Monday, January 11, 2010

National Champs!

I’m sure you are all happy to know that I made it home safely and I’m sure you are even more excited that I am done talking about football for awhile after this post. I am already missing it but it was an AMAZING year! I am SO glad that I was able to go. I posted some pictures below and I figured I would tell you about the highlights of my trip before starting the regular “talking about dieting stuff” tomorrow and by the way...I’m hungry which means I’m back on the wagon.

When I got to San Diego on Wednesday night, everything had gone without a hitch. I even got my rental car with no problems. Then...there was the hotel. I should have known that the name Good Nite Inn wasn’t going to look like the Ritz and truth be told, I probably should have paid attention to the hotel rate when I got my package (I later found out it was $37 a night). The point is, I got there about midnight and had to walk around to the back of the hotel to get to my room. When I finally got in there, I heard a thumping party going on upstairs, the boxed air conditioner was literally hanging crooked on the wall and falling apart, there were black stains on the carpet, holes in the comforter and sheets and mildew in the bathroom. I was completely freaked out and I had a minor meltdown. I decided that as soon as I got up in the morning I would get a room at the Hampton Inn next door. I got in the bed fully clothed and slept about 3 hours before I got the heck out of dodge.

I vowed to have a good day Thursday so I grabbed some food at this Mexican place I had eaten at the last time I was there and drove directly to Pasadena. I spent the day tailgating and the night watching Alabama win the National Championship. I had an awesome time and I’m so glad I went. I didn’t leave the Rose Bowl until about midnight, took some friends back to their hotel and then had a two hour drive back to San Diego where I would basically take a 2 hour nap in my new, improved hotel. That drive was probably the scariest part of the trip because I was extremely tired but I made it back and was at the airport by about 6 to catch my first of three flights that day.

I think I estimated that overall I flew about 12 hours and drove about 10 but again, it was worth it. It was a very memorable experience and I am very grateful to everyone who made it possible!!!

So-enjoy a few of the pictures that I took and tomorrow I will discuss my sad, post-holiday return to granola bars and mayo-less sandwiches!

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