I’m Ready To Go Home Now

Posted By on July 31, 2008

I’m a homebody. As if you didn’t figure that out by my constant bragging of my bouts with The Lazies and my love of reality television, the internet and booze.

I generally can only manage being away from my own home for a maximum of 4 days. It is why BlogHer was perfect for me. It was just enough time away from home, but not too long where I was scratching out the eyeballs of complete strangers on the street because “I can has goes home now? Plz? PLEASE, MOTHER FUCKER! TAKE ME HOME NOW!”

That is why these sales conferences are hard for me. I am lucky enough to stay at the hotel. (Yes, it is lucky since I live seven miles away so really, not all that necessary for me to stay here.) I enjoy staying in hotels, especially for free. I love the king-sized bed. I love that I don’t have to make my bed everyday. And when it is the end of July in Chicago and 100-mother-fucking-degrees, I LOVE THE AIR CONDITIONING.

(I only have a window unit in my bedroom. Which I try not to run, except for when I’m sleeping because that bitch costs a lot to run because it doesn’t shut off. So my TV watching is usually done on the couch with two fans blowing on me with sweat coming out of places I really don’t wish to mention on here.)

So it is a nice break to stay here. No cats stepping on my face, waking me up at all hours of the night. There are fresh towels everyday. I can leave a mess all over the sink in the bathroom and it will be cleaned up by the time I get back to the room. And also, have I mentioned the air conditioning? And the thermostat that is permanently set at 64 degrees? BECAUSE IT IS.

But I’m ready to go home. I normally get like this the week of a sales conference. It is a lot of consecutive late nights and long days and a lot of logistical stuff. On top of it, this conference is horrible because I don’t want to be helping anyone because have I mentioned I am NOT GOING TO WORK HERE? And I have to sit in the back of the room and listen to the product training for the umpteenth time and this time I don’t even have to feign interest because I don’t even have to learn this information.

Tonight I went home and dropped in on my kitties. I did this for a few reasons: 1) I didn’t want to go to dinner with my co-worker, 2) it gave me a good excuse NOT to go out and party and be horribly hung over tomorrow and 3) it has been hotter than blazes here and I was sure my cats were dead in a corner of the apartment.

I ended up staying there for a few hours. I just watched some TV, ate my dinner, fed the cats and gave them more water. And as relaxing (and HOT!) as it was (which, I know, who finds their own home more relaxing than a HOTEL) it made me sad to have to come back here. Because I just wanted to sleep in my own bed and go into work at my normal time and not butt-ass early and not have to worry whether lunch and breakfast were going to be delivered tomorrow.

But then I remembered that the air conditioning is free here. So I trudged my ass back to the hotel. I know, woe is me.


Just a heads up, tomorrow is the second edition of NPW’sChoose Your Own Blogventure. I’m participating this time around, so Friday at 10 AM EST, check out NPW’s site to start the adventure off. And then choose away and hopefully end up here at some point.

About the author

Kristabella, who also answers to “Hey! Drunk Girl!”, is a reformed band geek with an amazing ability to drink most people under the table. You can read her inane ramblings here, where she talks about her exciting life as a spinster with two cats and a fascination for Bacon.


19 Responses to “I’m Ready To Go Home Now”

  1. Mahnee says:

    I’ll gladly trade places with you and stay at the hotel ANY time!

  2. Ick. The heat.

    We just got our AC fixed (it broke the day I left for SF) so I know what you mean about heat.

    There are not many places that I want to stay longer than 4 days either. When I find myself wanting to stay somewhere longer, I consider moving there.

  3. Bailey says:

    I don’t know how you do it without air conditioning. Mine’s on all the time (and I have the Com Ed bill to prove it).

    Good luck with the end of your conference. The week’s almost over and then you can watch all the TV and drink all the wine you want.

    Baileys last blog post..The Boot is Gone!

