Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Take Your Tie Off 2009


Around this time last year, I started itching for Spring Break. So me and two of my friends decided to keep alive the tradition of ditching all responsibilities for a week and headed off to Las Vegas. That vacation was great and included one very drunken night at the only Irish pub on the strip that left us hungover for the rest of our time in Sin City, lots of sing-alongs to "Damaged" by the band formerly known as Danity Kane, and one very interesting experience at Cirque du Soleil

This year, I don't have the funds (not like that stopped me last year) and it turns out that instead of planning my own Spring Break, my company has done it for me. On Thursday morning, I will depart for Key West for a long weekend of sun, sand, and Kenny Chesney on repeat on my iPod. 

Explanation for this little getaway: each year my company has a sales incentive competition. Last year, the top 10 salespeople won a long weekend away in Puerto Rico. This year, it is a long weekend in Key West, Florida. And since I had a hand in planning the excursion (aka all the flights, all the meals, all the hotel arrangements, the shuttle service, and even the guest's beach activities), I get to tag along. Yes, I am pretty much their travel agent. 

But I am more than over the moon about this trip. Not only is it 80 degrees right now in Key West (and it's about -13 here in Chicago), but I get some free time while I am there as well. The first few days we are there we have dinners and meetings that I have to deal with, but come Sunday I have free time to lounge by the pool, drink strong margaritas, and add some more freckles to my already over-freckled skin. 

And that's not all! My company is allowing me to bring a guest, so Thursday night one of my best friends from college is going to be flying in from New Jersey so we can hang out and maybe convince a few of my colleagues to take their ties off. 

I'm sure this trip will inspire a story or two, so stay posted for an update on my excursion down south on Monday! 

34 comments:

Fashion Biscuit said...

In the words of Napoleon Dynamite "Lucky!" I so have spring fever right now. Hope you have a fun time!

Sarah said...

You are so lucky!! I'm so jealous but I'm sure you will have a great time. Make sure you stop by Margaritaville there. You will have a blast. I love Key West. :) Have fun and take pictures!!

High-heel gal said...

I am so jealous. Get a tan for me ;)

Ptoe - you know. said...

This is amazing!! I love when you get to tag a long on events! I planned a ride and drive in FL and CA one year for my old company, 10 days in Dana Point, CA was a dream come true!! Have a blast and don't drink too many in front of the boss!! :)

Suz said...

Lucky Lucky Lucky! I am so jealous! Sun, sand, drinks, and Kenny? What more could a working girl ask for?? Have a fabulous time :)

Caitlin said...

Oh, I am completely jealous! I need some sun and sand in my life - the high of 77 today just isn't quite enough for me.

Cookie said...

I'm SO jealous! (And it's 41 here, so I shouldn't be complaining...)

bluebird said...

Jealous!

mary evelyn said...

wow, that's awesome! have so much fun, and bring chicago back some warm weather :o) i can't wait to hear about your trip!

remember moments said...

Oh I am TOTALLY jealous of your pending trip to Key West. It's so beautiful there and what a great company - to allow you to take a friend!! Wow, especially in these times of cutting back on everything.

Have fun! Looking forward to the post-trip posts.

Akirah said...

Fun! I'm kinda jealous. You'll have a blast. That's such a great opportunity!

Giovanna Diaries said...

That's awesome! Enjoy every second of that sunny weather!

Another Day In Paradise said...

That is amazing...I would love your job! It is so great when you can plan something and get to enjoy it too! Have fun and keep us posted!

Ellegant said...

Wow, that is beyond lucky!!! Have a great time :)!

lisa said...

Lucky you! Have fun. :)

~Mary said...

Oh my gosh! I love Key West! I use to work on cruise lines and would dock there once a week! YOU WILL LOVE IT!

Sockit2me said...

WG2
Have fun!

Non Sequitur Chica said...

That's awesome! Have fun in the warm weather (while we freeze)!

Ms. Salti said...

I'm sooo jealous. You better bring us back some really good stories to make up for going without us!

Miss Type-A said...

Have fun!!!

kacijohanna said...

What the title of this post should have been: You'll be jealous by the second paragraph. :)

Have a great trip!

Emily said...

oh that sounds wonderful!! have a great trip and make sure and take lots of pictures!!

Anne's Friend said...

that sounds like a blast! Have fun!

Wonderful said...

That's so awesome! Enjoy it!

Anonymous said...

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Edit This said...

My best friend and I were planning a trip to Paris for the spring but it got canceled. I am so envious!

TudorCityGirl said...

Lucky you! I am waiting for a good story from the trip to the Keys! I was just in Florida and coming back to a snowstorm now in NYC. So I'm thinking maybe you are delayed too at the airport! Hope you had fun!TudorCityGirl

jo said...

I'm so happy for you. I would like a spring break. Although, I'm kind of sick of the sun. I think it'd be nice to go somewhere rainy and drink tea while I do nothing but read and write.

Angelique said...

When is the Kenny show? Everyone's trying to find out! Some say it's the 13th, some say it's the 21st.

Sugarloafer said...

It was the 14th--the place was jammed. I guess the best part was when Peyton Manning joined Kenny on stage for "You Don't Have to Call Me Darling, Darling" by David Allen Coe who also wrote "Jimmy Buffett Doesn't Live in Key West Anymore." So there's your KW trivia for the day.

Sugarloafer said...

oooops--my DH just reminded me that David didn't write "You Don't Have to Call Me Darling, Darling"--that was actually written by Steve Goodman. Could somebody please get me another 'rita?

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