How was your weekend?
I have an in-depth update of my weekend for you, because my weekend was amazing! I don’t know if I mentioned it before but I have been selected as a Verizon Ambassador a while back and we had our blogger kick off event this weekend in Chicago. It was in my own town, but we got to stay at the Hard Rock Hotel so I made it into a little stay-cation. It was nice to get away from my apartment for the weekend and I really enjoyed my stay at the hotel. It was my first time there and it was also my first time having a hotel room under my name… just ME. Not a parent, not a boyfriend, ME ME ME! This is how it feels like to be an adult. I have to admit… it felt great! 🙂 I love being an adult! Yes, it’s the little things that make me happy, haha.
The last picture above is of a motion-sensitive mini-bar which I found extremely evil. I don’t know if all hotels do this now but it’s totally evil, the food and drinks pretty much STARE at you in the face asking to be eaten/drank. And if you pick it up, you get charged a crazy amount of money. $7 for M&Ms?! Jeez.
After checking in to the hotel, my friend Jessc and I ventured off to Navy Pier to go to the Health & Fitness Expo that was being held there for the Shamrock Shuffle 8K. Verizon provided us with a free entry to the race but since I am not a runner just yet, I did not run it (although I had to see how I would look like with a number on me… it was pretty great and very motivational to see myself this way). The Expo inspired and motivated me immensely. More on that another day.
Sunday was the day we got to meet the other blogger over dinner. The group of us met in the lobby and headed toward the Park Grill restaurant in Millennium Park. I’ve never been there before and to tell you the truth, I didn’t expect it to be very good – I usually expect touristy spots to be less than great. However…
We had a 4 course meal prepared for us with unlimited wine! Put health and foodie bloggers in a room with unlimited wine and delicious healthy food? We were happy campers. It was awesome to see that the restaurant was prepared for us to come and they had a great variety of meals ready, including gluten-free and vegan options.
I ordered the pear salad for appetizer, which was amazing! The pears were so delicious. Then came the mushroom flatbread with a delicious sauce, I can’t believe I ever used to dislike mushrooms, this flatbread was so good. For the main course, I chose the salmon without the glaze and OHHH my gosh, I think it was the best salmon I’ve ever had. It was so amazingly moist and juicy, it was unbelievable. Lastly, I ordered the pineapple upside down cake for dessert because I’ve never had one before. Unfortunately it was too sweet for my preference and I was already pretty full so I only had about two bites.
The overall dinner was so great: all of us bloggers got to meet and talk to each other and really get to know one another which was just the icing on the cake of this great weekend!
The following morning, we ventured off to a Kick-Off Event where we learned more about the #VZWVoices program and we received our devices! I have to admit, I felt pretty spoiled.
I’ve been playing with my new Droid all day, it’s kind of difficult to get used to after using an iPhone for so long. I now have two phones and I’m using the new one as a “personal phone” while my old one is my business phone since the number has to remain constant 🙂
Kammie wants to know:
What kind of a phone do you have?
If you have an Android, what are some of your favorite apps?
Let me know in the comments below!
Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Health and Fitness Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.