Last week was so off-schedule, but it was really good. Though it will be nice to get back to my regular routine this week.
After the holiday Monday, I worked from home Tuesday morning and then drove up to Connecticut with my co-worker, K, in the afternoon. The drive was not bad, we didn’t hit any traffic, and got to our hotel when we expected. Our boss was also in town last week for a different meeting, and we’d planned to all have dinner together, but he had to cancel. So K and I went out ourselves to Mystic Pizza. There was a bit of a wait for a table, and the lobby was packed. One of the groups there was a pair of new parents with a tiny baby that had way too much stuff. After arguing with the hostess over whether his contraption stroller would fit in the restaurant, the dad took the wheel part of it back to the car while the mom held the baby in the top carrier part. Then the baby started getting fussy, so mom started poking around for something in her diaper bag while the dad reached down and started soothing the baby. “Did you wash your hands?!” the mom snapped at him, while shoving a bottle of hand sanitizer toward him. K thought it was the crying baby that was annoying me while we waited, but it was actually those obnoxious parents! In the end, they decided the baby was too fussy to stay, so they ordered some pizza to go. Right after that, K and I were seated. Maybe it was just because I was so hungry, but that pizza was really good!
On Wednesday morning we left early to get to the office because neither of us had been there before, our meeting started at 8:30, and we were told to get there early because the head of our group was making a special appearance at the beginning of the meeting. Our journey to the meeting room was seriously like the Weiden + Kennedy bit on Portlandia. The campus is huge, so I figured if we start at the building our group sits in, the meeting room couldn’t be far away. First the security guards at the gate didn’t know where that building was. We went to where they told us, then a woman in that parking lot told us where we should really go. We got there and started walking through the building, and realized the room numbers were not formatted like the one we were looking for. A woman there explained that we needed to go up the stairs – no, not these stairs, another set of stairs – then down this long hallway that connects several other buildings, to get to the building where the room is. Having hiked over there, we started looking for the room. It was on the 4th floor and we were on the 2nd floor. In an open atrium area, I saw an elevator on the 3rd floor, but there was no corresponding elevator where we were. So we took the stairs up to the elevator, took the elevator to the 4th floor, and then walked all the way to the end of the building, and there behind huge wooden double doors was our conference room! Anyway, our morning meeting went pretty well. Then we met up with some other co-workers for lunch, followed by a department-wide meeting in the afternoon. Then I had the chance to sit in the neat “open seating” area where my CT co-workers work. It was fun, though I don’t think I could do it every day, it would be way too distracting. That is a really interesting office, though – lots of colored walls and artwork, and a variety of seating areas. I can’t imagine any adult in a suit squatting down on one of the colorful little tuffets around the office (the ones pictured here are not even the weirdest ones!), but they sure look fun.
We went out Wednesday night for a celebratory team dinner since our project was wrapping up. It was actually really fun. We were all seated at a long table, and kind of ended up splitting into people talking about kids and work, and, the fun end of the table! Guess which end I was on. We had a hilarious conversation, and our consultants are really a blast, I’ll miss working with them when the project ends. Thursday morning, K and I worked from the hotel a bit, then headed home in the late morning. I was home by 2:00, unpacked, and back online by 2:30.
I worked from home Friday, too. GG and I went out for our usual “date night” (or at least, “going out for dinner night”), and used a coupon for TGI Friday’s, followed by a coupon for Coldstone Creamery. And we both got our watch batteries replaced! It was a busy night.
GG went out on Saturday morning to jog at Valley Forge Park, and after a while I looked out the window and it was solid white outside. A snow squall had started up! At that same moment, GG called me – he was as far as possible from his car, there was nowhere for him to go, and unlike my previous snow squall experience, this one didn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. Just in the time that we were on the phone, several inches of snow had already collected on everything. He took shelter in a log cabin, and I threw on some clothes and headed out to pick him up. Of course, by the time I got him the snow finally had stopped, but by then he was too cold and wet to really continue. I spent the rest of the weekend catching up on housework, errands, DVRed shows, and relaxing. On Sunday night we went out for sushi (non-seafood sushi for me). As of this week, I’m back to bringing lunches to work, and cooking dinners at night!