Sunday, October 16, 2011

Yankee Girl Meets the South: Halfway Through!

Ok so it's been over two months since I last posted, and a lot has happened!  I'm more than halfway through my time on the road-- 85 days in and 61 days left-- and here's where we've been so far:

Texas - Midland, Houston, and Denton/Dallas
New Mexico - just over the border, to say we'd been there
Louisiana - just stopped in Monroe for a couple nights
Mississippi - driven through several times, stopped on the road for food
Alabama - Huntsville, Birmingham, Albertville/Guntersville
Georgia - Atlanta/Fayetteville/Buckhead
Tennessee - Memphis and Chattanooga
South Carolina - Greenville and Elgin
Arkansas - Hope, Fayetteville, soon to be in Little Rock
Kentucky - Louisville
Indiana - West Lafayette
Illinois - Chicago/Naperville
Wisconsin - Green Bay (for the Packers-Saints season opener)
Oklahoma - OKC and Tulsa
North Carolina - Nantahala River area

That's a lot of hotels!  We're racking up points everywhere we go; I just wish I could use points towards my rent once I'm back in Chicago lol.

On Thursday we worked an event around Tulsa, a Native American (or American Indian, depending on the individual) business summit.  It was indoors and we only had about 1/6 of our event site set up but we met some cool people so it was pretty fun.  I've never spent time around Native American areas-- which is a lot of what Oklahoma seems to be, Trail of Tears and all-- but it was fascinating to meet some Cherokees and learn a little about what their life is like.  Afterwards we made the drive to Oklahoma City so we could get Friday off.

Once we got to OKC I made a Target run.  Since we'll be here for a few days and then in Little Rock for a few days I decided to go ahead and buy some food.  I already love the Special K cereals and bars, and I really really need to shed some weight, so I figured I'd give the Special K Challenge a try.  I haven't been able to workout in about a month since I had a bad sinus infection and cough that put me out of commission for over two weeks.  Ugh.  I'm so glad to be done with that!

I'm going to do everything I can to at least squeeze in a 30 minute workout every day, and do a full hour or more if I have the time.  It's just really challenging to workout and eat well when every day and every week bring such different days!

On Friday I drove "up" to Tulsa for the morning to check out Oral Roberts University, where Boyfie went to school for a year.  It was really small (especially to a Big 10 grad) but had a very pretty campus!  The architecture was totally 60s and reminiscent of Epcot at DisneyWorld, including a unique prayer tower and some beautiful gardens.

Yesterday we worked one of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events in the Bricktown area of OKC.  Real HouseMom's mother, my Grammy, is a breast cancer survivor who's been in remission for over 10 years so I'm all for the cause.  I woke up at 3:30 am so we could leave the hotel at 4:30 am and arrive onsite by 5:00 am.  It was a really great event!  There was pink everywhere and the energy was incredible.  The only problem, besides it being dark for the first few hours, was how chilly it was.  I thought I'd be ok with jeans, boat shoes and my zip-up jacket, but even I was shivering.  Our onsite contact bought boxes and boxes of granola bars for us to hand out to the racers, and everyone was very grateful to us for them.  Next weekend we're working another Race for the Cure in Little Rock and I'm excited for it!  I'm a little nervous about how late we'll be working Friday night and how early we'll have to wake up Saturday for the event... Might be time for an all-nighter...

Thankfully today and tomorrow are our days off, so I'm relaxing and catching up on emails, blogging, etc.  I'm going to be moving into an apartment near Wrigley Field in January (yay!) so I might hop on Pinterest and start putting together my future Big Girl Bedroom... Who am I kidding, that's probably gonna be my whole day!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend =)

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