365, 7: day 283

Las Vegas

I had a really good night’s sleep, almost 8 hours, for the first time in a while. I woke up, went for a short run, showered, and we returned to the shuttle with some of our friends from our cancelled flight. Our first flight was delayed as soon as we arrived at O’Hare, meaning that if everything went as smoothly as possible we would have an 18 minute connection in Las Vegas. We panicked, waited in line at customer service twice, considered options like flying through Cincinnati, and eventually decided to chance it on the Vegas flight. And we made it! Complete with a talkative neighbor from Wisconsin, a really high and mighty executive platinum who was upset about not getting an upgrade because the flight was full of people from cancelled flights, and a beautiful landing in Vegas. The flight to LA was uneventful, I went straight to work and answered emails for 5 hours, and we watched Queer Eye and I collapsed into bed!

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365, 7: day 282

Chicago

I spent the morning in Chicago with my mom and sister. When our 1:30 flight was delayed until 3:30, it seemed like bonus time and it meant I could join them for Indian buffet lunch. Just after we got to the airport and got food, the flight was delayed again. And again and again and eventually we got in line to rebook. Which couldn’t happen until tomorrow. And then they cancelled our flight and we got on a hotel shuttle to stay out in Hoffman Estates for the night. We found out from the others on our bus that the flight had been cancelled because of a cockroach infestation (?!!!!). I went on a quick run and then we set out to find food at 10pm, ending up at Chilis with another couple with a cancelled flight. But at least I got tons of steps? Arg.

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365, 7: day 281

Chicago

I woke up to rain and no plans. I had had an idea that everyone would be sticking around and making brunch plans and doing things, but that was not the case. Instead I went on a 2.5 mile walk with my parents to an ArcLight where we saw Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, which I cried all the way through and absolutely loved. I went on a run along the crazy rainy lake and then we met one of my favorite cousins for dinner and a long night out of drinking, dog pictures, and hypothetical plans to hike the Appalachian Trail.

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365, 7: day 280

Evanston, IL

Today was a total whirlwind. I woke up at 10am (!!) and we went straight to my cousin’s house to meet their new baby. Then I took the train to meet friends for lunch, and I ran into another friend at the L station?! I totally mismanaged time and had to rush through lunch, but it was nice all the same. And then the wedding!

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365, 7: day 279

Chicago

I stuck around for wake up and some morning playtime before my aunt, cousin, and kids walked me to Starbucks and the train into Chicago. I then proceeded to discover that yet another friend is randomly in Chicago this weekend?! We met up with friends and my parents for Indian buffet lunch, which I followed by sitting in on another lunch at a Ukrainian restaurant plus the most amazing lemon blueberry ice cream. And then we went up to Evanston and the Northwestern campus. I had dreams of walking around campus, but it was pouring rain so we just ran through quickly. We had arepas for dinner at a new Venezuelan place that hadn’t existed before and spent the rest of the night with old college friends and wedding festivities.

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365, 7: day 278

Park Ridge, IL

I started my day with a 4 mile run along the lake, down to Shedd Aquarium! It was so nice and made me wonder, as I do basically every time I’m here, why I don’t live in Chicago. I had a wedding call (!) with my bff’s sister, went to Shake Shack for the first time (good but overhyped, which duh I guess), and saw an amazing Keith Haring mural at the Chicago Cultural Center. We met up with a college friend for a drink at Eataly and then I met my cousin to commute out to the burbs! My mom and sister, and her parents and kids, were waiting for us! And then the parents left, her husband got home, and we went to dinner at a BYOB Thai/sushi place I’ve been hearing about forever. I got to help with bath time, which was a total hoot, and we also got some adult QT in once the kids went to sleep. Living so far away from everyone is so hard and I’m so grateful for nights like this one.

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365, 7: day 277

Chicago

I got through work, had an easy flight (where I watched Love, Simon, which I’ve been wanting to see since it came out and which did not disappoint). We got into Chicago at around 11:30 for a little time to hang with my dad before collapsing into bed.

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