Mileage Run for Gold

I fly a lot for work, and I’m only 3,000 miles away from United Premier Gold – which is equivalent to Star Alliance Gold (which is awesome).  So, Dad and I are making a long weekend mileage run to San Francisco in December.  Daughter Person is going to stay at Grandma’s, and I’ll get my 3,000 miles (4,800 some actually) – and my Gold status for next year.  I lost my Gold status when Daughter Person was born, and this past year I only had Silver – I had Gold the year she was born – just in time to not be able to enjoy it 😦

IAD to SFO is a hub-to-hub flight for United, so it’s really quite cheap: $350 each round trip.  We don’t have the best flight times (leaving IAD at 6:30am!), but they’re not horrible, and it’ll be just us this time.

Incessant Traveling

I’ve now been on the road for over 3 weeks. I’m getting a bit tired of eating out. And I’ve been in Switzerland the past week, so the food is doubly expensive. I get to expense it, but still, it kinda sucks eating alone. I’ve been mostly going to the local grocery store and picking up some things to eat (mostly not great for me since I can’t actually cook anything in my hotel that involves more than boiling water in the kettle…).

I’m missing Dad and Daughter Person, although we’ve skyped with each other twice now.  I have had some fun in all the work.  I took a day trip to JungFrauJoch via cog railway over the weekend, and most of the train is under the mountain.  It was cloudy, so I didn’t get to see that much, but then it opened up for us towards the end of the trip – right as we were about to leave.

I’m in a hotel now which I’ll be in for about 10 days (maybe 9 – I forget…), and there are no laundromats in this town.  The nearest one is in Zurich – almost 2 hours away by train.  If I’d known that I would have washed my clothes before I left Zurich on Sunday 😦  As it is, I have the hotel washing my clothes.  I provided them with the one detergent I know won’t make me break out into a rash, so hopefully that goes well.  They’re supposed to be ironing them as well – although I tried to ask that they just fold or hang things – it’s all undies, socks, knit shirts and a pair of jeans – none of which needs ironed.  The price list was missing from my room, so I have no idea how much it’s costing my company (what, you think I’m paying for laundering?!?).

I did splurge while I was in Germany’s black forest area and bought a cuckoo clock to be shipped home.  I blew all of my spending money for the month, but I’ve wanted a cuckoo clock since I brought my mom one back in 2000.  Otherwise, pretty much everything is getting expensed – train tickets, hotels, food, etc.  I travel reasonably, even when on an expense budget, so I’m not having big parties or anything.

I drove on the autobahn in Germany (which is generic for “highway”).  The “suggested” speed limit is 130 km/h (about 80mph).  I was going the suggested speed limit, and it felt like I was sitting still compared to most of the cars passing me.  I did get up to 170 km/h (~105mph) only because I had a long stretch to accelerate.  There *is* a speed limit of 120 km/h in Switzerland, and they’re really strict about enforcing it too (lots and lots of speed cameras).  Driving on the autobahn isn’t a big deal (or much different from driving on an interstate in the states), but driving in a city centre?  Oh man, that was torture.  One of my hotels was in a city centre, right next to the main train station, and I was stressed about following signs, hitting people or bikes, and just really glad to find the hotel’s parking garage and set out walking instead.

Exhaustion

The last week has been one exercise in staying awake after another.  I finally have a break while traveling.

We spent the weekend at a friend’s cabin at a lake – with no air-conditioning.  I’m OK with heat as long as it’s not muggy and there’s shade available.  There was shade – but it was *very* muggy, and I was very uncomfortable.  Daughter Person ended up with a heat rash – along with Hand, Foot and Mouth (for the third time!).  I took off Monday to take her to the doctor to confirm it, and then spent the day driving her to grandma’s for the week.  We were planning on going to grandma’s this upcoming weekend anyway, so now it’s just Dad and I driving alone without Daughter Person.  I’ve spent way too long in a car the last few days.

Today, I took a day trip to Raleigh, NC for work – I left on an 8:30 am flight, and I’m sitting in the airport now waiting for my flight home.

I expected to be tired from having a child, but never this level of exhaustion.  I sleep well – mostly because I’m so tired that I just pass out in bed as soon as I lay down.  I’m ready for a mental health week.  I’m going to take a week stay cation, take Daughter Person to daycare, and let Dad go to work, then stay home and have the whole house to myself!