Traveling

January 6, 2009

I’m off to Wisconsin today. I’m not looking forward to the temperatures but being in the field is a unique experience that very few jobs would afford.

I have some laundry to do before I leave which I should get started on so I’m not scrambling before I leave for the airport. Let’s hope I’m not sitting on the tarmac for 3 hours today. The quality of air service has really gone down hill with all of the cuts airlines have had to make.

Ahh well. Balmy Wisconsin here I come.

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Paper

March 27, 2008

Today has been stressful.  I had a study go south and a late night.  These were all distractors from the big event of the day: signing divorce papers.  It is bittersweet for sure.  I am so thankful that we can be amicable to one another and that the atmosphere is mostly like old friends.  So many emotions surround it I won’t even try to explain.

So, stomach flu, er visit, notary problems, study failure and signing papers – I’ve had a week.  It will be over soon and I have a fantastic weekend planned.  I get to see my family and hangout with friends.   

Rain

March 18, 2008

It’s so dreadful outside right now.  I’m hoping for Spring to actually arrive.  When I left Wisconsin today it was snowing so things could be worse.  I think Spring arrives in May for them but they have such lovely summers.  Part of my fear is that we’ll have exactly two weeks of nice weather and then it’ll be 100 degrees.  Ahhh such is life in the Lou.

I’m itching to run away from it all.  It’s a period of ennui that I go through a couple of times a year.  Nothing serious, just wanting a change of scenery.  Of course I always want to run away to the UK.  So interesting.  Ohhhh…wait, as long as this is fantasyland I want to go to France.  I’ve only been once and it was to Paris but je t’aime France.  How wonderful would that be.  Escape for a few weeks with no consequences.  No work pile up, no bills…ahhhh.  I like fantasyland.  I might hang out here until the melancholy passes.  Bien.

In my line of work I have to book lots of hotel rooms which means I research lots of hotels and B and B’s.  I have made spreadsheets comparing prices and amenities and have been willing to spend more money for someplace cute rather than convenient.  The one thing that I come across often when researching hotels, especially places in “resorty” areas, is the Jacuzzi tub IN the bedroom.  This skeeves me out to no end.  I can’t rationally explain it except that it screams SEX so loud I feel like a voyeur just glancing at the marble steps leading to the carpeting.  When I’m on a work trip I have no desire to be reminded of the randiness that has happened in this room as recently as 11am that same morning.  No thanks.  Ewww.  When I’m on vacation.  No.  Gross.  I have enough trouble with the hotel coverlettes.  That’s the first thing I put on the floor.  Now all of this probably makes me sound like a huge germophobe or a prude or both but I will argue that I am neither one of these things. It reminds me of a lower key version of champagne bathtubs you find in the Pocono’s.  Alright, I understand it’s my hang up and I need to just get over it but it seems like every hotel in
the places I travel for work see this as a selling point.  I guess I will be traveling through these areas for the next few years looking at those tubs with a knowing glance as I pull the coverlette off the bed with my latex gloves on. 

I’m back from the work trip. It really was low stress this time which is nice. I have discovered that martinis and me don’t mix. My boss ordered chocolate martinis for us and I finished 1/4 of it and started laughing too loud. Oh dear, getting tipsy, although with this group not such a big deal, but whoa. Needless to say I stopped drinking at that 1/4. Note to self: no martinis on work trips.

I’m off to KC to visit the wonderful Adam. I really have been horrible and have never gone up to see him and he so graciously comes down to see us. We’ll be discussing plans for the possible second week in Europe. Trains, planes and automobiles. Off to check on the mac and cheese!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!