A girl can eat a lot in a week. And as seem to be par for the course, I have a week’s worth of food to update you on!
Okay, so my new fitness band arrived! After losing my FitBit, I’ve had my sights on the Microsoft Band for several months. It’s back in stock, and I’m the proud new owner of one. I love it. It not only tracks all my fitness stats and constant heart rate, I also get text messages, emails, and can see when phone calls come in. Yow. I’m in love.
My fav workout this past week was a 4 miler made up mostly of sprints. It was a few days ago, I hadn’t slept in days (jet lag, D snoring, and a craptastic mattress), and in my complete stressed out nuttiness…D brought me coffee after work. I was such a bundle of bad energy, that I thought I’d go for a slow run to try and regain some metal focus. I hauled butt and loved it.
I will claim that 3 rounds of bowling yesterday were also exercise because it’s the only explanation I have for why my left butt cheek has been sore all day.
Okay, so in my last blog post I was in sunny California. I finally got back home to Virginia, and my jet lag kicked in. Going to bed at 10pm felt silly, and for two nights, I got no more than 2 hours of sleep each night.
Really quickly, a note about last Sunday. If you’re not yet aware (new reader) my youngest has severe nut allergies. She had her first reaction from cross contamination. I was in CA, and D took her to the hospital. She was a trooper (called me so I could listen to her breathe, because apparently she was more worried about me than herself!).
My reprieve at home was brief though, as I hopped on a plane heading to Madison, WI at the crack of dawn on Saturday (4 am wake up time after only 4 hrs of sleep). I had a 3 hr delay in Chicago, which is just silly. I got to WI around noon, got my rental car, and drove into Milwaukee to visit family. That’s the nice thing about working with a software company based in my home state – lots of free trips home.
A quick note about my rental car. I walked up to the counter to check in as I awaited my luggage (nice thing about a smaller airport – rental cars on site!). Anywho….the clerk informed me that I had my choice between a Buick Regal and a Chevy Equinox. With a straight and sincere face, informed her that I was WAY too young to drive a Buick.
I spent just 24 hrs with family, but it was still nice. I stayed with my sister and her family, and while we had planned to hit up a martini bar in her area, I was just too fried, so we opted for jammies and wine and catching up.
Saturday we hung out and then met up with my parents to go bowling! No kidding, I can’t remember the last time I went bowling. My brother in law thought it would be funny to spell my name wrong (I suspect he really didn’t know he was doing in – despite the MANY years we’ve been related – and tried to play if off as a joke). I replied in kind by kicking his butt in two of three games. And he has his own shoes and ball, so you know he’s near pro and all that.
It may have helped that I bowled with my niece and nephew in the bumper lanes.
And despite coming from a family that are die hard football and college basketball fans, I did not get that gene. Every screen in the bowling alley, save one, was playing basketball. Know what was on the other? The only game I care about. Soccer. With my fav team. CHELSEA. So, the bartender switched the screen near our lane (much to my family’s dismay) to the Chelsea v Hull City game, and I got to actually watch my blues win. So, in summary, I kicked butt in bowling (ish) and watched my fav team win. Good times. Beer may have helped.
After bowling, I had to hit the road back to Madison to check into my hotel and the conference. And you know what happened as I was leaving a dinner? IT WAS SNOWING. I left Wisconsin for a reason many, many years ago, and the complete disregard for warm weather was a big motivating factor. Someone tell these weather gods that it’s spring.
I admit that after doing some required reading, I went to bed freakishly early. Like 830pm early. My hotel has a sleep number bed and I’m a BIG fan. I slept like a baby for 10 hours. I feel like a new woman!
The conference today was really good. I always love coming to Epic – they have a great business philosophy and the most amazing work campus I have ever seen. The sessions were informative, I got to see a lot of people I hadn’t in a long time, and overall – it was good times.
I’m now back in my hotel vacillating from reading about organizational behavior and government electronic surveillance. So a mental health break to blog was totally warranted.
I leave you with miscellaneous pictures for the week!
First, the morning pictures!
Pics from the amazing Epic campus. Lots of themed rooms and all local art.
And finally, “others”.