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Sometimes my job really doesn’t suck…

Posted in Travel with tags , , , , on April 1, 2011 by Jessica

It’s moments like this when I realize that my job is not in fact so horrible.

So the job has me trotting off to Daytona Beach today. Seeing as I was only scheduled to be there for one measly little mediation (which lasted nearly four hours tanks to opposing counsel getting stuck in tie-up in I-95 and difficulties getting my client on the phone) and by the time the mediation was done I wouldn’t be able to to get back to the office before end of business, it just didn’t seem right to leav Daytona Beach without seeing the actual beach.

Moral of the story: It’s okay to take a little personal time during a business trip. Particularly when doing so won’t affect your ability to do said business.
And while it would have been quite the sight to see me walking down the beach in a suit, I came prepared for such an opportunity. I packed jeans and flats to change into.

Now I’m back home after having sat through the most ridiculous rush hour traffic in Orlando, dropped off the rental car (for the record, the Nissan Cube wins the award for Ugliest Car I’ve Ever Driven), and stopped into the office to report the results of the mediation. I’m beyond exhausted. Nighty night.

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Musings from the road…

Posted in Travel with tags , , on March 11, 2011 by Jessica

As you may have guessed from both today’s entry title and from the picture, I’m on the road today. For those of you who are familiar with Ocala, well, you know where I’m spending my day. For those of you who can’t find Ocala on a map, we’ll just say you’re really not missing much.

I currently find myself seated in a Panera at the tail end of the lunch rush. My next mediation starts in about an hour. I’m tapping away on my laptop trying to get a little work done – update our case management system as to my earlier mediation, email the appropriate department as to the necessary next steps, and fire off a few miscellaneous emails (one of which at least is likely to make a certain client none too happy), and so on.

So a few things I’ve learned from my first business trip:
(1) Getting a rental car always reminds me how much I need a new car. Seriously. Mine is becoming a piece of crap that I wouldn’t trust to take me on this 4-ish hours round trip without completely failing me.
(2) It’s always a good thing to try to save the client a few bucks, but there’s no need to be overly stingy with yourself. Technically, driving my car (and crossing my fingers) might have been a tad bit cheaper for the client. But, in my opinion, the few extra dollars are worth my relative comfort and safety when the client wants me to trot off to a place 100+ miles away from home on their behalf.
(3) Try to still eat well. This also kind of ties into the above point. I could have gone to’ and eaten greasy (yet delicious) crap. Instead I went a little pricier, fancier, and healthier and went with Panera. Also, finding a place with wi-fi allowed me to get some work done (and play around on my blog, as well 🙂 ).
(4) Always, always, leave early. I don’t have the greatest sense of direction. I’m fine when I’m at home or in cities I know well, but get me out of my comfort zone and it’s a guarantee that I’ll get lost at least once. Which I did today, of course, on the way to my first mediation. Thank goodness I left about 30 minutes early.

Anyway, time to clean up and prepare for my next mediation. Then hopefully back home sweet home before dark. Have a wonderful Friday, all!!