Nursing a Chocolate Hangover, of Sorts

Still processing everything that happened last week, with the leadership program and- well, something else.

But here's what I do know:

1.  Roomie situation that I was dreading turned out to be awesome.  She even bought me wine before dinner one night (and hotel bars are seriously overpriced, I learned as well).  We have a common love of decent coffee so I returned the favor in the a.m.  Her school isn't far from my home so hopefully we can get together in the future.

2. Actually, pretty much everyone at the program was awesome.  We had some of the smartest, most experienced coaches and mentors there are in our organization (if not the entire field).  On top of that, we all had been selected out of a sizable pool of applicants, so it just felt as if I were sitting in a room of people with a common passion, and smarts.  Refreshing.  My team's coach wrote each of us personal notes and on mine she said she saw my confidence.  Blew my mind.

3. Overall, I really like the regional team in which I've been placed.  I did have one minor incident with a teammate--but then again, the person seems to be an unintentional offender in general, as a few other teammates sympathized, not to mention we were under a lot of pressure to produce a project in a short amount of time.  Late nights after long days don't agree with me.

4. Hershey takes their brand and their candy seriously.  Our rooms were in the Hershey's Kisses Tower.  "Chocolate-themed decor"?  They weren't kidding!  We slept on sheets embroidered with Kisses, looked over from our beds to the candy-wrappers-underwater photography on the walls, and used a bathroom wallpapered with Kisses-printed paper.  They hand you chocolate when you check in, and put candy on the tables in the meeting rooms.  I partook of none--I didn't need allergy problems on top of not sleeping well--but for the most part was served well at dinner and lunch.  Sometimes I got a better dish than what everyone else had.  But, you know, with fruit for dessert and not peanut butter cup pie.  Darn.

5. I learned a couple of new technology things in addition to all the other stuff, and I also had to be honest with myself that I need to figure out Skype and GooglePlus hangouts if I want to keep up.  The only people I knew who used Skype when I was in library school were people with relatives on the other side of the world, and GooglePlus wasn't a thing yet.  Still not quite convinced it is.

6. Even though The Cat hissed at Mom (or stared at her, telepathically willing her to leave), for the most part The Cat was O.K. with my being away.  Maybe her memory is so bad she just thought I was taking a long time to get home from work.  She did seem really tired the night I got home, so maybe that last night without me was kind of bad.  Actually, I myself didn't feel terrific coming back--run-down and feverish--but the next day I worked at the public library, and on the weekend did more rearranging/de-cluttering at home with Mom's help, and did the big feast day thing at church yesterday.  On to the next things.

7. The next things are (A) Someone has a birthday tomorrow and it's not me, and (B) Possibly good career thing on Wednesday that needs prayers and positive thoughts.

And how were your respective weekends?



Dave E. said…
I'm glad the leadership program turned out well. Good luck with the career "thing."
Kate P said…
Thanks, Dave!
ccr in MA said…
Lots of good news! My fingers are crossed for you for tomorrow.
Sara said…
Richard keeps trying to convince me to use Google Plus. I still refuse to even use Facebook and Twitter!

Hsss! Get off my lawn you kids!

Very glad everything went pretty well!!!! Hope tomorrow goes well too!
Unknown said…
had a good weekend.....was up in Seattle for my dad's 70th birthday. I've heard Google Hangouts is great, my friend watches tv shows with her family on it, though I haven't used it myself.
Kate P said…
CCR--thanks! It went O.K. (although apparently HR misdirected an email telling me to go to a different building. . . grace under pressure test).

Sara--Yeah, I do Twitter (love) and Facebook (don't love but only way to tell if some relatives are still alive) but that whole Google+ is mystifying. Your DH is good with all that tech stuff so it's NBD for him!

Meg Ann--hey, happy b-day to your dad! Mine will be 70 next year. I can't even believe it.
Watching TV with other people through Google hangouts? Well, that kinda sounds like fun, actually. You know, so I'm not just yelling at the TV in front of the cat. ;)

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