HQBTN Part 2

I’ll do a more “deep thinking” e-mail when I have time, but for now, you’re getting Houston Quickie By The Numbers Part 2.

2: Parties that our company successfully put on at the House of Blues and Minute Maid Park

It was baseball themed. I wore a jersey over my dressy clothes. Win-win.

This is actually from last year, as I don't have new ones back yet. Same place, same idea.

100: Times I said to myself, “You are such a white girl” while busting my moves on the dance floor.

6: Cups of hot water I have asked for from the hotel Starbucks for my hot tea. It’s free, but I tip. While I do have my own cups in my room, I like the cups.

4: Single-serve Justin’s Nut Butter packets I brought with me as part of my backup plan.

0: Single-serve Justin’s Nut Butter packets I have used.

This is just a tiny sample.

50: Pairs of shoes that I drool over every single year at the booth of one of our advertisers.

I don't know where I would wear it, but I don't care. I would wear it around the house.

3: Years running that this is still my favorite one. It’s called “Mardi Gras.” Party on.

2: Times I ate at YAO Restaurant, a place about half a mile from the hotel. I wish time had allowed me to go back every single time.

Why? Because it was one of the only places I could get a huge bowl of brown rice and steamed veggies.

2: Times I ordered the same thing, as it was a lovely break from all the other options.

Baby corn is underrated.

4: Larabars that I brought with me as part of my backup plan.

0: Larabars that I ate.

1: Castle.

Elvis meets Caveman.

Dozens: Of people walking around in fun costumes.

Dozens plus profanity: Times I tried to flip this picture normal, but for some reason was unable to. I wouldn’t have included it, but after spending so much time messing with it, I had to include it on principle.

4: Fashion shows attended to show off all these costumes.

Bridget Marquardt. I love her.

1: Original “Girl Next Door” that I got my picture taken with and autographed picture of.

1: Delicious sandwich I had for dinner Sunday night–finally a good sandwich after a couple failed attempts and empty promises.

It doesn't look good, but that's just my fault. It was thick toasted wheat bread, avocado, provolone, sprouts, roasted red peppers and pesto aioli.

7: Attempts to try and take a picture of the damn thing with “romantic” restaurant lighting and my lack of photography skills. Fail. I just want to eat the damn thing, not give it a glamor shot.

Different from my avocado sandwich monstrosities, but in a very good way.

Maybe 1 or 2: Times I actually had the urge to hop on the computer and read blogs, check websites, etc. Sorry, but I enjoyed the break and change of scenery. A lot.

-8: The temperature back home when I got up this morning and checked the computer.

0: Minutes I will complain about it until I get my own bed, own shower and own food (then I might start back up–no promises.)

Probably 3: Days it will take for me to get caught up on work, laundry and home stuff without feeling manic and off kilter.

So, that’s just a quick recap, as I had a couple minutes before diving back into some more work. We will return to your irregularly scheduled ramblings next week from Michigan.

What have I missed with you in the last few days? Fill me in…

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12 responses to “HQBTN Part 2

  1. Wow, sounds like a busy/fun time!! I LOVE baby corn, it is soooo good!!

  2. It honestly looks like you are having a pretty good time, despite being in Houston. As you can see, it is not my favorite city. I think that you should come to Boulder and hang out with me. Sound good? Uncle June can come too.

  3. I used to hate baby corn but now I love it! I’m not sure what changed.

  4. Abs! Sounds like you’ve seen and done some pretty fun stuff 🙂
    Similarly, I always pack larabars and such ‘just in case’. I rarely actually eat them. Funny, huh?
    I also love those shoes… though they look more like a work of art to me 😛 Plus, I wouldn’t be able to walk in them whatsoever.

    What have I been up to? Drowning in a sea of textbooks. Don’t get me wrong… I like textbooks… but I’m still drowning.

  5. In regards to HQBTN Part 2:

    6 1/2: times I smiled reading this post

    2: times I nodded

    1: time I shook my head (mostly at the costumes…)

    infinite: pats on that back you deserve

    In regards to my weekend:
    21: number of toddlers I had to endure at my nephews birthday party

    4: texts exchanged with you, I think…I didn’t count…..but they were awesome cause I feel like I knew about the bridget thing before others did and hence I feel like a VIP

    4: sticks of gum chewed in three hours (thats a lot for me, I do it when I’m angry)

    3: trips to visit dad

    3: musicals on tv watched with dad

  6. That party room looked really cool. You must have a pretty fun job if busting a move and taking pics with celeb is considered work. 🙂

    Glad eating wasn’t too much of an issue for you. It always is for me especially when I travel. I struggle with it the most when I’m out of my ‘routine.’

    Don’t kill yourself trying to get all caught up on everything right when you get home. I always go commando and try to do it ALL within a day or two and stress until it’s done. Really though, there’s no need to freak out because it’s not going anywhere…

  7. Wow, sounds like you’re definitely staying busy and having some adventures. Eating in a setting like that can really be tough, hang in there and do what you know is best for you in the big picture, even if it’s hard at the time. Take care and stay warm!

  8. You met Bridgete?! Cool! I don’t know why I watched that show, but I did….

    It’s funny I never would have pegged you for a ‘stilleto’ shoe type person. I don’t know what “type” that is either, but…….yeah 🙂

  9. Kath (Eating for Living)

    I’m happy you’ve arrived back home safely! Traveling is so lovely, yet so challenging.

    As far as it concerns me, you didn’t miss anything existential. Well, the death of my blender, and the arrival if my new one. But that’s really nothing that makes the earth fall off its orbit.

  10. Kath (Eating for Living)

    Oh, but I made almond butter myself for the first time! That one could be orbit-relevant! 😉

  11. Love love love this post.

    Love the shoes (yes Mardi Gras, Yes!), love the costumes. Love the fact that I’m not the only person who schleps emergency food and then schleps them back home again. Your restaurant meal looked perfect for you!

    My life by numbers:
    300: miles I drove last week to get Samantha to and from the vet I trust
    4: family members visiting me for my birthday (that number needs to remain a secret haha)
    2: workouts at the high school track which were awesome
    1: huge hike today-love
    150: miles I drove today to get Samantha to have her diagnostic procedure.
    150: miles I’ll drive to get back home Thursday.
    Thanks for making me smile with this post, Ab Fab.

  12. Cute post! Sorry it’ so cold there! I am SO ready for Spring!

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