Tuesday was an epic day of travel. After the blizzard of December 2010 hit NYC and the airlines started cancelling flights right and left, I thanked my lucky stars that I had booked my flight for Dec. 28 instead of the 26th or 27th. Getting through security in Atlanta was a breeze and I got to my gate with plenty of time to spare.
And then … my flight was overbooked. So, since I like to collect airline vouchers like it’s my job, I volunteered to give up my seat. With my new boarding pass and voucher for a free round-trip ticket in hand, I made my way to the bar in Concourse C. An hour-and-a-half and two glasses of wine later (it was approximately, ahem, 4:15 p.m.), I checked Air Tran’s mobile site and realized my new flight was now delayed an hour. To avoid judgment from the waiter, I moved to yet another airport bar and ended up chatting with a friendly Auburn alum who had missed her flight and had to wait until 9 p.m. for the next one.
I finally boarded my flight and we took off, a mere 30 minutes behind schedule. Aside from some expected turbulence, we landed, I retrieved my checked bag with no trouble and made my way to the epic cab line. I had heard from friends that it would be at least an hour wait, so I braced myself with some Ke$ha on my iPod and a copy of InStyle.
As the line progressed (slowly), I made small talk with the two guys behind me. They went off to investigate the “express bus” to Manhattan that advertised a mere $10 ride. When they found out the next bus would arrive in just 15 minutes, they hopped out of line. Unfortunately, I had no cash, but one of them kindly offered to pay for my ticket and I gladly stepped out of the extreme cab line. After we got to Grand Central, I sucked it up and lugged my suitcases (OK, one heavy shoulder bag and a huge wheelie suitcase) the 15 or so blocks home. By this point, it was 11 p.m. and I was kind of hungover from all the $9 glasses of airport wine.
To finally cap off #reverb10 and finish my failed attempt at blogging every day in December (I’m busy, yo!) here are the last six prompts.
December 26 – Soul Food: What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul? (Author: Elise Marie Collins)
Brunches at The Grit. Pizza and wine at Transmet. Guac and queso at El Taco in Atlanta. Every Chick-fil-A meal after my move to New York. Wine on a boat overlooking the New York skyline. Fajitas from that fabulous Mexican place in Queens. Nutella crepes. Crumbs cupcakes. That perfect veggie burger from that place in the East Village. Falafel.
December 27 – Ordinary Joy: Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year? (Author: Brené Brown)
My last night in Athens wasn’t out of the ordinary for my friends and I – Transmet, The Winery, a new tattoo (OK, that was unexpected), Buddha, Transmet, Taco Bell – but it was the perfect final night out there. Every run in Central Park, no matter how bad of a run it is, reminds me why I moved here and how grateful I am. Even my frustration with the tourists in Midtown makes me thankful that I get to live in this city, when so many other people come here for vacation or not at all.
December 28 – Achieve: What’s the thing you most want to achieve next year? How do you imagine you’ll feel when you get it? Free? Happy? Complete? Blissful? Write that feeling down. Then, brainstorm 10 things you can do, or 10 new thoughts you can think, in order to experience that feeling today.
I want to gain automatic entry for the 2012 New York City Marathon. To do that, I’ll run 9 qualifying New York Road Runners races and volunteer at one. I’m already registered for five. Crossing the finish line of every race makes me feel elated and on top of the world – even if I also feel like I need to throw up.
I also want to use my Delta voucher and take a solo vacation to Italy, possibly in September. It’ll be my 24th birthday present to myself. I’ll really need to buckle down and save more money, and start brushing up on (err, learning) Italian. But I’ve always wanted to visit that country and there are so many beautiful cities to see. I’m thinking I’ll take a week off work and go for nine days.
December 29 – Defining Moment: Describe a defining moment or series of events that has affected your life this year. (Author: Kathryn Fitzmaurice)
My defining moment started on Feb. 1 and ended on July 7. I finally got the courage to pick up my comfortable life in affordable Atlanta, with a great job, cheap apartment and plenty of friends, and move to my dream city – the most expensive city in the country – without a steady job. It’s so cliche but so true – if I can make it here, I can make it anywhere.
December 30 – Gift Prompt: Gift. This month, gifts and gift-giving can seem inescapable. What’s the most memorable gift, tangible or emotional, you received this year?
I absolutely would not be here without my parents’ support. Last January, when I moved to my old apartment in Atlanta, I swore to my dad that I’d never move without professional movers again. Less than six months later, he was back in Atlanta, helping me load my belongings up and then unloading them into my parents’ basement. Most of my stuff is still there, and without their support, there’s no way I could have done this.
And of course, my friends – in Atlanta, New York and elsewhere – have been amazing. I’m sure everyone’s thrilled to no longer hear my complaints about life in Atlanta.
December 31 – Core Story: What central story is at the core of you, and how do you share it with the world? (Author: Molly O’Neill)
I think my core story is being passionate about whatever I do – my job(s), fashion, running, yoga, whatever. If I commit to something, I make it happen and throw myself into it. I don’t settle for anything less than the best, and I’ve always done that. (High school swim team captain, Red & Black managing editor, etc…) I don’t do anything halfway, which has sometimes gotten me into trouble. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Go big or go home.