I got to spend the last week in New York mixing work and fun-often at the same time-and seeing a whole bunch of faces I love and miss. I don't want to sound like braggy mcbraggerson but here are some highlights....
|Sunday brunch on the Upper West Side|
|Boys hailing cabs|
|Girl shoes, boy shoes|
*finally getting to meet a replikate reader who had kindly been saying nice things about this blog for many years. It was just a few minutes in the lobby after a long day for both of us but such a treat to finally get to see her in the flesh.
*my pal Dallas and I almost not getting to see each other and then a fortuitous cancellation of plans meant we finally got to catch up after many NYC near misses.
*my coworker Jon and I basically doing whatever we wanted on the set of The Today Show. We unveiled the Closing Ceremonies outfits last week and had several other segments showcasing various athletes. Jon was handling PR and I was the apparel police. I met the first black woman to win a Gold medal in 1948, shook hands with Missy Franklin's mom and nearly trampled Julie Andrews on the stairs.
|A Today Show cameraman took this for Jon and me. We couldn't stop laughing.|
|Jason Richardson and Allyson Felix in two pieces from the Nike London collection. You'll probably see these two on a medals stand this summer.|
|I maybe tried to put a women's XL on a water polo player. Oops.|
|Getting miked up to talk about the Closing Ceremonies uniforms|
|Countdown clock-this time I have a head|
|Alice Coachman-Gold medalist in High Jump from 1948. Pretty freakin' awesome to meet her.|
|The Donald with Diana Lopez and Tim Morehouse. People go nuts for this guy.|
|Our dapper Director of Consumer Products and my contact from Ralph Lauren celebrating after a successful launch segment.|
|Just Carl Lewis, Greg Louganis and Shannon Miller on stage. No big deal right?|
|BMXers on Times Square. So cool.|
|Caught our Chief Communications Officer looking super debonaire (he was ordering pizza)|
|Oh you know, just onstage with a bunch of Broadway stars. Normal thursday.|
The best part though? In two weeks I'll be in St. George watching my little brother complete his first Ironman and getting to spend time with my nephews. And of all the cool things happening in 2012, this is what I'm looking forward to most. Shaking hands with Olympic legends, flirting with water polo players, eating at fancy restaurants and going to cool parties still can't hold a candle to being with the people I love. Of all the accomplishments in my life, keeping my priorities straight is probably the thing of which I am the most proud.