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Airports and Time to Think

by Courtney on August 16, 2010

Yes folks, at 11:15pm last night, I finally made it back into Albany! As great of a weekend it was, the traveling definitely took a toll on me! But all was well with the world as soon as I turned down the hallway and saw my favorite hubby waiting for me, smiles and all. :) I really missed my two favorite men this weekend!

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After having a fabulous nights’ sleep in my own bed, it was time to hit the gym. My body was craving a BodyPump class in the worst way, so I hit up the elliptical for an easy 20 minutes, followed by Pump, which felt anything but easy…I hadn’t taken a class since July 25th! YIKES. :shock: But it still hurt oh-so-good.

On my way to the gym, I raided the swag bag for a pre-gym snack…


A Pomegranate Blueberry Pistachio KIND Plus bar. After the first bite, I almost threw it out. I just wasn’t diggin’ it. But I gave it another try, and obviously it ended up tasting pretty good. ;)


When I got home, I snacked on a handful of homemade trail mix. It’s soooo dangerous!


Then I made myself a Mocha Protein Smoothie.


And while in the midst of unpacking/laundry/catching up on house stuff, I made a little snack of veggies + hommus,



a juicy peach,


and my blackberry chamomile Solixir swag. This stuff is fantastic! I definitely need to pick some of this up at the store. :-D


Now as you can probably imagine, being stuck in an airport for 8 1/2 hours definitely leaves you with a lot of “me” time. So I decided to use my “me” time to think and reflect a little bit about my weekend. Here’s some of my random thoughts…hey, maybe you’ll even agree with me on some of ‘em. ;)

  • I have no intentions of traveling on “standby” anytime in the near future.
  • Chicago has some beautiful sights to see…I need to go back with the hubby.
  • I think staying in a hotel that is “haunted” is pretty interesting…but I probably wouldn’t have felt that way if I was staying in Gina & Sabrina’s room.
  • I take the water pressure in my shower for granted.
  • I envy strong-willed people who have the guts to just go for what they really want, despite obstacles, without looking back.
  • Just because they’re veggies, doesn’t mean you can eat yourself to oblivion with them.
  • I think all fruit and vegetables should come pre-washed and ready to eat, displayed on pretty platters.
  • Wi-Fi helped me keep my sanity.
  • My one major fail of the weekend: I did not get authentic, Chicago deep-dish pizza. :-(
  • Despite being surrounded my numerous vegetarians & vegans, not once did I get the urge to become one. And I’m proud of that.
  • I still have no desire to become a marathon runner. But I love my short distance runs. :)
  • The “L” is much more bearable when you’re not scrunched in a corner with a group of 6 ghetto girls & guys bragging about their latest theft binge.
  • Walking 5 miles in flip flops is possible. But I wouldn’t recommend it. You’ll have blisters. Lots of them.
  • I’m already thinking about the next time I can eat Indian Food.
  • Thoughts on calorie intake goes right out the window after being bumped from two flights in a row.
  • I wish I had a river or pretty lake to run past everyday. It’s so motivating.
  • If you don’t have a smart phone at a blogger
    conference, you’re definitely out of the loop.
  • I’m so thankful to have met so many fun, friendly, smart, and beautiful women at HLS. Despite my horrendous travels, I wouldn’t trade it in for anything.

In case you missed anything from my weekend in Chicago, here’s some recaps!

A Shaky Start:

Chicago on Foot:

Kickin’ Off HLS:

Healthy Living Summit = An Eating Frenzy:

A New Love Affair…With Indian Food:

Bon Voyage Chicago!:

Hope everyone’s Monday is off to a great start!! :-D

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nancy August 16, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Safe and sound, back at home! Good to hear. As I mentioned before, I loved everyone’s recaps and even found some new bloggers to follow!!


2 Lauren @ laurenINlawrence August 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm

We didn’t get a chance to meet this weekend, but I just found your blog and think it’s great! I love all of your random thoughts from the airport – glad you made it home finally!


3 Shanna, like Banana August 16, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Cute summary ;)

The L was always an adventure and one that I miss. Cali has pretty poor public transit…sigh

If you visit out here, there actually are a few truly authentic Chicago deep-dish pizza places. I can attest to their amazingness!


4 Amy @ Second City Randomness August 16, 2010 at 3:36 pm

he he he… I love your random thoughts!

And I love running more than any other form of exercise. But have no desire to be a marathon runner, either!


5 Lauren August 16, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Next time on that Chicago-style deep dish. My favorite place isn’t in the city, but about an hour out. It’s called Sanfratellos and the spinach, garlic and black olive is the way to go! Oh and if you’re in the mood for some amazing tiramisu, Maggianos Little Italy!

Probably tmi but I’m in a foodie mood! =)


6 Amy August 16, 2010 at 4:37 pm

I’ve never been a running type girl. I love weights, powerpump, elliptical, the revolving stairs.
I also envy strong willed people as I’m so afraid of change. I’m trying to live by my new mantra
F alse
E vidence
A ppearing
R eal


7 Chicago Cuisine Critique August 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm

You had some terrible luck with the flight situation this weekend. At least you enjoyed yourself! :)


8 runnerstrials August 16, 2010 at 7:32 pm

I like your reflections! I also didn’t get to try Chicago deep dish. Perhaps we should go back? ;) Glad you made it home despite the travel difficulties!


9 TheBloggersBrother August 16, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Im going to Chicago in September, ill be sure to have some authentic deep dish pizza for you :)


10 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 17, 2010 at 10:12 am

I love your homemade trail mix! I almost bought some pre-made yesterday, but then thought: I can make my own! So yummy. :)



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