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Saturday, May 21, 2011

The March of the Penguins: 21c Hotels Style

When I went to Kentucky for the GE Momsperience, they put us up in the 21c Museum Hotel which has the most heavenly beds ever and, as the name suggests, is also a museum.

As an employee told us after I'd had a few martinis so I'm only sort of sure the details are right, there used to be an art exhibit with these red penguins and after it was over, the penguins stayed at the hotel and became the most recognizable symbol for the hotel.  The penguins move around during the day: by employees, by people who come through, or maybe all on their own.

This guy was right outside my window, keeping me safe:

This guy welcomed us to GE Momsperience:

Me and Ashley with the penguin who hung out with us as we waited for a table for 12 at Proof on Main, the yummy restaurant in our hotel.
After dinner and after the welcome reception (so this would be after approximately 4 martinis or 12):
Deciding I was in love with this penguin and was going to take him with me- but I was told this was perfectly fine, as long as I didn't walk out the door with him- sorry to my boys, who would love a penguin to play with
So, I decided to take him to bed with me:

Somewhere on Ashley's camera exists a picture of me in bed with the penguin, trying to give him a cuddle.

And then I realized that I never get to sleep alone, so Mr. Penguin was sent to the elevator.  I assume that he took a ride and walked himself to another part of the hotel. Or that he frightened the next group of people to get on the elevator.

GE paid for my trip, but all opinions and strange pics with penguins are my own.



Blogger HopefulLeigh said...

That is hilarious! I've never heard of giant red penguins before. Though there is a hotel in Memphis that keeps ducks who march in and out of a fountain daily. I haven't been there but I hear it's a big deal.

May 21, 2011 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Love it! Thanks to you we took a ride in an elevator with two red penguins and tucked them into someone else's bed....I heard they went and got a spa treatment (robes & all!) later that night!
The beds! Oh my gosh you are so right about the BEDS!!! So comfy!
Great to meet you!
@ Creative Kristi

May 21, 2011 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

Hee that's so cute!! Love the penguin in bed shot. :)

May 21, 2011 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

That's awesome! I have something similar following me around the house and popping up in random places. They are called Megablocks. And they are not nearly so cute.

May 21, 2011 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Mr. Popper would be so jealous! What a fun post!

May 21, 2011 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Holly Diane said...

So cute! I love that you can move them around and put them all over the place..sounds like a very fun trip!

May 21, 2011 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger BNM said...

haha too funny sounds like you had a great time :D

May 21, 2011 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

So funny!

May 21, 2011 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Kristina P. said...

The only thing he is missing is a Snuggie.

May 21, 2011 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger KSK said...

Hahaha! I love this!
How wonderful that you can have a penguin buddy while you're at the hotel/museum :)

May 21, 2011 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger TheBabyMammaChronicles said...

Hillarious and so much fun!

May 21, 2011 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oh my goodness, I LOVE penguins. I'd stay in the hotel just to be able to play with them lol.

May 21, 2011 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hahah I love this! I need a red penquin for my office!! Great stress reducer!

May 21, 2011 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger angela said...

I want to go stay there just to play with the penguins! Well, and have some martinis :)

May 21, 2011 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Mimi N said...

Ok, for some reason those penguins kind of creep me out. I wouldn't want one in my window! And the fact that you were cuddling with one leaves me questioning your sanity. *grin*


May 21, 2011 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger The Random Blogette said...

That's awesome that you took him to bed with you and then put him on the elevator. You have way too much fun Shell!

May 21, 2011 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Tracie Nall said...

This is hilariously awesome!!

May 21, 2011 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger Maggie S. said...

Mickey loves that kind of hotel experience--museum "gallery" 'Boutique'(everything is an architectural tour) That looks like a great spot for a weekend getaway...

Those GE folks no how to throw a party.

May 21, 2011 at 8:35 PM  
Blogger Stephanie R. said...

Wow you were close to my home! (maybe 10 mins away) Ive always wondered what those silly penguins were doing! now i know!

May 21, 2011 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger Mrs4444 said...

Nice bit of whimsy to add character to the hotel. Cute.

May 22, 2011 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger mypixieblog said...

What a fun concept for a hotel! Love all your pics (especially the penguin in the bed, cute!)

May 22, 2011 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Love that you stuck him in the elevator :) Totally something my friends and I would do!!

May 22, 2011 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Ha ha sounds like you had a great time!

May 22, 2011 at 5:19 PM  
Anonymous Kimberly said...

Why is this so hilarious? Cause it totally is!! Hahaha!!

May 22, 2011 at 9:14 PM  
Anonymous tracy@sellabitmum said...

Oh my word - that is so funny! I bet he misses you.

May 22, 2011 at 11:57 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

As I read the beginning I was thinking she should take that penguin to bed with her and then I scroll down to the bottom and sure enough you did. I would have kicked him out too before it was time to go to sleep.

May 23, 2011 at 3:48 AM  
Blogger The Mommyologist said...

Dude...the penguin is cute and all...but I'm still waiting on the martini party deets and pics.


May 23, 2011 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger Emmy said...

LOL! That would have been awesome if there was a hidden camera to see the people in the elevator surprised by the penguin.

May 23, 2011 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger A Mommy in the City said...

This is too funny! That hotel looks like fun!

May 23, 2011 at 9:10 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Lucky little guy.

Lucky creepy, oddly colored little guy.

May 24, 2011 at 7:53 AM  

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