Day 80: Surviving makes me happy. This was my sixth day in a row of teaching customer class and my voice started going out. I was able to get through my class anyway though–sometimes you just have to be happy you made it through.
Day 81: Buying snacks makes me happy. For our upcoming family vacation (more on that below) I was in charge of buying the snacks. Who doesn’t like buying snacks?!? The hardest part was trying not to eat them before the trip (and remembering to load everything into the car). For the record, I did try to buy healthier snacks…but some s’more ingredients may or may not have made their way into the cart too.
Day 82: Fridays make me happy. Especially Fridays before a long weekend!
Days 83-87: Family vacations make me happy. My family and I camped near Mammoth Cave for the holiday and it was really fun! We had the most awesome RV in the park (and that’s not me bragging–people came by multiple times a day to compliment it). We hiked a trail near the cave, which was somewhat challenging in 90° weather with 1,000,000% humidity. But we made it–and rewarded ourselves with great food and lots of laughs. Check out the view from our campsite and my new friend Belle below!
Kentucky is so beautiful!
Victory (a.k.a. the baddest RV in the park).
Belle! She protected us by barking at everyone who walked past our campsite.
Days 88-89: Short work weeks make me happy. That’s the awesome thing about coming back to work on Thursday–you’re already basically at the weekend! Is it bad that I’m already counting down the hours until the weekend officially starts?
Day 60: Developing new processes makes me happy. I worked with a few coworkers to improve a process for getting trainer review for updates to our software and I think it’s going to make everybody’s job a lot easier. No complaints there!
Day 61: Seeing where my company is going next makes me happy. I had the opportunity to preview some development coming in the next version of my company’s software, and it was so cool! I never imagined I’d work in IT–especially healthcare IT–but I truly enjoy what I do.
Day 62-63: Spending time with my parents makes me happy. My parents were in Wisconsin for a motorcycle club event and I got to hang out with them! I know I post a lot about my parents, but they really are the most wonderful people on the planet and any opportunity I have to see them is really special to me. We went to a fun ’70s themed dinner and dance and then hung out in the RV talking until almost midnight.
Day 64: Small classes make me happy. I taught a class of 10 students today. Most of our customer classes are somewhere between 20-30 students, so having this smaller class was a welcome reprieve. Also, I feel like I’m able to really connect with each student when the class size is small–I like being able to answer out of scope questions and spend extra time with them one-on-one.
Day 65: International travel makes me happy. My sabbatical is in October, so my mom and I will be heading to…Costa Rica! I had a call with my travel agent today to go over our itinerary and I am PUMPED! My last jaunt to a foreign land wasn’t the best experience (Long story short: I was racially profiled by a hotel employee and accused of being a prostitute.) but I’m really looking forward to this trip. Most of all, I’m looking forward to traveling with my mom! This chance to take her around the world is the least I can do to thank her for being the best mother ever.