Lesson Learned

Some lessons cost money, some cost time, some cause stress and some can effect more than one area of your life.  For some reason early this morning our cat, Dinozo, kept waking me up so at 6:30am CST, I got up and called Caley.  She was supposed to get on a bus at 6:30am EST to make it to Jacksonville, FL in order to fly home to Tulsa, OK.  When I spoke to her last night she told me that the plan was to stay up all night long so she would not miss the bus, that didn’t happen.  She was in or dorm and my phone call woke her up so then we had to work on options plan A, B and C.  Will started checking the bus ticket and the plane ticket times.

The original plan was for her to take a Greyhound bus to Jacksonville, FL where she was scheduled to leave on the plane 11:30am.  Since she missed the bus and now she was 2 hours away from the airport by car and the only flight out from Jacksonville to Tulsa was that morning flight.  Option A -Find someone to take her to Jacksonville this morning (car – find someone, Uber – $300-$400, bus – booked or not in time); Option B – Get her to Jacksonville, move the flight to tomorrow and she will need to stay in an Airbnb for a night.  Will cost money; Option C – Get her to Atlanta and she could take a later flight today.  Will cost more money.  Any way we look at this, money seems to be involved.

So at 6:30am I start messaging friends, posting on Facebook groups and trying to figure out how to get Caley to Jacksonville and I only had 1 hour to do it in.  Talk about stress, I was 15 hours by car away and could do nothing physically so I worked my contacts.  Caley posted on her group pages, snap chatted friends and anything she could think of to find a ride while I was working on things as well.  I found a SCAD parent that could give her a ride to Jacksonville, but she would not make it before the flight, so that became Option B.  I went through my contacts and texted people that I know in Savannah.  Since I have been there several times and work with a Keller Williams Office there, I reached out to some people I met.  I also posted in the office website and on the SCAD parent page.  Just when time was about to run out someone came through for us!

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Sleepy Caley
Joe Dyer, a REALTOR┬« friend that I met at the KW office, who now owns his own brokerage company called Service Fist Real Estate Associates.  I had asked if he knew someone that could take her and he offered to take her himself!!  I was so excited we were about to go with the Option A!!  If you need any real estate help in Savannah, GA, please call Joe!  He headed over to her dorm, picked her up and they were on their way.  I also made sure she bought his gas and their breakfast.  He sent me a picture of her asleep in the car, obviously she didn’t get enough sleep trying to stay up all night.

Since we got that crisis taken care of, Will and I went back to sleep for a few hours.  We woke up just in time to make sure she made it through security and on the plane.  They arrived at the Jacksonville airport at about 11am and she had to get through security and book it to the gate!  The plane was running a little behind and that was good in this case.  She had plenty of time between flights with a 3 hour layover.  The second flight didn’t leave until 4:20pm CST from Houston.

I had a few errands around town to take care of for Senior Celebration and other things before it was time to get Caley.  She didn’t eat much on her trip but she did manage to go to Starbucks and so Will and I took her to PF Chang’s to dinner when she arrived in Tulsa.  It was nice to sit and visit and we all put our phones down and just enjoyed each others’ conversation!

Of course when we picked up Caley at the airport dad wanted to make sure she understood what missing her bus meant.  Things could have been a lot worse and it could have cost us quite a bit of time and money.  She was already feeling bad and if Joe had not been able to take her to where she needed to go last minute it could have been bad.  I’m very happy to report that Caley made it home safe and sound and we are looking forward to spending her winter break with her.  Thank you, thank you, thank you JOE!!

Thankful Blessings

This year Thanksgiving was almost complete with everyone home for the holiday including extended family. Caley made it in just fine and I got to help surprise her by bringing Jacob (boyfriend) to help pick her up at the airport. She was so surprised!  We were able to keep her from finding out and she practically tackled him when she saw him. She spent most of Thursday with Jacob and his family which was fine because we did our big Thanksgiving on Friday. Thursday we went to Will’s family and spent the evening hanging out with them. 

