Hubby and I took a much needed break this weekend, and drove down to Nashville, our favorite get-away destination.
I have to admit, it was difficult for me to take some time off. I love my job, and enjoy spending hours on end there. But it’s the type of job that can be all consuming if I don’t keep it in check.
The day before we left was the perfect example. Two housekeepers called off on a day we had a complete hotel turn around – meaning almost everyone was checking out and a whole new set of guests were checking in. All rooms needed to be cleaned, and we only had about four hours to do it in.
I arrived at work at 1:00 PM to find this out. I immediately began stripping beds, dumping linens, and picking up trash in all the vacant rooms. Exhausting work, and quite hot and sweaty in a suit… but I wasn’t about to complain. My housekeepers went above and beyond to clean their own rooms as quickly as they could, and then stayed after to make up for the rooms the two sick housekeepers were supposed to do. I was so proud to see them pitching in and doing what they needed to do in order to be able to check our guests in.
Unfortunately, it seemed every one of our guests arrived at the same time to check in. As hard as we were working, we weren’t able to get the clean rooms in fast enough. Luckily our guests were patient, and our front desk agents were patient, but deep down we were all exhausted and ready for the day to be over.
We finally finished the last room around 6:30pm, and I ran upstairs to schmooz with the guests for the last half hour of our happy hour. It was jam packed! The line to the bar was long, so I hopped back there to help our bartender get caught up. He too was exhausted. I helped him get the line down, and get restocked, and then headed out to the floor to chat with a few guests. I needed to get an idea of how their experience was, praying our stresses weren’t impacting their stay at the hotel.
When I finally sat down at my desk, I was beat. I wolfed down my lunch (it was 7:30 PM!), and then I forced myself to stand back up to check on my employees. Before I left for the night, I helped a drunk guy to his room, and called the elevator guys to fix an elevator door that wouldn’t close.
Walking out the door at 11:00 that night, I knew I had earned my trip to Nashville.
And it was awesome. For one, I got to catch up with the guy I sleep next to every night, and find out what he’s been up to. We also toured the Carter House, where a huge Civil War battle occurred. And after a fabulous meal at my favorite Greek restaurant, we headed to Bluebird Café.
We arrived early to ensure we got a seat. We stood in line for over an hour getting to know the other songwriters in line, all excited about the possibility of playing on stage.
My rock star hubby was number 19. I listened proudly as he played one of my favorite songs of his – The Chain. And it was great fun listening to the songs of the others we got to know while standing in line.
So a pretty productive trip. Checked another item off Hubby’s bucket list, and we spent some much needed quality time together.
Now I’m ready for the rat race that awaits me back at the office…