Today, Laura and I sit in our room overlooking the San Diego Marina and try to relax a little. This is a very different travel experience than I’ve had recently.
Up until the a couple of weeks ago, I’d been assigned to several projects at once and the resulting travel was chaotic, frequent, tiring, and unsatisfying. It brought up memories of working for IBM – back when I was on the road every week.
This travel “binge”, however, seemed worse to me. I think it was worse because I was never in the same place twice and was therefore always feeling uprooted and unable to form a workable routine. My workout routine practically died, and I gained some of my weight back. I was always tired and unable to focus on anything but work.
This trip, though, isn’t about the customer: it’s about me. That make a big difference. I’m here for training, which while work related, means that I’m here to learn and take in instead of “give out” and I need some of that now.
I’ve finished one rather unsatisfying project, and worked myself out of another, so I’m down to a single, primary project and that takes a lot of stress off of my shoulders.
After a week at home to rest up a bit, going on this trip with Laura feels almost like a vacation – even though I’ll be spending my days learning things.
Oh: and I get to add a new airport to my list as well… 🙂
Normally, I’d travel to a new place and blog about it and such and have a good bit to say. Maybe you’ve noticed, but I’ve been a bit quiet here lately. That’s because I’ve been doing TOO much travel. Yes, that’s right. Too much.
I’ve been going from place to place so much, that I’ve been so tired and emotionally drained that I haven’t had the will to sit down and type.
In fact, I don’t really have it now, but I felt that I needed to put something down.
In the last month, I’ve been to Fayetteville, NC, spent the weekend in DC for Photoshop World, spent a day in Laramie, WY, a day in Breckenridge, CO, and a week in Denver, CO. Then, I just returned from Burlington, VT last night. Next week, I’ll be in Fayetteville again, followed by a weekend jaunt to go plant trees in Pennsylvania. Then I should have a break… for a week or so. Then, Laura and I will be headed to San Diego, CA. I’ll be there for a conference for most of the time, but we’ll be extending a couple of days to celebrate our 9th anniversary. This will, of course, add another airport to my airport list. Again. Just like Burlington did.
I’ll try to post more later when I have some time about the places I’ve been over the last few weeks.
Maybe I’ll even feel up to it. 🙂
Today, I added a new state to my list: Vermont. That makes 42 states plus the District. Maybe, one day, I’ll get to them all. I guess I’ll have to do a couple of road trips to make it complete.