  4. ali says:

    come and spend 4 days with me please.
    i promise i won’t make you stay longer!

    alis last blog post..i have waited SEVEN years for this…

  5. Candy says:

    I can totally appreciate this. I could feel how warm (ok maybe too warm) and cozy it was in your apartment and I wouldn’t have wanted to leave it either. I don’t really get why they’re making you go to these things.

    Candys last blog post..The Earth’s Getting Awfully Close in the Window

  6. I would almost always rather be home than at a hotel. It’s just such a pain to pack and unpack everything! Am too lazy for that.

    Also: CYOB! Hooray!

  7. Scarlet says:

    I think if you were at the hotel NOT for work it would be a lot better. You know, if you were enjoying the AC and got to sleep in and not work all day. Work blows.

    I LOVE hotels except for the bathroom, because the ventilation always sucks and I mean with the SHOWER. EW! I should stop typing.

    Scarlets last blog post..House Of Cards

  8. JRM says:

    Also, hotels have all of that free shampoo and soap!

    JRMs last blog post..One Month Until It Starts

  9. I am such a homebody too. I love to travel, but when we come home, I am so ready.

    Jen on the Edges last blog post..The random stuff floating around in mah head

  10. Julie says:

    You will love our guest bedroom if you ever crash at our place. Everyone tells us they get “the deep freeze” when they stay during the summertime. Stay cool, bleee-aaach.

  11. Ahhh 64 degrees. LOVE it. I think I’m the only person in Oregon who turns their car AC on in the winter.

    Serendipitous Girls last blog post..The Office

  12. Angella says:

    I am the same way!! I LOVE to go away on short trips for work…but then cannot wait to come home again.

    Angellas last blog post..Summer Is As Summer Does

  13. regan says:

    I fear that I am single handedly causing global warming with my hotel air conditioner usage. I love a cold room for sleeping, Arctic even. When I stay at hotels and, I don’t have to pay the energy bill, I drop the air down to 60. And then I still complain about it being too hot.

    regans last blog post..13.1 this weekend

  14. rye says:

    I am very much a homebody, too. Even as a kid I hated sleeping over at other people’s houses. And I have totally lived in my fair share of places without A/C – NOT.FUN. Soak up that free air while you can!

    ryes last blog post..what gives, overachieving blogger?

  15. girlplease says:

    Ah yes, going to useless conferences. I was sent for a writing 101 conference all the way in Florida. Seeing I have 14 years as a copywriter and never had a complaint, I went and used up my travel allowance (sushi anyone?). I sat in the hotel room, made arrangements to leave 2 days early because I couldn’t take it anymore, and left at my own expense but it was so worth it. If the man was with me then we would have totally gone to the amusement park instead. But I was alone and felt like a loser sitting in a hotel room for a day so I said screw it and left.

    Plus when the conference moderator goes ‘and what is your experience in writing’ I told her and she goes “why are you hear?”

    “Because Discover Card and my boss likes to waste money and are trying to get me to quit. It’s working.”


  16. Sheenah says:

    I feel the same way. I like trips and traveling but after a few days, I’m ready to go home and snuggle with my dogs.

    Sheenahs last blog post..Loosing Focus

  17. Evil Genius says:

    I am soooooo with you on this! I love to travel, but I am always oh, so ready to go back home. And I’m also hating to go out at night after a long day of work! I just want to relax in my comfy PJs and sip a glass of wine and maybe read a good book.

    Or maybe in my case it’s just ’cause I’m old. LOL

    Evil Geniuss last blog post..Hells Bells!

  18. Laurel says:

    I hear you, I am usually itching to get home midway through a vacation. But that’s me – I’m always thinking about the next thing. None of this “living in the present” bullshit for me!

    Laurels last blog post..Choose Your Own Blogventure II

  19. Vanessa says:

    I’m so with you on the I want my own home thing. Four days is about my max and I’ve even changed plane tickets because, ohmygod this is too long and I want to go home. NOW! Hope you’re ok with all the storms up there tonight.