Thursday, September 20, 2007

Long time, eh.

So, ya. I've been busy. Very busy. I can't even catch up on all my blog reading. I am using my work computer and 1) I shouldn't really use my work computer for personal use and 2) the browser doesn't work well with reader so I can't view any new postings. (It's going to take me a month to catch up on everyone!)

I leave Chicago tomorrow and I am so excited to get home. But there is no rest for the weary. We have to move 20 minutes north next week. (Along with updating all the address change info, we are getting new cell phone numbers, setting up utilities, I have to find a used washer and dryer, and I am training out on the road with a trainer each day.) Then the 30th, which is also our 1st year wedding anniversary, I fly back to Chicago. :( To make up for the missed anniversary celebration, we are planning a fantastic weekend in Washington DC the second weekend in October. I can't wait till I get a normal schedule back.

Remember all that linen I brought with me? I didn't touch it once. Figures. If I didn't bring it I would have probably had the time.

Jeff did come and visit me last weekend and we had a fabulous time in downtown Chicago (minus all the parking costs.) Saturday we arrived downtown around 11am and didn't leave until 1am. We visited Millennium Park, found a Celtic Festival, watched a strong man competition, found ice cream cones and sat by a beautiful fountain, walked along the beach, discovered the Aquarium but didn't stay because we were not paying $23 each to see fish, had dinner downtown and saw the Blue Man Group. We slept in on Sunday.

I will be trying my best to make a 6:50 flight tomorrow evening but I am being bussed to the airport with 15 other people. I hope they have their game faces on because if they are late, I have to wait until after 10 to fly out.

I am so ready to be home!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Two truths and a lie

A little bit of catch up... I made it to Chicago. All is well. I have been exhausted every night. During one of our training sessions we played the ol' tell 2 truths and 1 lie exercise. The instructor wanted the listener to work on memory and listen skills and to try and spot a lie. Apparently, I am a very good storyteller. I was able to fool people with incredible accuracy. Not that I put this skill into practice very often, but I thought it would be fun if you played along.

Here we go:

1) This morning I had to be ready at 7:30am (on a Saturday!) for a defensive drivers class. I was originally told that we were going to be driving on a driving course and speeding around cones. Instead, we got to drive a mini van around the suburbs of Chicago (for 3 hours!) while narrating our driving experience and sit in a lecture for another 3 hours. Apparently, I brake too hard. Who knew?

2) Tonight was the first night I unpacked my linen and embroidery materials. I brought along 4 colors of linen (3 neutral and one yummy chocolate brown). The embroidery designs I have been doodling during training will be put to use soon.

3) I couldn't believe the hotel forgot to put sugar in my room so I could have it with my coffee in the morning. All week I took a few sugar packets during breakfast and lunch to make a stash in my room.

Which one is the lie?








(3) I don't drink coffee in the morning (often) and certainly don't use sugar when I do drink it! So what did I need 20 packets of sugar for? Why a homemade sugar scrub of course!!

I used some new shea butter I purchased before my trip out here and utilized the freebe bath wash provided by the hotel. The version made with real lemon zest smelled much better, but you got to work with what you got! Next time I will be purchasing my shea butter at Bath and Body again. This new stuff seems too waxy, plus it was cheaper and you got more for your money.

I am ready for my long, hot, steamy shower with activated heat lamps now! There is a hot tub downstairs, but with a wedding AND bar mitza currently in the works, I may stay out of the way. Well at least for another hour. Then everyone will be good and drunk and I can crash a fun party and enjoy a few drinks for myself.

-this was a lie-

- not really-

- the shower wasn't a lie- :)