For the past eleven years I've gone on a winter vacation to Mexico. I love the chance to get out of the cold Minnesota winter and to take some time to relax. This year, for a number of reasons, I'm not making the trip and I'm sad about that. I did go on vacation though; in fact I just got back home today.
I had a business meeting to attend in Plymouth on Wednesday that started at 7:30 a.m. With traffic and Minnesota weather that can be unpredictable, I figured I would need to leave my house no later than 6 a.m., which meant I would need to get up around 4:30 a.m. I'm slow moving in the morning. None of this sounded good to me, so I decided to drive there on Tuesday night and spend the night in a hotel and then I decided if I was going to do that I might as well make a vacation out of it!
After work on Tuesday I stopped at home for a few minutes to pack a few last minute things and turn the heat down since I was going on vacation.
I arrived at the hotel around 6:30 p.m. I chose this hotel because it was about 10 minutes from the meeting location, and because it had a gym, pool, hot tub and a restaurant. Perfect! It was a huge place that is often used for business conferences and weddings.
I settled into my room, changed clothes and headed for the gym. The hotel was connected to an athletic club with one floor of raquet ball courts, one floor for the pool and hot tub one floor for cardio equipment. I checked in, found an open treadmill (it was surprisingly busy!) and walked two miles. Even on vacation I made sure to fit this in because I'm THIS close to reaching my goal of walking two miles every day in January and I'm not going to stop now.
After some time back in my room to cool off and get dressed again (vacationing is hard work!) I went down to the hotel restaurant for dinner. The best thing happened while I was at dinner. The best thing for someone that works in Human Resources happened while I was at dinner. At the table nearest to me but separated by a tall plant were three men talking and having dinner. It didn't take me long to figure out that one of the men was applying for a job and the other two were interviewing him. AWESOME! It was so interesting to hear their questions, his responses, his questions and their responses. By the time I was done with dinner I knew the name of the company, how long the two interviewers had worked there, the background of the interviewee, etc. At one point the interviewee mentioned that he was interviewing at other places and would make his decision based on what was best for him. One of the interviewers clarified that they had not yet made an offer and I CRINGED. If the interviewee could have seen me I would have signaled him to STOP TALKING. At some point the interview ended and he left and then the other two discussed him at length. It was VERY DIFFICULT for me to stay at my table because I really wanted in on the discussion, but I stayed put. All in all it was a very enjoyable dinner on my first/last night of vacation.
After dinner I went back to my room, changed into my pajamas and laid in bed half reading and half watching TV. I also drank a Diet Coke out of the mini bar in my room because what the heck. That's what vacations are all about.
My meeting wrapped up late morning and I did a little shopping and then met my daughter, her boyfriend and his family for a late lunch. It was her boyfriend's BIRTHDAY so it worked out well that I just happened to be in town and could celebrate with them. Then it was time to head home.
It's good to be home.