It's Friday! Having a work conference the first half of the week really threw me for a loop, with after hours events in the evenings. I have to say, it was a blast, but I was sure glad to get back into more of a routine.
The conference definitely held some of my favorites this week, the first being a happy hour Monday night, complete with karaoke. Now I prefer to sing in my car, alone, but I work with a few people that LOVE to karaoke. The night started out with "Born To Be Wild" and also included a male rendition of Shania Twain's "Man, I Feel Like A Woman". It was fun to catch up with people I don't see as much, as well as hang out with some of my favorites.
Tuesday night was one of the best social events I have been to through work. We got to go to Busch Stadium, where the St. Louis Cardinals play, and have dinner on the track behind home plate. Not only that, but we were able to go on a tour of the stadium, get our drinks in the dug outs (and take pictures) AND we got to go to the bullpen and throw pitches to a few workers who were dressed in uniform. To say it was the highlight of the conference would be an understatement. I plan to share more about that night next week!
Part of the conference includes an HR session. Usually it's some type of team building that includes us having to do something that is really outside of my comfort zone. One time we were blindfolded, and had someone directing us to a specific item that was strewn all over the room. We had to come up with the best way to get all the items in their proper place, which of course ended up with everyone having to work together, rather than just work in your individual team. However, crawling on the floor blindfolded is something I could have done without. Another year we had to "perform" a commercial, have it "approved" to then move forward with our next task, which was really awesome (building bikes for kids), but again, could have totally done without the whole commercial thing. This year was MUCH more tame and so much more enjoyable for me. It was all about gauging your development level and then being able to communicate your needs to receive the type of support needed from other co-workers and your boss. Very useful and super interesting.
Moving in a different direction, another favorite is that fall is finally here! While the Midwest still is feeling the heat - Mother Nature needs to get on the cooler temps, stat! - it is officially fall now. I, along with so many others, LOVE fall. I just love all that fall brings. If you missed it yesterday, Sarah and I shared our fall decorating, and in the weeks prior have covered our favorite fall fashions and fall recipes. Next week is the last edition - our favorite fall activities - so make sure to check back for that!
My brother sent a video of Jack this week that was just so dang cute. He was playing with stacking cups, got super frustrated when he couldn't get them stacked right, but then once he did, he stood up (using my brothers head to help push himself up which was hilarious) and then continue to just give my brother the biggest bear hug. SO sweet. Getting glimpses of him is just the best.
Enjoy your weekend!
Linking up with Andrea, April, Katie and Amanda.