happy friday! i know i’ve only been in the lab two days this week, but i’ve been “on” all week at the conference and i am so ready for the weekend!
since i wear jeans and a sweatshirt or my uniform most days, i took advantage of having to “dress up” (aka not look like i just rolled out of bed) at the conference and took photos of my outfits so i could show you guys that i actually do sometimes put some effort into my appearance.
here’s what i wore in orlando!
i followed some tips on packing/outfit planning while traveling and chose to go with outfits that went with blacks as opposed to khaki/brown. i brought 3 “bottoms” that i rotated through for the 5 days of the conference (obviously i forgot to take a photo on monday!). my color palette was mostly black, white, & grey with a splash of color or a fun accessory thrown in each day.
p.s. i am obsessed with the scarf that i wore on tuesday. i wore it on both travel days too (so nice to have to cover up with on the plane) and i’m wearing it today! it’s from h&m a year or two ago.
other conference happenings
we stayed at the orlando world center marriott.
the rooms were very acceptable – i loved that we had a balcony!
and it had a pretty good fitness center, especially for a hotel!
it was a very nice hotel, but i didn’t love that it was so self-contained. there was not much that was in walking distance from the hotel/conference center, so we had to take cabs to leave, which got expensive quickly!
the one day that i did venture out (i played hooky from the conference on monday afternoon…shhhh!), my friend/labmate and i went to downtown disney! 🙂
we were excited to get outside and experience sunlight (as opposed to windowless conference rooms with blue lighting that made my eyes go crazy).
downtown disney was just ok though. it was full of restaurants/food vendors and souvenir shops. we popped into each shop and browsed.
by far our favorite was legoland.
apparently i’m just a dorky kid at heart! 😉
we also popped into the ghirardelli shop for a sweet treat. we got to sample their pumpkin flavored chocolate squares – yum.
but that didn’t even compare to this beast. a strawberry sundae. insane. i don’t even want to know how many calories were in that thing, but i loved every one of them!
we walked around a bit more and then hit up bongos for our only non-conference center meal of the week.
bongos is a cuban restaurant, so i told my friend that i wanted to try things i couldn’t get somewhere else. we had great service – our waiter, tony, was wonderful!
we tried a steak salad, ham croquettes, and yucca with mojo sauce (unphotographed).
it was my first time trying croquettes and yucca and i loved both! i really enjoyed eating at bongos and would love to take brad there if we ever make it down to disney. i’m sure he’d love some of the other cuban entrees that were offered!
after dinner, we decided to head back to the hotel to prepare for the next full day of sessions & networking!
overall, i had a great time in orlando. when brad and i go back (maybe with a little one or two!) we’ll definitely stay in a hotel within the park and try to get out and explore a bit more. it would have been so nice to be able to rent a car or something so we weren’t dependent on taxis.
whew! ok, i think i can move on from orlando recaps now. 🙂
good thing, because i’m going to concentrate on enjoying madison this weekend! we have some fun plans. 🙂
- trying a new (to us) restaurant tonight
- farmers market on saturday morning (just me – brad will be working)
- red mango to meet jessica (finally) saturday evening
- out downtown with friends on saturday
- apple picking (!!!) on sunday morning
- lots of apple cooking sunday afternoon (i’m thinking apple butter, apple sauce…pie?)
i can’t wait!!!