Friday Caley helped me cook and we had quite the spread of food. It was nice to have Will, all 3 of my parents (both dad’s and mom), Jacob, Caley, Nick and his friends all come to hang out and eat. Only one missing was John, which I really hope figures out family loves him.  It is more important to show up than to spend time with some crazy person he doesn’t even like. Still hoping he will learn that lesson, but not holding my breath. We had way too much food and lots of deserts!  Nick actually went shopping a little in the morning which was a first because he is not the shipping type. 

Saturday evening Will and I took Caley and Nick to dinner and the mall. It was nice to have them home and spend some time together. Of course they had friends to hang out with and do things with most of the later evenings. Nick had friends stay the night and went swimming in the hot tub after a few crazy dives in the 48 degree pool. ­čś│ Caley pulled an all-nighter because she had an early flight at 6:30am Sunday!

I took her to the airport about 5am and strangely enough ran into a friend of mine from the office that was also dropping their kid off at the airport to go back to college. Caley was not excited that she was doubled checked in the security line and they took a few things from her at the checkpoint, including her heat protectant for her hair, a pair of scissors and a tube of paint from her art supplies. All of which came on the plane to get home. ­čśĹ Her day just kept getting better and I don’t mean in a good way. Once she got to Atlanta, we discovered the Greyhound rep gave her the wrong ticket from the wrong location to get to Savannah. After over an hour on the phone, 3 reps and 1 hang-up (on her) we were able to get some things straightened out. Why they have to make things so diffficult, I will never know! She wasn’t going to make it to Savannah and would miss some classes if we didn’t get her there Sunday. 

This mom went into action!  I made a post in the SCAD Parent Relations group on facebook and within a few minutes I started getting responses!  You see all the Greyhound busses were full, Savannah 16 (another bus type transport) would not let us buy a ticket so close to departure time and not having someone to drive her, I didn’t know what else to do. A parent posted the owner’s name and number for Savannah 16 and I immediately called him and boom, she had a ticket! All that while she was still on the phone with Greyhound! They agreed to refund the money which I was surprised after the last fiasco we had with them! I was almost in tears when I talked to Mike at Savannah 16 and so happy to be able to get her home! He definitely saved the day!!! This was a nicer bus than Greyhound for sure and she was very happy to make it back with some other SCAD students as well. Next time she goes in and out of Atlanta, that will be the next leg of transportation! 

She finally made it to her dorm around 9pm or so, but she made it! It is so stressful being so far away from your child and not being able to help. Plan B was also in place to reach out to my Atlanta and Savannah friends to catch a ride. If she was old enough to rent a car, that could have worked too, but she is not 25! Strangely enough I also got a private message from a REALTOR┬« at the Keller Williams office in Chattanooga, TN (town I was born in) that her son would be passing through and could give her a ride if she needed one. What a small world! I have taught in that office and I messaged her back thanking her for the offer but we got it covered! I was going to find a way to get her home. That’s what mom’s do, we take care of our kids no matter how far away they might be. 

I’m thankful Caley was able to come home for a bit and looking forward to her winter break. She is coming back home on Friday after her finals. This time she will be going through Jacksonville, FL which is a shorter distance than Atlanta. I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with her over the break. Sure have missed my girl!

Caley and Jacob home for Thanksgiving

Stressed to Change

No matter how old I get it seems that some things never change in life.  There will always be things in life that cause you stress, change your perspective and force you to change.  I’m a pretty optimistic person, always have been, but this week certainly tested that!  Without going through everything, let’s just say that being self-employeed has a unique set of challenges.  Had two trips this week.  Sunday I went to Beaumont, TX and only stayed for a night and came back the next day after teaching for a day.  I was home for a few days and wasn’t sure until the day I left that I was going to make the second trip.

While I was home a friend came into town.  She is a fellow trainer and someone that I really look up to and am happy to call her a friend.  We met years ago and I have been a student of hers.  When I first started traveling to train, she opened her home to me on a trip where I came to her area to teach in her office.  I was extremely nervous to teach with her in the room.  It’s always a bit intimidating to do something with a mentor watching you.  It went good and she also offered some great tips on teaching and our relationship grew.  She does not come to Tulsa often, but when she does I always like to connect with her if I can.  Dinner was nice, we went to PF Chang’s and talked for hours!  She is also a coach and with my current stress levels this week, she really helped me through that and made me really think long and hard about what I’m doing.  I really like training and have been told by many that I have a gift as a teacher.  One of the realities that I have to push myself on is getting paid what I’m worth.  That sounds strange, but when you are self-employed we have to really push and market ourselves no matter the business.

