Monday, April 11, 2011

all smiles

For the past 14 years, my employer, Marquis, has hosted a client conference in various locations across the country. Kicking off last week in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, we hosted 200 clients for four days (and a day and a half of employee meetings). While it is never fun to be away from home for that long, I have to say, this was the best Marquis conference I have attended. Not only were the educational sessions timely and extremely useful for me and our clients, but the evening events were pretty amazing.

I was in Florida for 6 days, which was enough to remind me why I love beach vacations. On Monday morning, I had just enough time to watch the sun come up over the Atlantic Ocean as I ran 4.5 miles along the beach. (Vanilla Ice fans, I ran the A1A-Beachfront Avenue!). And Thursday afternoon I had a 45 minute break to sit in the sun and shade with a cold beer near the pool with some old friends. It was enough time to decompress and soak up enough vitamin D to keep the vacation bug at bay until July (I hope.)

Wednesday evening, we chartered a yacht (which was really just a big boat, nothing really fancy) and took the clients on a 4 hour cruise up and down the intercoastal waterway. Under drawbridges and past "Millionaire Row" where the houses are worth more than my salary in a lifetime. Pretty amazing. During the trip, the Goodyear Blimp was out and about and all I had was my mediocre iPhone camera. So I snapped a quick photo.

The only down side to the trip: The cooties I caught. It started out as allergies before I even went to FL. While I was there, my allergies were a little better...or so I thought. They were just different. So, with a lack of sleep, a little congestion, oversensitivity to boat movement and a 5 hour flight home, it seems as though I came home with Vertigo. And it is MISERABLE.

If I am going to feel like I am on a rocking boat I would prefer to have sunshine, humidity, sunscreen and a good book...oh, and water too. Water would be nice. All in all, it was a perfect end cap to my 35th birthday, which I must say, was one of the best birthdays I've had in a long time. Just me and Chris, a perfect day and a perfect dinner.

And I would like to nominate my husband for "Husband of the Year." He gave me a beautiful vase of red, white and purple tulips (my favorite flowers in the world!) on my birthday which was the day before I left. While I was gone, he went to the flower shop to get extra plant food so they would last until I got home. And while I was gone, every morning when he got up, he sent me a text message with a picture of my flowers and told me how much he loved and missed me. Really sweet.


  1. Awww, he is the best! lucky you found him.

  2. Awwww! How sweet is he! Your such a lucky lady to have him (but he is just as lucky to have you my friend!).

    Happy belated Birthday J! It sounds like it was a special one.

    Love, from the Farm

  3. Awww from me as well. What a great idea to send you a picture of your flowers with his morning note.

    Hope that vertigo thing is short lived, what a buggar.

    Glad you are finally home and bloggin, I have missed you.