Home from another successful trip to DC! It was a quick trip, but a fun one. On the way up, I read Start Something That Matters. It is actually a work book club book. I was happy when the book I voted was selected, but I had no idea until the book arrived that the book was written by Toms founder, Blake Mycoskie.
Let me preface this by saying, I had no idea what Toms were until a few months ago when bloggers started raving about them. I didn’t really get what the big deal was. I thought they looked comfy in the photos, but still had no idea what Tom’s was all about. In case, you are under the same rock as I am, Toms (tomorrow’s shoes) were created as a way of providing shoes to children in need. For every single pair of Tom’s shoes sold, a pair is donated to a needy child. Shoes are actually extremely important for preventing infection and disease and so many children go without them.
In any event, I read the book in three hours, leaving nothing for me to read on the way home. It was just as inspiring as the title suggested, and I love me a little lit-spiration. It talks about the start of FEED, Method and a bunch of other innovative companies that have created a business model that really gives back beyond a big tax write off now and again. I really enjoyed it!
After a very long bus ride, we arrived in DC and made our way to the Grand Hyatt. It was a very nice hotel with a pretty lobby!
I really liked the floral arrangements…
The next morning, Frank had to go to the business center to get some work done, so I made my way to the gym. However, there was a $10 fee, so I decided to pass. Instead I did some ab work in the room and decided to try to let my nagging
jerk quad rest and relax for the weekend. Then we made our way to lower lobby for brunch!
There were so many options on the buffet!
While the cereal and oatmeal bar was tempting. I ended up with an expertly flipped spinach, pepper, onion, chive and cheese egg while omelet, toast with preserves, potatoes and a sliver of brie.
I ended up skipping the toast and cheese and instead grabbing some fruit and yogurt.
After that it was time for the game, but first a stop in the Bullpen! The Bullpen is a huge outdoor bar with lots of fun food trucks and tons of cornhole right outside the stadium.
We had so much fun. If you live in DC, you need to go to the bullpen, it’s a blast.
The game was also a good time—all 14 innings.
Fortunately, we were with friends and had a lot of time to catch up. Of course, this was very necessary.
The Yanks pulled it out and all was right in the world.
After showering, changing and a little US Open watching, we met everyone for dinner at Matchbox before hitting some local bars. This morning we had an early brunch with some of my friends at Darling House. It was really cute inside and the service was friendly, although think I prefer the food at Kramer’s Books.
After brunch, we took a stroll around the Dupont Circle Market. It’s such a great market! The presentation of produce was top notch.
Then it was time to head home.
(DC really does have crazy long escalators!) It was a great weekend, but I am always happy to return to NYC. Whenever I got away for the weekend, I always feel like I need a break before returning to work. No luck, but it should be a fun week.