I train mostly on a single product, but that does not mean that is all I can teach.  I have experience in many areas of real estate and my specialty is teaching technology of all types.  Students have said that I break it down in easy to understand concepts that make since, but yet still help the student learn the technology.  

How can you achieve your goals and grow a business if you don’t expand your thinking.  In Keller Williams, they teach many different things and I’m blessed to be with a company that offers so much training.  One of the classes that I have attended over the years and my friend also teaches is BOLD.  In BOLD they talk about creating a life by design and reaching for what you want to achieve, no matter what that is.  If you can’t imagine yourself making a certain amount or doing a certain thing, then you won’t ever achieve it.  You are limited by your imagination.  I can imagine pretty big, but for some reason I have not been thinking BIG lately so it’s time to THINK BIG!

Why should I let other’s dictate my limits?  The answer is I shouldn’t!  I track a lot of what I do down to the number of days I travel, train and are home to how much I spend in expenses for each trip.  I have not been that good at tracking things in years past and I have to say, I am very happy that I started focusing on that.  (Another BOLD Law: What you focus on expands)  Tracking what I’m doing and where I’m spending my time helps me determine where I need to improve and what needs to change and what areas need more attention.

I took some risks this week and luckily everything worked out, but the main thing I learned is that if you don’t ask, you won’t get!  I asked for help (needed transportation and a place to stay) for a trip and a few friends really came through for me, which made me very happy.  If I had not asked and just given up, I may have lost out of the opportunity that was at hand and may not have strengthened the relationships I have.  That being said, getting on a plane and going on a trip with no ticket or way home, is extremely stressful!  However, as I sit on the plane right now writing this on my free Wifi on Southwest because of hitting my A-List Preferred status, it really was worth it and I’m happy with the end result.  This experience has certainly pushed me toward a more focused goal.  This is a good thing!

I have not been the only one this week with some stress.  Caley has been a little stressed as well.  Although I don’t know all the details, and I may not be physically close to her, but I do pay attention to her social media and talk to her a lot.  It’s not stalking, I’m her mom and I want to make sure she is doing well.  She isn’t the only one.  I check on all my “kids” (not just my two).  I can’t help being the “mom”, just because they move away and go to college doesn’t mean my job stops!  I saw a post that made me thing she needed her mom.  We chatted for a bit and I didn’t pry to much, but I certainly wanted to make sure she was ok.  The count down has begun!  Caley comes home in less than 2 weeks.  I’ve been checking to see what everyone wants for Thanksgiving because I want this year to be special with all their favorites.  My kids are growing up and some day will be moving away, not just for college, and I am not quite ready for that.  

About to land from flight #1 of 2 to make it home tonight.  Looking forward to some time home and tomorrow Will and I are going out to dinner and a movie with my mom and dad with Nick and friend.  Monday was dad’s birthday!  I’m through a very stressful week and going to have a GREAT weekend!!  I’m thinking the hot tub and a glass of wine is calling my name at home!!

A Few Steps Back to Move Forward

So I took a little break from writing in this blog, not really planed just didn’t write for a several days.  So over the past few days I taught in Raleigh, Cary and New Bern, NC.  That was fun but really tiring trip!  If I have time I may go back and make a post.  I then spent a nice weekend at home, by nice I don’t mean relaxing, unless you call laundry, cooking, cleaning and vacuuming the pool relaxing. The last one of those actually is relaxing for Will and I. Not sure what it is about cleaning the pool, but it is very peaceful!

So here is my aha lately.  First after a month of writing every day I realized I don’t have to write every day so why add that undue pressure?  Bare minimum weekly and sometimes more is good.  After all I’m past the first 30 days without my baby girl and I got to see her and wish her Happy 19th Birthday!!  The second thing I learned was that I actually like writing.  Maybe that explains why I have 4 blogs, granted I don’t write in them everyday or even ever month.

