Archive for the ‘Work’ Category

Working at Chick-fil-A: It’s Tristan’s Pleasure

Saturday, December 28th, 2019

Look who has a new job!  Tristan started working at Chick-Fil-A earlier this month!

Bass Pro Shops Visit

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

I took the day off of work today to make it a five day Christmas weekend.  Kimberlie had to work so I took the kids to Macon to Bass Pro Shops. Its become an annual tradition to visit their Santa Wonderland and take advantage of their free photos with Santa.

Contour Airlines MCN > BWI

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

This week, I used an unfamiliar airline to travel to Washington, D.C. and back.  Contour Airlines flies out of Macon to Baltimore.  Despite an initial delay, the flight was excellent.

On the way to Baltimore, I was in seat 1-A.  Usually, I have about 22 inches of leg room. In this seat, I had 22 feet!  It was amazing.

On the plane, there are two seats on one side and one seat on the other. So I had both an aisle and a window seat!

The main reason for taking Contour, was being able to fly in and out of Macon. The airport is only a ten minute drive from my house. Atlanta would have been a two hour drive and I would have needed to get there super early.  Flying out of Macon is so easy!

I’ve never flown over my home town before. Looking down, I immediately spotted the warehouses that I pass every day on the way to work. There’s the new Amazon warehouse, the Tractor Supply warehouse, and the Hillshire Brands warehouse.

I also snapped this picture of my old elementary school. Or, to be more accurate, the remnants of my old elementary school and the new building that replaced it.

Then we flew towards downtown. What a view!

I was able to snap a couple of pictures of the building that I work in every day.

After all of the familiar territory had passed, I settled in by reading the available magazine – Macon Magazine. Occasionally I read these at doctors offices or other waiting rooms. It was great to have them on board.

As we flew over North Carolina and Virginia, I saw the snowfall that had taken place in the days before.

Since the flight goes to/from Baltimore, there is a commuter train to take into Washington. It was super easy.

On the way home, I didn’t have seat A-1. I had A-3.  But I still couldn’t reach the seat in front of me with my foot.

The Contour flights were fantastic and I can’t wait to take them again!

Federal Court Leadership Program

Friday, December 14th, 2018

Over the last two years, I’ve been participating in the Federal Court Leadership Program. I’ve read books and articles, wrote papers, studies other leaders, participated in monthly webinars, and even played Legos to develop my leadership skills.  Last year, I travelled to a 3.5 day workshop in St. Louis and this year I travelled to Washington, D.C. for the conclusion of the program.

This week, we visited the Lincoln Cottage. It is located on the grounds of Soldier’s home, which is the highest point in Washington, D.C. Abraham Lincoln would spend summers here to escape the humidity and political pressures of the White House.  This is the location where he drafted the Emancipation Proclamation.  I wasn’t permitted to take any photos inside, but it was surreal to stand in the room where such historic decisions were made.

At the end of the week, was graduation. I, along with about 30 others, graduated from the program.  Other than developing my leadership skills, I now have contacts from courts all over the country. The best part about being done is no longer having the work off of my plate!  Now I can focus on the holidays.

Washington, D.C. at Christmas

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

This week, I spent a few days in Washington, D.C. for work. It was nice being in the capital city around the holidays. The decorations are awesome. Here is the Christmas tree in Union Station.

Here is the Christmas tree in front of the Capitol.

I had dinner with colleagues at the Dubliner, which is an old Irish pub. The atmosphere was amazing and the food was good too.

Washington, D.C. is one of my favorite cities to run in and I continued my running streak by running each morning.

On my last evening, I walked all over the city. I found a neat holiday market but I couldn’t buy anything because I didn’t have a way to get anything back home.

The Dave Matthews Band was in town, but I kept walking.

I went to The White House and took some nice night photos and visited the National Christmas Tree. As much as it is talked about, I thought it was underwhelming.

I did like the wreathes at Union Station

Work Trip: Minneapolis — The Food

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

On a work trip (or any other trip), one of the highlights is eating at new places.

Fogo de Chao isn’t new to me, but when invited, I’ll never turn it down.

Hell’s Kitchen was a great experience. In Minnesota, the “Juicy Lucy” is a burger with a cheese inside the patty. When you bite into it, the cheese rushes into your mouth. At Hell’s Kitchen, its called the “Juicy Lucifer”.

This chandelier in the stairwell is made with various types of knives. Eating at Hell’s Kitchen was like eating in the Haunted Mansion at Disney.

Upstairs from Hell’s Kitchen is the Angel Food Bakery and Donut Bar.  You can actually sit at a bar and order up a custom donut just like you would a cocktail at a normal bar.  The photos below do not do this place justice. It is breathtaking!

This is Fish n Chips from The Local, an Irish pub. I couldn’t miss out on trying the mashed potatoes as well.

Finally, my place from McCormick and Schmick’s seafood. Although this chain has locations in Georgia. I had never eaten at one.

