Wednesday, October 10, 2012

SMC Silent Auction to benefit HomeAid at Villa Christina: Thursday, Oct 11, 2012

Here's what you do Thursday, October 11, 2012

Make a contribution and have fun at the HomeAid Silent Auction at Villa Cristina on Thursday.  Starts at 6.

On Thursday night, head on over to Villa Cristina for the annual Sales and Marketing Council's Bid for Hope.  It's a Silent Auction benefitting HomeAid Atlanta.  HomeAid is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for today's homeless. The organization builds and renovates multi-unit shelters for America's temporarily homeless families and individuals, more than one million of whom are children, while they rebuild their lives.

They are gonna have some great stuff at auction.  I-Pad. Kindle Fire.  Vacation Trips.  The list goes on.  They also have cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres.  It's the perfect Happy Hour.  Tickets are $45 if you pre-register and $55 at the door.   Contact Janel Grant ( or 678.775.1446) with questions.

Villa Cristina is a beautiful venue up on the perimeter.   They'll be serving cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvre.  It's the perfect happy hour.

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Here's what you do Thursday

First:  Ok, time to do a little home cooking.   We haven't made anything at home recently.  If you're looking for breakfast recipes, Mr. Breakfast is a pretty darned good place to go.  Check out this shot of their home page.  It's all nicely organized into breakfast type, and with great photos so you don't get too lost.  Let's do an omelet today.  How about the Alaskan Omelet?  Salmon.  Sour Cream.  Tarragon.  Yum!!  $15 for ingredients.

Second:  Do a little e-learning.  Living Social has a deal going right now for on-line courses for Excel, web design software, graphics software.  The deal is $39 for a one year subscription.  That's a pretty good deal!

Third:  Lunch at Southern Art.  It's the new restaurant in the Hotel Intercontinental in Buckhead.  And it's really quite good.  I was sad to see Au Pied du Cochon go.  But, this new place is quite the contender.  The decor is still grand hotel.  The service is still fantastic.  I was very happy to see my friend Moustafa still serving. He was at Au Pied, and he's still there.  The main difference is the food.  A decided change to a more southern menu, treats like fried chicken and shrimp and grits are now the main stays.

And the prices are great.  I had my full friend chicken lunch for $12.  They even have a few lunch specials of soup, salad, and sandwich for $10, or a salad and meat and three veg for $12.  Not bad at all!  A great place for an oasis-like lunch in the middle of a busy day.

Park in the hotel parking lot and get your ticket validated.   About $15 per person.

The fried chicken at Southern Art doesn't disappoint.

Fourth:  Nap time.   Fall is the best time for siestas.  Open your windows.  Get under the covers, and dream.

Finally:  Head on over to Villa Cristina and the SMC Silent Auction.  It's for a good cause, and you might come away with your very own iPad!  $45 per person.

Book Keeping

For two people:
  • Breakfast: $15
  • E-Learning: $39
  • Southern Art: $30
  • Nap:  $Free
  • SMC Silent Auction: $90
Total: $174

Day Map:

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Carbon Footprint:

Today's full day plan can take up to about 36 miles of driving, if your home base is midtown Atlanta.   In fact, it's a rare one where you could probably get around with taxi alone for not much dough!  The 36 miles  equates to about 25 pounds of carbon dioxide, or the carbon sequestered by about 5 sq feet of forest.  Calculations are based on the U.S. EPA's green house gas equivalencies calculator.  

36 miles of driving
25 pounds of carbon dioxide
5 square feet of forest would be required to sequester this carbon.

Wonder why a gallon of gas (about 6 pounds) generates 20 pounds of green house gas?  Check out this article at

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