Here is the run down: Carolyndt, my oldest one and the one I write in the least but should write more in.  It is mostly about real estate for clients, iCarolynt, the one that gets to most traffic because I use this in my classes I teach all the time.  It’s about technology and mostly Dotloop, which is the program that I train on a lot.  SanditeSeniorCelebration is one I created last year to help keep up to date with an organization I volunteer for at the high school where my son goes to.  Every year we raise money to fund an event the night of graduation to provide a safe place for our graduates to go and have fun and win some prizes.  I helped with this last year and this year I’m a senior mom again so technically last year I agreed to help for 2 years, so here I go!  CollegeMomThoughts which is this one and my newest one about personal things mostly pertaining to my daughter going off to college and next year will be my son.  I have one  other, but it is more like website than a blog even though it is a WordPress site, TechPertise, my business website.

This week I’m in North Dakota.  If you have never been here, just know there are not a lot of people and it’s mostly flat or at least the parts I have seen are.  I was told by my Airbnb hosts that they only have about 600,000 people in the entire state.  WOW, that is a little over half of the Tulsa Metro population and that is just 1 city in Oklahoma.  This probably explains why the airport only has 4 terminals (gates where a only 4 plans fit).  Also makes since why my favorite airline does not fly here, not enough volume for big planes.  My trip so far has been nice (excluding the 2.5 hours each way between cities).  The people are friendly and personable.  Haven’t really had a lot of people in a hurry to do much so things tend to move at a slower pace and if that is what you are looking for, this could be the place for you.  I’m not so much a fan of the cold, but I’m a warm weather girl.

I’m teaching most of the day tomorrow and then back to the airport, return the rental car and board the plane home!  I’m going to make it home for a few days during the week, which has not been the norm lately.  I’m very ready to spend a few more than 2 days home for a while.  I better get some sleep so I can function tomorrow!

North Dakota road trip view, flat!

Travel Tuesday

After getting up early and staying up late, I opted to sleep in this morning.  I actually woke up before the alarm.  I packed up most everything last night so all I had to do was throw in the rest and get ready.  Once I was ready I hit the road.  I knew I may not have time to eat later so I grabbed a McGriddle from McDonald’s which has become a breakfast favorite.  My son introduced them to me and I’m kind of in love with them!  Not as much mess with crumbs as a biscuit.

And an hour and a half later I arrived at the airport.  I was pushing it since this time I had to check a bag, which I normally do NOT do!  Since I went shopping I had too many things to ship back because I would have to put them in more than one box so I figured it would be cheaper to buy a bag.  Besides, that way I kept the bag, just had to check it.  She told me at the check-in counter that I was less than 45 minutes prior to the departure time so she could not guaranty it would make it.  Eek, that made me nervous so I only checked the “shopping” bag.  I rushed through security (pre-check for sure) and then made it to the gate with 4 minutes to spare.  Not my ideal time.  I don’t like to push it that close, but I made it.  Boarding with A4 was great because it allows me to pick my seat with more choices.  I like to sit toward the front so it is easier to get out and make connections.

Typically I will sit and watch a movie on the plane, but this time I went to plug in my head phones and they would not go all the way in.  I looked in the whole and found a tiny plastic ball had gotten stuck inside.  Yuck!  Not movie.  I tried to get it out without success so plan B, iPhone music.  Landed and quickly made my way to the next gate.  Boarded that plan and it was fine until someone sprayed perfume on the plane!  REALLY?  Ok, I know I’m sensitive about smells, but there are a few things you just don’t do on a plane, spraying any kind of smelly anything is one of them!

Actually I have a list of 5 travel etiquette items and it goes like this:

  1. Take a shower before getting in a confined space of any kind with strangers and deodorant is preferred!
  2. Cover your mouth when coughing, sneezing or anytime germs may leave your body.
  3.  If you are sick, don’t travel, if you do, don’t help me with my bag!! Nice gesture, but a nicer one is not getting me sick!
  4. At no time is it ok to spray any kind of perfume, aerosol, or anything that “you think” smells “good” in a confined space. Some of us are allergic to your stuff and it makes the rest of us miserable! Do NOT spray it on a plane where we can’t excape!
  5. You do you, and I will do me. Politics and religion are not topics for public discussing between strangers.  I’m not meaning be rude, do be polite and help others but remember we are all getting there at the same time, just chill.

