Sunday, August 24, 2014
Then, my awesome friends HB & MT (of Zimbabwe wedding fame) were holding their stateside reception the weekend after the HOF Induction in Ohio. So one weekend in NY for baseball, the next weekend in Ohio. It made zero sense to me to do that in 2 trips, and since I had just bought a new car, I decided to go on my first roadtrip with Rex (my car)!
Here's a brief overview of what went down, with blog posts to follow soon :)
Days 1-2: Driving up to Cooperstown
Day 3: Cooperstown, visited the Museum, ate pizza, wandered, saw famous ball players
Day 4: Induction Day!
Day 5: Drove to Niagara Falls and took in the sights
Day 6: Niagara Falls & walked to Canada because I could
Day 7: Drove to Cleveland, went to the Rock & Roll HOF, watched an Indians game
Day 8: Drove to Detroit, went to a Tigers game, and ended the day in Toledo
Day 9: Toledo and friends, and fun, and relaxation, and false starts at a tennis game
Day 10: Actually played tennis this time, and evening reception
Day 11: Drove home and remained sad about fun being over but excited that my new job would be starting the next day
I'll write more about each section of this adventure but here's the overview!
Friday, August 22, 2014
On Sunday of my baseball weekend I took the Megabus from Milwaukee to Chicago for a whopping $12. It was a very easy ride to get up there. The bus dropped off in downtown so I was able to walk to my hotel. Very convenient! Milwaukee is very walkable, clean, and seems like a pretty nice city.
The lady at the front desk of the hotel told me that the best way to get to the stadium was to go to the Milwaukee Brat House, order a brat & a beer, and take the free shuttle to/from the stadium. Seriously!? JACKPOT! So that is what I did!
Friday, August 1, 2014
Also 2014 is Wrigley's 100th anniversary year. So I got to help celebrate that as well!
Saturday, July 12, 2014
If you read my blog regularly-ish then you may have seen my post about a non literal fork. Well I found my fork, but did I find myself?
I had grand plans for 2015, and boy was I excited. The possibilities were infinite! And almost overwhelming. But more importantly, infinite. And as my self imposed deadline approached, I started to feel things. Excitement. Anxiety. Depression. Impatience. More excitement, followed by dread. Quiet nervousness. Desire for conflicting things. But mostly the excitement thing.
There has been a lot of inner turmoil to say the least.
So when I got a phone call that drastically altered my current options and my idea of the future simultaneously, I pursued it. Because after all, a big component of my grand 2015 plans was the desperate need for change.
I was stuck in a rut of unknowable proportions, and that one phone call was my tow chain out.
So in my pursuit of change, I have been incredibly successful. My career is thriving, which is what altered my plans to begin with. I found my fork and I think I chose wisely.
My choices the last few months have had a snowball effect though. Not only did I make a big life change (that whole career thing), but I've made loads of small ones leading up to this. I changed phone carriers, canceled a credit card with an unruly company and replaced it for one with better bonuses, ended a situation that I wasn't committed to, reconnected with some great people, and recommitted myself to travel. I also released myself of responsibility for things I cannot control, forgave myself for past mistakes, and became Switzerland in situations I cannot avoid.
I've been busy!
In all of this change I've started to reevaluate who I am. Turns out I'm a lot of things, most of them awesome (in my totally unbiased opinion of course). But if anyone is going to think I'm awesome, shouldn't it be me? Self worth and love are important. I'm really starting to discover myself in a way I never imagined. I'm resolving all the unresolved feelings I've kept hidden all these years while trying to seem strong and unbreakable.
But I am breakable. And I have feelings. After dealing with all that, I know what I want now. The whirlwind of change has actually brought me clarity, once I started to pay attention to that sneaky brain of mine. It's actually quite refreshing. I'm done playing by everyone else's rules, so it's time to put myself first and tear down anything standing in the way of my life rebuild. But I'm human, so naturally what I want is random and complex.
I am a woman of complicated and conflicting desires. I want both adventure and stability. I want all the fun and quiet nights in my own space. I want more outdoor activities and more hammock naps. I want travel and an excellent career. I want love and freedom. I want a lot of things but I want to go to bed happy every night too.
But most of all, I want my life's stories to be worth a book.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
This website is awesome because you can search flights for the entire world, and it gives you a whole lot of airline options for flights. I primarily use this to plan international trips. You can do one way, roundtrip, etc and search multiple other flight search engines simultaneously. So you get a lot of results and price options. I have never bought a flight through kayak.com, but it's a great place to start pricing flights.
My second favorite feature is the kayak.com/explore aspect. You put in the airport you want to fly out of, and it gives you results for everywhere you can fly to from there. For example, if I put in my departure airport as JFK in New York, and my price limit as $600 it gives me a bunch of flights in-country as well as international. Turns out I can fly to Reykjavik (Iceland) for $560 in February 2015 or fly to Cusco (Peru) for $487 in September 2014 or San Jose (Costa Rica) for $423 in September 2014. These are all examples of many other results I got!
This website is helpful for flight searching in the States. This is my primary flight search tool in-country. It's really useful and as we all know, I do love Google.
My favorite airline in the States is Southwest, hands down. So naturally this website would be my favorite. Fly Southwest, just do it, and don't be a dick in line.
This is one I just started fooling with today but I absolutely love it. I'm planning 2 trips this month and have lots of reservation emails to juggle. This made it super super easy to keep it all straight. All I had to do was forward the confirmation emails to TripIt and the app sets it all up. It's awesome!! It made my reservation juggling quite easy. Use TripIt!
Useful for reviews on places / tours / hotels / etc. It is incredibly helpful for figuring out if one aspect of your potential trip is worth it or overrated because the reviews are very honest. It's also helpful for figuring out what to do in a destination if you don't have plans.