Peaches Prattlings

OMG! That is funny! I am saying spoiler alert like it’s a movie I’m about to divulge secrets on and it’s just another “I’m spoiled” moment! Ha ha!

So…I started the morning with a walk along the Mississip, that’s the Mississippi River for those of you ‘not in the know’. My hotel this week looks out over the Mississippi River, I think I shares some pictures the other day of the sunset from my balcony and dinner overlooking the river, the restaurant was a few blocks away.

They built a very nice brick walkway down by the river, railroad tracks on one side, river on the other. It was quiet, very few people out at that time, so it was nice walking along the river as the sun came up. Since the sun rises in the west, it was not in my eyes, but it did make a pretty picture over the buildings downtown.

Then it was off to work for a few hours and then to the airport for my three flights to get home. I flew BTR > IAH > LAX > HNL. That would be, in plain English for those of you not in airports every day! Baton Rouge > Houston > Los Angeles > Honolulu and I’m home!

BTR to IAH, smaller plane, I was in the 2nd seat and it was squished! I barely had room for my bag under the seat and nowhere for my feet, oh well. IAH to LAX, not too bad, it was a much bigger plane and I was on the aisle of a 3 seat row. I’m glad the little girl fell asleep because she was playing games on her phone at full volume and mom didn’t seem to mind.

I have started to enjoy the aisle seat more on flights, it’s interesting. Since I don’t sleep, or rarely, I don’t really need the window to lean on and then if I need to get up to use the lavatory, I’m not climbing over someone or waking them up to do it. Aside from when the carts come down the aisles, it’s not so bad.

Now, on occasion, because of my status I get upgraded. It all depends on the flights I’m on. Shorter legs or segments, if it’s not a popular flight or flight time, you have a better chance of upgrading.

I’ve been upgraded quite a bit over the last few years, not as much as when I first got status years ago. Now that everyone has the airline credit cards, everyone has a greater chance, but status definitely helps. I was upgraded flying to Hawaii once in the past, it was on Delta and the seats were huge and the food and drink were flowing. I’ve been dreaming about the sleeping pods in first class. I cannot stand when we board the flight and have to go through first class, ‘see what you’re not getting!’

Well, my friends, it happened! I was upgraded on a flight from LAX to Honolulu and I was in a SLEEPING POD!!! Yes! I made it to the big leagues! You thought I was spoiled before, O M G!! How will I live with myself now? Or how will anyone else for that matter? Poor PSM!

So, if you don’t know about the pods, they are individual seats, kind of a cocoon, with half walls between you and your neighbor so it’s private, but you can still talk to them, if you so choose. You have personal charging ports, the trays are collapsed and come up from the armrest, no, you don’t open a flap, they slide up! You aren’t bugging your seat mate when you need it. There are tv screens and remotes, you don’t even have to reach out and touch the screen! The remotes also have a game console on the other side of the tv controls.

The seats are like a recliner at home or a movie theater, not big and stuffed, but they recline! You can put your feet up or lay out completely flat! It’s a bed! And the footrest comes up to meet the cubbies/shelves in front of you so that your feet don’t hang off the end of the footrest. Then there is a real pillow, not that teeny scratchy thing in the back! They have real pillow cases and a soft blanket! Both from Saks Fifth Avenue, I only know because they are embroidered. Let’s just say, these sleeping pods are like first class on crack! LOVE LOVE LOVE.

The food was ok for airline food, there have been flights with better food, but it was something I could eat, go me! And…I take a chance every time I fly, since I’m either in first class or economy comfort, which comes with alcoholic beverages, I always ask…any amaretto? For the first time since I discovered amaretto and as I’ve told you, I drink it when I want to pretend to be a grown up…THEY HAD AMARETTO! It was an airline sized bottle of Disarono! I didn’t finish most of it, but I had it! I felt so grown up! HA HA! They even came around with a cookies and cream dessert! I couldn’t have it, but it was so cool, had real whipped cream!

And then…my friends…I settled in, watched a movie with my meal, let it digest and then…opened up that seat all the way, I was laying flat, put the blanket over me, soft pillow under my head and zzzzzzz. It was one of the best naps I have ever had!

If I could have one wish for you and my fellow travelers, is to have the opportunity to get a first class seat and be in a sleeping pod.

Life is good.

Eleven! Can you believe it?!

My smart, funny, sensitive, sweet, goofy, inquisitive niece is eleven years old today! O M G! When did that happen? I still remember the day I found out my sister was pregnant for the first time. Tears starting.

I remember asking her if I could get the Halloween costume. I remember her answer “Of course, because if you don’t, no one will!” Was I tickled? You bet! And I’ve had the pleasure, in case you haven’t kept up with me over these years to get her costume, her sister’s costume and the costume of many of my loves. All because of you EJS.

