Saturday- Day 3 in Utah
Was up at 5am. Of course that’s 6 at home. Went to bed at 9 though so I guess that is somewhat normal to my usual schedule.
Had a great breakfast again in the hotel.
Set-up at the booth got started around 9 and wrapped up by 4:30pm.
Had a lousy dinner in a fancy Italian restaurant and then went to the comedy club two blocks from our hotel to see Ben Gleib, host of Idiot Test on GSN. He was good but I enjoyed his feature act, Michael Malone, much more.
Was back at the hotel and in bed by 10.
Was awake at 3am again this morning but made myself stay in bed and nap until 7am. I knew it was already going to be a long day and I needed all the sleep I could get. Had free breakfast in the hotel which was nice. Not the usual spread. The Mexican influence intrigued me. There was breakfast burritos, guava juice, and hashbrowns that looked like potato chips. It was nice.
Went to the center at 9 to start building our booth. There were three of us doing it this year instead of two so it felt like things went smoother. We were done by 5, and that was even with an hour lunch break and having to wait an hour and half for labor to hang our sign. But also getting the carpet done yesterday helped.
Went back to my room and caught up on work email, then went to dinner with two of the sales reps at 7. Back in the room by 9 and off to bed. Tomorrow is another long day of building displays, merchandising, marketing, and pricing.
Thursday, Day 61
Was up at 3am because the new pup was coughing his head off. He was fine once I let him out of his crate. Probably got too hot. I was hot too, and now wide awake so I turned the coffee pot on. Guess I’ll sleep on the plane.
Didn’t sleep on the plane but enjoyed reading and listening to music during the 3 hour flight. The mountains in Salt Lake City are beautiful and downtown is very trendy.
I’ve never flown Delta. Was surprised at how nice the terminal was in St. Louis compared to Southwest. The plane was tiny, but man, first class and “zone 1” get the perks…wet naps, cloth napkins, meals. Zone 1 got better snacks and fruit. The back of the plane got pretzels and juice and water.
We arrived too early to check into the hotel so we went to the convention center and laid our carpet. That shaves 3 hours off of set up tomorrow! After that, got checked in and unpacked. Then had an early dinner.
Day 2 I can sleep in a bit. We aren’t starting set up until 9am or 10am and they’ll be three of us this year to set up.
Monday, Day 58
After work, the stray rescue brought Mario, the rat terrier, to our house to meet Riley. They did really well together so we adopted him! Mario had been in foster care for two years. He is six years old and came from Chicago. We had a rough night with him and he woke us up barking several times, but otherwise he is settling in very well.
Tuesday, Day 59
We went to Treats Unleashed after work to learn about grain-free dog food. That’s what Mario is used to and we want to transition Riley to it. Also picked up some raw treats and some beef bones for them, both which came highly recommended from the rescue group. Tonight was much better for him, even with a storm that rolled through early morn.
Wednesday, Day 60
Last day of work before I leave for Salt Lake City in the morning. Chinese for dinner. Then packed for the week long trip.
Thursday, Day 54
Last night was the quarter finals of my first ever comedy contest. I made it through to the next round and will perform March 16th.
Wednesday, Day 53
We had to make another sad decision to say good-bye to our second oldest dog, Bailey. He’d been battling eye trouble for 8 years now, taking eye drops twice daily, and an ulcer formed in his right eye about a week ago which involved an ER visit. They prescribed 3 more different eye drops and two pain meds and sent us home, but you could tell Bailey wasn’t doing well. He just sat there. He couldn’t see. He squinted. He slept more. Even the eye drops made him whine which was a first. He had always been so stoic and never showed an indication of pain. Things got worse yesterday for him and the outcome didn’t look good after we took him to see the eye doctor. The ulcer had started to dissolve his cornea. Our best option was to have the eye removed, a surgery that sounds bleak but has a positive outcome, but his remaining eye was in just as bad of shape and the chances of the same thing happening again were high. We knew this wasn’t going to be a good quality of life for him and we wanted his pain to end, so we made a decision that we’ve now had to make 4 times in 4 years with the loss of Zander last November and my two older cats back in 2013. It’s never easy, but it’s what’s best.
Bailey was 13 years old and had been a part of our life since he was 6 weeks old.