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This week has been all sorts of busy. I traveled to Flip-Flip-Flipadelphia for a work training session and was there for less than 48 hours. I can’t complain too much because I really wanted to attend this training program and I am very glad that I was allowed to go. I was worried it was going to be super cold, but the weather wasn’t too bad at all. I took some piss poor photos, but at least I’ll be able to remember this week as the “it’s tired in here” week.

Day 28: January 28, 2013

I’m terrible about figuring out what to eat when I travel. Do I want to overpay for a sad, limp sandwich before I board a plane or during the flight? I was *this* close to getting the cheese and cracker snack on the plane, but really, $9 for some measly pieces of cheese? Instead I bought a couple granola bars in the terminal and then toughed it out. Not gonna lie, that was not the best decision I made that day. All throughout the flight I couldn’t wait till I got to the hotel to receive my complimentary cookie:

Day 28/365

A cookie never tasted so good! Why don’t more hotels offer a free cookie upon checking in? The guy in front of me DECLINED the cookie! I almost jumped to the front desk and asked if I could take his cookie. Oh, and yes, I did have a cookie for dinner. That’s what being an adult is all about (and eating in bed, jumping on my bed, spoiling my dinner…do I need to continue??)

Day 29: January 29, 2013
A view from my hotel room.

Day 29/365

I have no idea where my hotel was relative to any Philadelphia landmarks, but it looks like we were in the downtown city part. I think the last time I was in Philadelphia was on my 8th Grade trip, where we visited all the famous historical places on the East Coast that we learned about during the school year. That was a long time ago and the city has definitely changed since then. I sorta wished I had time to bum around the city, but I’m sure I’ll eventually make it out there again to do the most important thing you could ever do in Philadelphia: Eat at Morimoto.

Day 30: January 30, 2013
In hindsight I could have walked around the city before heading to the airport, but instead I got to the airport early and then found out my flight was delayed a couple hours so I had a lovely dinner at Au Bon Pain. I splurged and got dessert (Congo Bar….WTF?) and a huge bottle of water to go along with a surprisingly tasty sammy.

Day 30/365

Thank goodness for free wi-fi in airports, otherwise I would have gone c.r.a.z.y. Seriously, how did we ever make it through torturous layovers and soul-crushing delays without free wi-fi in airports??

Day 31: January 31, 2013
The last day of my 2-year phone contract before I am finally eligible for a phone upgrade.

Day 31/365

It has felt like a lifetime ago since I got a new phone. Two years ago I was convinced that I didn’t need or want a smartphone. Boy was I wrong. I plan on either upgrading to a Samsung Galaxy or an iPhone. The biggest decision is whether I complete the upgrade in-store or online. I’ve had problems in the past with sales people in stores not knowing the correct info, but I want a new phone **right now** and I don’t want to wait a couple days longer for a phone to be shipped! However, my husband correctly pointed out, “if you go to the store, then you’ll have to talk to people!”  *sigh* what can I say, my mom taught me not to talk to strangers and I took that advice to heart 🙂

I’m writing this on Friday evening, and can I just say how relieved I am that the weekend is here! Thursday and Friday in the office were rough. I made myself a red eye on Thursday morning: black coffee with an espresso. It was like a shot of adrenaline in the arm! It definitely kept me awake during the morning and then I needed some yerba mate to get my second wind. I’m definitely looking forward to sleeping, then sleeping, and then more sleeping this weekend.

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Leaving on a Jet Plane

Today I’m traveling to the frozen tundra!!  No, not really, but after being in sunny, warm, beautiful Southern California my final destination will sure feel like the frozen tundra.

I’m no expert in flying, but over the years I’ve discovered there are certain items to bring and wear on the plane that make traveling a little more comfortable for me.

Items I travel with

1. I just purchased a Kindle Fire and I’m already in love with it.  I do wish it had 3G, but you can’t really beat the $199 price tag for a tablet.  I bought the Hunger Games and am still towards the beginning of the first book, but will probably finish it and move onto the second book.  Maybe I’ll purchase a magazine or two for the Kindle so I don’t have to worry about being tempted to buy a magazine at the airport and then carry it around.

2. The inflatable travel pillow in the graphic is from REI, but I bought one at Target before my trip to France last year.  Although it’s not the perfect pillow for sleeping on a plane it did serve its purpose of propping up my head so I didn’t get a weird nerve kink in my neck from trying to rest my head on my shoulder for several hours.  The travel pillow is really great in the sense that it’s inflatable (saves room when not in use!) and the removable cover is machine washable and is really soft and “furry” so it feels lovely.

3. Lip balm and lotion are MUST have items for me.  I carry Rosebud lip balm with me at all times and I always have some lotion at my office.  I don’t tend to carry hand lotion in my purse on an every day basis because, since I don’t want to put it in a ziploc bag, I’m always worried that it will spill in my purse.  I’m sure the hotel may provide little bottles of lotion along with shampoo, but I like to carry bring my own just in case.  Neturogena hand lotion is usually insanely effective at keeping hands silky smooth and soft.

4. I usually like to travel on a plane wearing flip flops, but since I won’t have any use for them while I’m in Canada during winter, I’ll be wearing my super comfy Reeboks (which I think are no longer available).  This pair of Reeboks was designed in conjunction with Cirque du Soleil and I can easily slip them on and off, which makes going through security a bit easier.  My dad always dresses nicely when he travels because he swears everyone treats you better, but I’m all about comfort.  Plus, I wear these when I walk to and from work (because I take the train and bus) and since they’re black, they usually blend in with my work pants a lot better than if I was wearing bright white running shoes.

Anyone have must-have travel items?

Let’s hope I catch my connection!

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