I am having quite the morning.
I got up at 6:30 with my sights set on a treadmill run in the fitness room in my hotel. Apparently, everyone else had the same idea because there was nary a treadmill available by the time I got down there.
Plan B: outside run. It was only 85* and super humid at that point, so why not? I figured running by the White House, Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial would take the edge off.
Not that much.
Plus, I felt like a super wimp running by all the memorials of people who sacrificed so much for our country. Slightly humbling. Just slightly.
Yes, it was fun running by all of the cool DC stuff. But the heat and humidity? Out of control. There were a few water fountains that I hit up along the way and that helped, but I barely slogged through 5 miles. I took walking breaks. I took breathing breaks. It.was.miserable.
I showered and got my act together so I could head to breakfast with my coworkers before our first meeting. And then, my morning got even better (<—insert sarcasm here).
Why, you ask?
Well, I lost my footing just walking along the sidewalk and literally face planted. I caught myself pretty well on the heels of my hands, but I have a nice strawberry on my hip and took most of the skin off the heel of my right hand. I have been assured that I don’t look any worse for the wear, but sheesh. Really???
I am like a bull in a china shop most of my life, so it’s not really surprising that this happened. I consoled myself with an incredible bowl of chilled oatmeal at The Corner Bakery. And yep, I was a super nerdy blogger and snapped a picture for you!
Berry Almond Swiss Oatmeal
This was pretty much the best version of overnight oats I’ve ever experienced. Oatmeal plus vanilla yogurt and skim milk, apples, bananas, currants, blueberries, strawberries, and almonds served with a side of homemade sweet crisp, which is basically thinly sliced cinnamon raisin toast topped with raw sugar. Serious swoon.
And the bowl was ha-uge! I couldn’t finish it, but I also couldn’t bear to leave it behind, so I got a to-go container. I’m not sure when/if I’ll finish it, but it was so good that I couldn’t trash it!
I also caved and got some full-caf coffee. Falling down on the sidewalk rates a caffeinated treat! I got a small hazelnut crème coffee and it totally hit the spot. Decaf is a poor substitute for the real deal. It just is. So I guess I’m back on the sauce.
When I went to get on the Metro, the card reader ate my card—which still had plenty of $$ on it, so I had to buy another one. No fair. Then we got onto a Metro car that was not air-conditioned. Yeah.
The final frustration came when we finally arrived at our meeting building. All week long, the security folks have been incredibly friendly. Until today. It was a new team this morning, and I think they all woke up on the wrong side of the bed. While I didn’t set off the metal detector, the security woman was cra-bby! I set my coffee on top of the x-ray machine, just like they’ve told me to do every other day, and she was not having it. Then I wasn’t on their “list,” so they didn’t want to let me in. Phone calls were made, forms filled out, security—secured. Combine that with the morning I’d already had, and I was spent by the time the first meeting began.
Here’s hoping the rest of the day is a little more low key!
Our meeting schedule is pretty light, and we’re going to a women only networking event at the Kennedy Center tonight, so it should be a good day!