Welcome to CHICAGO!!! 🙂
I’ve never been to Chicago before!
I love experiencing new cities and am so thankful to have a job that allows me to travel and do just that.
Be sure to check out my Travel Page for a full recap of all my fun travels since I started this blog two years ago.
My favorite blogable destination so far? I have to say both of my trips to San Francisco this past year. Once in November for the Foodbuzz Festival and the second this past April with Derek. I can’t wait to go back back again this coming November.
Anyone else planning on attending the Foodbuzz Festival again this year? I am!!
Anyways… my morning began bright and early per usual. My flight didn’t depart until 8:15 so I just kept my alarm set just as I would any other day and had no problem waking up and heading out the door.
MAJOR THANKS to Katy (<– hyperlinked without the ‘the’ this time 😉 ) and her wonderful husband Adam for picking me up on their way and giving me a lift to the airport. I owe you two big time. Menchis? 😉
Usually when I travel I have a bad habit of lugging WAY too much crap through the airport. Even after checking a bag I tend to end up with a collection of carry on bags that looks like this.
(photo taken from my return trip from San Francisco last November. Yes, I had already checked a bag and Yes, I managed to sweet talk my way into bringing a zillion bags on board)
The overload of carry ons usually results in a sore back and a cranky Meghann – bad combination!
After eyeing a friend’s tiny rolly bag – and listening to her rave about it – I decided to purchase one of my own last night from Kohls.
My new bag is really a briefcase with wheels – I LOVE it!
I was able to squeeze all the necessities in and had room to spare!
My favorite part is the little pocket for my laptop.
AND it fit under the seat in front me without any problems. There was even enough room for my camera bag too!!
I only wish I had invested in one of these bags months ago. It truly will makes my life as a traveling blogger a million times easier. 🙂
Breakfast this morning was packed last night and meant to be enjoyed on the plane. However, my stomach had other plans and I dug in almost as soon as I got to the airport.
This old yogurt container was perfect for packing my breakfast. It held all my breakfast components and I was able to discard it after I finished. A reusable container that I didn’t have to worry about lugging around tupperware the rest of my trip? Sweet!
I had purchased this individual packet of Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter weeks ago and had been saving it for this very occasion!
The chocolate hazelnut butter was rich, thick, and mousse like. It reminded me of chocolate frosting – only 10 times better.
The chocolate hazelnut butter was added to a mix of cereal and then topped with fresh strawberries.
So good 🙂
I was a busy bee working on the plane and the flight flew by!
Right before landing I had one of these Heart Thrive cookies.
Getting to the airport was a cinch thanks to Savvy Julie.
Something to check out…
I’m quoted in last night’s DailySpark blogpost – Confession: I Gain a Few Pounds Every Summer. I like the topic because it’s so true! Most women’s magazines I read discuss ‘winter weight gain,’ but honestly it’s the summer when I tend to move up on the scale.
As I mentioned in the article there are a few reasons I see behind this.
- Traveling/ Vacations – Since April I have traveled seven times and had the ‘vacation’ mindset each time. Oh trust me, I have no regrets – I ate good and loved it! But, traveling that much messes with my body and I’ve come to accept that.
- Too hot to exercise outside – And I just don’t mean exercise in a traditional sense, even just walking around the block is a struggle in this heat. Derek and I went to the farmer’s market the other week to get some fresh air and barely lasted 20 minutes before calling it a day and spending the rest of the day on the couch.
- Race season is over – With nothing to train for in the summer I take a break from hard training, which isn’t that big of a deal except I continue to fuel as if I’m still training – oops!
- Fun Food Festivals – really I should have said holidays, summer barbeques, and parties.
- Ice Cream – During the summer ice cream and frozen yogurt become a daily requirement.
But, all those reasons? I’m ok with it because I know as soon as Fall comes my weight tends to even out again. I see this happen every year. With the fall comes cooler weather, racing season, and fall. Fall also means wearing jeans and the inspiration to wear them comfortably again.
Do you see a seasonal pattern in the scale or how your clothes fit during the year?
Whoa – that was a long post!
I’m off to meet the gang for lunch and then it’s time for swag bag stuffing!