I’m back in Madison after a couple of days in New York City. It was a quick, busy work trip, but I also managed to get some fresh air and enjoy the sights, sounds, and characters that the City has to offer.
A quick recap of my minor travel adventures.
Monday night flight was cancelled which meant coming back to the airport Tuesday AM–wake-up at 3:45am, on the road at 5:00am. I always say I’m a morning person but even for me a 3:45am wake-up is early. If I was an anchor on the Today Show, though, I think I’d be able to suck it up and get used to it.
Going through security Tuesday AM, my bag was taken out of the line-up to be re-scanned. Interesting–Monday PM everything went through OK and I had not even opened my suitcase since I originally packed it. Apparently my travel-size eye cream was the problem. Security was also busy explaining to a woman why she was not allowed to bring her container of soup through security.
I arrived in NYC, no problems with flights, dropped off my luggage, made it to my meetings. Meetings ran 2 hours long and I needed fresh air after being in a bunker/conference room all afternoon. Seemed like a good idea at the time to walk from Wall Street to Columbus Circle and then to my hotel.
Google Maps clocked me at 5.9 miles. Hooray for multi-tasking…commuting, site-seeing, exercising! Workout checked off for the day.
My dinner choice for the evening–Columbus Circle Whole Foods Market.
The Whole Foods in Madison is probably 1/8 the size of WFM Columbus Circle. The choices were plenty and I tried a lot of new salads.
During my walk to buy dinner, though, I realized I was out of emergency snacks–apple, almonds, etc–and had to stop and buy a bag of cinnamon almonds from a street vendor.
Hopefully you’re still reading–I’m saving the best for last.
Thursday was a 6:30AM 4 mile run with Theodora
! It was really fun to meet her and learn more about her NYC adventures and get to explore a great city running path.
More meetings, site visits, etc. Now it’s time to fly home. On the flight from LGA-DET, a couple with a small child sat next to me. I think the child was about 14-15 months old. The parents were giving her pieces of chocolate to “calm her down”. I’m not a parent and I’m not passing judgement here, but it seemed odd to me.
The real kicker was when they pulled out a Ziploc bag of pork, chicken, and chicken wings to eat. I’m all for bringing your own food on the plane, but this was stinky and greasy. I digress.
Last flight, DET-MSN. “Ladies and gentlemen, we’re closing the doors and will be pushing away from the gate.” Great! I’m ready to get home. I’ll be landing around 10pm.
Next announcement: “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We’ve got a little maintenance issue that we need to take care of before we leave.” Oh boy. The gentleman next to me told me a horror story of being stuck on a plane for 6 hours during an ice storm. I told him if was nice to me I’d share my bag of snacks if we got stuck.
Thankfully it was a quick fix and we were only about 30 minutes late.
And I got home to see these smiling faces and wagging tails.