Yesterday’s got nothin’ for me.

Last night was ridiculous – like 90’s sitcom ridiculous.  But things are never as bad as they seem. Which is why I’ve decided to insert gratuitous pictures of lovely flora (all photographed by yours truly) throughout this post as a reminder that there is still a lot of good in the world.

Yesterday, there was so many things I was never told…

I have travelled a lot in my life – I’d say more than the average person. I’ve experienced delays, and even cancelled flights before. But last night takes the cake (see, I’ve managed to incorporate baking into this post too). I was supposed to catch a flight with a connection and wind up in London this morning, at 10am. I was leaving from a smaller airport, with my connection at a signficantly larger one. I arrived with plenty of time, only to discover that 20 minutes before I got there, my first flight was cancelled. I drove over an hour to get to this airport, mind you.

…Now that I’m startin’ to learn I feel I’m growing old.

Without getting into too much detail, I eventually was able to cry and demand my way into a re-booking that solved the problem, and was even better than my original itinerary. Things were looking up, it appeared.

‘Cause yesterday’s got nothin’ for me…

As I’m waiting at the gate for my new flight, a fellow passenger walks up and informs us that this flight is delayed at least an hour, so if you have a connection, you’re pretty much screwed. I did, and I was. Back to the phone to for another re-booking. This time, the only flight was at another airport, about an hour and 20 minutes away. It would be cutting it close, but it was worth a try. So out to the car I ran, and put the pedal to metal (which, anyone who knows me, knows how adept I am at driving under time constraints).

…Old pictures that I’ll always see.

I knew it was going to be close, and I was actually pretty sure that even the fastest driving in the world wouldn’t make it, but the woman on the phone (who was the most helpful person so far) told me to just try, and if I don’t they can re-book me there. Well, for the first time ever, I missed the turn for the parking lot at the airport – an airport I’ve been to and parked in 100 times. Any chance of making this flight at this point were now long gone.

Time just fades the pages in my book of memories.

I arrive finally, park, get into the terminal, and it’s completely empty – like Stephen King movie empty. A not very nice man appears, and tells me no one can help me, and then proceeds to ignore me. I stand there, and just lose it, no knowing what to do now. A very nice man then appears out of nowhere, and finds me help, via three extremely sweet ladies. Thank you very nice man and sweet ladies, karma is on your side.

Prayers in my pocket, and no hand in destiny…

Finally, I’m rebooked on a flight, but not until 24 hours later, but at this point, I just want to get home, relax, and put this all behind me. Not so fast, though. When I turn to leave, I realize I’m on the wrong side of the airport, and can’t catch the shuttle back to my car. Thankfully, a man actually went out of his way, and walked me to the other side. I have to say, there really are some good people in this world. I hope I can return all these favors.

I’ll keep on movin’ along with no time to plant my feet.

Luckily, this airport was actually the closer one to my house, so it was only about a 15 minute drive. However, I was bawling my eyes out the entire way, and it must have affected my driving, because, lo and behold, I see the flashing lights behind me, and I hear “pull into that parking lot” booming from the patrol car. I feel bad – I don’t want to seem like the girl who cries to get out of tickets – but I couldn’t help it. I was already sobbing before this happened. He was very nice. Again, my faith in humanity was being restored even more.

‘Cause yesterday’s got nothin’ for me.

So, even though my vacation has been delayed by a day, there are some valuable things I’ve learned from all this:

1. the cheapest flight is not always the best

2. there are some really good people out there, willing to help even a stranger

3. I am so lucky to have such wonderful friends and family in my life, who are always there to offer me support, listen to me vent, and cheer me up.

Thank you friends, family and strangers – you have all made at least one person’s life a hell of a lot better. Here’s to tomorrow. 🙂

BlogHer Food Day 1: The Highlights.

I LOVE Seattle.

I love the fact that I can walk around at night, by myself, and feel perfectly safe.

city at night.

I love that fact that I was lost, and two strangers tried to help me find my way home, both telling me the opposite direction in which to go (“you go down that way…follow the curve…”, “nah man, it’s this way!”).

I love the fact that the city is so “walker friendly.”

I love the random things you see along the way.

random straw gardens.

I love that you can get coffee literally on ever corner. Really GOOD coffee.

I love the fresh, wonderful, amazing seafood.

I love that it doesn’t start to get dark until almost 10 pm.

even in the dark, there is light here.

I love that I can wake up so much earlier, and not feel tired (thanks to the 3 hour time difference).

And I love the BlogHer Food Conference so far, which is what brought me here for my second visit to begin with! I met some really awesome people, doing really amazing things, including Health Coach and Yoga Instructor Alene Brennan (she really knows her stuff, and I’m totally hiring her for yoga instruction!); Rebecca Rodriguez from Parties that Cook  (a party where you learn to cook – what a fabulous idea! and they come to you!);  and Toni Spilsbury, from The Organized Cook (offering balanced, healthy and affordable meal plans for busy moms – and she takes absolutely fantastic photos – I’ve asked her for tons of advice already!).

And this is only Day 1. I’ve got a full day ahead of me today, and I’m looking forward to every second of it. A little rain is a small price to pay for such a lively and positive city. That’s what it is – something about Seattle is just positive. The overall vibe of the city. Might a cross-country move be in my future? I’ll have to consult the Magic 8 Ball. And by Magic 8 Ball, I mean Gandalf.

he’s got quite a poker face.