A New Trend in Eventing: Sleeping

Guys, you all know my favorite shirt:
So when I read this article on BizBash - 

Could the Next Big Event Trend Be…Sleeping?  

you know I took notice. I've been on both sides of the eventing rigamarole and have a love/hate relationship with them. One thing I do know however is that the whole process can be exhausting, especially for an introvert like myself who gets great value out of events, but also finds all that interaction incredibly draining. 

I think back to my time at SXSW, one of the most exhilarating and valuable 4 days I spend each year. The flip side is this:
 Complete disregard for all human comfort. We would wake up in our less than luxurious rented house on the outskirts of town (housing in Austin during SXSW is problematic unless you book months in advance) and get to the Convention Center by 8:30. Almost run from session to session to get there early enough to get in (a seat if you're lucky), and then finally grab something to eat after the last session at 6:30. This year we had to say no to the many fabulous parties and other brand experiences because we just couldn't function otherwise. Sounds totally miserable doesn't it? Still, I can't wait to get my badge for 2015!

Mashable was on to something with their energy pods mentioned in the article above. The only problem there is that the Mashable House is always packed so imagine waiting in line for who knows how long to get your few minutes in an energy pod before being rushed out by the next person waiting in line. SXSW is just too popular (or crazy? wait... chaotic). 

But think of all the other conferences where sleep could be a fabulous offering! The perfect demographic is my fellow Mommy Bloggers. Conference sponsors take note: make sure your next swag is a nap. That's all we want as Moms. Some peace and quiet. Oh and maybe an outlet to charge my phone as I sleep. That's awesome too.

So let me make my grand claim: Are sleep pods the new photobooths?

My new favorite GIF

ITV / Via themarysue.com
Right? I feel you Mary.

And my thoughts on Downton are as follows. I was a HUGE fan of the show. I started Seasons 1 and 2 while I was on maternity leave and Season 3 was great until Matthew's actor owner Dan stabbed me in the heart and I've never forgiven him or the writers. I hope that's vague enough not to be a spoiler but UGH.

I guess I'll try to go the distance with Season 5... I never even finished Season 4 though so I guess I should get back at it.

Meanwhile in Rhode Island

Probably one of the more bizarre photos you'll see this summer. Oysters in the Narragansett Beach parking lot thanks to the Shuckin Truck • Raw Bar To Go ( and this is why I love Rhode Island). So what's the backstory? You too can find Oysters in the Narragansett Beach parking lot every Wednesday when the Food Trucks come to play! Last week also happened to be the start of movie night on the beach, which will be running through August (again, every Wednesday at North Pavilion).

Also inspired me to create my own meme for "Meanwhile in Rhode Island." If you like it, do me a favor and hover over it and Pin it!

Go ahead... wear your Party Dress to the beach

We've reached that stage.
That stage where Grace has a penchant for wearing inappropriately fancy party dresses to mundane events.
Party dress to the beach? Ehh sure, why not? You want to wear a big red tutu to go to the Zoo with Daddy. Knock yourself out.