Posts Tagged ‘Business trip’

A week in review

Posted: November 18, 2011 in Life, Work
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Collage of Oslo.

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It is about 10pm and I am sitting in a hotel room in Oslo hoping that my laptop battery will last a while longer. I have no intention to get up from the bed and find the power cord. I have spent the whole week here on business and it has been a very productive, fun and all in all great week. The only thing that is not so fun is… staying in a hotel. Being in a hotel on holidays is fun. Being in a hotel with a group of people together on a business trip is fun. Staying in a hotel on your own while on business is very, very boring.

When I arrived I had the fortune that a good friend also was in town for business so we met up for dinner and had a bottle of bubbly… and then another one… and then a few more glasses. We had a blast. I was, surprisingly enough, pretty fine the next morning. My friend however was not. I was woken up by a text simply stating: “I hate you” … followed by several other texts throughout the day describing her less than ideal state. For once it was not me feeling totally washed out.

The week itself was filled with coffee, meetings after meetings, great food, good laughs, lots of new things learned and a really good time – and that was just in work. The rest of the time I had a quite failed attempt at shopping (wow this country is expensive!), a laugh-out-loud fun dinner with some colleagues from the office here, some frustrated moments when struggling with the hotel internet set-up and an internal debate if shelling out 300 euro for a warm norwegian sweater really is something I should do… I didn’t in the end (thank god, my credit card has had enough abuse!). The week I arrived was the week the temperature dipped below zero for the first time this winter… and I had packed for Irish weather (don’t ask)… yep, it was a bit chilly alright and that sweater was very tempting!

I had hoped that I would have some moments over to take some pictures but as the sun rises at 8am and sets at 4pm at this time, it was always dark when I went to work and left. I guess I just have to come back again some other time.

As it is now, my flight leaves at the ungodly hour of 6am tomorrow which means I have to get up around 3am in order to check-out, get to the airport and get some tax-free shopping done. Why oh why did I book such an early flight…?

Hmm battery is at a critical stage… and so is my need for sleep.

Echinacea

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Well, I am back in Dublin again and it feels really good. This week away was not exactly what I needed at the moment. It was a bit stressful, hectic, intense and at times even an awkward work week. Meeting new people who were not overly thrilled to meet me, repeating the same message about the new process I represent and how it will work out well again and again and then collapsing on the hotel bed once my brain was stalled, was not how I would describe a great week. But then, it was necessary and I believe it was worth it as this will make the work relationship better in the future.

So here I am sitting right now tired but happy to be home. I do have a head cold as well which I picked up while I was away but considering the amount of Echinacea I put into me it will hopefully fade a way in a few days. I am looking forward to a calm weekend and a normal working week ahead. I will need it to recharge my batteries before it is time for a mad weekend away with the girls. Now that I look forward to! 🙂

For now it is time for some downtime. Some music in the background, a good book to read, a cat in my lap and a cup of tea next to me.

Have a nice weekend!

Fade away

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It’s Friday and a busy week in work is finally finished. It’s been stressful, fun, frustrating, energizing and a bit mad this week but all is done, finished and closed off. When it is busy but goes well then there is no better feeling than the high you can get from positive stress. It seems to enable me and I get loads done. I have a hundred thoughts flying through my head at the moment as I am typing away here. Blogging is a great way to release any restless feelings that still linger.

I have quite a bit to do this weekend as I will be flying out to Finland on Sunday to work in the Finnish office next week. I am both looking forward to it and at the same time I am not. I have never been to Finland so I am curious and since they are fond of gothic/rock music it suits me quite well. On the other hand, I would have liked to have the weekend to myself and a “normal” next week.

This feeling of restlessness could stem from the fact that I have been quite busy, drinking lots of coffee and because I have quite a bit more to sort out before I leave on Sunday. But I will let that feeling fade away now and cherish the short weekend that I have and make the most of it. Focus on some self-indulgent pampering, going to the gym, playing with my two cats, spending some quality time with my partner and sleeping in on Saturday morning.

Daily routine

Posted: August 17, 2010 in Blogging, Rant
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So, I haven’t updated my blog for quite some time now. Sorry about that.

My excuse is that my daily routine (of everything) has been very topsy-turvy for a while now. I have flown twice within 4 weeks for family holidays/visits (good fun!!) and then squeezed in a few friends leaving do’s, concert visits and other summer activities (also good fun), catching a cold (not fun) and now I have two work trips in front of me within quite a short time of each other (not as fun) and a short weekend trip with the girls (great fun). I love summer but it definitely messes up all routine that I have. I get nothing done really – laundry basket is overflowing, stuff that need to be done in the apartment are not getting done (haven’t even changed the bloody battery of the kitchen clock which has been annoying me for weeks now…), going to the gym has happened extremely sporadically and updating the blog hasn’t been happening really. Now that I will go on a few business trips I fear that it will be November before I’ll get anything done.

As boring as it sounds (and is) I like my routine… it was a sad, sad day indeed when I finally had to admit it to myself that I like it and to some extent need it (see… I haven’t totally given in yet!). I spent a lot of my teenage years (and some years after) scoffing at people who promoted routine, thinking it was boring and that we should all be spontaneous and free etc etc. Oh, how I was fooling myself!

Routine is what enables me to do all those other things like freeing up time so that I can meet up with friends, going to the gym, getting things done in the apartment and whatever else I want to do. Routine streamlines my life and enables me to have some resemblance of order in my life. I can plan (yes, I know… I am also a planner of many things these days) and I suddenly have time to do all that stuff I want to do.

Mmmm so I guess that it will be some time before I’ll have some order back in my life again. Which is why I am spending my lunch hour in work updating this blog as I have no other time when I can squeeze blogging in at the moment. OK, lunch is over, time to print those e-tickets and make sure I have a hotel booked in the correct city. Sigh.