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Washington, D.C. with Tristan

Friday, March 30th, 2018

This past week, I had to work in Washington, D.C. Since Tristan was on spring break, I took him along with me.

At work, I am under a social media policy which restricts me from discussing my job on social media, so this post will only talk about the non-business aspects of the job.

We flew out early Sunday morning so we would have some sightseeing time.

After landing, we went by The White House on the way to The Mall and several Smithsonian museums.

My all time favorite museum in Washington, D.C. is the National Museum of American History. So, we stopped there first. We were starving so we went downstairs for lunch first. We had an awesome view of the Washington Monument and the new National Museum of African American Culture as we ate.

The region had a massive blizzard the week before we arrived and it was still cold!  There was even snow on the ground in many spots.

The National Museum of Natural History is another one of my favorites!

While exploring the city, we stumbled across this dump.

I’m still doing my running streak, which requires me to run at least 3.1 miles each day.  On Monday morning, we woke up and ran by The White House, The Lincoln Memorial, around the tidal basin to the Jefferson Memorial and then to the Smithsonian Metro station to go back to our hotel.

Early mornings in D.C. are absolutely beautiful. And, there are no tourists out that early. This photo looks like a postcard.

Then, I left Tristan at the hotel and went to work, which is right next door to Union Station.

After work, Tristan met me half way down Massachusetts Avenue between our hotel and my work. We visited the International Spy Museum. We also checked out the National Portrait Gallery, where Michelle Obama’s portrait had been recently unvelied.

In the same room is one of my personal heroes: Bill Gates.

For dinner, we ate at one of my favorite places — Hill Country BBQ. We were pretty impressed when Attorney General Jeff Sessions walked in.

I sent Tristan to chat him up and we both got selfies with him.

Tristan was impressed with his entourage waiting outside the restaurant.

On Tuesday after I finished work, we went to the National Museum of African American History. This museum is awesome and I regretted not being able to spend more time there (it was nearly closing time when we arrived).

On my lunch break on Wednesday, I explored Capitol Hill with a colleague.  Still snow on the ground!

Wednesday evening, Tristan and I went to he Holocaust Museum and then for a run around The White House.

On Thursday, it was good to be finished with work. Tristan and I explored The Mall and the National Air and Space Museum.  We found the car from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on display on the mall.

That evening after dinner, we went to Jeni’s Spendid Ice Cream. It did not disappoint!

On my trips, I always get to FaceTime my baby!

On Friday, I reserved some sightseeing time before heading back to Georgia. We started at the Supreme Court. It was my first visit.

Then we went into one of my favorite buildings — The Library of Congress.  I think it is the most beautiful building I have ever been in.

That afternoon, we returned home to prepare for Easter festivities!

2017 Walt Disney World Marathon

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Well, after not running a half marathon yesterday, I did get to do the full marathon this morning. Two days ago I was in the swimming pool. This morning it was miserably frigid.

Waiting in the start corrals

Magic Kingdom Main Street

In front of Cinderella Castle

Nostalgic WDW rides:

Big bad wolf

Clarabelle?

Going into Animal Kingdom

Characters at Animal Kingdom

Pumba at Animal Kingdom

Characters at Animal Kingdom

Running into ESPN Wide World of Sports

Chip and Dale at ESPN Wide World of Sports

I can’t remember who these characters are!

Steamboat Willie

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Alice

Aladdin

Snow White

Donald at the Finish Line

Chip and Dale and all of my weekend medals

Killing FitBit for the week!

2017 Walt Disney World 10K

Friday, January 6th, 2017

The family arrived here in Florida late last night. This morning, we all got up really early for the Walt Disney World 10K. Tristan and Mackenzie ran the race with me.

Two Dopey Challenge races down, two to go!

2017 Walt Disney World 5K

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Yesterday, I drove solo to Walt Disney World for marathon weekend. Because school just started back, the kids couldn’t miss too many days.  Instead of missing yesterday, today and tomorrow, they will join me this evening and only miss tomorrow.

When I arrived, I went to the health and fitness expo and got a temporary tattoo as well as my race bibs, shirts, and my annual Mickey.

This morning, I got up really early and ran the Walt Disney World 5K — the first of four races in the Dopey Challenge.

After a nap, I chilled by the pool for most of the afternoon.

My hotel is across the lake from Disney Springs. Disney is still doing the Christmas drone show over the lake. Here are some images from the show. Each “light” is actually a drone.  Pretty awesome technology!

Solo Disney

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

On Wednesday, I woke up, told the family goodbye and drove to Walt Disney World. Alone.  I had a conference to attend at the Buena Vista Palace resort, which is on Disney property right across the street from Disney Springs!

