Category Archives: Travel

Teaser

I didnt share earlier, but I just returned from Los Angeles, where I attended IMATS!  I had a blast with my best friend and mom, and can’t wait to share the photos!  I will be posting them later this week, but first I need to get caught up with work. Until then, here is a sneak peek…

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Random Thoughts

I love being able to spend time with my mom.  Our roadtrip is coming to an end, and it has been amusing.  I will be sharing details and photos soon, I just need to get everything together.

Tonight, I am sunburnt and covered in bug bites.  Not the best way to end things, but worth it.  Thank goodness for Aloe with Lidocaine!

As I lay here in bed, my mind wanders.  The littlest things can remind me of people and make me sad.  The scenery here is beautiful, but all the ranches and bales of hay are depressing.  And a comment my mom made unknowingly just added to it.

Yes, sometimes my posts are cryptic, but blogging can be cathartic, and I use it as a diary/planner to remember things, anything from my thoughts, purchases, travels, all parts of my life.

On a lighter note, I cant wait to share some swatches from Shiro, Notoriously Morbid, Innocent & Twisted Alchemy, and Madd Style Cosmetics!  This coming week will be a good one because I say so.  Happy weekend!

Travel Anxiety

I always get super anxious before I travel, it doesnt matter if it is for business or pleasure.  I am so excited to take a few days of vacation, but all I can focus on right now is everything that needs to be done and everything that just isnt going to get done.  This is why I am famous for not sleeping before I travel.  I am sure anyone who procrastinates or gets anxious can relate.
Here’s to a smooth send off and an exciting trip!

Catching Up

I didnt get around to sharing any photos from the last part of my stay in California, which included a stay on the Queen Mary and dinner with my friend Lindsey!  I took a fair amount of photos, so dont be surprised…

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First arriving at the Queen Mary

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A view of the decks

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It’s so long!

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I thought this was pretty (Im silly)

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Again, so long!  And it was a maze to get to my room

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The elevators are small, like scary small

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My room

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The tub is so teeny!

It was fun to walk around, and I just love being near the ocean.  I met up with Lindsey, a friend I met on facebook, and we went to dinner.  We also walked to a UPS store so I could ship some things home and not have to worry about carrying a ton at the airport.

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Lindsey and I

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This photo sucks, but the room on the QM was dark because it was an inside room.  I love this dress!  Let me find another photo of it…

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Love!

And here was my makeup the last night in CA

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Off to do some things around the house, with some more posts later this weekend.

Adventures in Travelling

Here is how the day should have gone:  My friend arrives around 530a, we go to McDonald’s for Sweet Tea, she drops me off at the airport around 7a and I check in.  The first flight leaves at 830a and arrives at Dallas Fort Worth around 10a.  Our next flight leaves at 11a and we arrive at LAX at noon.  We travel to the hotel, and are checked in by 1p.

Obviously this is nothing like how it actually went.  So, how did it actually go you ask?  Let me tell you…

I finished packing and cleaning, and was ready to go a little after 5a.  I started getting anxious when I hadnt heard from my friend by 520a.  I started calling around 530a.  10+ calls later, 15 texts, I left my house at 610a to get gas because I had less than a quarter of a tank, and was on the road by 630a.  Speeding, I arrived at the airport at 730a and had to park in the garage where parking is $18/day.  I made it through security after a problem with the amount of liquids I had, and was at the gate at 750a, ten mins before boarding.  This flight was uneventful, and even arrived early in Dallas!  I took a tram to the terminal I needed, and was at the gate with plenty of time to spare.  The plane was boarded, and after half an hour, we were told there was a flat tire.  They had known about it 45 mins before boarding us, but were waiting for specific personnel to verify the tire was flat (!!!) and then to complete the inspection.  After an hour of waiting, they told people they could get off the plane, as the cabin doors had not been closed.  It was hoooooootttttt, so I chose to get off the plane to go purchase some drinks and snacks.  What they failed to tell us was that if we got off the plane, we would be unable to reboard until the tire had been fixed and all passengers who had disembarked were ready to reboard.  After much arguing with the boarding agent, I was allowed to reboard.
It took two and a half hours to replace the tire.  We finally began to taxi from the gate, and ten minutes later the pilot comes on the loudspeaker to tell us there is a problem with the hydraulics.  We were unable to return to our original gate because it was occupied, so it took another ten minutes to find a new gate.  At this point, everyone was restless and wanted off the plane.  BUT the main cabin door was stuck shut.  We were literally trapped in the plane!  They had to call for stairs to be brought to the rear emergency exit, and after climbing down those, we had to climb another set of temporary stairs to get back into the terminal.  That plane was pulled for maintenance and we were all given $12 lunch vouchers.  A new plane wasnt available until 4p, and we didnt leave Dallas until 530p.  Thankfully, the flight was uneventful, and we finally arrived at LAX and took a shuttle to the hotel.  Instead of being all checked in by 1p, I didnt get checked in until after 7p.
American Airlines has already received a complaint email from me, and I will follow-up tomorrow with a call.

Today has been a comedy of errors.  Now let me share amusing photos from my horrible day.

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The start of the day around 5a

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Sweaty and dying after escaping during the flat tire escapade

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The emergency exit after the main door wouldnt open

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The view from my room and my room after finally checking in

The rest of the week has to go more smoothly, right?!