someday sunday

i’m not one to hold a lot of stock in long-term plans. i hate those interview questions where they ask you where you see yourself in 5 years; i know you’re supposed to say something about how you’ll be with the company and moving up and professional development, blah blah blah, but my answer is always more deviant than they’d like. i always say something to the effect that i don’t like making long-term plans because you never know what will happen tomorrow, let alone the next five years. there are so many variables to life that a long-term plan is not something i place a lot of stock in. 

which is REALLY weird, because i’m a planner. i enjoy making lists, plans, itineraries for vacations. i like to stick to the plan. when something goes awry or differently than the plan, i try to go with the flow, but it’s a little difficult at times. 

when there IS a plan. if it’s my thing, there’s a plan. if it’s other people’s, i tend to go more with the flow and the changing ebbs and tides of their plans. 

but i still like a plan. a short-term plan.

so someday sunday is not something i’d necessarily write about, but i take my readers’ suggestions when i can, and jane came up with this one. 

i have an idea of places i’d like to go eventually, when time and money permit. one of those places is machu picchu. i think it’s fascinating to have an abandoned city in the high mountains of peru. i’d like to go and see what it was like, experience the south american culture a little bit, and just get out of this country.

i mean, how could this not appeal to people?

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getting there is always the problem. generally, when i decide to do something, i’ll do it, so at this point, i just need to say: ok. in 4/5/6/7 years, i’ll go to machu picchu. 

the thing with big vacations for me is that i will always be looking more to the small vacations because i like what i know. and the smaller vacays are easier to do. packing up to go to the black hills for a week is a lot less expensive that going abroad. getting to a lake for four days during the summer will always be something i do. and at this point, it’s not time that’s the issue; it’s money. i could stop spending money on the little things to save up for the big things, but the little things are a lot more helpful to my instant gratification problem.*

at this point in my life, i have to take a step back and think: is this REALLY something i need or want to do, or would i rather stuff this $50 away to go to a place i’ve never been and want to go? i have everything i need, really. it’s just the allure of stuff. so maybe i need a realignment of thinking. we’ll see if i can work on that.

*interesting side note: people who have last names that begin with a letter toward the end of the alphabet have more problems dealing with instant gratification than those with letters toward the beginning. and this is all rooted in childhood, so no, moving up in the alphabet with a married name won’t help you at all. think about all those years of being at the back of the line while the Bs, Ds, Ms, Ts, Us, Vs, etc. all go ahead of you. i was the last in line all through gradeschool. sure, we rotated, but the first day of school, i was always last. one article here about this

dc – day 4 and 5

welp i’m back on my couch. it’s 65ΒΊ outside, breezy, the sun’s heading down the horizon. birds are chirping, wind in the leaves, and i just heard a couple loons overhead. 

i <3 traveling, but it’s really something to come home. 

day four of the work trip to dc was a half day of conference, and then we took in some sights before heading home. we went back to a small cafe for lunch where i almost had a bloody mary and am now regretting not getting it. then headed to the library of congress on the metro. the library closes at 4:30, so we went there first.

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the architecture was great, and i wanted to buy every book in the gift shop. but i resisted and instead bought myself a hermione granger shirt that i’ve been wanting for some time now. 

after that, we headed out into the sweltering heat (i would bet the heat index was 100+) and took the metro to the monuments instead of walking the mile.

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walked past the US forest service! so far they haven’t been completely defunded and decommissioned. 

headed to the washington monument first, which was actually taller than i thought it was going to be.

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we sat in the shade for a while so i could let the sweat evaporate. i was actually starting to get worried about heat exhaustion. 

the reflecting pool was drained due to some parasites that were killing the duckling, but we headed down past the WWI or WWII fountain memorial, then to the lincoln memorial. i didn’t think it would be so powerful, but it was. reading the gettysburg address kind of choked me up.

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after that, we luckily just hopped into a cab back to our hotel. half the crew had lousiana seafood again, and another and i went to a pizza place. familiarity was kind of nice. we headed back to our hotel rooms and packed/chilled. around 9 a.m. i went down to the outdoor pool and stuck my feet in the water. should’ve put on the suit and jumped in. 