Work Trip: Minneapolis — The City

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Although I go home early tomorrow, Minneapolis has been a nice place to visit.

This is a view from my hotel room. This is the corporate headquarters for Target.

Connected to the corporate headquarters (and two blocks from my hotel) is Target’s flagship store. I visited 3 times in 3 days.  The store is amazing with updated signage and technology and products I hadn’t seen at my Target.

This morning, I explored the city by running with about 20 other folks who were in town for the same purpose I was.

Minneapolis began as a flour mill town and the remnants of these old mills are everywhere. Most have been converted into awesome riverfront lofts.

Minnesota is supposed to have 10,000 lakes, but I didn’t see any. The Mississippi River, however, was beautiful.  This is the third Mississippi River city that I’ve had the pleasure of visiting. (The others were St. Louis and New Orleans.)

Any time I’m away from the family, I make sure to stay in touch via FaceTime!

Work Trip: Minneapolis — The Mall of America

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

For the rest of the week, I’m in Minneapolis for a work trip. I’m under a social media policy that forbids me from discussing work in this forum, but I will highlight some of the fun things I am doing.

Today, I visited the Mall of America. I have always wanted to come here.

This place is amazing. There is an entire theme park in the middle of the mall — with over 20 rides. I understand it used to be Peanuts themed, but now it is themed around Nickelodeon characters.

Playing around in the Disney Store.

Lunch was had at the Shake Shack.

I discovered this macaron store.  I bought a birthday cake flavored macaron. It was one of the most amazing desserts I have ever had in my life.

Since I was traveling without kids, there was no reason to leave my paycheck at this store!

The assortment of stores was nice. It was a mix of major chains and smaller unknown (to me) stores, which made it nice to explore.  I can’t wait to return someday with the family.

Washington, D.C. with Tristan

Friday, March 30th, 2018

This past week, I had to work in Washington, D.C. Since Tristan was on spring break, I took him along with me.

At work, I am under a social media policy which restricts me from discussing my job on social media, so this post will only talk about the non-business aspects of the job.

We flew out early Sunday morning so we would have some sightseeing time.

After landing, we went by The White House on the way to The Mall and several Smithsonian museums.

My all time favorite museum in Washington, D.C. is the National Museum of American History. So, we stopped there first. We were starving so we went downstairs for lunch first. We had an awesome view of the Washington Monument and the new National Museum of African American Culture as we ate.

The region had a massive blizzard the week before we arrived and it was still cold!  There was even snow on the ground in many spots.

The National Museum of Natural History is another one of my favorites!

While exploring the city, we stumbled across this dump.

I’m still doing my running streak, which requires me to run at least 3.1 miles each day.  On Monday morning, we woke up and ran by The White House, The Lincoln Memorial, around the tidal basin to the Jefferson Memorial and then to the Smithsonian Metro station to go back to our hotel.

Early mornings in D.C. are absolutely beautiful. And, there are no tourists out that early. This photo looks like a postcard.

Then, I left Tristan at the hotel and went to work, which is right next door to Union Station.

After work, Tristan met me half way down Massachusetts Avenue between our hotel and my work. We visited the International Spy Museum. We also checked out the National Portrait Gallery, where Michelle Obama’s portrait had been recently unvelied.

In the same room is one of my personal heroes: Bill Gates.

For dinner, we ate at one of my favorite places — Hill Country BBQ. We were pretty impressed when Attorney General Jeff Sessions walked in.

I sent Tristan to chat him up and we both got selfies with him.

Tristan was impressed with his entourage waiting outside the restaurant.

On Tuesday after I finished work, we went to the National Museum of African American History. This museum is awesome and I regretted not being able to spend more time there (it was nearly closing time when we arrived).

On my lunch break on Wednesday, I explored Capitol Hill with a colleague.  Still snow on the ground!

Wednesday evening, Tristan and I went to he Holocaust Museum and then for a run around The White House.

On Thursday, it was good to be finished with work. Tristan and I explored The Mall and the National Air and Space Museum.  We found the car from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on display on the mall.

That evening after dinner, we went to Jeni’s Spendid Ice Cream. It did not disappoint!

On my trips, I always get to FaceTime my baby!

On Friday, I reserved some sightseeing time before heading back to Georgia. We started at the Supreme Court. It was my first visit.

Then we went into one of my favorite buildings — The Library of Congress.  I think it is the most beautiful building I have ever been in.

That afternoon, we returned home to prepare for Easter festivities!

Baby’s First Snowman

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Although Tristan and Mackenzie got a snow day yesterday, Kimberlie and I did not. We got up and got the baby ready for daycare, which was surprisingly open.

On the way to the car, I stopped so she could check out the snow. She wasn’t sure what to think about it and she didn’t understand why it was sticking to her hands.

All the way to the day care, she pointed out the snow. At the day care, they gave each child a pile of snow to play with.

Once we were back home and done with work, there was still a little snow left, so I sent her outside with Tristan and Mackenzie to make a snowman. Here is . . . baby’s first snowman.