How do you get an invite to this kind of shindig? LOL...shindig...using words like that will NEVER get me an invite!


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