What a day. What a day.
First of all a BIG thank to Electrolux for providing me with a HUGE bag in my swag, which allowed me to bring home all my new NYC treasures.
I’m sure everyone else on my flights hated me for spending 5 minutes trying to stuff that bag in the above luggage compartments each time, but it saved me another $25 in checked baggage fees. Totally worth the hassle.
After breakfast I spent the rest of my morning packing and saying good bye to the hotel I learned to call home this week. I’m sure going to miss the king size bed, house keeping, and of course the view that came with it.
Right before my car came to pick me up at 11:00am I snacked on some yogurt and fruit with a piece of my Mom’s blueberry muffin left over from breakfast crumbled on top.
I’m really going to miss the wide selection of yogurts, fruit, and sparkling waters that seem to be in every deli or cute little store all over the city. We don’t have that in Orlando. I’m lucky if a little store even carries yogurt!
I arrived at the airport in plenty of time to linger before my flight. I bought a lunch for the plane and did a little e-mail catch up on the lap top.
Slowly I started to see the time on my clock move closer to my original 1:30 departure time and eventually pass it. My flight was being delayed to 1:45 and then 2:00.
I got anxious and decided to dig into my salad I had originally purchase for the flight.
It actually wasn’t bad for a salad purchased at an airport. It had goat cheese, candied nuts and cinnamon apples. Yum.
A little while later I had two of the vegan macaroons Ashley had given me after the race on Sunday.
My flight eventually boarded 45 minutes after its original departure time. Which honestly would not have been too bad if it wasn’t for the fact my connecting flight was a whole different airline and I wasn’t sure how close it would be to my gate.
I kept my mind off of the late departure on my first flight and instead focused on sleeping and reading up on the latest gossip mags. It wasn’t until I landed that I let the panic sink in. My first flight was on Continental and the second was Delta.
Turns out Delta is in a whole other terminal in Cincinnati’s airport. I had to book it across one terminal, head out of security, go back through security, and race through three concourses in another terminal to make it to my gate.
I arrived at the gate out of breath and almost in tears, but the plane was thankfully still there! The Delta people at the gate were really sweet and said they were not going to leave me behind. They even bumped me to first class! I think that was a first for me.
Since I was in first class and all I decided a ‘real’ drink was on order.
Hello vodka and orange juice!
That really hit the spot.
A Biscoff in honor of Kath.
The flight was pretty uneventful after that. Our flight landed on time and I was thankful to be back in the south.
Unfortunately as happy as I was to be in Florida, my bag decided it was having too much fun in Cincinnati to make the trip. I figured as much would happen, so I didn’t let it bother me too much when I never saw it on the carousel. Derek and I stopped at Target on the way back to his place for a toothbrush and other essentials and hopefully I will have my bag early tomorrow morning.
Derek had texted me earlier asking what I wanted for dinner and I responded with ‘vegetables! vegetables! vegetables!’ He stocked up on every vegetable imaginable and I roasted a big batch of veggies as soon as I walked in the door.
I coated the veggie with marinara sauce and feasted on the vegetables I had been missing so dearly.
We have settled in for the night and now all I want is a pillow and a big bed.
Cross your fingers my bag finds its way to Tampa soon!