I decided that instead of flying this time, I'd drive to Elizabethtown, KY and pick up the two invoicers who work there and then we'd continue on to Chattanooga together. I rented a car in town and drove the 2.5 hours to "E-town". The drive down was fairly uneventful, aside from one nasty stretch of construction where the pavement made my car make a noise. I didn't realize what it was and thought maybe I had a flat! That wasn't too much fun! Neither was the nasty cold I brought with me. I sounded funny, my ears wouldn't stop popping and over the course of the week I probably went through 500 tissues.
|Ford Fusion--not a bad ride.|
|Welcome to Kentucky!|
|Dinos! Wish my boys were here!|
|Thank you sir, may I have another?|
After the meetings, we were joined by some of the Business Team, who would be joining us for meetings on Wednesday and the group caught a couple of shuttles into town to a great little brewery. I had sangria and a Bacon Cheeseburger with BBQ sauce and it was really great. When we got back to the hotel and I had a quick Skype session with the family before going back down to the bar to hang out with some of the group. Then Nova and I hung out for a bit before bed.
|My Invoicing Sista, Nova|
Wednesday was our joint meeting day, so we met in a larger room after skyping and breakfast. I presented two topics by myself and another with a partner and I felt like it went pretty well. We wrapped up around 3pm and rushed upstairs to change for our "TeamBuilding" event. We went to the Tennessee Aquarium, which is really nice and boy, did I wish the kids were there. Tyler would have loved seeing it and AJ would have lost his mind over all the "FISHIES!", he's sort of obsessed with them right now. If he even hears someone say they are going to Walmart, he starts yelling about fishies!
|Outside the Aquarium|
|Great view of the Tennessee River|
|See the boat by the bridge? We took a ride on that later!|
|A whole family? Or are they the TMNTs?|
|This guy was FREAKY, swimming with his mouth open. He's a Paddlefish|
|Pet the Stingrays!|
|Bad pic of the butterfly garden|
|Nova kissing up|
|Some MAJOR crab action|
|The Southern Belle|
|Had to snap a pic of the chandelier for my mom|
When we got there, my stupid door wouldn't open. Both lights were flashing and when we went BACK down to the desk, they said the batteries were probably dead. *facepalm*. They gave us a new card for Nova's door and we were able to get back in, finally. We finished packing and got dressed and I skyped with Adam and the kids and then we headed out. The drive back to Etown was fine, we stopped at Cracker Barrel for breakfast (and I got a few souvenirs at their shop) and Pizza Hut for a quick lunch and then I dropped them off back at their office and headed for HOME!
Unfortunately, there is a lot of construction in Southern Indiana right now, so the drive home was not as uneventful as I would have liked. By then I just wanted to GO HOME, so dead-stop traffic was not fun. I'd got a few miles and then there'd be more construction. This went on for quite awhile and put me about 45 minutes later than I'd thought.
|One of my least favorite views.|
And added bonus, Nova and I did a clothing swap and she has AWESOME taste! New clothes for free!
Over the weekend, we made our yearly trip to the State Fair, tired as I was! It was fun, a little rainy at times, and somehow we ran out of time (and energy) and I didn't get to sample all of my favorite foods this time. I toyed with the idea of going back, but really didn't have the funds for it. Ah well, next year.
|Tyler in his little poncho!|
|AJ riding in style|
|Checking out the campsite|
|Every picture I took of them (about 5) was blurry!|
|It was Purdue day! Checking out the Boilermaker Train!|
|With Daddy on the slide!|
AJ's doing well too, starting to talk more, though it's very hard sometimes to know what he's saying. We have our evaluation with the speech therapist next week that I'm keeping since it's already on the calendar. We'll see what they say. Right now, he YELLS everything! Not mad, but just yelling each word like he thinks he won't be heard otherwise! He's such a character!