For eighteen months, my job was 90% sitting around doing nothing while my company decided what to do with me. So I feel bad complaining about how busy I am these days, but oh my gosh am I busy! This week was going to be especially bad because October 1 was a day that a lot of work had to be done, and I was traveling Monday through Wednesday.
I went into the office Monday morning to do some work. Then I met up with the three other people in my Training group who work in my office, and we headed off together for a five-hour drive out of state for our Training group quarterly meeting. As I was walking out to where we were meeting the car, it started pouring rain, so I was all wet and yucky for the drive. By the time we got up there, I had a headache and wanted nothing more than to hit the hotel bed, but instead we picked up another group member who had flown into town, and we all went out to dinner. By the time we got to the hotel, I just wanted to check for bedbugs (there were none) and collapse.
On Tuesday we were in break-out sessions, so I was just with my little team of five. We were really productive! Our boss is so sweet, she brought snacks for everyone, we all had little cups of trail mix, crackers, grapes, M&Ms, etc. She is super nice, and led the meeting really well – we totally stayed on schedule, and got a lot done.
That night all of Training was supposed to get together for this boat tour thing, which I was not looking forward to because I can’t even look at a boat without getting seasick. So I was very excited when the boat ride was canceled due to the rain. Instead, we all went out to dinner. It was lots of fun, and we could see the boat from the restaurant, which was sort of ironic. Also, the rain stopped. After dinner, a bunch of us walked down the street and went to a couple shops, and then they all wanted to go to a bar so I just stood there and had water and talked to this guy (the only man in our group) who I’d really only ever interacted with via e-mail before. He is very cool! We like the same semi-obscure bands and comedy shows, so that was awesome. Then it was back to the hotel to do some work and go to bed.
On Wednesday the whole Training group was together for the day. The first thing was to report back on what we’d done in our break-out sessions, and our group actually had slides and accomplished stuff, so I think we impressed everyone. Then we moved on to the most tense software demo I’ve ever experienced, which devolved into a weird argument. Then we had some more presentations and bla bla bla, and we finished up on time at 2:30, and then we got back on the road and despite getting caught up in a little bit of traffic, got home at a pretty reasonable time.
It also needs to be mentioned that the rental car we used had a Sirius radio, yet all we listened to was the driver’s Lady Gaga CD about five million times! By the time we got home, I was so sick of “Alejandro!” However, this was definitely the most fun business trip I’ve had yet. I always say, Training groups are the most fun to hang out with! And I get to do this on a quarterly basis now!
Thursday I was back at the office, and it was crazy and I had to stay late. Also it was raining again, all day, which was terrible. On Friday I planned for another long, busy day as I got all this stuff done for its deadline, but GG called with an emergency, so I did everything I had to in the office, got a couple other people to fill in for some of the other parts of my work, and headed home. Because of the weather (the rain had pretty much cleared out, but there were a lot of accidents and flooding), it took me about four times longer than usual to get home. Then GG and I spent the rest of the day dealing with our little emergency. It was a lot of work. Finally around 6:30 we finished for the day, ordered Chinese food for dinner, and I finally was able to log on to my work laptop and get the last of my work done.
Today we had planned to go see The Social Network, so we both did our own errands and chores, then saw a late afternoon show, followed by dinner. The movie was really good! As I’d imagined it would be, it was like the Pirates of Silicon Valley of the 2000s. I really liked the clever way it was edited to switch between scenes of the early days of Facebook and scenes of the legal proceedings of its later days. After dinner we went over to the King of Prussia Mall for dinner and discovered that it had flooded! Lots of stores were closed and there were crews in there cleaning up. The parking lot and some areas inside were all muddy. After doing some research online, it sounds like they had been cleaning up since 6 AM on Friday! What a mess!
Tomorrow we were supposed to go to the Ren Faire with some friends, but they had a death in the family and are having a viewing tomorrow, so we’ll have to cancel. I don’t know what we’ll end up doing instead. Maybe I will sit still for a minute.