Faithful readers of other rubbish I’ve written since Paul died will remember the struggle I had the first time I found myself having to travel to Seattle for work on my own. There was something very wrong with staying in a 5-Star hotel without Paul.
Before he died, Paul would travel with me when I went away for work. We’d stay in a fancy hotel, go out for a fancy dinner, then sit in the hotel lounge drinking martinis in our best “la-de-da” fashion. The next day, when I was in meetings, Paul would take advantage of the hotel’s gym and swimming pool facilities. Depending on my schedule, we’d meet for lunch and/or go shopping. It was truly wonderful.
I remember my first stay in a fancy hotel for work after he died. It was so difficult; I felt so lost. My second work trip was a bit easier but still had its challenges; my third was a bit easier still. And now, I’ve created a whole new fancy hotel routine that includes relaxing on a big fluffy bed and ordering room service.
Tonight finds me in Seattle at The Westin. It’s a fantastic room – although not as big and flashy as the a-maze-ing room I stayed at in Edinburgh a year ago – and the view of the city is truly breathtaking. (If you like the view of downtown Seattle with the Puget Sound behind.)
I looked at the room service menu and was very unimpressed so instead, I’ve ordered a pizza from Pagliacci – something I’ve not done since Paul and I lived in downtown Seattle so many years ago. And wouldn’t you know it? They also had Thomas Kemper’s root beer, too. (Yum!)
So, here I sit eating pizza, drinking root beer, and working on today’s homework assignment for my online silliness class. It’s relaxing and enjoyable. I can’t believe how much easier this hotel stay is than that first one without Paul about a year ago. Although I still wish Paul was here to enjoy a dirty martini at the lounge downstairs.