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Boston & Back

Posted Dec 07 2010 6:35pm

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.

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The AOL headquarters was cool! :-D

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Modern, bright, and funky.

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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! ;-)

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I ate First Breakfast at 6:00 AM, so a few hours later, I was hungry again! (When am I not hungry!?! ;-) )

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I immediately hit up the coffee table. Copious amounts of caffeine have fueled my day today! 8-O

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I’m such a sucker for flavored creamers. Saturated fat? What saturated fat?! ;-)

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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.

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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! :-D

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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!

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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 .

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Wine, food, relaxation. Sounded good to me! :-D

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I also liked sitting at the bar and chatting with the bartenders. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.

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To drink, I picked a 3-wine sampler, called “Shades of White.”

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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.

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To eat, I ordered the Brie & Prosciutto Sandwich, which was served with warmed brie cheese, Italian prosciutto, fresh greens, and fig jam.

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Um, yum. It was the perfect compliment to a flight of white wine.

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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! :-D

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