That’s just a few things that you would think would be pretty standard, but sometimes people forget

Once I landed I picked up the rental car which I was fully prepared to make sure I had a car after the last trip.  Then I was loaded up and off to the Airbnb.  Sent a few emails and decided to go the the mall which was about a mile away because they had an Apple Store!  I took my iPad in and asked them if they could help me and they did!  So happy they were able to fix it.  By this point I was getting “hangry” (so hungry you start getting angry) so I found a place called the Red Monkey Tavern.  Had some great pasta with shrimp and broccoli.  Back to the Airbnb I went to get ready for tomorrow’s training.

I have been focusing on calling Will more because sometimes I get so involved in working that I don’t call home, which I should.  After we talked for a little bit, he FaceTime called me so we could see each other which was nice!

Tomorrow is going to be crazy with teaching at two different offices in the same day.  Keller Williams Raleigh in the morning and Keller Williams Carry in the afternoon so I should probably get some sleep!

Birthday Girl

Well, I made it to Savannah to see her on her birthday!  I had to get up early and drive to the Keller Williams office in Savannah to teach two classes.  Both went well and then I packed up and headed out the door to see Caley.  She doesn’t get to each Chick-fil-A much so I offered to bring it to her for dinner.  Drive through went pretty fast while she was riding the bus to her dorm.  I arrived just in time to take Vanessa to work the Savannah Film Festival and then we drove around a bit to find a parking place.  The traffic has been really bad with all of the people coming to downtown for the film festival.  We walked to the theater after a quick stop at Blick, a very big art supply store down the street.  Caley needed to take notes during the movie we were headed to see!

The line was down the block and around the corner!  We were waiting to see Trolls, which comes out in a few weeks.  Caley bought me a ticket and because she had already planed to go see it herself before she knew I was coming.  As we stood in line we chatted and visited a bit.  It was pretty amazing to be there for her birthday!  Once we made it in the auditorium we looked for 2 seats and found some right in the middle and about perfect!  The movie Trolls was fabulous!!  It made me laugh a lot and even shed a tear or two.  Caley caught me, the family knows I can cry at commercials so when a movie is sad, they all look at me to see if it got me.  We will defiantly be buying this movie when it comes out!

After the movie we were so blessed to have the Director, Co-Director and Production Designer and the Animation Professor from SCAD doing a Q&A!  It was so cool to hear why things turned out the way the did or what the inspiration was for different things in the movie.  This school is so inspiring.  When I was a kid, I never imagined cool things like this and yet Caley is right in it and experiencing it every day, wow, just wow.  I know she is having a blast at school and enjoying every bit of what she is doing, but I’m so excited for her.  Dreams are coming true and life is unfolding right in front of her.

After the movie and Q&A we walked next door to Leopold’s Ice Cream fro a birthday treat.  Vanessa was done with her volunteer shift so she came with us and they even added a birthday candle on top so I could sing her happy birthday!  It’s hard to believe that 19 years ago today she came into this world and made me a MOM!  I just could not have her away from home for the first time on her birthday and not have some family!  The only thing that would have been better would have been to have Will and Nick there too.  The ice cream was wonderful!

Caley’s Birthday Ice Cream!

I took them back to the dorm and came in to visit for a bit.  She had a pair of pants that needed a button sewn on.  I told her I would fix it and could not leave without taking care of all the “little things” she needed.  I made some tea in her dorm and sat at watched a episode of Game of Thrones.  It was my last night to be there and I will be leaving in the morning so I wanted to soak up all the time I could.  I left about 10:30 because I had to drive an hour to get to where I was staying.  since it was closer to Jacksonville I would not be coming back in the morning.  Birthday Surprise successful!  I have known about this since I took her to college and didn’t post anything and it turned out great!!  Love and miss that girl.  Next time I see her will be for Thanksgiving!