I’ve watched you grow, from a wee babe, to a little person, a strong and defiant toddler, from “momma do it!” to “EJS do it!”, to not wanting me to leave so much that she wouldn’t talk to me, then as I was leaving looking back and seeing a stark little three year old in the door waving, I’m smiling so wide as I write this, tears starting to roll down my cheeks. To “why?” “Where are you going?” question after question after question.

And I’ll tell you what, it hasn’t stopped. She still asks so many questions, such an inquisitive mind, every once in a while it’s still “why?” but now, the questions are more thoughtful, insightful. Sometimes she doesn’t like the answer, but that’s to be expected with anyone. So she’ll try another tactic, clever girl. Doesn’t work, but she tries!

She’s done gymnastics, swimming, softball, lacrosse and futbal. She excelled at all of them, but oh how she loves futbal! She is on a local and travel team, at least she was, who knows what next season brings. Her dad is one of the coaches and she looks up to him so much! They practice together, go running together, she works out, she’s fully committed. Oh, did I mention she moved from cello to trumpet and a thumpin’ good player she is. I know, I’m biased, I’m her patron of the arts…

She is fierce with her family, they play, they fight, they love, they laugh, they enjoy each other. She and her sister, sometimes I swear they are going to kill each other, but as they are beating the tar out of each other, they are giggling about it, it’s awesome. She stands almost as tall as her mother and it’s a wonder my sister has nothing to wear, we look at EJS and she is usually wearing it!

My niece is bright and curious and wonderful and fun and silly and goofy and if you are getting the idea that I love her to bits, you are absolutely right!

AND she is ELEVEN years old!!! When did that happen?! She was a week old when I met her for the first time. I was in love when I saw the first pic, but, nothing like the first time I held her, no turning back.

Happy eleventh birthday EJS, you are a wonder and your auntie loves you very much!

As we talked about, I started on a new project today and tonight was my roll on dinner.

Second day on the project had reviews, meetings, training and a project meeting at the end of the day where I introduced myself to the project team. It was also a day of getting to know my new team mates, we talked families, love interests, travel, work, you name it.

Then…there was more of that! That I liked a lot, getting to know my team mates. It’s very important to get to know the people you’re working with and hopefully have some things in common.

After the big team meetings, we went to Tsunami’s for good sushi and an amazing sunset! Isn’t it fabulous!

We had a few appetizers to share, seaweed salad, a cucumber salad and edamame. Then I had miso soup, a piece of tomago, a vegetable roll and a tofu roll. Everyone got a kick out of my reaction to the chili paste on the tofu roll…I was so not expecting it and didn’t realize it was chili paste! O M G!

The food was great, sunset amazing, company fantastic. A good sign for my time on the project, looking forward to new experiences.

{March 19, 2018}   Hibernation season is over!

Ok, so, some people might get woogie over this post…

What do bears do when it’s winter, hiberbation. What do some women do during the winter months? Or not do…

Now, when you live on an island, something you have to do is keep those legs shaved, pretty much every day. And other parts…let’s just say. Well, I haven’t been home in a few weeks and even when I was home, I barely wore shorts…so certain things didn’t happen.

I am going to be home at the end of the week and on vacation, can’t wait to tell you about that and in shorts most of the time.

The other thing is, I didn’t have a razor with me! I know, I know! I could have bought one and I usually do, but this time, I would remember when I got in the shower and then forget…until I got into the shower again! So wrong! I found one in my things over the weekend and this morning…ahhh…

Now, it’s safe for me to go out in public in shorts and a tank top! Let’s do this!

{March 18, 2018}   A New Adventure
I rolled off my Chicago project on Friday. Didn’t we talk about the great and final roll off dinner, that included me.
I got to Boston on Friday, birthday party on Saturday and now I am on a flight for Baton Rouge, LA for a new project! When I told people it was in LA, everyone assumed it was Los Angeles, go figure! So, I now say Louisiana, problem solved.
I got to Baton Rouge, Uber driver was nice, hotel is nice and when I called and asked if they had a room that didn’t face the parking deck next door, they moved me to a room with a nice view of the Mississippi river.
How about that view of the sunset…not too shabby. Yes, I do lead a charmed life.
Can’t wait to start my new adventure on a new project tomorrow! Keep you posted!

Technically 10 is a double digit, there are two of them, right? Why do we say 11 is really the first double digit. Is it because it’s the same two digits? I have no idea!

Doesn’t matter!!! EJS is going to be ELEVEN on Wednesday, can you believe it?! I, for one, cannot. Imagine what it’s like for my sister and brother-in-law! I remember so much from the last eleven years, I know, almost eleven, don’t push it! Ok, I’m going to stop here, because if I tell you everything fabulous about her today, what will I tell you on Wednesday, although I’m sure I could think of a few more!

