Last week I was away for work … for the entire week … with my boss.
When I was younger I use to think that travelling around for work would be fun … you get to see new places etc. This ISN’T how I feel about it now!!! I was away for 7 days … 7 days away from hubby and the kids!! I did not have fun.
I did learn an awful lot while I was away (which I suppose was the point) … and we learned alot about the work we are currently busy with and the direction we should be taking it, based on what is being done in Europe. So from a professional and academic standpoint it was a worthwhile trip. The plant tours were especially impressive … the environmental, health and safety standards are incredibly high and most of our local plants do not come close to those kinds of standards of operation. So it was quite impressive.
I missed home terribly though. I called every day via Whatsapp (how great is that functionality btw??) since there was free wi-fi at the conference and the hotel. It felt incredibly strange being away from home all by myself … every time I saw something interesting I would think about how I wished hubby was with me to share it. There wasn’t alot of time to do sight-seeing anyway … the days were full of work related things.
We landed in Jhb on Sunday morning …. which was Father’s day and the winter solstice and my birthday! I was so happy to be home and see my family that I started crying when I saw them. Hubby brought the kids to the airport and they were holding balloons and a card that Munchkin had written in and drawn a picture of me in. It was a wonderful homecoming 🙂
And even though it was my birthday the presents went from me to everyone else 🙂 All three of the kids loved their pressies … since I had asked them what they wanted and them actually managed to get it. There was a bit of a mishap with hubby’s Father’s day present though. I had ordered an item from Amazon.de since delivery is free when you’re in the country but DHL in Germany went on strike (I was actually quite surprised at this …. Germans going on strike!!). So just my luck, it was never delivered … which is super unusual for Amazon who are always extremely reliable. But I sent them an email and they are refunding my money. So I still need to sort hubby’s present but waiting for Amazon to refund me so I can replace it.
I am not enjoying the cold!!!
Going to Durbs next week …. really really hoping it’s nice and warm there!