Conquering My Colorado Summer Bucket List

This weekend was my first back in Colorado in seemingly forever, since I was only home for 18 hours last weekend. And as a bonus burst of excitement, this was a holiday weekend! My office is closed for a five day weekend (Saturday through Wednesday), and most people are taking off Thursday and Friday as well so I’ll probably only work a few hours each day and then take PTO for the rest. What a treat to be home and {Read More}

Time Off: Some Planned, Some Unplanned

It’s been a little while since I’ve blogged outside of my Links posts, huh? I was lucky enough to spend last week down in Seabrook Island, South Carolina, for my family’s annual beach vacation. Several years ago, my dad booked a condo on Seabrook Island for a spring break getaway that was driveable from upstate New York. (A very long drive, but driveable nonetheless.) Seabrook is about 30 minutes south of Charleston, where my brother Erik lives with his family, so {Read More}

Dream Vacation: Booked!

Despite the many articles I’ve read about vacation being important for productivity (to help you rest and recharge), I am admittedly terrible at actually taking my vacation time. Because I travel so much for work, all I want from “vacation days” is time at home. With that being fairly date-agnostic (no flights or hotels to book), I often end up delaying the “scheduling” part of the vacation process as well. My thinking is that since I can take my vacation anytime, {Read More}

Puerto Vallarta: No Regrets

This was not the vacation I was expecting… but that’s okay. I wasn’t expecting to get sick within 6 hours of arriving in Mexico. (My own fault for eating sushi that I should have known was bad.) I spent all Thursday night getting sick everywhere, including a mortifying public vomiting incident in the trash can at the convenience store when I went to get Gatorade. On Friday, although I wasn’t getting sick anymore, I still felt pretty crappy and didn’t really get {Read More}

Emphasizing my OOO

Last Thursday, I got a reminder from my company to check out my “total rewards” page on the intranet. I dutifully went to the page to make sure that my 401k and other investment allocations were where I wanted them to be, and I happened to glance over to another part of the page and see my vacation balance. As luck would have it, I had just earlier that day finished reading an interesting article in the Harvard Business Review {Read More}

Blocking my Time with PTO

Short and sweet post today, but I wanted to share what a successful day I had at work. I had originally requested today as a PTO day, so that I could spend time with a visiting houseguest. I blocked off my calendar, shifted all meetings to Wednesday and Friday, and started working my butt off to ensure that I could have all the loose ends tied up and be able to take the day off. I swear, sometimes it’s easier {Read More}

Sponsored: How DD Perks Fueled Me Up for Puerto Rico

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dunkin’ Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. This post is coming to you from sunny Puerto Rico! I had a work trip here today and tomorrow of this week, so I chose to take a seemingly random vacation day Wednesday so that I could fly out a day early and enjoy some beach time before I head for meetings in Old San {Read More}

Weekend Recap: Vacation in Mexico

Boy, that was a huge shock to go from 85 degrees there to below zero when I landed in Denver last night. However, I guess I am ready for winter now – that was the perfect one last hurrah of sun before we get into ski season. As I mentioned in my Tread review, I spent Friday night in Dallas before flying to Cancun on Saturday afternoon. When I landed and cleared customs, my friend Kelly was on a conference {Read More}

Exercising at the Airport

What a long day of travel it has been! My trip to Nice was fun, but the real price of my cheap ticket was that it took almost 24 hours each way getting there (thanks to a strange routing going from Dallas to Mexico City to Paris and finally to Nice). This morning, I had a four seven hour layover in Mexico City (thanks to some delays), and I knew I would have to go straight to the office from the {Read More}

Summer is Here – Let’s Get Sweaty!

I know that many people consider the start of summer to be Memorial Day weekend at the end of May, and also that the official start of the summer is June 21 (the summer solstice). But for me, Independence Day is when I finally feel like summer is here. It’s hot, it’s sticky, and I’m fortunate enough to be headed out to Blake’s house in the Hamptons for the weekend, along with Ashley and Theodora! Unlike seemingly everyone else in {Read More}