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AWP Part II and Bad Travel Luck

This weekend was filled with writing, writing, and more writing.  I attended sessions about writing, talked about writing, and, in every free moment, I was working which entailed reviewing graduate student writing.


There was a GREAT deal of iced tea consumed this weekend. Whenever I hang out with Mumsie–iced tea always tastes so dang good. I guess all of her Southerness rubs off on me!

Speaking of Southern, probably one of the best, and very Southern foods that we encountered this weekend, was Sweet Potato soup.

I think I have had sweet potato soup one other time, years ago, and oh boy! This soup was delicious! We found it at a little restaurant in downtown Chicago called the Custom House.



My mom has entrusted me with the challenge to replicate this soup as soon as possible.  Does anyone have any good sweet potato soup recipes they want to share?

Yesterday was spent running all around Chicago Midway airport!


Do you ever have a travel day where nothing can go right? That is what happened to me.  You see, both my mom and I were flying out of Chicago Midway airport, but we were on 2 different airlines.  Our departures were around the same time so we shared a taxi to the airport.  During the whole 30 minute ride our driver was screaming in a different language and coughing up a lung (and NOT covering his cough). It was so stinking stressful! Plus, we were running a little late so this just added to the angst.

When we finally arrived at the airport, I wanted to be sure to be the one lifting my mom’s suitcases because she was not feeling well and the last thing she needed was to carry baggage.  I got her bags checked in and then sprinted to the baggage check for my flight–of course there was only 1 person working.  Needless to say, after more waiting and stressing, I got through to security but, in my hurry, I  had completely missed the chance to say goodbye to Mumsie.  This just would not do, so I stalked the flight info and found out which gate she was departing from and RAN from my terminal (C) all the way to the end of terminal B to find her.  I was able to say goodbye and hug her one last time and then run to back to my terminal (in heels, by the way.)

Once I made it to my terminal, and breathed a HUGE sigh of relief, I checked my back pocket for my boarding pass and IT WAS NOT THERE. In all the hullabaloo, I had managed to lose my pass.  I thought this would not be a big deal and just walked up to the gate agent and asked if I could get a new pass printed–no such luck. Of course, she had no computer access in this terminal and I would need to go to terminal A to get a new pass. So I went running through the airport once again–knowing that boarding would begin in 10 minutes.  Let’s just say that I am now the fastest high-heeled runner EVER.

I was able to get back to my gate (with a new boarding pass in hand) in time, and as I was boarding I was, of course, selected to be searched by TSA.  I guess my frazzled look and Ann Taylor sweater set made me look like a person of interest–COME ON PEOPLE! However, I tried really hard to happily oblige and kept my mouth shut.GAH!

After a happily uneventful layover in Detroit, I made it back home to Bethlehem.


The second I walked into our apartment I banished my heels to the back of my closet and was dressed in my PJs in less than 1 minute. Chase and I had a glorious night in and caught up on our TV shows–a little Office and Criminal Minds.  I then managed to fall asleep before 9:00PM. It was awesome.

Do you have any traveling horror stories? How was your weekend? What is your ideal Sunday night?


About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

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  1. Ugh, I HATE going to the airport. Not only do I get super annoyed with security, but I also can’t stand non-frequent flyers because they manage to hold everyone else up (and usually I’m ALWAYS in a hurry to be at my gate) which frustrates the heck out of me!

    I do have an airport horror story, but it doesn’t involve me (thank goodness). As I was flying out of Seattle I got through a security and the girl in front of me was looking for her laptop; apparently someone else had mistakenly grabber her white MAC and left their own at security. She was SO panicked and I felt so bad for her because I’m pretty sure her entire life was on that thing. Just made me realize how much I need to personalize my stuff to ensure it doesn’t get taken!

    • I ALWAYS end up behind the super inexperienced flyers and the families with 10 kids! I have the worst airplane luck!

      I would DIE if I lost my computer at an airport. Could anything be more stressful?!?! I may need to personalize mine before my next trip, too!

  2. Every time I travel through Chicago it’s a nightmare… 🙂 We have a theory that NYC doesn’t like to let it’s residents go so I have had so many travel horror stories since moving here (including showing up at the airport 30 minutes before our flight Thanksgiving weekend, two years in a row, due to taxi issues). Glad you made it through it all though!

  3. Ah, sounds like a hectic day! I always feel frazzled when traveling, even if nothing particularly stressful happens! Glad you made it home ok!

  4. I am always so stressed when traveling until I am sitting in the plane on the tarmac. I missed a connecting flight once, and would have been stranded in Denver for 3 days (basically my whole vacation) if a friend hadn’t driven 4 hours throught the snowy mountains to pick me up! Glad you made your flight. 🙂

    PS. I can’t wait for this sweet potato soup recipe! My mom makes a killer baked potato soup with lots of heavy cream and milk.

  5. stinkandhincks

    Ah, the joys of traveling! I completely understand. Glad you made it back in one piece! I can’t say that I have had an experience like that (knock on wood) but I can only imagine.

    It’s so nice that you were able to spend some quality time with Mumsie 🙂 I got to hang out with my mom this weekend too and even though it took 8 hours in the car, it was worth it!

  6. Traveling is always so stressful! I also lost my boarding pass once. I also got stuck in a huge security line and barely made it onto my flight to Hong Kong last year. Always good when they’re calling your name for a flight!!!

  7. awwww you poor girl! You are so tough though! High heels?!! I got shin splinters just thinking about it….:P Wow, so glad things worked out Sally Anne!

    That’s so interesting b/c Greg had the most difficult time getting back to his flight on time this past week. He went up to norcal with his friends to snowboard, and then after a series of events happened where he ended up just helping a friend in deep snow (which, he was blessed by it anyway) the whole time, he realized that he had to climb UP the hill for 1 whole mile to get to the base! And then from then on traveling was kind of crazy. And late at night when he picked something up from me his car died and we jumped it. lol! ’twas all good b/c it was just a test of patience…:) Well, now he’s in pain. Have a great day!

  8. Yeeshe what Hectic day!! You are so tough though, I would have been complaining the whole time, especially in shoes like that. I give you major props and you impress me even more now m’dear haha 🙂

    • I definitely called Chase and had a little venting session! Hahaha! And I have a feeling that those heels are going to be hidden in the back of the closet for a VERY long time!

  9. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    Oof! Traveling certainly does bring out the beast from inside of me! It can be such a stressful time– running from terminal to terminal. And without a doubt, I am ALWAYS the girl who has to switch flights with 10 minutes to do it!

  10. I’m impressed you traveled in heels! I can barely wear them just walking a few blocks to work! 🙂 Welcome home!!

  11. Bahahaha! Person of interest. You poor thing.
    I must find a sweet potato soup recipe, that sounds uhmayzing.

  12. I am the worst traveller – I love doing it, but Im always running late – so stressful until Im actually on the plane! Then I can relax with a Starbucks muffin and a glass of wine 🙂

    My ideal Sunday night is snuggled on the sofa with some soup, Louis and the pup – bliss!!!

  13. Wow, girl! Sounds like quite the airport adventure! Glad you made it home and hopefully you’re giving your feet some much needed rest! Perhaps a pedicure is in order?? 🙂 I usually don’t have too many issues UNTIL it comes time to fly, I get airsick and have been known to use the bag on several occasions! So gross!

    Be sure to post the sweet potato soup recipe – sounds delicious!!


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