I’ve been quiet on here, because I’ve been running around the country recently. Although it’s an official goal on workplan to limit my travel to once a quarter, I managed to end up with three trips to three different states in the span of ten days - Columbia, SC, Asheville, NC and Denver, CO. It was a little crazy, both because I’m not used to so much travel, and because I had lots of work to do related to each trip, so I was up late each night in the hotel.
The view from the Denver airport - a wee bit different than what you see at RDU!
A Denver sunrise from my hotel room, which I got to see, since my body didn’t really get the 2 hour time difference.
Then just two weeks later, I had a one day loop to Rock Hill, SC, and back, and then this weekend, one more trip - but this time for fun - my sister’s bridal shower!
The bride-to-be opening presents!
Cousins! Grace did an awesome job showing Ada and Addy where all the toys were. :-)
Some observations from along the way:
- This much travel is exhausting, especially when you’re trying to keep up with pumping while away and packing lunches when you’re home. I’ll actually give Gwenyth Paltrow this one; life is a lot easier when I’m in the office 9 AM - 5 PM. There are about a thousand other reasons that her argument that her life is harder than the “average” working mom’s is crap, but she’s right, long travel days are tough.
- Despite multiple attempts to do so, I cannot actually manage to run 3 miles on a hotel treadmill and get cleaned up enough to meet with colleagues in under an hour. All my training for the upcoming Tar Heel 10 Miler got me over confident; the couple minutes I’ve managed to skim off my 5k time is not enough to get all my hair dried and dissipate that red glow that I acquire while running.
- My body much prefers sea level to being a mile in the sky. Especially when there was a professional cocktail hour that I was invited to participate in just two hours after arriving in Denver, and then I stubbornly tried to keep my training going on the treadmill. Next time I jet set to Colorado, I’ll have to stay long enough to get acclimated.
- Asheville, Columbia, and Denver all have some seriously good food to offer, and it was nice to be able to enjoy it without kids’ bedtime routines cutting meals short. If they’re in your neck of the woods, I’d give good reviews to Mela, Motor Supply Bistro Co. and The Kitchen all three.
- Also, there is some excellent public health work happening in all three places. My colleagues at the South Carolina Hospital Association continue to kick butt with their work to improve employee health across the state. I greatly enjoyed seeing what Asheville and Buncombe County Schools are doing to help kids learn healthy. And although Colorado is already doing some awesome stuff to keep their citizens healthy, it was fun to see some new projects begin to emerge and help make the future even healthier for kids there.
- It is a heck of a lot easier to travel without kids. But it’s actually a nice confidence builder to just travel with one, after you’ve recalibrated to two. You realize that things really are easier the second time around, when you don’t have to keep up with them both! Dan and I took the divide and conquer strategy for the shower weekend, with Hazel staying home, and even though Ada was far from perfect, I actually found myself from thinking, “hey, this isn’t bad; maybe I should have brought Hazel along.”
- There’s nothing quite like home, both the grand, old fashioned, big family version, and the cozy, messy, Durham version.