I am back home after my trip to South Carolina. It was a whirlwind of activity and now I’m playing catch up at home and work.
The flight out of Oklahoma was delayed slightly but there were no problems making the connection in Houston. I had come to accept the fact that there’s nothing I can do to control flights, lay overs, delays or cancellations so there wasn’t any point in getting worked up about it. I resolved to go with the flow, and fortunately everything went smoothly.
I had forgotten how much I love the sensation of take off in a plane. Taxing to speed and then that little lurch in your stomach as the plane achieves lift. The turns where you’re looking straight down out the window…. I may be claustrophobic but I’m not afraid of heights!
Then I had a “Headspace” moment (Headspace is a meditation app) where it’s often commented that regardless of the weather and clouds we experience in our minds, the sun is still shining above the clouds. Flying above the clouds with the sun shining off the wing although I had just 15 mins earlier had been on an icy, cold, grey ground was very poignant.
I don’t usually have a problem sketching in public but I wasn’t comfortable sketching in such close conditions as on a plane. I forced myself to get my sketchbook though, because I knew this was a rare opportunity.
Monday evening I had a chance to meet up with an Art Friend I had met online a few years back. I participated in her Travel Art Journal round robin and it was great to finally meet IRL. Danni showed me the waterfalls in the downtown Greenville area and we stopped at Spill The Beans for coffee and chatted for quite a while.
Tuesday was all day training, and dinner with the training group but I did get to meet a local geocacher, The Scout Master and his wife for an hour of geocaching. It was late when the dinner group got back to the hotel and I’m not a night owl anyway. I did get my South Carolina state souvenir and signed 3 puzzle caches I had solved.
Wednesday was another day of training, and then we left straight for the airport. No delays this time, although when I checked in my kiosk printed ticket read “SEE AGENT” for my seat from Houston to OKC. I started to get anxious I was going to be bumped but my seat was assigned at the gate.
It was great being back home and kind of weird to drive again after being shuttled around for 3 days. I had 2 days back in the office to play catch up before next week and this weekend is time to play catch up at home.
I’m not sure I would want to travel regularly for work. It is completely exhausting but once in a while would be okay.