I ended up taking this business trip to Florida on my own, and as such, I have been cooped up in this hotel for two solid days (literally….I jogged outside on a break during the conference today because I hadn’t seen the sun in two days).
So tonight, I decided to venture out. On my own.
I have a good friend at work who grew up near Orlando and she recommended a local restaurant. With the grace of dog and a Google map, I headed out.
It’s a place called Hemingway’s. I was a little non-plussed given that it’s part of the local Hyatt.
But this friend of mine has impeccable taste, so I trusted.
I made a reservation under the name “Smith” for one little me.
When I got to the place (after getting PROFOUNDLY lost on some Florida byways), I realized that I had forgotten to bring my book with me. I wondered what I’d do to entertain my lonely self.
There was no need to worry. My reservation was for 7:00pm which is just 4:00pm back at work.
So I checked email. Let me tell you, yes, I was one of those obnoxious people tapping at my iPhone over dinner.
But over the course of one and one half hours, here is what I was able to accomplish:
1) Lengthy email conversation with my boss to figure out bonus amounts for my team this quarter.
2) Email conversation with our team’s admin to set up seating chart for our group office move in three weeks.
3) Also via email, set up this year’s baseball bet for the season. Another $20 wager with that bum Dodger’s fan friend of mine that the Giants will finish above his suck team in the final standings. Year one, I won. Year 2, he won. Year three, he won. My team is so lame this year I should just put away the $20 now…
4) Did SMS love to my work friend because that dinner was really top notch, she was spot on.
5) Assigned a project to one of my employees.
and most importantly…
6) Exchanged love words with The Good Man because I miss him so terribly much.
Not a bad day’s work over a glass of Pinot Noir and some really delicious scallops.
With belly full, I’m back in my hotel room, bloaty, happy and ready to sleep well tonight.