On top of all this, I was hit pretty hard with whatever bug was going around and it took me out for a solid two weeks. Not fun. Thank goodness my job allows me to work from home!
Speaking of which - I'm still loving my new role! I have been plowing through training, doing job shadows and trying to get myself ramped up in general. It's been great and I am still really jazzed about it all. I even completed another certification so should be staffed on some new projects pretty soon. It feels really great to have a company want to invest that much in me.
One of the things that I love about my job is the travel. Unlike my other role, this travel is much more manageable and enjoyable. Sometimes it works out that I can piggy back off of my work deployments and turn it into personal vacations. For instance, I was shadowing fellow consultants on a client in St. Louis for two weeks in March and was able to meet my parents for dinner and stay the weekend downtown with my mom. I have been trying to figure out ways to take girls weekends with her and that seemed like the perfect opportunity. I wish I had pics!
We stayed at a fabulous Westin (although it was a lot more $$$ than I anticipated due to the Shockers playoffs occurring! But hey, mom is worth it). It had a fabulous view of the arch and the Cardinals stadium. It was a converted warehouse and the interior was beautiful. We really enjoyed everything about it. I especially loved having cocktails (old fashioneds) with my mom after dinner every night in the lounge. Apparently I come from a long line of bourbon lovers :)
I can't wait to do it again sometime - hopefully somewhere new and in the not so distant future. Santa Barbara? Palm Springs? hmmm...
Another vacation was piggybacked off of my certification in Pleasanton, CA. Tom and I have been trying to squeeze in a quick ski vacay all season and realized we were running out of time. We took advantage of being in Cali to hit up South Lake Tahoe and Heavenly afterwards. I will be back shortly with a re-cap.