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you can see how swanky our hotel was by this long corridor of chandeliers. 

this morning was early – our flight left at 8:50, so we were at the airport by 8, and i somehow got TSA pre-check, so i sailed through security. that was ok – i stood in line at starbucks for the entire time the others were in the TSA line. 

plane ride was uneventful and we got in a little before 11 a.m. i was home by 1:30!

then i took a 2-hour nap, and it was a HARD nap. like i didn’t want to get up. i forced myself to, and tonight i will sleep well. 

i’m glad to be home though πŸ™‚

dc day 3 – a day late

today was a full day of conference, with at least one helpful session (it’s so difficult choosing a session). i did take the afternoon off sessions so i could get a run in. the fitness center here is HOOOOT and there were NO FANS on the treadmills. i slogged through 4 miles and was soaked by the time i got through, but i did it!

after the sessions and my hot run, we headed to king street/old town for some sightseeing and thai food. we got off the metro and headed down toward the potomac. king street has a lot of little shops that vary all over the spectrum with goods. there were bookstores, paper stores, furniture stores, kitchen stores, adult stores, cigar stores, etc. etc., and it was cobblestone and very east coast feeling. we stopped at a bar for a pitcher of beer, then headed to the thai place. mmm the curry was good! i’ll have to see if i can find a place in st. cloud (or make my own i guess). 

one thing i don’t necessarily like about the east coast is the humidity. oy! i was sweating just standing around, and it was mid 80s. i choose the wrong clothes to bring – should’ve brought nothing but polyester. the thai place had no AC, but i did sit right in front of the fan. 

after thai, we headed back up king street and stopped at a cupcake store, where i got a red velvet and a chocolate chocolate. if they’d’ve had the pb chocolate, i would’ve gotten that one. 

headed back to our hotel by way of sherry’s liquor and stayed up for a bit. fun day!

dc day 2!

today was PRESENTATION DAY. the reason we are in DC. but you don’t want to hear too much about that. we presented on our eorientation and flipped advising we’re doing at the college, and my part was the creation of it – content and web dev side. i had to talk for a solid 10 minutes or so, which was ok. and i knew what i was talking about, so that was good. my first practice run-through was awful, but i practiced four times today and felt good about it.

here’s what i know about me and public speaking. it’s like math. i am good at it, but i don’t enjoy it and would rather not do it. but i always end up doing well. and based on the questions afterward, this was a pretty good session. there was some humor, it was interesting, and at one point i turned to the deal of lib. arts and said “WOW bob (our web dev) is a GENIUS”. i hadn’t really paid attention to the back end stuff he’d done for advising, and some of the stuff he did was just amazeballs to me. 

ANYWAY…here’s what you really want to know about: we went to a nearby diner for breakfast, where i had eggs, hashbrowns, and toast, as well as a giant latte. the hashbrowns were a square! just a friend square of hashbrowns. kind of like a mcdonald’s hashbrown, but bigger and beefier. (and better.) the jam was home made and delish. 

ended up not eating lunch, but we did have “light fare” at a conference reception, which was pretty decent for conference food. 

then we took the metro to an uzbek/russian restaurant for supper, and i think i ordered the wrong thing πŸ™ it was pretty much giant beef tortellinis in broth with some sour cream on top. other people’s food looked much more appetizing. oh well. i will not be going back. 

on the way back, i went up perhaps the most giant escalator i’ve been on, and the escalators at universal were pretty dang giant. 

now i’m on the way to sleepytime, which i need after today. i’m not sure what’s happening tomorrow after the conference, but i found out that the library of congress is 25 mins away via metro and foot, so i might zip over to check that out either on saturday. we’ll see how things pan out.

OH and i found out my room looks over the washington monument, and it lights up at night! (this is a horrible pic, but oh well.)

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dc day one

hello from washington dc! i’m here for a work conference, and we’re going to be sightseeing as well, because why not? we’re here! 

today was travel day, so my workmates and i left cloud town around 9 to catch our 1 p.m. flight. after 3 hours of boring flight, we got into dc and got a cab to our hotel. not as crazy as LA’s shuttle was, but still pretty crazy! the hotel is nice, and we spent the first few hours going over our presentation, which is tomorrow. i have to make this post short so i can practice here in my room not in front of people. or else i’ll just wing it…

after that, we headed out for supper to hot n juicy crawfish. i split a crawfish boil for two with another person, and we had fried brownies for dessert. oh, and two raspberry beers. supper was good! it was a little unnerving at first to be tearing the heads off these little crawfish, but it was pretty good so i got over it. 

after a quick stop at CVS, back to the hotel. i took a shower right away to get all the crawfish grease off me. anyway, time to do a quick practice, then time to sleep because i’m exhausted and people are raring to go early squirrelly. no sleeping in for me, i guess.