Although it was awkward being at Walt Disney World without the family, it was too cool being in one of my favorite places and getting paid for it. I learned a lot, made several contacts and enjoyed being at Disney.

Mackenzie has a soccer game in Newnan tomorrow so I have to get up very very early so I get home in time to pick up the family and drive a few more hours for soccer.

Sending Rilianne off to school

Sending Rilianne off to school

 

Disney Springs!

Disney Springs!

 

Floral Mickey head

Floral Mickey head

 

I want this $350 lego set so bad!

I want this $350 lego set so bad!

 

Under Armour store

Under Armour store

 

Planet Hollywood refurbishment in progress

Planet Hollywood refurbishment in progress

 

The new Orlando Coke store

The new Orlando Coke store

 

Coke store rooftop bar

Coke store rooftop bar

 

Rilianne waving to me during a FaceTime

Rilianne waving to me during a FaceTime

 

Rilianne blowing a kiss during a FaceTime

Rilianne blowing a kiss during a FaceTime

 

A treat from Ghirardelli

A treat from Ghirardelli

 

Me with the U.S. Marshal dog

Me with the U.S. Marshal dog

 

Riding the escalator at UNIQLO

Riding the escalator at UNIQLO

 

Alive statues

Alive statues

 

Raglan Road

Raglan Road

 

My Fish & Chips at Raglan Road

My Fish & Chips at Raglan Road

 

Hanging out at Saratoga Springs

Hanging out at Saratoga Springs

Hotel Life

Monday, August 8th, 2016

I feel like I’ve been living in hotels lately.  Between work trips, which have all seem to fallen together recently, and personal trips I’ve been all over the place.  Tonight, I’m in Athens, Georgia for work, trying out the Hotel Indigo.

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Walt Disney World Wilderness Lodge

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

Happy Weekend! Today we are at the Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World. We have enjoyed a wonderful pool day!  So far, this is my least favorite of the Disney Vacation Club resorts mostly because of construction and refurbishment. But, we’ll check it out again someday because it has potential.

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Texas Trip Number 3

Friday, September 12th, 2014

I had to jet set over to San Antonio for a few days this week for a training class. This makes my third work trip to Texas.  Here is trip 1 and trip 2.  There were a couple of differences this time. I didn’t have any of my coworkers with me and for the first time, I flew Southwest.

Southwest was awesome. They have Dish Network available that you can watch for free on your iPad.  Here is my tray table setup.

They also have this cool tracking app so you can see where you are and how fast you are going. This made looking out the window much more fun because I knew which city was beneath me.  Also, on the way there and back I had an empty seat next to me.

I may or may not have taken a selfie in the airplane bathroom.

I actually didn’t feel well during the trip so I stayed in the hotel when I wasn’t in class. Plus, I didn’t have anyone to go out and eat with. I did hit up my favorite Texas hamburger chain though.

Perhaps the best part of traveling alone, is being able to control the climate. Kimberlie would kill me if I made the room this cold with her in it!

Photos from Texas

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

I absolutely LOVE San Antonio. It’s probably my favorite visited city so far.  I love the vibrant city life and this city, unlike places like Baltimore, is relatively safe. I’ve been walking around all week and haven’t had a problem.

Even better are the people. There’s not quite as much “southern hospitality” as there is in Georgia, but there is pretty much zero racism. The blacks, whites, hispanics, and others all seem to get along harmonious.  It’s nice experiencing other cultures and especially their food (and the mariachi bands).  I have ate A LOT of food this week.  Everything IS bigger in Texas and I’m definitely coming home bigger too!

Texas Trip Two

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Last spring, I had the privilege of visiting our nation’s seventh largest city: San Antonio, Texas. This week, I’m back!

It’s a work trip and I’m here for six days and five nights. Our training center is located here and due to my employer’s social networking policy, that’s all I’m going to say about that. I would like to give a quick shout out to all of you tax payers who are funding my adventure!

Me, still underwhelmed by the Alamo

I was hoping I would be bringing the family along this time, but with Thanksgiving right around the corner, it didn’t make much sense. I’m pretty sure they would learn more here than at school, but we are sailing to the Bahamas next week on our 4th Disney Cruise so they will still get a little holiday getaway.  This is the longest I’ve ever been without my family though.  Thankfully, FaceTime is keeping us connected. I love my iPhone!

FaceTiming with Mackenzie

FaceTiming with Tristan

I’m here with a colleague, but pretty much on my own. I duped the recommended hotel and chose one about a mile away to get free breakfast, a suite, and Hilton Honor points.