I left home last night after Heroes. GG gave me some last-minute advice about getting to the Ben Franklin Bridge. For some reason, my directions said to take the 6th Street exit, but there’s no such exit – it just says Ben Franklin Bridge on the sign. That was the easy part, though, compared to navigating New Jersey! I did make it to the hotel just fine, and checked in around 11 PM.
I could not sleep. It was cold, there were weird noises, I was worried about finding my class in the morning, I couldn’t stop coughing, and I missed snuggling with GG. Also, I’d had a coffee drink before I left. I dozed here and there, and got up a little before my alarm went off. I’m in a handicap-accessable room, so the bathroom is huge but laid out really awkwardly. I got some complimentary breakfast, hung out in my room a little bit, then headed to class.
It turns out that they usually do hold the class at the company office (a 1/2 block walk from my hotel – I saw it this morning when I went to my car), but because so many people signed up for the last class of the year, they had to move to someplace bigger. So I do have to drive, but it isn’t a bad drive. The place is pretty cool, very modern – they have a beautiful lounge and internet cafe, a conference room where we had lunch, and the classroom is filled with upholstered chairs with little table arms, cup holders, and cubbies underneath.
The class got off to a slow start, mostly due to technical difficulties – as is usually the case in classes like this. We were all looking forward to the lunch that was provided for us… well, it turned out to be a couple wrap sandwiches cut into thirds, a small bowl of salad, and a small bowl of chips. We all had a little, and nobody really said anything, but I was starving for the rest of the day.
After we were done for the day, a few of us were comparing directions back to the hotel. As we were walking out of the building, someone said asked if we all wanted to get dinner. So I ate at the Macaroni Grill with four other women. One was from Wisconsin, one was from Manhattan, one was from Chicago, and one was from Los Angeles. So it was very interesting to compare lives. We also confirmed that we were all disappointed by our minimal lunch (especially considering how much we’re paying to be in this class!) The Chicago lady was staying in my hotel, and she doesn’t have a car here (because of course she was expecting to be able to walk to class), so I drove her back to the hotel and I’ll give her a ride to class tomorrow.
It’s too early for bed, so I’m just hanging out in my room for the rest of the night, reading, watching TV, and playing on the computer (obviously).
Based on previous experience, I predict that due to today’s slow start and constant questions, we’ll have to speed through tomorrow’s lessons to finish the entire course on time. Most of us are staying for the third day, but that’s actually a second class. During some of my down-time today, I e-mailed MB, since she lives in New Jersey, to see if she wanted to get together for dinner on Thursday. She does! So I’ll finally get to see her for the first time since her wedding! And then I’ll go home!