And just like that, I’m back in Boston. What a whirlwind trip! Who am I? What day is it!?! 😉
So, I bet you’re wondering what I was doing in Dulles, Virginia today. Well, last week, the Vice President of Corporate Events & Community Relations at AOL invited me to sit on a blogger panel at an internal leadership meeting at their headquarters. Sounds fancy, right? Basically, the VP wanted a small group of female bloggers to share their experiences and insights with the group. I was honored to be asked to participate.
The AOL headquarters was cool! 😀
Modern, bright, and funky.
When I arrived at AOL, I had about two hours to kill before the start of the panel, so I hung out in one of the “staging rooms,” where I found a huge spread of food– perfect for Second Breakfast! 😉
I ate First Breakfast at 6:00 AM, so a few hours later, I was hungry again! (When am I not hungry!?! 😉 )
I immediately hit up the coffee table. Copious amounts of caffeine have fueled my day today! 😯
I’m such a sucker for flavored creamers. Saturated fat? What saturated fat?! 😉
I started with a cup of coffee, a pastry, and some berries. Then, moved onto another pastry and (I don’t know how) many cups of coffee.
Overall, I think the panel went pretty well. I wasn’t super nervous and said (mostly) intelligent things. However, there were a number of instants that I felt completely unprepared. Not so much with what I had to say, but with regard to my goals for Carrots ”˜N’ Cake and developing my “brand.” The session definitely made me realize that I have a lot of work to do if I want to keep growing CNC.
The other blogger on the panel with me was McLean Robbins, who writes about travel, beauty, and fashion. She was cool. She also blogs about her dog, Deacon! 😀
After the panel, a car picked me up to take me back to the airport. I still can’t believe how quickly the whole thing happened!
The Dulles airport was very quiet, so I whizzed through security and had about an hour to kill before my flight. I wandered around the terminal for awhile, looking for lunch, and eventually decided on Vino Volo.
Wine, food, relaxation. Sounded good to me! 😀
I also liked sitting at the bar and chatting with the bartenders. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.
To drink, I picked a 3-wine sampler, called “Shades of White.”
I went down the line and tried a sip of each wine. I liked them all, but my favorite was the Riebeek Creek Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa. It was bright with tropical flavors and a crisp finish– just my style. I actually drank the other two wines and saved the Sauvignon Blanc for last so I could savor it.
To eat, I ordered the Brie & Prosciutto Sandwich, which was served with warmed brie cheese, Italian prosciutto, fresh greens, and fig jam.
Um, yum. It was the perfect compliment to a flight of white wine.
I’m pooped after a full day of travel, so I am very thankful that my husband is cooking dinner for us tonight. He picked a recipe from Pioneer Woman! I have a feeling that I am in for a treat! 😀