It has been quite some time since my last post and sad to say it’s not because I was off gallivanting ’round some distant land….that’s next month (stay tuned). I was actually off “making the donuts” on a project in Jersey for the past 6 weeks. Initially it was a nice change but by the final week I believe we were all kinda over it.
Each week consisted of flying out of Atlanta on Sundays (for me, the others flew out of Charlotte where they were based) into Philly and back home on Fridays. If that wasn’t taxing enough throw in driving to/from the Philly airport to Jersey where we worked and stayed. Luckily the drive was a straight shot and no more than a half hour – hour depending on traffic.
The campus or compound (lol to myself) was probably one of the nicest work sites I’ve seen – not counting the high-rise offices in the various cities across the company’s footprint. One of the best views was during the walk from our building to the building housing the cafeteria.
We were fortunate in that over the course of the six or so weeks we really had decent weather (for Jersey). Considering it was November/December, we only had to deal with chilly temps and rain, followed by unseasonably warm temps – for Jersey – during our final weeks. The campus pictures above paints the best picture of our various weather situations.
This day I didn’t even require my jacket between buildings and I’m sure anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m ALWAYS cold. I’m the odd bird who rides with her seat warmers on during the warm months.
In any case, it wasn’t all work and no play as we actually laughed as much as we could, stumbled upon a Casino, did our best to enjoy a good meal on most evenings and above all just made the most of our time in Jersey.
This one spot we lucked upon had a nice ambiance and a nice variety of ‘bar’ food. It is where I found my new love: “St. Bubbles” which is St. Germain, Champagne, Soda and lime juice…..I now order it everywhere I go smh. On this night we had the table near the fireplace which would’ve been real cozy with a special someone i.e not your work peeps lol!
All in all it was an interesting six weeks and I’m happy to say I met some really cool folks whom I would gladly welcome the opportunity to partner with again. Additionally the hotel staff and my ‘friends’ at the Philly airport restaurants, bars, stores, etc. always took really good care of me each and every week so for that the weekly jaunt wasn’t half bad.
On our final work day IN Jersey (for most) as the Charlotte contingency headed to the airport one of our teammates – the youngest in charge (inside joke) – whom we called Day 26 and the CFO – Chief Food Officer – said he and the crew were going to stop over in Philly at Pat’s King of Steaks. I, myself wasn’t leaving until a few hours later due to a much later flight, however another teammate suggested a ‘field trip’ into Philly for lunch to Pat’s with the Charlotte Crew. Off we went in the pouring rain with the Charlotte Connection leading the way determined to introduce our palates to the infamous Pat’s Cheesesteak.
Followed by an order at Geno’s Cheesesteak opposite Pat’s. Caveat…the guys ventured to Geno’s for cheesesteak #2 while I politely stuffed my half-eaten Pat’s cheesesteak in my purse.
I was waaaay out of my league in the food intake department with this crew…..and I’m perfectly okay with that. At this point I think I was just in disbelief that these guys were going to have a second cheesesteak before the first one had a chance to make it through their digestive track.
We came. We ate. They conquered (two cheesesteaks).
Meanwhile I was mostly looking for cool things to photograph and not getting soaked doing so.
So there you have it…..all work, some play in Jersey/Philly and my justification for being MIA on godivaworldtravels.com for the past six weeks. Sometimes you just gotta answer the call of duty but trust me, my next adventure is truly right around this corner called “2015 Holiday Season” so stay tuned for a little parlez-vous oui oui <hint hint>!
Until the next journey, have a joyous 2015 Holiday Season and a Happy New Year! The wait won’t be too long….I promise.