Where has this past week gone? I can’t believe that it was a week ago that I found myself working until almost 9pm on Wednesday night and getting home close to 10pm, only to finally start packing for my trip to Minneapolis. Unfortunately my flight was so early that my cab was scheduled for 4am. After a couple of loads of laundry and getting everything packed, I managed a three hour nap before time to head to the airport.
I slept through my first flight to Philadelphia and grabbed a quick breakfast in the Philly airport. I got a vegetarian breakfast burrito that didn’t sit well with my stomach at all. I spent the next flight dealing with painful indigestion. When I reached Minneapolis I opted to take a cab to the hotel to get there as quickly as possible and grab some medicine before the Twins game mini mingle I was hosting.
After arriving at the hotel I made a quick trip to Target to get some medicine for my stomach. Along the way I saw droves of Target employees. On the way to the game, Tara and I noticed that they were all heading the same direction. Upon arriving in front of the Target Center, we realized there was a Target convention; employees were literally lined up all around the building.
Around the corner was Target Field where Tara and I got our tickets for the Budweiser Roof Deck and headed up there to wait for Diana to join us.
Once Diana arrived we spent a lot of time chatting and getting to know each other and less time watching the game (though I was able to follow along a bit). Even though the Twins didn’t win the game and we didn’t stay the entire time, we were there for when one of the Twins players hit a homerun and fireworks went off over the Twins sign. I love anything with fireworks, so count me in! We also got some nice people to take a photo of the three of us.
After the game Diana and I walked around downtown a bit and stopped at Target for me to pick up a few more things. Plus what trip would be complete without a photo with Mary Tyler Moore for someone like me who watched Mary Tyler Moore reruns like life itself depended on it?
Diana and I then grabbed a quick hummus plate at the hotel bar in preparation for the frozen yogurt mini mingle that evening (neither of us thought that much sugar on an empty stomach would be a great idea).
The hummus actually had chunks of roasted vegetables in it, I’m talking BIG chunks, which I loved. After our appetizer we joined the Greatist Fro Yo mini mingle led by my fellow Greatist Ambassador Mindy and walked to the Yogurt Lab where there were so many options!
I ended up getting frozen Greek yogurt with green tea mochi, snickers bits, blackberries, and coconut. It was yummy, but not quite as tart as I would have liked. Yes, I’m one of those. After a few unsuccessful group shots at the Yogurt Lab, we opted to grab one at the hotel when we returned.
After frozen yogurt it was time for dinner. I joined a group for a mingle to Chino Latino where I followed Ari’s lead and switched out the vodka in my Moscow Mule for bourbon, making it an American Mule. Then I shared food with Mindy, Alicia, Kelly, and Emily. The only thing I managed a photo of was the Popocatepe (nachos with fries as a base if we want to get technical).
Luckily Mindy also got photos of the queso fundido (yes our table got another cheese-based nacho-like dish), and the tofu pad thai. Yum!!! Also, look at the difference between my camera and Mindy’s in the exact same lighting, neither with a flash. I need a fancy camera.
Dinner was really fantastic, though we were all stuffed to the brim. Once I finished my American Mule, I wanted a fun drink from the menu. I couldn’t figure out how to pronounce the Kamanawanalaya, so I asked our server. She reminded me that all their drinks had a double meaning and I read it again. Oooooh. I ordered it and it was delicious, as I find most things with coconut rum.
After dinner several people decided to head out to a nearby rooftop bar, but Mindy, Alicia, and I decided that sleep was just a bit more enticing. Once I got back to my room I took a few minutes to appreciate my own view (no rooftop bar needed).
My roommate Aundra (who I met last year at HLS) arrived to the hotel shortly after I returned from dinner and we chatted for just a little while before I was so tired I couldn’t hold my eyes open any longer. As excited as I was for Friday to come, I needed lots of sleep to prepare.
More recaps of #hls13 to come soon!