I just got back from a business trip. This was one that I was dreading because I'd be gone for three nights. I hate being gone for more than two. But, I couldn't help it. This was a sales meeting and I had no control of the agenda. I was also a little mad that there was going to be hardly any work to be done -- only three hours of meetings a day for two days -- the rest? play. I wasn't happy about being forced to be away from the kids for four days and three nights to play! (Crazy, I know.) But I had to go and I did. M prepared by arranging for a babysitter to come over for three hours both Tuesday night and Wednesday morning so that he could get a break. He and the boys had a great time while I was gone. Sure they missed me, but they had super soakers to occupy their time in the 92 degree heat. As M said, they got "soaked to the bone" every day! That made me happy while I was gone.
Meanwhile, I was at a fabulous beach resort, having a great time. Besides the whole six hours of meetings I spent some time on the beach watching some of my colleagues learn how to surf (quite amusing!) I got a "hot rock" pedicure (in which they gave me a foot massage with hot rocks -- nice) on my company's dime. I liked it so much, I booked a manicure for the next day on my dime. I went to a beach party with a great live band. They served all you can eat lobster and steak and an open bar with great umbrella drinks. And, there were four fire pits set up with all the fixin's for s'mores. The next day, I read a book in the shade, got my manicure and leasurely got ready to go out with the gang -- to a great restaurant and a sing-along piano bar afterwards. The piano bar was my idea and it was lots of fun. You could request songs and it was fun when the crowd all sang a long to the song you picked out. There was after hour drinks after all of these events until two in the morning, but I never partook -- I was always in bed by midnight.
So, despite my initial misgivings, I had a good time and my family survived :>