Tip #474: Work and Packing

“Feedback is the breakfast of champions. Kenneth Blanchard

I spent today resting, reading, and reviewing some of the videos from the training the previous week. I also did light laundry, and sent other laundry to the cleaners. I like to avoid traveling with dirty clothing.

I also wrote to Trisha to see if she could find my cell phone in the suitcase she brought back for me from Nigeria. I have turned all four suitcases in my room inside out, looking for my cell phone. No dice.

After a month and a half without a cell phone (or with little use for one) I had totally forgotten that I am completely dependent on it for both personal and business calls. Jenny reminded me. I’m still waiting to hear back from Tricia after she goes through the suitcase. (This will be quite an endeavor, because it is packed to the brim.) I wish her (and me) luck!

If she can’t find it, I’ll have to talk with Seth to see if he can get me another phone ASAP. Good grief!

That is the last time I cavalierly stow a cell phone when I’m traveling and have no use for it…

Sunday was an office holiday. I worked most of the day writing feedback on lesson plans turned in late or needing additional notes- and then watched the videos from the first round of training. I took notes on the participants who had been taped in the two other rooms. Actually, on the participants in Room B who spoke in English.

Surprisingly, Eman, the trainer brought in to facilitate the feedback in that room, gave her feedback in Arabic- despite the fact that everyone else spoke English. However, that was really no problem. I quickly learned that if I didn’t want to spend the next 7 hours watching the videos, I would have to jump over the feedback portions.

Many of the participants were excellent. A few were not.

It was a beautiful day and I kept telling myself that I would go for a walk…in a little while. When I was done with the videos I could understand, I sat down to read- then lay down, and then fell asleep for a few hours. I guess it’s going to take a while before I catch up on my rest.

Then I started to pack in earnest.  I had imagined, quite optimistically and unrealistically, that I would be going back to the States with a lot less than what I brought here. What I forgot was that I have to pack 4 huge Tinker Toy tubs, all the games I had brought to Lagos, plus all that I brought here. In addition, I purchased gifts and have more files to bring back with me.

Needless to say, packing four suitcases was quite an ordeal. I fear that all but one of them top out at over 80 pounds.

Packing kept me up until about 2 a.m. (perhaps you see a pattern that explains why I get so tired).

May your learning be sweet.

Deborah

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