Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Packaging design? FWP.

Sorry I've been MIA- The head honcho at my company was supposed to attend a snazzy packaging design conference, but had to back out last minute, and i got to go in his place!  It's really awesome because as these are giant networking events for the CEO's and Design Directors of design firms all over the country (and world!), people like me are generally not invited.  It's also $1,000's of dollars to attend, so yeah- I basically never get to go.  So now, I'm kind of a big deal.

1.  I was going to do a blog post on one of the conference breaks yesterday, but when i went into the lobby, they had a hot pretzel bar.
You read that right.  Apparently, fancy conferences just give out hot pretzels like they are pens or lanyards or something.  If you were ever curious as to what the 1% is doing, they are making life altering decisions like "cheesy sauce" or "cinnamon butter."  It's not that i chose a hot pretzel over you guys, it's that i chose two hot pretzels over you.  And I'm sorry.  I'm not sorry.

FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS.

2. I was supposed to take pictures at the conference so that i could present a topline summary to my entire office.  Sadly, the only picture i managed to take was this:
They had miniature soda's in GLASS BOTTLES!  Dying.  Also, i am pretty sure my boss is going to be pissed.  This will probably be the last conference i get to go to for a while...

FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS.

3.  I got a ton of free samples of new and strange foods and beverages that have yet to be released, and I can't eat any of them until after the marathon for fear of a tummy ache!

UGH!
FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS.

4.  I had to cram my feet into heels for this event.  It. was. brutal.  My feet are covered in blisters and sore spots.  Totes ready for that marathon this weekend...
Being fancy and successful is really hard and exhausting.

FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS.

5.  I was BY FAR the youngest person there. This became abundantly clear while sitting in on a presentation on marketing to millennials.  I was the only millennial in the room other than the AV kid running the sound for the conference, and i'll be damned if they think they can market anything towards me.  Then the brand director in charge of that MiO water flavor stuff showed us this viral adspot they did during the MiO launch:
I kid you not, i almost peed my pants.  I was laughing so hard i was crying, as was the AV guy.  And i could stop either, even after the video ended and the speaker was talking about profits and ROI's.  I just kept giggling, and was crying all over the fancy silk tablecloth.  No one else was laughing.  So, so embarrassing.

FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS.

6.  Open bar.  Top shelf.  Not drinking the week of the marathon.

I cried a little.

FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS.

7.  Thats all i got.  I am slammed at work because I've been at this conference.  I don't even have time to compulsively check the weather, stress about what color compression socks to wear this weekend, or be snarky to everyone around me doing anything that might in anyway cause me stress or anxiety during my pre-marathon week of laziness meditation.

FIRST WORLD (design!) PROBLEMS.

If you need more problems, go check out Kelly's blog, she kept the problem train rolling!

25 comments:

  1. Nothing pains me more than turning down a free drink.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Part of my soul was damaged....i literally had to run out of there before i gave in...

      Delete
  2. Well, at least the two hot pretzels kinda made up for not having any of the top shelf liquor. Since you didn't take enough pictures for your coworkers at the event, did you at least show them the pictures of your feet to show them that it wasn't all fun and games?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh they all saw, as i proceeded to limp around barefoot yesterday at the office

      Delete
  3. We used to get hot pretzels at one of the meetings I attend monthly. They went away. Actually, I know who runs those meetings and I'm going to figure out the pretzel situation. Thanks for reminding me!

    Also, free booze and you're not drinking? SO SAD!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would go to way more meetings if they had hot pretzels...

      Delete
  4. i am seriously DYING In my cube from that video. that is SO great.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank god! I was starting to think something was wrong with me, because it was the funniest thing i have seen in a LONG time!

      Delete
  5. hahaha ...MIO Energy...boy I got that one! Hilarious!

    ReplyDelete
  6. LIQUID VELOCIRAPTOR! Bwahahhaha!!! Ok, that was some funny shit. Now with a shit ton of squirts!

    My kids think there's something wrong with me. They may be right. FWP.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You can take it anywhere! Like prison. You probably know someone in prison. still laughing about it.

      Delete
  7. You lost my attention after you mentioned the hot pretzels. I am lost in pretzel daydreaming land. One of my fave long runs was when I stopped at the house mid-run and Steven had a hot pretzel waiting for me :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am totally remembering this for the next time we daydream about our "perfect day" !!

      Delete
  8. I feel you on the youngest thing!!! I am by FAR the youngest person at my office in my position and am only 2 years older than my assistant. Which makes me feel OLD but my co-workers forget how young I am. It's awkward all around.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The worst is whenever they need to do anything involving millenials, everyone hounds me for my opinion. You know, because i totally represent all 1.5 billion of us....

      Delete
  9. Bahaha- I laughed at the video too. Sorry about your feet! Can you wear flip flops the rest of the week? Total bummer about not being able to get a drink. I would have bawled my eyes out. Literally.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am not wearing ANY shoes the rest of the week. My coworker hates me right now!

      Delete
  10. That video is awesome! How could you not laugh at it?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. seriously! I have watched at least a dozen times now....SO freaking funny

      Delete
  11. I've been to fancy conferences like that before. Did you know those cokes are like, $10 per bottle or something ridiculous? (I'm not joking.)

    Thanks for sharing the FWP love! I'm so excited for the Chicago MARATHON!! You will be awesomeeeee!!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thats crazy! I kept thinking of Forrest Gump, when he is at the white house and drinks two dozen Dr. Peppers, haha

      Delete
  12. Are you kiddin me? Cheesy sauce or cinnamon butter? BOTH! I mean that's why I have to hands, right?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sometimes, i think we might be soulmates.

      Delete
  13. OMG, love hot pretzels! Sucks with the poor timing, but maybe better you didn't pound down the booze.

    Those takes are hilarious, would have been laughing with ya :)

    ReplyDelete