Sunday, December 26, 2010

Momma I'm a Big Girl Now

So I went on my first business trip a couple weekends ago to Cincinnati. I had to get trained in a program my school uses, so I went there for 4 days. I was very nervous, because this was my first time going on an airplane by myself, and I was going to be on my own in a big city. I got on my airplane and to my hotel without any problems, but once I got to my hotel room, I realized that I was completely by myself, starving, and had no idea what I was doing.

So after calling my mom to figure out my itinerary for the next day, I went to the lobby, asked if there was someplace close where I could grab something to eat. She gave me a map, and so I went over to Chipotle. I have been to Chipotle once in my life, and I remember it being pretty good, but it was nothing compared to Cafe Rio/Costa Vida. But I have to admit, their guacamole was da best.
So for the rest of the night, I sat in my big, huge bed eating chips and guacamole, watching my big screen TV. It wasn't too bad.
Oh, and the view from my window was amazing. Just take a look.
The next morning, I woke up at 6:30 (which is 4:30 Utah time) and went to register and eat breakfast. I went sat down at a table with a lady sitting at it. We started talking, and I found out she was a principal at a school in Memphis. Some of her group started to come to breakfast, and joined in on the conversation. We found out that half of us were actually in the same workshop. So out of the hundreds of tables I could've sat at, I ended up sitting by the people who I was going to be working closely with for the next 3 days. I know someone was watching out for me. :)

The workshop was pretty good. It kinda made me feel like a bad teacher sometimes, because I definitely take the easy way out on some things. But I figure this is my first year, so I don't have to do everything perfectly yet.

On Saturday afternoon, I went to the Freedom Center to see the Underground Railroad museum. It was really interesting, and I loved learning more about that time period. One story was absolutely amazing. A man, I think his name was Henry "Box" Brown, was a slave, and to escape, he shipped himself in a box to the north. The box was about 2'x2'x3'. Think about how small of a crate that is. This man was 5'10" and 200 lbs, and it said he was in the crate for roughly 27 hours, and was upside down for much of it. I can't even imagine being in a situation where shipping yourself in a tiny box would seem like a better situation than you're in. It was so amazing to learn more about it.

That night, they had some Christmas fun at the park across from my hotel. They had Santa rappelling from Macy's and fireworks after. It was pouring rain on Saturday, so I wasn't sure it was going to happen, but they still did it. It was so much fun to watch!
On Sunday, after the workshop, I ended up going around with the ladies I met from Memphis. First, let me say, that these ladies were hilarious... and African-American, which makes them even more hilarious. We went on the Holly Jolly Trolley (the only thing that made it Holly Jolly was the fact that they were playing Christmas music and they gave us a mini candy cane when we came on). It took us around the block, so we decided to go around to some stores and do some window shopping. We went to Saks Fifth Avenue ($600 for shoes on sale?) and Tiffany's. It was fun to gawk at the incredible sales prices.

On Monday, we had a morning workshop, and then I headed home! It was a pretty scary experience, but I ended up having a lot more fun than I thought I would. I guess being a grown-up isn't all bad.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I'm Just a Kid

So lately, I feel like this comic has totally described my life:

I feel like I've been dealing with things that are way beyond my maturity level.

For instance, meeting with a financial consultant to discuss my retirement plan, dealing with a class of 26 eight year olds, or, most recently, this...


I was driving home from work, and it was one of the longest days ever. I had to take the long way home because of a traffic accident. I was driving along, and before I knew it, the car in front of me stopped, so I slammed on my breaks, and sighed a breath of relief because I barely missed hitting that car. But just when I thought all was well, I felt a big THUD on my car, and the result is pictured above.

Luckily, his insurance agency got a hold of me the next day, and I got my car in for the repairs just a couple of days later. I'm driving around a rental car right now until my other car is fixed. I consider myself very lucky that only my car got hurt, and that it has been so smooth working out my repairs.

Sometimes I wish that I could go back to my life a few years ago when I had a lot less responsibility, but then I look at how much money I have, and I guess there are some perks to being an adult.