Speaking of being late, I managed to be the very last person to board my flight today. I didn't just sit around the house this morning--I took a bike ride. Well, I planned to take a longer bike ride but instead I just rode to a nearby coffee place and had a cup and something to eat. The line was long and I waited around which meant I didn't have time for a longer ride. When I got home, I finished packing, showered, and left the house a bit later than I'd planned. So typical.
Part of the day was that kept rearranging my bags to pack as lightly as possible. I wanted to take my walk on the way from the airport to my hotel. I got it down to this:
- One pair work-appropriate slacks (wearing)
- One pair of shoes (not the best for work, but it's a casual meeting; they're ok for walking)
- Casual but presentable cotton shirt (wearing)
- Wool hoodie
- Long-sleeve shirt
- Wool vest-undershirt, in case it gets cold
- Cardigan, medium-weight (hand knit)
- Scarf/shawl (hand knit)
- I-pad and keyboard
- Knitting project
- Various cords and chargers in a small bag
- Toiletry kit
- Part of a report I should read
- Pens, keys, miscellaneous (eyeglass cleaning cloth, pills, emery board, hand wipes, etc.)
Ah, well, packing--boring! The flight was pretty terrible. We hit some rough air about halfway and I got panting scared. But I managed to calm down. We weren't in a storm or anything so I knew we were safe. Flying into Chicago never is much fun. But the landing was smooth and we were even a little early. My late boarding didn't delay us or anything.I think my earlier scare left me a little tired. I stopped the walk to get something to eat. It would take me another hour to walk to the hotel and I'm not sure I have it in me. I'm going to walk along the bus route and see how I feel.
|Central: the eastern edge of the neighborhood|
I walked another 30 min or so and when my feet started to hurt, I decided to catch the bus. (I blame the new shoes and that I've been doing a lot more biking than walking recently.) Somehow I ended up in a very hip-hop-happening part of Chicago--was it Wicker Park? Bucktown? I don't know but I saw lots of young hipster-ish types walking around. Lots of vintage clothing shops, some bars and restaurants. A neighborhood like that makes the walk go faster.
Grateful for: the chance to explore.