I’ve been inspired by Gloria Steinmen’s book My Life on the Road to try and appreciate my work trips more and make adventures out of them. With that goal in mind, I’d like to start a new series, On the Road, to catalog my work travel adventures.I go to Houston regularly to visit one of my accounts. It’s a land of big sprawling freeways, cheap gas, and sometimes hot, humid weather. On my first few trips, I stayed in a convenient hotel on the side of the freeway in no-man’s land. I’ve been trying to rack up Starwood points but realized it’s boring staying in the same hotel chain all the time! So I’m branching out. I wanted to see downtown so I booked a room at the historic Lancaster Hotel. The rooms were tiny but the bed was deliciously comfortable. I slept on and off for 10 hours. I’ve been surviving off of anywhere from 3-7 hours of sleep this past year with a new baby. Funny how business trips are suddenly such a luxury for sleep. I also get the longest un-interrupted reading time when I’m business traveling. On this trip I read The Piano Teacher. For dinner I went to Reef, a seafood restaurant in a converted car dealership. I loved their bread with jalapeno jam. And the server gave me a sample of their “adult” milk shake. I went to my meeting the next morning and presented Chronicle’s upcoming Fall 2016 list. So much good stuff.
The buyer at the meeting recommended Torchy’s for lunch last time, Velvet Taco this time. I got the chicken tikka masala taco, buffalo chicken taco, and of course some queso. I was tempted to get a margarita to-go on my way back to the airport. But I decided to refrain from drinking and driving. I made a quick pit stop at the Galleria to do some store visits, and then got to the airport to catch up on emails.
I try to get something for Russell or Baby Satski on every work trip I go on. Surprise! A baby armadillo!