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SIN CITY

Well, it wasn’t the trip from hell – close – but my trip to Edmonton through Regina takes the cake for now in terms of trips from hell.

I got in really late last night.  Luckily, the person I’m traveling with brought her partner with her, they don’t like to be apart for too long, so she’s not as super hyper about getting the day started as my boss would be.  So, I’m just lounging right now waiting for them to finish their breakfast.  Its odd not to get going right in the morning.  It’s like lunch hour in Toronto but it’s not yet 10am here in Vegas.

The hotel I’m staying at is just off the strip.  We’re right next to the convention center where the event is taking place, so that’s good.  But, I am damn tired.  We didn’t check into the hotel till after midnight and I didn’t get into bed till almost 2am.  I decided to have room service – cause I had not eaten proper all day long.

Crazy ass pillows...I kid you not!

Crazy ass pillows...I kid you not!

My bed is rather odd – it doesn’t go right up against the wall, so I feel like if I’m not careful my head is going to fall right over the edge of the bed or something.  I tried to push the bed back…yeah, that was stupid since the bed is a gazillion pounds and I nudge it not even a millimeter.  Defeated, I just left the fluffy pillows that serve as blocking this gap.  I’m not a fan of huge ass pillows on my bed (and look how many!), but what can you do?  I rather not be worried that my head’s gonna fall off the edge of the bed all night, so pillows be damn, they can stay.

I’m writing silliness right now cause I’m bored and I’m waiting for my day to start.  I don’t know how this co-worker thinks we’re going to get everything done today, but whatever, I’m just here to help and enjoy Vegas…I guess.

STUCK….

at the airport…goddamn 😡 .

I tried to be all organized, except for one damn freaking detail, I didn’t check my flight before I left.  I normally don’t, I like to live life on the edge…yeah, right, I love waiting 6 hours in the airport. So, I got to the airport early, thinking my flight was leaving at 4pm, wrong.  They apparently cancelled my flight, rebooked me on another flight, but didn’t bother to send me a note or call me about this change.  I’m telling the exec assistant next time – please don’t book through expedia, they suck monkey balls.  I should know, I booked my Chicago trip through them and it was a bit of a nightmare.

Anyways, I digress.  So, I’m at the airport right now, enjoying some WiFi and drinking some Timmy’s.  I guess I can’t complain too much, I got out of work early and now I’m just kinda lounging.  Although I’ll be getting into Vegas at 10:30, and probably be super tired.  But, I guess thats the price of business travel.  You’re at the mercy of the weather (the check-in person blamed Chicago cause my original flight had a stopover there – but that’s b.s. cause I just heard a final boarding call for a flight to Chicago – the truth is it was probably cancelled because of low numbers) and the airlines. 

On a totally different note, I’ve been feeling anxious lately.  Its been a bit crazy at work, life has been kinda crazy and I’m feeling…..well, how I’m always feeling and if you know me, you’ll know what I’m talking about.  big sigh…………

JUGGLING ACT

My boss and I were reviewing our travel schedule for next year.  “Hell Months” are January and February.  So, basically I have no life from the middle of January to about the middle of February.  Its like a juggling act, trying to stretch the two of us so that we’re able to be at the events we have to be at.

I don’t mind all the traveling, its part of my job, its what I signed up for.  I just need to make sure that I’m healthy.  I don’t want to become sick. I’m not prone to getting sick easily, but with all the flights I’ll be taking I know that my immune system will be weakened.  And, the weather changes won’t help either.

Most of the travel will be within North America, with one trip to Europe.  My boss had been thinking about sending me, but is now thinking against it.  She said she almost lost it because of the frustration of it all.  I told her I’d be fine, wouldn’t become a mess and would make sure the people we hired spoke English.  English is not the first or second choice of language in this country but I’m sure I’ll be fine, if I go.  I’m not digging going to Europe, its not my top destination choice, but my boss has a child, and I know her reluctance to travel so much, so I should go so she can stay home.  We’ll see what happens, it looks like she’s trying to protect me, its kinda funny.

I mentioned to her that Chinese New Year’s is somewhere between all this chaos.  She looked at the schedule again, then determined that I should stay in Toronto then fly out to the other events.  Isn’t that nice? She’s working around the Chinese New Year, even though I told I’d be fine if I had to miss it.  Anyways, right now, everything’s up in the air, but at least I have an idea of what my life will be like.

I’m liking my random travel schedule, it mixes up the daily 9 to 5 grind that I loathe.  I’m not saying this my dream job, far from it, but for now it suits me.  I went to visit my former co-workers last week, as a surprise, and it felt good not to be there anymore.  Everyone is stressed and unhappy.  But, you know what? Every job has its “thing” and its a matter of how you deal with it.  If I’m not happy, I’m not going to stay somewhere that’s making me miserable.  Would you?

