Happy Wednesday! As I mentioned Monday, I was taking the past few days off due to my work travel. I got back last night and boy, am I tired. It has been a full few days! Let's rewind back to last Friday and start with the gala.
Friday I left work a little early so I could get ready for the Provident gala. Thank goodness I did. I was having some major hair issues, which ended up taking me forever to get ready. I was hoping to take some individual pictures to showcase my dress, but I was on a time crunch and that did not happen. Luckily, I got some group shots to share. We met for a quick bit to eat before the gala at Morgan Street Brewery. This was a bar I frequented in college...I actually never knew it was a real restaurant until the past few weeks. The food was delicious, though. I ordered the Greek salad for something lighter and it was delicious! Everyone else's food looked awesome, too. We got to the gala shortly after everyone was seated for dinner. The plan was to assist in the beginning, then attend the post party for drinks and dessert. We ended up having to deal with the silent auction for the majority of the night. Luckily, we were able to sit in on the keynote speaker, Kevin Hines. He has an amazing story. He attempted to commit suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, however, he survived. You can read more about his story here. After the speaker, there was a matching auction to help raise money for a new phone system at Provident. An updated phone system is imperative to the crisis hotline, which can truly mean life or death for someone. The new system will cost $100,000 and I am so happy to say that they were able to raise that money through a matching auction at the gala! This doesn't include all the other money raised at the gala through various things, such as the silent auction, ticket sales and raffles. Just amazing! I can't wait to hear the final numbers - the event seemed like such a great success! To make thing easier, we got a room to stay overnight at the hotel. It was wonderful to just go a few floors up, rather than deal with driving home from downtown.
The next day was relaxing with breakfast in the room. I had a wonderful Belgian waffle with fresh berries. It was the perfect way to start my Saturday.
If you have been reading here for awhile, you know how much I love going to the movies. It should be no surprise that I found myself at the theater later on Saturday to see Eddie the Eagle. This was a very heart warming story about a boy, Eddie, that wants so very much to make it the the Olympics. It is based off a true story, however, don't look too much into it, because you will see the movie and the story found online are quite a bit different. It's a little sad, because I think his story would have made a great movie without all the changes. Still, I would recommend watching.
Sunday I headed out to Naples. I was a bit worried about flying alone, however, my boss switched flights, so we ended up on the same one. It made me feel a lot more comfortable. After we got in, I dropped him at his hotel, then made my way to where I was staying. Since it was a bit of a last minute decision for me to attend the conference, the main hotel was already all booked. I walked around a bit, then spent a good portion of the afternoon reading at the pool. It was a bit chilly at points, but it was still so very nice to be out and laying next to the pool. I attempted to watch the Oscars, but ended up falling asleep and missing the majority of the show. I guess traveling wore me out!
I wasn't sure what exactly to expect with this conference, but I spent the majority of the time working away. This is for the benefit of my dad - he jokingly would call my work trip a "vacation." Unfortunately, Dad, it was all work starting on Monday. Although, I have to say, my view while working some on Monday was not too shabby at all! We had dinner and drinks at The Catch on Monday night which was delicious. I had the scallops and would highly recommend them!
Tuesday was a whirlwind of meetings with investors before making our way to the airport. Luckily, we had an uneventful flight home. I am so thankful I had the opportunity to go, because I really think it gave me invaluable insight into my job, not to mention how the analysts see things. And while I really did enjoy it, I am very glad to be home.
Now it is back to the normal grind. I am definitely looking forward to Friday. It feels like it has been a long week already!
Linking up with Jenn and Jessi.