Home Sweet Home!

Home at last!
This past week I was in Atlanta for an annual Microsoft conference called MGX.  It was an awesome event and I got a lot out of attending.  It was also my first time away from the girls over night.  I had dreaded leaving for the week before going and got a little choked up when I checked in on them in at 5am on the morning that I left for the airport, but it actually wasn’t that bad.  Of course I missed the girls and Tony, but it didn’t feel like some horrible weight around my neck.  When it was finally time to return home, the plane rides felt interminable, and once I hit the ground my tummy was in knots until I was at our front door.  But aside from that, I am happy to have had a chance to "break away" and see that it feels weird and I certainly missed the girls, but it wasn’t like some crazy heart wrenching thing.  I think it was a really good hurdle to get over.  The girls were all smiles when I came in the door and that sure made me feel like a million bucks.
Heroes in Action
The theme of the work conference was Heroes in Action- and as corny as it may sound- it was inspiring.  From seeing the incredibly passionate Steve Ballmer light up the entire crowd of 12,500 Sales and Marketing employees like a rock concert to hearing new leaders sound as passionate and inspiring (in their own way- no one compares to Steveb) was really awesome.  It renewed my excitement for the products that we are bringing to market in the next few months and years (Office 14 is going to be SWEET!, as is Windows Mobile 7), and reminded me how lucky I am to work for a company like Microsoft.
While away, I was also thinking of the Heroes I left at home.  Tony had "single parent duty" for the girls and we were lucky to have Tony’s mom Joy stay with him for the week, just to have an extra pair of hands.  I know the girls loved having grandma around and Tony enjoyed it too!  So, I felt to lucky to able to enjoy and immerse myself in my work event and not worry about anything at home.  I had my own set of Heroes in Action!

About jenlocati

JENNIE LOCATI started her blog, WYS Words as a way to share her experiences as a professional woman, wife, mother, and irrepressible “do-gooder”. Her diverse life experiences have taken her to Kenya as a Peace Corps volunteer, the trading floors of Wall Street, to PATH, and most recently back to Microsoft, where she works in Executive Communications. Jennie shares her many misadventures, occasional insights, and unique perspectives in a voice that is self-deprecating, honest, and authentic. Read more at www.wyswords.com
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