It’s now Wednesday night and I am just getting around to writing a Blend Retreat 2014 recap post. See, told you I’ve been busy. In fact, there are so many other things I should be doing right now instead of blogging. But I am going to put them off until tomorrow just because I feel like it.
This past weekend was my second time attending Blend. You can read my recap from last year here. Blend is a girl’s weekend where bloggers and their readers can get away from reality and get to know one another in person. I started reading blogs several years ago. I eventually decided to start my own blog. To be honest though, I’m not too passionate about blogging these days. I kind of felt like a fraud attending a blogging event. It didn’t matter though. Everyone at Blend was so welcoming and sweet. They didn’t care about my blog credibility. Blend 2014 actually helped me renew my passion for blogging. So expect to see me post more frequently.
Now for the recap of Blend.
I cannot do this awesome weekend justice in just one blog post. But I’m going to try my best to help you visualize what it’s like to be there.
I left LAX on Friday morning eager to see blends (blogger friends) that I met at last year’s retreat and at HLS. I was also excited to meet new blogging friends.
Friday night at Blend is for cocktail hour and dinner. It’s our way of proving that we don’t live in workout clothes 24/7. The cocktail hour was sponsored by Flourowater and Sizzlefish. I was too busy stuffing my mouth with delicious salmon from Sizzlefish to snap any photos.
I did however take a picture of the gluten free pizza and salad from dinner.
I can’t remember the last time I had pizza, so this was a fun treat. The cheese wasn’t very kind to me though.
Friday night shenanigans continued after dinner. We wanted to go to the photo booth and take pictures but it was broken. So I had the idea of using all their props and taking pictures in the hotel lobby. Worked well since we could fit more people in the picture.
In the back row (from left to right) is Amanda, Nicole, Nicole, Ari, Katie, and Erika. I’m in the front (wearing bunny ears) with Mollie.
I went up to my giant 2,000 sq. ft. suite after dinner and asked my roommate Alex if she wanted to play a game of Cards Against Humanity. It turns out Lauren had also brought the game and was starting a round in her suite down the hall. So that’s where we headed before going to bed.
I didn’t sleep well Friday night so I skipped Saturday morning’s boot camp sponsored by Onnit. I did however manage to peel myself out of my giant king sized bed just in time for the breakfast sponsored by Quest. They treated us to chocolate fudge cookie cups, as well as regular breakfast foods like eggs, sausage, and potatoes.
Quest also provided each Blend Retreat attendee with a swag bag full of Quest bars. These are my favorite protein bars so I was more than thrilled to receive some swag from them. Unfortunately my doctor told me today that I shouldn’t be eating them because of the cow product that they contain. Womp womp. I may #cheatclean anyway. Sinuses be damned.
After breakfast we went up to our suite and discovered that there had been a room drop. Thanks, Camelbak for the filter and water bottle.
My blue bottle disappeared. So if one of my roommates went home with two, you’re welcome.
We went on a hike Saturday after breakfast. Organic Valley sponsored the hike and gave everyone backpacks to take along with them.
These were my suite-mates (minus Kate, who took the picture). From left to right is Amanda, Julie, Mollie, Katie, me, Alex, Maddy, and Kait.
We had to take a gondola up the mountain, but it was worth it. The views were breathtaking. Check out some of these scenes from the hike.
We were on our own Saturday night. I decided to tag along with a group of girls who were going to the High West Whiskey Distillery.
My goal was to find a restaurant with a TV so I could watch game 2 of the Stanley Cup. I eventually ended up at Wasatch Brewery, where they had the game playing on 4 TVs. No pictures were taken here since the food was mediocre and not at all photogenic. I came back to the hotel and watched the rest of the Kings game (they won!!) before heading downstairs to Janetha’s suite for a Utah scones party hosted by her mom, Momma B. Most of Saturday night was a blur. I was so tired, but I slept so well that night.
It’s a good thing I got a good night’s sleep, because Sunday brought about a tough GPP boot camp. I learned that burpees do indeed hate me just as much as I hate them. But it’s cool. I still had fun doing the team workout with Danica, Sam, Mollie, and Kate.
I don’t remember much of Sunday’s breakfast other than that it was sponsored by Yoplait and Nature Valley. I was too busy saying goodbyes to all of my new blends. Plus, I was really excited about the closing ceremony. I ended up winning 6 jars of peanut butter from my favorite peanut butter company of all time, Peanut Butter & Co.
My plane didn’t leave SLC until Sunday night so I had some extra time between the closing ceremony and going to the airport. Canadian Julie, my roommate Julie, Amanda, and I decided that we should make a trip to Cafe Rio for salads. It was the perfect lunch and just what we needed before we said goodbye to each other.
And then because I still had some time to waste before going to the airport, I stopped to visit my friend Bethany in Sugar House. We went to high school together and even lived together for a few years back in college. It was great spending time with her and her adorable 17 month old daughter.
Thank you so much to Lindsay, Janetha, and Lauren for putting in so much work to make this past weekend possible. I cannot wait to see everyone again in Boulder for Blend 2015.