Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Day Off

I have been absent this week. It's been a busy week but I have missed my blog friends. It seems like I have been going non-stop since last Friday. The weekend was so busy that I only had time to see a few pics of my friends running the St. Louis Half Marathon. I was cheering them on in spirit.

This week I was supposed to be in Nashville on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for a Neonatal Conference. The conference was only on Wednesday but a few of us from work were going to make it a little get away. It didn't work out for me at the last minute. My father-in-law, who is just wonderful and keeps my kids all the time, had a last minute schedule change at work so it didn't work out. My sweet sister-in-law, Carrie, saved the day! She and her husband came and stayed the night so I could leave at 4 AM and head east towards Nashville. I got a day off from being a stay-at-home-mommy-during-the-week. I surprised my friends. Ha! I am sneaky like that sometimes.

I wore this to the conference.
Top from Charming Charlie-$20
Necklace from Charming Charlie-$12
Mint Jeggings-Tillys-$39.99 and currently buy one get on FREE! They have a varitey of colors. I have coral too.

Good morning, sunshine! This was about 2 hours into my trip. It was just me and a bunch of truckers on I-40. I even called my Daddy. He's a trucker. Ha!
I had to take a pic of this bridge. It was on a two lane road headed into town. I thought it looked really cool. Excuse my dirty windshield. Lots of bugs killed themselves around 5 AM. 

The conference was actually in a town called Franklin. It was my first time to visit the place and I loved it. It was held at The Factory at Franklin. It was so nice. There were several boutiques with adorable clothing and jewelry. If you are ever in the area it is a must see!
I found these shorts there. They are Miss Me. They were on sale for $87. Hmmm...I just have a hard time paying that much for shorts but my mom doesn't! She saw a conversation between Lora and I on Instagram about them and she found this exact pair online at Macy's and had a $20 off coupon. She had them shipped to me for an early birthday gift. Thanks, Mom!
So...when I arrived at 7:30 they were serving warm and delicous cinnamon rolls. I may or may not have had two. At 10:00, they brought out two chocolate fountains with pretzels, chocolate chip cookies, brownies with chocolate chips, bananas, and marshmallows. Did I mention all the tables had candy jars with Kit Kats and Hershey's Kisses? Yeah...these were my kind of people.
It was divine!
The speakers were great. They were all doctors from the NICU at Vanderbilt, which happens to be one of the best. I really enjoyed every speaker. I learned so much! Now back to the food! Ha! They did have a lunch buffet with a Mexican theme but my friends ate Mexican for dinner so we went to a restaurant at the factory. It was called Saffire. Omg! I had a burger and it was the best I've ever had besides Houston's in Memphis.
Yes! I ate every bit of it!
There were a couple more speakers after lunch and we met with some vendors who had lots of new neat stuff that NICU people get all excited about. Ha! Before I knew it, here comes more food. Lord, help!
Cinnamon and sugar muffins. There were all kinds but I picked this one.
I had to jet as soon as the last speaker was finished. We were in a Tornado Watch back home and I wanted to get back before all hell broke loose. Spending that much time in the car alone isn't too bad but I will confess that towards the end I was completely over it and singing loudly and possibly even dancing. Ha! I made ZERO stops! My dad told me I made good time which is a huge compliment from a truck driver. Lol!
I had a great day but it was nice to get back home to this little face!
If you're not following me on IG you should be @linzlee1982! You could have already lived with me through my chocolate fantasy! Ha! I am hoping next week is a little more calm and I plan to share a couple recipes and stories. I hope everyone has a great weekend!


  1. I MISSEDDDD you!!! Next time you are that close to me, you better let me know! I would have came to you. Franklin is sooo close to me! I used to work in Franklin actually! I included you in my blog recap Monday! I have LOTS of candy left from G's birthday buffet! You want it for those cute little kiddos!?!? Ha! Have a good work weekend!

  2. so glad you were able to go at least for one day. and glad your Momma has IG!! :)

  3. Yay missed you! Glad you had a good day out. :)

  4. You deserved that day off and seriously chocolate fountain?!! Yummy!

  5. So glad you were able to go, even if it was just for one day. And I love Franklin! One of Jeremy's cousins lives there and she's been trying to get us to move there for years, lol. And yay for your mom seeing that on IG. I found out this Christmas that my mom has been pinterest stalking me. It worked out perfectly, lol!

  6. Oh and yay for Vandy NICU and NICU nurses in general. If it wasn't for some special nurses there I wouldn't have Jeremy today. He was one of the first babies in their Angel One center. Random facts for the day, haha

  7. Dang, it sounds like yall had awesome food...I mean an awesoem conference! Yeah, I was wondering where you were. I can't wait to see that cute face this weekend! And you know I love those shorts! I'm looking for them in my size!

  8. Sounds like you had a great tim, And super cute outfit!!

  9. Glad you were able to go, and we had fun sitting on the kiddos ;) We slept REALLY well that next night! Haha :D

  10. Oh my goodness! I'm not sure I would have heard the speakers over my constant chewing. Educator conferences never have that much deliciousness going on. Dancing and singing when you got bored? This is normal for me. Sometimes I do it just to see the little old ladies' faces beside me. Love the outfit!