i got the fantastic opportunity to attend my first “legit, no longer an intern, big girl business trip” last week! i was very excited and also very anxious! i would be flying solo which was an awesomely intimidating thought! i knew that i could handle it, though. and that it would be a wonderful learning experience to put under my belt. my boss filled me with all the knowledge, tips and tricks before i left so i felt pretty darn prepared. but i really had no idea what to expect. the trip got off to a bit of a shaky start that saturday morning, when i almost missed my plane. (you can read about that lovely tale, here) it was, shall we say, riveting. either way, i DID make it on that plane. i was a stressed out mess, wheezing from my cold and exhausted from sprinting across the terming; but i made it. and all i can say, is that thank goodness that it was one of those small planes that gives you the whole can of diet coke, instead of a sippy cup.
i landed in good ‘ol dallas, texas. first time i’d ever been there, not that i would end up seeing anything but the gaylord hotel (which is pretty much its own city). for reals, humongous. one of my co-workers made the brilliant comparison of it to the mall of america/
camp snoopy whatever its called now. where you are “inside” but it has that “outside” feel.
i got my room, checked in on our big, bad booth and got some work done. for lunch i went to a place called texan station which shows how hard core, die hard, put my brothers to shame, dedicated texas sports fans are. i had some legit texas bbq and watched 3 different games going on on the 52 FOOT screen tv. holy moly huge.
i worked some more and ate some dinner, and that was about all the excitement i could handle for day 1. the next few days are really a blur. i was crazytown busy MIH as we say here (making it happen). there really is nothing like the rewarding feeling of a job well done. (and checking things of my to do list, of course). just as i had hoped and predicted, it was one of the most incredible business experiences for a young 22 year old. i am so blessed to have had the opportunities that i have been given. and i have done all i could to make the most of them and be grateful for them. i know i grow more and more in my professional self during each one. here are some highlights from the rest of my time in the big D, dallas. (i was actually in grapevine, but there are no sayings or songs about grapevine.)
- almost every night i treated myself to a lovely cup of hot tea. a cozy, soothing way to wind down from the day. one night, thanks to
lots ofhardly any coaxing from a co-worker, i added some butter pecan ice cream to my night time snack. delish.
- here’s our fantastic booth, the best looking tradeshow booth around. ;)
- monday night i finally got to be outside to enjoy some lovely summer weather and lake-side sunset views. coupled with a nice cold brew, good company and amazing conversation. it was a lovely night! topped off with the entertainment of the night, the spazmatics, an 80’s cover group, who were AMAZING!
- and then came the absolute highlight and most stressful part of my trip in one. touring the dallas cowboys stadium! woot woot. it was amazing and everyone loved it. we got to go on the field and see the ginormous 160 ft screen TV (which you really cannot comprehend its size), the cheerleaders just so happened to be practicing (the guys didn’t seem to mind that), we went in the locker room, jerry jones suite, VIP suite, post game interview room, EVERYTHING! finished off with an exquisite meal it was a enjoyable and successful night.