Savannah Saturday

Caley’s alarm went off and neither of us wanted to get up so we laid in bed and cuddled.  I missed holding her and it was so sweet to have her sleep on my shoulder!  We eventually got up and went to have breakfast at a local breakfast place with Steven, who owns the place we are staying in.  He is a friend of mine and a fellow KW agent.  After our breakfast buffet we toured the area a little in the car as Steven told us all about the area and things in history.  This town was founded in 1736, wow!  Oklahoma did not even become a state until 1907!  

After our short tour, we went back to the cottage and then headed back to Savannah.  Caley needed some socks so we thought the Nike outlet mall would be aa good place to get some.  Sure enough, she found what she needed and I took her back to the dorm.  She had plans to go to the beach with her friends to celebrate her birthday.  I went back to the outlet mall to do a little shopping.  I found some great deals on some dress cloths.  Also went looking for some things for Caley’s costume.  She needed a few things from Walmart so I went there too.  Chick-fil-A for dinner and on the road back to the cottage.  Hung around in the cottage most of the evening and watched TV and tried to watch Jacob’s game.  It played for a little bit and then locked up again.  I was also getting updates from my app and Will on the OU game back at home.  They won which was great!

Quick selfie before dropping her off!

All in all, it was not a very exciting day, but I got to see my girl for a bit and that made it worth it!  Looking forward to shopping with Caley a little bit tomorrow.

Work and Play

Went to Waffle House for breakfast to start the day and then had to do a little work so I went by the Keller Williams Savannah office.  I visited with the leadership for a bit and then sat in a conference room to host a webinar for one of the offices in FL.  The training was supposed to be on Friday, but due to the hurricane and the a family issue, they had to reschedule it.  It went well and they asked for some more advanced things so showed them some cool things!  After the webinar I worked on a few more things and then headed off to pick up the girls.  

Caley and Vanessa were ready and we ran to Walmart for a little trip before Vanessa had to be at a meeting.  They were so funny in the video/toy area.  They had Pop’s and the girls picked out some they wanted.  They also needed paper to use their printer.  Quick ride back to downtown Savannah and Vanessa headed to her meeting.  Caley and I parked and walked around downtown.  I wanted to go to the Savannah Bee Co store, it’s like a tradition now.  You can certainly get your walking in around here.  After Vanessa’s meeting we headed back to the car and went to find food.  That didn’t go so well, but we had a few funny moments looking.

I use Waze to get directions when I travel and they had an add pop up that said I could use Madea’s voice to give directions. We switched it and it was hilarious the way she gave directions and told us when we were there!  Caley added it to her story and sent it to friends.  We ended up going back to the dorm and eating at the deli in their dorm.  Here comes the funny part.  I get up to the check-out and the lady asked me if I was going to use a “meal ticket”.   Um no, it was a complement to think I look like a student.  I’m certainly short enough.  We at in the dorm and then Caley agreed to go with me to stay at my friends cottage by the water.  

We drove about an hour to the cottage and were presently surprised at how nice it was.  Jacob was playing a soccer game for his regionals so we hooked up the laptop to my cell phone and found the video streaming live.  It worked good for one of them, but the second game, not so well.  They won both games and he did good.  We can tell which one is Jacob because of his long flowy hair.  Caley tells me that is nick name is “Locks”, but he has “locks” of hair.  So funny!  He has 1 game tomorrow and some more on Sunday.  After that we laid town for sleep.  Caley set her alarm so we would get up and have breakfast.

Savannah Film Featival Weekend!

Successful Surprise!

Slept in a little and went to a place featured on “Dinners, Drive-Ins and Dives” called the Metro Dinner.  I sat outside and enjoyed a fruit waffle and a few eggs.  While sitting there I was texting Caley about her Halloween costume and what she still needed.  What she didn’t know was I had plans to go to Michael’s and look for what she needed.  She was thinking I would ship it to her.  I was scheduled to teach in Savannah her birthday, which is Monday!  Of course I wanted to come early and spend some time with her.  Since Hurricane Mathew came through and caused some of my trainings to be postponed, I had a few extra days.

