I think I mentioned a while back on the blog that I would be taking a work trip in early January. Well, the time had come for the trip! I was given the enormous task of planning all the major (and minor) details and we were just a few days away and then I received this news. Needless to say, the trip had a dark cloud looming overhead, but I had done too much planning and I was anticipating this adventure way too much to just let it all go away. Thankfully it was a nice distraction and quality time spent with Chad. Let’s recap:
Wednesday evening we flew out. We flew Southwest, which in our experience was a very enjoyable airline. Two short flights and we reached our destination. In fact, when we landed in Dallas, we were able to get on a earlier flight that had enough space for our group. What a blessing! We arrived in San Antonio around 9PM and grabbed a taxi to our hotel (what an adventure).
After we arrived and got checked in, and were incredibly tired and hungry. Asked the front desk of places to eat and they didn’t have many great suggestions, so we settled (which was excellent) for room service. It was kinda crazy for Chad to pick up the phone to call and for them to call him Mr. Hershberger. We just don’t get treated like that everyday.
Thursday morning Chad and I grabbed Starbucks, which was just across the street from our hotel. In fact, Chad was treating me so well that anytime I asked for Starbucks over the trip, he always answered with yes. (He knew that he would crack down once we got back home) After breakfast, I started in on my work obligations. While the meetings would not officially start until the afternoon, I was there early to help prepare last minute details and coordinate with the office if we needed anything. I put finishing touches on powerpoints, crafted final numbers and graphs, and coordinated final details with the hotel staff.
Lunch for me was at Texas Land and Cattle on the Riverwalk. YUM! I had brisket tacos and they were delicious. Chad had a friend from his college football days that lives down there so, he met up with a buddy for lunch at Rosarios. He said it was the best Tacos he’s ever eaten!!
Thursday afternoon for me was all about rolling with the punches. Never in a million years would I have thought that San Antonio would provide so many travel issues (airplane) for the rest of my co-workers to arrive in TX. There was thick fog over the city and it provided a few obstacles for everyone to get in on time. We ended up going on the fly and switching the schedule around just a bit to accommodate all the delays. While I was in meetings, Chad went out exploring. He walked along the Riverwalk, found Market Square, located the mall, and a few other attractions that he knew I would want to hit when we could explore together on Saturday.
Thursday evening we had a mexican buffet at Iron Cactus on the river walk. Again, excellent food and time spent getting to know my co-worker’s spouses (since we don’t all work in the same office) Chad thrives in those kinds of situations and he had fun making his rounds in the room.
Friday, again was a full day of meetings for me, and another fun day for Chad. Chad even got to go see The Hobbit again. And I was just thankful that he got to see it without me for a 2nd time! For lunch, Chad met up with another college football buddy and they went to a local hamburger joint. Chad said the burger hit his top 5….ever!
Friday evening was our dinner and awards ceremony. We ate at The Palm which was just down the street from our Hotel. Chad and I both had Filet Mignon and it was out of this world. Wow, so delicious. We had green beans, and Potatoes Au Gratin and the largest slice of cheesecake I’ve ever seen for dessert. We spent time recognizing the accomplishments of the company and those within the company that were top achievers. We even had a quiz for spouses (which Chad won a giftcard) and a quiz for the admin staff (where I won a gift card) after which Chad planted a huge kiss on me in front of everybody. I was embarrassed and Chad loved every minute of it! 🙂
Saturday was our day to explore! Chad, again, had more friends that lived in the city and they came and picked us up for breakfast. We stopped on the way to their house to pick up breakfast tacos at a joint that is known for them (Taco Haven). In fact, Tommy Lee Jones is known to frequent this spot. They were delicious. On the way to their house, we also drove past San Antonio Mennonite church where I spent a week one summer in High School on a church youth group trip. Wow, the memories came flooding back – we packed 150 youth in to a small church to sleep and shower in the heat of a San Antonio summer. During the day we went out on service projects (I worked at a homeless shelter) and in the evenings we gathered for devotions and worship. ANY-way. We gathered around the table at our friends house and caught up on life and then they dropped us off at the Tower of Americas. Chad wanted to go up in the tower and see the view of the whole city. It was neat, but Chad really loves to look at layouts and figure out where things are. Naturally, while on the elevator ride up, there is a man with a Kansas City shirt on. Chad asked him where he was from, and come to find out that he works for the same company as the guy that shares office space with my company. Small world.
After the tower, we walked over to the mall, to the Alamo, and through some of the shops near there. We had lunch on the river walk at Casa Rio, and then went back to the mall to catch a movie (my one request for the weekend – it had been over a year since I had seen a movie in a movie theater. Life as a momma to a small kiddo) Have you ever been to an AMC movie theater? This one had recliners! It was amazing. You press a button and the feat come up and your whole seat reclines. I definitely think our local theater needs to get those! I was hoping to see Catching Fire, but it had already made its way out of the theater, so we settled for American Hustle. I wouldn’t recommend it, the story was ok, kinda drug on and I was wishing it was over way sooner that it was!
After the movie we walked back to our hotel and relaxed a little while before meeting up with a few co-workers (who had also stuck around) for supper. When we got back to the hotel we hopped on the elevator at the bottom level. We went up one floor to the lobby and the doors open, and who walks in?? Brad Womack (and his twin) from the Bachelor season (i don’t even know) As he stepped on to the elevator I got a strange feeling that I knew him from somewhere and it all clicked in my head. Unfortunately, I was so in shock I was unable to utter a single sound. Chad made small talk with them, but it was a silent 20 seconds until we arrived at our floor, got off the elevator and I looked at Chad with the widest eyes. Do ou know who that was?! Of course, he had no idea. I told him and then he was upset that I didn’t say anything. Oh well, I have a small story at least! That evening we ate at the restaurant connected to our hotel called Acenar. It was fabulous! I had shrimp tacos and I licked my plate clean! After dinner we attempted to walk some of it off up and down the river walk, before retiring early to the hotel room as we had an early flight out the next morning.
Whew! It was a fun trip! And seriously awesome to see all of my planning come together. So thankful to my company for allowing me not only the immense responsibility, but also the opportunity to even take the trip in the first place. The generosity that my company shows is simply overwhelming. I am thankful to work for the company that I do!
Kohen (and me) survived time away. It was the longest I’d ever left him before. And in light of the events preceeding the trip, I wasn’t so sure how I’d be feeling. But it was great to spend quality time with Chad and to not have to worry about every little detail for Ko. Plus, the gparents loved spending so much time with him. They may have both texted me the next day to check in on him. They were missing him like crazy!