Butterflies in my belly

Do you guys ever feel like you just need something to be excited about?  Something to give you that butterfly feeling in your belly like a kid counting down the days til Christmas?  I think I function best in life when I have something on the not-too-distant horizon to look forward to.  Something that can turn a frown upside down when I’m having a bad day, and that I can pour countless hours of research into when I have nothing better to do but piddle away hours and hours on the internet.

My friend Tracy and I were road trip buddies back in the day, and she knew to EXPECT a multi-tabbed excel spreadsheet and file folder full of research for every excursion we set out on. I do not mess around, people.  I’m not 100% sure what it is, but I just love the whole exploratory phase of planning trips and visiting new places.  That is probably somehow correlated to my obsession for trying new restaurants, huh?

Lately, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying immersing myself in my lovely new hometown of Charlotte.  Every weekend I set out to discover something new.  A new shop, a new street, and of course (at least) one new restaurant, but I still have that little craving deep inside for something bigger.  Something exciting.  Something I could research and plan the crap out of.  Tell me it’s not just me?!

I started adding a few things to the calendar here and there…  A trip home here, a weekend trip there…. and before I knew it my calendar runneth over with TRAVEL!

Here’s what’s on the agenda:

  • September – Trip home (haven’t been home since Memorial Day!)
  • October – Weekend Trip with the Man Candy to Atlanta or Savannah… can’t decide Smile
  • October – Food Blog Forum in Nashville with these gals:  Vanessa, Jamie, and Brooke!
  • October – Dallas for Training
  • November – FOODBUZZ FESTIVAL in San Francisco (shout out to Suki who I met at HLS 2010)
  • November – Additional weekend trip with the MC???  Where to go… where to go….
  • November – Home for Turkey Day
  • December – Orlando for Training
  • December – Home for Christmas

Whew!  That is a whole lot o’ traveling.  I can feel the butterflies starting to grow in my belly Smile

Any of you going to the Foodbuzz Festival or Food Blog Forum?

And what do ya’ll say about Atlanta versus Savannah?  Maybe we should do both?


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  1. OH I sooo hear you!!! I love to plan and travel. I think the anticipation of travel is part of the fun. Trips planned with little notice are fine but just don’t have the same oomph behind them. I have a trip to Iceland next year I am planning for … research here I come!! And I’ve been once… so this time I get to research even deeper in to every mountain, volcano and crevasse that they have!!! Enjoy your travels and your food!

  2. SO exciting. I love that you have something planned for all your weekends. I’m pretty much the same way, sometimes unintentionally. 🙂 I’ve not been to either Atlanta or Savannah, so I can’t really vote. Maybe one weekend in Atlanta, another in Savannah since you have two weekend trips with the MC marked down? 😛

  3. I am exactly the same and neeed something to look forward to just like you’ve got! I have a foodbuzz ticket but I am not sure I am going to be able to make it. I am 90% in but I might be in Florida for the wine and food festival. We’ll seeeeee.