Tuesday, August 12
Mamma mia! I don’t do early mornings very well. It was painful waking up with the 5:15 a.m. wake up call. But I was very ready to return home. I hurried to get dressed and finish up packing my stuff. My stomach was all kinds of grumbly. Not good. I worried that I was going to get violently ill again.
But, I persevered and made it out of the hotel by 5:35 a.m. I drove to the airport and dropped off the rental car at Avis. I checked in and went to the airport diner for a bite. I thought, if I put some food in my system, my stomach might feel better. I ordered a small ham and cheese omelet with a side of hasbrowns and a pot of green tea with honey. I felt a little better. I soon boarded the plane and we were off to Seattle.
I really wanted to go to sleep, I was crazy exhausted. But, got pulled into a coversation with the guy I sat next to. He was very nice and engaging, from Baltimore. We had a lot to chat about – from back east, to Montana and Oregon, to spirituality, happiness, compassion, meditation, and so on. He was an eighth grade teacher and potter with a plan to move to Portland at the end of the next school year.
When the plane landed, we said good-bye, he actually gave me a hug, which was very sweet, and then we went our separate ways, to our gates.
Thankfully I didn’t have a long lay-over. I was soon on my next plane headed for Portland. I fell asleep immediately. Hallelujah! Amen! Thank God!
When I got to PDX, I had a seemless exit. My bag came right up at baggage, I caught the waiting shuttle toward the economy lot and I was on my way. I noticed, while on the shuttle, that my new friend, the guy I sat next to from Missoula, had sent me a really nice text message telling me it was nice to meet me and that he hoped our paths would cross again. I was flattered.
I must say, though, it’s feast or famine! I sware. And, as typical, funny to meet really nice guys from far-away places. I didn’t think too hard about that. You never know what’s going to happen! I had a nice connection with Santa Maria guy, and he had called, which was a super pleasant surprise. I hoped we would re-connect, and I really do want to hit some wineries in the Santa Barbara AVA one of these days, so, you just keep your doors open and remain grateful for meeting nice people who make you smile…and, in Santa Maria guy’s case…laugh a lot and smile.
I was exhausted! I got home and unpacked. I snuggled with my kitties and was disappointed to find another ant infestation. Every time I leave town and put out the extra food, the ants come marching in. Little buggers.
I unpacked, gathered myself, drank lots of water, then was on my way to the office. I thought I was going to have to do label press checks, but not until later this week. I picked up some Pad Thai on my way in and ate at my desk. I got caught up on emails and tried to organize myself.
After work, I met a couple of my co-workers to paint pottery in Sherwood. At first, I was so tired that I thought I didn’t want to go. I’m so glad I didn’t listen to that sleepy voice. I had a blast! I painted a square dish a light pea green and then overlapped a bunch of different green leaves on it. It looked really cool. Next, I found a cute round box, which I painted in Tuscan reds, greens and black for Susan as part of her birthday present. I painted a ceramic pear that would go on top. I added red dots around the edge of the top of the box and then painted the inside in a decorative fashion, as well. It came out just how I wanted, as well.
I put another project aside that I would come in to do for the next time. It was a fun, relaxing, creative activity with my colleagues. We laughed a lot and my co-worker kindly brought gluten-free crackers, a cheese spread and fruit. It was really great.
I left at 8:15 and really wanted to go the gym. I decided I’d go in the morning. And, instead, I headed over to Safeway to pick up some groceries – pretty much fresh fruits and veggies.
I was happy to get home to relax and go to bed early! That is, after watching the Olympics.