14 July 2012

Road Trip

It's only halfway through July and with three road trips, several projects due, and the wedding only 28 days away, I find my month is already blown.  Last week, I was baking out in the Grand Canyon State.  This weekend I am NOT working on the trailer but playing catch up on all of my chores.  This week I have another road trip up north to the Land of 10,000 Lakes, L'Etoile du Nord.  Spending a few days in Mankato, Minnesota (home of MSU, the Viking Training Camp).  I am planning a short side trip that I will expound upon later.  Without giving too much away, I have worked out a few logistics and was hoping to be able to have lunch with a good friend and famous author/blogger.  If you want more details about my trip, you'll just have to keep an eye out for an update next weekend.  The trip takes me out of the office for 3 days and, combined with an all day department event/team building exercise, leaves me with exactly one day actually in the office.  And that day I already have a 6 hour planning meeting for our new facility.  Sounds like I am whining a wee bit?  Yea, I know, life's rough and I keep reminding myself that I asked for this.  Still, I'd rather be busy than be bored.  After next week, I have a week in town before I head west to the Golden State.  I may get a few more pictures of Bubble Gum alley in San Luis Obispo.  That puts me back in town about a week before the wedding.  

When I typically travel, I will map out my trip/agenda (that's the A/R part of my personality) of where we are going, hotels, routes to take.  If it is a new destination for me, I will try to look up some details of the area to give me a better idea where to go, what to see/do.  You are never too old to learn something new.

Some interesting (but useless) facts about the places I have been/am going:

California, "The Golden State", has some other slogans/mottoes that I uncovered (not sure which ones are legit):   
- The Land of Milk and Honey
- The Grape State
- The Eldorado State
- California - Find Yourself Here
- California:  As Seen on TV
- By 30, Our Women Have More Plastic Than Your Honda
- California: It's Long and Hangs to the Left
- California: Our Governor Can Inappropriately Fondle Your Governor
- I'm a Big Deal in California

For Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes, some of the slogans I uncovered are:
- The North Star State
- The Bread and Butter State
- The Wheat State
- The Gopher State
- New England of the West

For Arizona, The Grand Canyon State, some of the slogans I found are:
- The Copper State
- The Apache State
- The Aztec State
- The Baby State
- The Valentine State
- The Sand Hill State
- Italy of America

Life's a journey.  Remember to take plenty pictures along the way.


ShadowRun300 said...

Oooohhh.... I know what your side trip is! :) I was wondering if it was going to work out for you. How exciting! Can't wait to hear about it!
With all these road trips, I can see how the rest of your summer is going to fly by. And the wedding will be right after! Hard to believe, I'm sure!
Good luck with it all! Be sure to keep us posted on your adventures!!

Abby said...

Wow, you DO have a busy July. Good thing you are as A/R as you say, I'm not sure it could all be accomplished without that quality or a side trip to the ER. Have fun!

terri said...

I think it takes a certain personality to manage work travel. I'm not sure I could do much of it as just the thought of all that travel gives me anxiety. I like routine and familiarity. But clearly, those of us who don't travel miss out on a lot of great sites.

Rock Chef said...

Britain is often called the 51st State. Therefore it needs a suitable name like those you list.

I nominate:

"The crappy weather state".

Hope you get to meet up with this famous blogger im Minnesota!