Today we had the party. Originally EJS had wanted a bouncy house, they are super fun, but…Mid March in Massachusetts, that’s a mouthful in and of itself! But mid-March in Mass…touchy with the weather. Good thing they didn’t…it snowed hard this past week and there would not be a flat surface for the bouncy house this weekend!

So… it was a slimy weekend! She had six friends come over and they made…slime! The table was set with glue, laundry detergent, soap, shaving cream and lots of things to put into the slime, such as food coloring, beads, sparkly things, shiny things, everything that a kid could want for their slime and so much more!

Who knew eight kids could be so fascinated making slime for over two hours! There were containers galore so each kid made at least two, if not more! It was pretty cool and for once, the grownups barely made an entrance into the lab!

We hung out in the kitchen, munching on snacks of junk and healthy, a fine mix! Then after the slime had slung, the girls went downstairs to play games, then upstairs to play games, then downstairs and then it was time for dinner! Pizza, pasta, salad, oh my!

After dinner, it was Pitch Perfect and then ice cream cake and then pretend to go to sleep. Oh, did I mention it was a sleepover party too? The cutest thing to hear was them trying to recreate the songs from Pitch Perfect. Too perfect!

I think the last one went down about 11:30pm! Oh, I do not envy their parents tomorrow! Luckily, they all go home by 9am, we go to brunch and hear…crickets.

Eleven, wow. Yeah, that’s about it. I’ll tell you more on Wednesday!

{March 14, 2018}   Happy Pi Day!

It’s March 14th…that would be 3.14!

This is the 30th anniversary of Pi day! THIRTY years! 1988 was the earliest known official celebration of Pi Day. It was organized by Larry Shaw, who worked as a physicist. He would march around a circular space, with staff and public and then eat fruit pies! He worked at the San Francisco Exploratorium and they still hold the Pi Day celebrations!

On March 12, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution recognizing March 14, 2009 as National Pi Day! What are the odds? Something that someone thought would be fun is now a national thing!

I ordered a few fruit pies for the office, there was a cherry, peach and a sweet potato, they didn’t have the sweet potato, so they sent a crumble. Yum!

And then…to top it off, I met WIS for our last date night! At Kitchen 17, the new location. Do you remember me telling you about it last week? Well, it was time for pizza pie! We tried something different, mac-n-cheese pizza! Different, but yummy!

How perfect is that? On Pi Day, 3.14, I had pizza pie and fruit pie. And I ate with a sweetie pie! How could I resist?

I hope you got a piece of pie! Happy Pi Day!

{March 13, 2018}   I paid for this torture!

I’m back in Chicago this week and I’m back in the gym. Ouch!

I will give you the entire rundown on my trainer soon, but just know that I am in pain! OMG! Some days, PSM would say I am walking like a constipated dog! Isn’t that a fabulous image?!

I have been working out on my own, well, virtual training. I use an app to show me what exercises I need to do. Being in a hotel or at home, I do a lot of no equipment workouts, there aren’t always weights, sometimes just treadmills and elliptical machines.

Since I’m here in Chicago this week and last, my trainer was super excited about me coming in to train at the gym. He’s been asking me to come in for months and here I am!

So… since everything I’ve been doing has been no equipment, any guesses what he and the other trainers are doing to me?! Yup, you guessed it! Weights, weights and more weights!

Every day they give me something new and oh my! Let’s just say last week was worse than this week so far. But the week is still young.

Tonight it was 630pm, tomorrow 630am. Let’s do this!


{March 7, 2018}   A work GNO…awesome!

Tonight was a girls night out with some co-workers.

It was DLP, myself, JM, you might remember her from our movies in the park over the summer and PB. OMG! I just realized, she and I together and PB & J! How funny is that?! I am so easily amused!

PB has been in the field, JM rolled off the project a while ago, so it was great to

We met at MAD Social,, a lot of plates for sharing, salads, flats, skewers, they were able to make some of them vegan, which was great for me and plenty to eat!

DLP and I went from the office, PB and JM were coming from other locations. We haven’t all seen each other in quite a while, so it was fabulous to be together. We laughed, we caught up, we talked about what’s next, laughed, and repeated the process all over again.

What a great time we had tonight, seeing each other and spending time together, sharing stories, time and affection. It’s not always easy to connect with co-workers on that level. You might be friendly with some, but to take it to the next level, it doesn’t always happen, but when it does, it’s special.

Looking forward to the next GNO, fabulous!

{March 5, 2018}   That’s so cool!

Got into the Uber tonight and saw something cool!

On the center console was a clear case made by Car Go. It had all sorts of goodies. I’ve been in Uber’s that had water, sometimes candy, but this went beyond!

It was like a vending machine all in a small box! There were chips, candy, healthy snacks, junk, gum, energy shots, headache pills and even condoms! You had it all!

You go to the app, put in the number, select your items, it gets charged to the card on file and the driver is notified and you get your items. There are also USB charging ports.

You have everything you could possibly need. Seriously, how cool is that?!

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