Greetings and happy Friday! It's been another whirlwind week, and I still can't quite convince myself that it's February! That said, it feels like March (no complaint here... Thank you, mother nature, for this mild winter).
I leave for yet another business trip this Sunday and will be gone until late Wednesday night. After this trip, I will have flown ~ 5,000 miles in the first 6 weeks of the year. Ufda. I'll be returning to Charlotte for our National Sales Meeting, followed by a Customer Conference. I am taking the earlier flight on Sunday so I will have time to fit in a late lunch with Charbelle! I wasn't able to see her on my last trip to Charlotte, so I am glad it works out to meet up this time around. Then at 6 pm I head to the Superbowl Party, which will kick off our National Sales Conference. I am looking forward to putting faces to the names of many of the reps I talk to on the phone.
It's my birthday on Monday, but I'll be putting in a 12+ hour day of work, so I am doing a low key early birthday celebration this weekend. It will involve chicken chili, a chick flick, and quality time with 2 of my closest girlfriends. I usually like to host a big get together for my birthday, but honestly the first month of the year exhausted me between all the travel I've done + surgery/recovery + CFA studying. So quietly ringing in 31 is just what I need! Plus, I had a huge party and that whole trip to Paris last year, so I am probably due for a quiet celebration.
I'm hoping to keep the fact that my birthday is on Monday from the attention of others... Mostly because many of these sales reps/traders like to have a good time (read: they drink like they have a hollow leg), and I am sort of envisioning round after round of drinks if word gets out that I am celebrating my birthday. We'll see what happens! Last trip it worked well to switch to tonic water with a lime early in the night as it appeared that I was still drinking. And sometimes appearances are all that matter. I'm still the new kid on the block that needs to win over these reps, so appearing to be fun is important, as silly as that sounds. Suffice it to say, it's hard to explain! That said, I think my boss has already started to tell people... so... yah.
To start off my birthday celebration, I brought some granny smith apples & apple dip to work to share with my co-workers and I also am planning on buying some macaroons for an afternoon snack! Yes, I am almost 31 and I still bring birthday treats to work. I work with all men - if I don't bring my own treats, no one else will!
I'll be back on Monday with reflections on my 31st year! It certainly was an amazing year!
What are you up to this weekend? Do you bring treats to work to celebrate your birthday?