It’s no secret that Planes, Trains & Automobiles is one of my favorite movies of all time. I mean, you put Steve Martin and John Candy in a movie and it can’t NOT turn out awesome. (see: this scene, which is not safe for work. Or children.)
Anyways, of course I would have a 5-day work trip in Chicago, scheduled to arrive the day Chicago got snow, and leave the day the city gets hammered with 10+ inches.
My trip didn’t start out on the best foot when my plane was delayed 3+ hours and we had to sit on the plane waiting for Chicago to lift a ground stop. Once our plane was de-iced, we were on our way! I thought that would be the worst part of travel.
Wrong. My flight home was canceled a full 24 hours before it was scheduled to leave, and thanks to Twitter, American Airlines rescheduled my flight with no problem. Then that flight got canceled. And so was the next one they rebooked me on. Soooo plan B?
I rented a car in about 5 seconds and hit the road to Louisville right around noon, right as the snow started to really pick up.
Now, let me tell you a little something about me and snow. I’m from St. Louis, Missouri. And even though I was born in Aurora, CO, I don’t have an ounce of driving-in-snow ability. When St. Louisians hear the word “snow” on TV, milk, bread, eggs (and beer?) are sold out of the grocery store within four hours.
Despite me going to Valpo, where it felt like snow occurred 8 months out of the year, I just didn’t drive when it snowed. So walking from Chicago to Louisville yesterday, would have put me in better shape than driving.
Regardless of the snow, wind, terrible visibility and horrible road conditions, I made it home to Louisville! And sleeping in my own bed last night was glorious. And worth it.
Chicago was wonderful (and cold), as always.
I was there for four different meetings, which is why the trip was so much longer than usual. Even though I had to put real clothes on, I managed to see sooooo many friends, making the entire trip amazing.
First friend? The lovely Miss Jackie K. We met on Saturday after my meetings (yes, work meetings on Saturdays) for tea and macaroons. This was my first experience with a macaroon. My life is forever changed.
After getting a baguette and continuing to stuff our face with French snacks, we visited her apartment which has one the best views of the city. She’s a grad student at the Art Institute of Chicago (!!!) and her life in the city is just fascinating to me.
After more food (because why not), we met Kristina, Jenny and Martha for wine, tequila, nachos, dancing and I don’t know what else. IT. WAS. FUN. Worth it? We’re still deciding. This is the only photo from Saturday night I’ll ever show.
Then, Kristina and I headed out to visit our dear friend George who also happens to be a walking miracle and the biggest brain cancer kicker asser on this planet.
We had breakfast #2, around 3 p.m., and I’m pretty sure Kristina and I had our jaws on the floor about 20 times per minute, when George was telling us about everything he’s been through in the past month.
Our prayers worked, and he’s well on his way to recovery. Did I mention he’s back at medical school? Seriously. You rock, George.
After seeing George, I went back into the city to meet up with my big, Heather and her boyfriend AJ for sushi. We always order so much that our waitress looks at us a little crazy, but we leave nothing behind. Sushi champs.
So ends my lovely Chicago weekend/work trip and today I am on my way to NYC (!!!!!) to do the same thing. Meetings and some sight-seeing/friend time with the most wonderful Katie
This is going to be my LAST work trip/fun trip for awhile…our new house has been a working progress and I am so excited to get settled back in Louisville and make it ours!