Hi everyone! Since today is Wednesday, that means it's time to link up with Jenn and share some eats! Last week I started a new job, so I thought it would be fun to take along in a day in the life. This particular day was a department conference, which means all of my meals were planned out for me! It was a lonnnngg day, so I hope you enjoy following along!
5:45 Wake up, shower, get ready. Our invitation said "smart casual" so I decided on skinny pants, Express Barcelona cami and my Forever 21 blazer.
6:30 Leave to catch bus.
7:15 Get to office, make some coffee and heat up food. My new go-to breakfast is roasted sweet potatoes, sauteed kale and onions, bacon, re-fried beans, and avocado. SO good, but really not appetizing to look at. I'll spare you all a picture, but seriously try that combination. Amazing.
8:00 I have a few short meetings and emails to catch up on before the conference. Before I know it, it's time to go!
10:30 Leave to walk across town. My company owns a few buildings in town, so for some of these conferences we get to go to a new building.
11:00 Arrive, get name badge, find table. I'm kind of glad we're assigned tables since I don't know anyone yet! I end up sitting with one of the original members of my group (it started as 12 people and now it's grown to over 70!) She was really great to talk to and we ended up having a ton in common!
11:15 Lunch! We had box lunches with a sandwich, apple, chips, orzo salad, and double chocolate chip cookies (so good!)
12:00 Conference starts. Opening remarks from the head of my department
1:00 Panel discussion
1:50 Break! Grab a snack and a drink. There was some trail mix, soft pretzels, and infused water. So fancy!
2:00 Round table discussions. There were eight different topics to choose from, ranging from the latest in biometrics and security to upcoming features of our new app. It was so cool to see what projects different groups were working on!
3:45 Another break..more snacking! I got some pop this go-around. I was really craving something fizzy and sweet.
4:00 The head of retail banking comes to talk to us about the company's five year strategic plan. Luckily, a lot of the plan includes expanding my group's role in the company. I can tell we're all going to be very busy in the next few years!
5:00 Speed networking! This was actually a lot of fun. Everyone got paired up with one person in their group, and spent five minutes talking to another pair. Once the time was up, everyone rotated and talked with a new pair. It was basically speed dating, but in suits.
6:30 Dinner time and more networking. It was nice to meet so many people since it was my first week! Luckily everyone had on name tags so I didn't have to remember names. Dinner was delicious, and surprisingly healthy! I had a salad, steak, grilled chicken, roasted potatoes, mac and cheese, and a big ol' glass of wine. They were NOT playing around with serving sizes here!
8:00 Head out, and Dan comes to pick me up downtown.
8:30 Home! Get changed, work on my blog post, get lunch and outfit ready for tomorrow. Spend time with Dan and Selma watching hockey.
10:00 Decide to get another shower because I feel gross, and that's one of my favorite ways to relax at the end of a long day!
10:15 Head to bed, read some of my book and finish up this post. Turn off the lights and pretty much pass out right away!