TIRED….

I’m sitting in my hotel room, finally able to relax and take it easy.  I have never worked so hard, my body is aching everywhere.  It’s so nice to not have to be around any work people tonight.  I ordered myself room service so my belly is full and I’m now listening to my iPod while I’m typing away.

I’m plotting my way into the city – downtown Chicago.  My co-worker is desperate to get away from our other co-workers.  I’m with her on this one, I’ve just about had it with a few of them myself.  Work is work, I can handle the fact that from 9 – 5 I need to be around these people, but when I have to be around them beyond that, it gets pretty tough for me.  And, since this is a trade show, I know I have to spend around 12 hours of my day with them.  I can deal, but I definitely need my own time.

Tomorrow, Friday, I’m hoping to get into the city with my co-worker after the show closes.  We’re going to lie and say we’re meeting up with friends in the city that I know.  LOL….I’m so bad at lying, I’m not sure if I can pull it off, so, we’ll see.  I think I’ll have to get my co-worker to do all the lying.  We can’t say she has friends because her co-worker knows that she doesn’t know anyone here.   I’m not totally lying, I do know someone here, I know it doesn’t matter, but it just makes the honest girl in me feel better that I’m not completely lying. (look, Mom and Dad taught me to be honest!!)

Ahhhh…the complicated web we weave to get away from the people you work with.  The thing with business travel and in particular with my company is that they do a lot of things together – although it’s apparently better now.  I plan to break that mold.  I’m not big on socializing with the people I work with.  Normally, there is probably one person I’ll get to know well, someone I don’t work closely with (such as the girl who’s going into the city with me), the rest I put at arms length. 

Anyways, here’s to some fun times in Chicago.  😛

Damn…I’m tired.

ANOTHER TRIP

So, I’m off on my first business trip with the new company.  I’m looking forward to it – others aren’t as much.  It seems that the morale in our company isn’t that great.  And, that’s too bad because I’m trying to keep my nose out of the work politics.  I just nod and smile while my co-workers bitch and complain.

As per usual, I’m hating packing myself up again.  Shoes are going to be my downfall because I’m not sure which shoe will provide me with the comfort I need while I’m working on concrete for 8 – 10 hours a day.  So, I just went crazy and packed up a shitload of shoes.  I’m sure I’ll have it down to a science once I do a few more of these trips cause I know I’ll hate lugging around a lot of stuff.

I went out with my co-worker last night.  We went for sushi.  She had a bad day at the office and needed to talk.  She felt like either punching a few people or crying.  I told her to do neither and to just take a deep breath and let it go.  Then, we started envisioning all these nasty things we would do to the people at work we couldn’t stand – just to let off some steam by laughing at our ridiculous visions.  I could only name two people I didn’t like, but I don’t dislike them enough that it bothers me.  I can totally handle them, but high maintenance, snotty people always rub me the wrong way.

So, I felt bad for my co-worker.  I know she’s having a tough go of it because she’s never quite encountered what she’s experiencing right now.  And she’s not looking forward to our trip, she’s also going.  She doesn’t want to hang around with anyone, other than me and her immediate supervisors.  I totally understand that, because I know I’ll need a break from everyone.  But, for her, it’s mainly because she dislikes them so much she doesn’t want to spend any time with them. 

Work politics – it’s terrible if you allow it to suck you in.  😐

NEW COMMUTE

Starting a new job is always exciting.  You’re never sure what to expect. 

I woke-up this morning, earlier than I probably should have.  And, instead of rushing out the door, which is my norm, I had tons of time on my hand.  I didn’t know what to do.  There was no fighting the downtown traffic and not once did I have a bout of road rage.  Granted, my hours are a bit later, only by 30 minutes, but it makes a huge difference now that I don’t have to worry about getting a good parking spot.  I’m assigned a spot where I work now, and unfortunately, it’s not right in my building (they’re over-capacity), but I’m not complaining cause I no longer have to pay for it.

It will take some getting use to having so much time in the morning now.  I’ll probably start exercising in the morning from now on.  Commuting only 20 minutes to work is awesome.  I’ll also have to get use to being in a cubicle again, since I’ve been in offices for the past 3 years, but that’s alright with me.  Considering all the travel I’ll be doing for the year, I won’t be spending that much time at my desk.  If they give you a laptop instead of a desktop on your first day of work, that’s a pretty good indication that you’ll be traveling a lot.  I’m just glad they didn’t give me a crackberry aka Blackberry. Continue reading