A day in the life…

My laptop clock currently reads 6:13 p.m.  My flight doesn’t land until 9:30 p.m.

It’s Thursday. At least, I think it’s Thursday.

Once, it was Sunday; I worked all day.

Insane Monday in the office, ceramics class reprieve at 6:00 pm (the last one).

Tuesday 4:45 a.m. alarm

Airport is bustling by 8:30 a.m., security line is short

Prepackaged turkey sandwich and an orange juice in my bag

Five hour flight + 3 hour time change deposits me on the ground at 4:30 p.m.

Hotel check in

Nibble on cheese plate – Welcome!

7 p.m. nugget of pleasure wrapped in a spa treatment

Bad room service food, too much chocolate and sleep by 9:30 pm.

Best sleep in weeks

Wake up call at 6:30 a.m.

Cup of coffee, hunk of day-old bread left over from the cheese plate

Meeting at 8 a.m.

Meeting at 9:30 a.m.

Run to my room; 5-minute luggage packing

New hotel check in

10:15 a.m. meeting

11:45  a.m. meeting until 5:15 p.m.; no food

Scurry to my room, lipstick and powder, grab a mini ham sandwich  on white from the concierge display

Shove it in my mouth waiting for the elevator

5:30 Meeting,  I have to eat. chickpea fritters appetizers, a glass of wine and a bit of cheese

6:30, lie about a 7 p.m. conference call to get away. I am fading. Can’t smile and make small talk anymore.

Spongy  white cupcake with sickening sweet frosting and sprinkles whisked from the concierge display

Bite one, yuck.  Bite two, gulp and gone before I’ve reached my room

Warm bath, ahhhhh, just 10 or 15 minutes

Unpack/repack

Answer emails

Room service cheeseburger ,  Makes me sick

Fall asleep, TV and light still on

Wake up an hour later – wide away, unable to fall back to sleep.

Benadryl doesn’t help, remote control timer doesn’t help, lying in the dark doesn’t help

Fall asleep, 2 a.m.

6 a.m. wake up call blasts my room.

Decaf coffee, packaged white powder creamer

Airport shuttle at 7:30 a.m.

Catch up on email over a Pain du Chocolate while sitting in a sticky,  plastic chair

10:00 a.m. flight, nod off to sleep, head bob wakes me up

Arrive at 11:00 a.m., new city, more meetings

12:00 meeting until 3:45 p.m.

4:00 p.m. shuttle for a 6:10 p.m flight

Dry Chinese chicken wrap and OJ for the flight

Too tired to think of work.

Delayed plane, one hour

Pray for 5 hours of sleep on plane

Can’t sleep, do work

My laptop clock currently reads 6:35 pm. My flight doesn’t land until 9:30 p.m.

Sigh.