Bon Voyage Chicago!

Today marked the end of my HLS weekend in Chicago. Boy does time flyyyy when you’re having fun!

The morning got started with a fun run. Nienke and I decided to start our run a little earlier than the rest of the group, to try to avoid the blazing heat & humidity that we encountered earlier this weekend. It was a solid effort, but it really didn’t make much difference. We have no idea how far we went, but we’re guessing maybe between 3-4 miles, with some stops to chat with fellow “summiters” in between.

Sweaty Ladies!

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WE LOVE CHICAGO!!”

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A sweaty run required a cool beverage to refuel…apparently in monstrous proportions. Woops, I guess next time I’ll order the medium! Probably had about 2/3 of this bad boy before calling it quits.

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After grabbing my caffeine fuel monster, we headed over to the Bon Voyage Breakfast sponsored by Thomas’ Bagel Thins. The concept was so fun: pick from a bunch of sweet & savory toppings to create your own cream cheese spread.

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Can you guess whether I went sweet or savory?

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C’mon, was there really any question? 😉 Starting with a low-fat cream cheese base, I went with a combo of honey, brown sugar, raisins, almonds, & a pinch of salt. Paired together with a cinnamon raisin Bagel Thin, it was oh.so.good.

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Along with more fresh berries. YUM!

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Eventually, it was time to part ways, and make my trek back home. I got to the airport with plenty of time to spare before my flight, so I grabbed some lunch and got settled in. A mixed veggie salad + a $3.79 (!!!) coconut water. 😯 OOOOF.

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Today’s Airport Breakdown:

  • Arrived at airport @ 12:00.
  • Ate lunch.
  • Flight was scheduled for 2:55 – got bumped, due to my standby status…at least my luggage made its way out. Travel Fail #1
  • Another mini meltdown…
  • Pity party ensued…
  • Ran to Ben & Jerry’s for a big ‘ol cup of Oatmeal Cookie Chunk ice cream. It made me feel better, I don’t care what anyone says.
  • Flight attempt #2 @ 4:30 – flight BOOKED. Courtney 0, Standby 2
  • Bought Wi-Fi to keep me busy, while I wait to attempt flight #3 @ 8:35…

<– ME

Please keep your fingers crossed for me! I think I’m stuck in a really bad movie this weekend…what do ya think? :roll:

On a positive note, at least I got all caught up on blog posts from this weekend!

Comments

  1. says

    Jeez, you had the worst travel weekend! I promise it’s not always that hard to get to/from Chicago. 😉 You’ll have to come back to visit again and I’ll prove it! It was so great meeting you this weekend!

  2. says

    ahhh!! I can’t believe your travel nightmares :( I was on a returning Southwest flight that a few of the stand by people got bumped from to, big bummer. :(

    Well besides the travel nightmares I hope you had fun at HLS! it was great meeting you and getting to know what a sweet and wonderful person you truly are!

  3. says

    Sweaty ladies indeed! Thanks for talking walking breaks with me!! And I didn’t even hurt too much the next day :)

    That sucks about your journey home! Sounds like you made the best of it with some ice cream and internet.

    It was amazing spending the weekend with you :)

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