With a full tummy I was off to Savannah and 2 hours later I stopped at the Michael’s in Savannah.  I texted her roommate, Vanessa, who told me that she was in class for a few more hours.  Since I could not see her yet anyway, no problem, shopping.  She got out of class about the same time that Will got off work.  He called me and I was almost to her dorm.  He called her with me on the phone (muted so she didn’t know) and he found out that she stopped at a place to get a smoothie across from the main SCAD building.  I drove that direction and parked the car.  While he was still talking to her, I texted him that I made it to where she was and he proceeds to tell her: “I’m sorry that you are away for your birthday, but I got you something.  Look around”  About that time I walked in and she saw me!  It was awesome.  She dropped the phone to give me a hug and started to tear up.  That was it, the moment we had waited for.  Even though Will didn’t get to come with me this trip, he was part of the surprise!  They talked for a little bit longer and we visited.  Then Will got off the phone and we chatted and went back to her dorm.

Finding Caley with Will on the phone!

Caley was on her bike so she road back and I drove.  She actually got there faster than I did because of the traffic.  I parked and walked up the 4 flights of stairs to her room.  Caley has been having problems with her Apple TV and her new printer we just sent her.  Of course, mom was going to look at them for her.  Well, I’m proud to say I fixed both of them!!  The printer she left some of the packing inside and it would not run with that in there.  The Apple TV I just messed with some of the settings and it started working on the WiFi.  What can I say, technology likes me.  I was happy to get them working for her!  She took her shower and got ready while we waited on Vanessa to get back from class.

I took the girls to a late dinner.  They wanted Mexican and even though it is not my favorite food, it was what they wanted.  We found a restaurant near a mall that they had not been to.  It was good and the girls really liked it.  After we left we remembered they needed paper for the printer and a few other things so Caley found a Walmart and we ended up in the neighboring town and they have and OUTLET MALL!!  We didn’t know there was one close, but we do now!  I dropped them off at the dorm after our Walmart shopping and I headed off to my Airbnb.  They have something to go to in the morning and I have a webinar to do for an office so we will get together in the afternoon.

I’m so glad I was able to surprise her!!  Will, Nick, Jacob and both Vanessa’s knew I was going and she had no idea!!  I’m looking forward to whatever time I get to spend with her here in Savannah.

Preparation is the key

No matter what line of work or what area of life, preparation is the key to succeeding at a high level.  The morning started off pretty normal with a small exception that I was told that a “guest” from Dotloop was coming to watch part of my class.  She was not the first and won’t be the last because I have another person coming next week, which I’m excited about.  I was set up and ready to go with one little problem…the TV would not display my computer screen.  This was bad, normally I have a back-up plan of another type of connector, but this TV only had a HDMI input.  I tried trading out the cables and plugged my iPad into the TV and quickly noticed that it worked, but my computer would not.  Either my computer or the connector was not working.  Since I just used this connector the  day before I thought it was fine, but I soon figured out it was not.  I had no choice but to keep the class moving.  Luckily I only had 2 students and the guest.  I was so embarrassed that it would not work.  We huddled around my laptop and I made it work.  The students learned to use the system and it went OK, but I had 34 registered for the day so I had to make a change if more people showed up for the afternoon.

I finished up that class, looked up the closest Best Buy and was very thankful it was close.  Skipped eating and managed to get 2 options just in case.  I bought another HDMI adapter and a HDMI to VGA in case that didn’t work.  Made it back in time to get set up with the new cable and sure enough the new adapter worked.  Glad it was not my computer, but what I time for the connector to go out.  The afternoon class had lots more people which was good, and could have been a disaster of the adapter did not work.  All went good and the class went well.  I had a broker ask me about training their office and we weren’t about to work it out for this trip, but it built a relationship for the next time I come this way.

Since I didn’t eat lunch, I had to go through a drive through for a quick bite and then I was off to my Airbnb.  The couple I stayed with was very nice and their place was great!  It had a pool and hot tub which felt fabulous to take a swim.  After a relaxing night and then picking up some dinner I stayed up way to late and slept in a little since I didn’t have to be anywhere early.  I chatted with Caley a few times through the day and asked her about her day and what she had going on for the weekend.

I have a surprise for her tomorrow and I can’t wait, but I have been holding this one for over a month!!  I’m prepared to surprised her and it took some work to make this happen.

Cable Preparation