3:45AM came too soon! I had a terrible time falling asleep last night. My mind was racing with thoughts of things to do and worry about. I think I finally did fall asleep around 10PM, which gave me 5.75 hours. I am one of those who can’t function on less than 7 hours, so I was feeling rather blah when I got up. But we were out of the house by 4:15, showered and dressed. I was able to snooze on the first flight, so I feel better now. Still kinda achy though.
I packed this breakfast buffet last night to spread out through the morning. When I have a long period of time and/or strange, unpredictable hours when I don’t know when I will be hungry, I prefer smaller snacks to big meals. I packed two smaller breakfasts – yogurts with Mix My Granola and chia seeds and his and hers HB&BJ sandwiches (that’s HB = hazelnut butter and B = mashed banana and J= rhubarb ginger jam). Plus some cherries and a ProBar for other snacking if needed.
When I got up this morning, my stomach was hungry, but I didn’t want to dig into our packed breakfast yet. So I considered it the perfect time for a glass of milk, which I enhanced with a packet of Amazing Grass. A few more vitamins while traveling couldn’t hurt 🙂
We made it to the airport, got our yogurt + 3oz jar of peanut butter for Larbs through security OK (whew – I was going to eat the PB on the spot if they made me get rid of it!) and got onto the plane for a nap. Flying now always reminds me of my trip to Kenya because I was on a plane for so many hours [I still can’t believe I went to AFRICA and back this year!!?]
One thing I learned from that trip was that ear plugs rock!! I never would have thought to use them, but when I need a nap now I use them with my eye mask and rest much better. I was able to snooze lightly for about an hour and the flight went quickly.
Traveling with Matt is fun because he feels like a real husband + companion!
I had a few pieces of dried fruit + nuts at the end of the flight, mostly to cleanse my palate 🙂
Whilst in Detroit, we tried to get on an earlier flight leaving at 8:45. But according to the desk, flying stand-by these days will run you $50 a ticket. BAH.
Then we went over to the Delta lounge to see if we could get in with my Silver Elite status or pay for a day pass with FF miles. No go. Another $50 a person. BAH.
At least we got in some exercise walking up and down the huge airport. It’s a really nice, new airport.
So we settled on Caribou and breakfast
I got a half caf, half decaf coffee with some sugar-free vanilla that was heavenly at first but then too sweet for me. When I get coffee at shops sometimes I do get sweetener for a change, but I think I have just gotten too used to unsweet coffee. Never thought I’d ever say [type] that!
NOTE: Yogurt does not have ears that pop!!!!!!! Both containers exploded a bit when we went up and came back down.
Complete with baggies of Mix My Granola and chia seeds
Back in the air again with some alphabet entertainment. I never read my ADA Journals, so I got a little browsing in. Too Many Cooks (just typed cookIES by accident!) is so good!!! An easy entertaining read that’s perfect when you just want to relax. Emily writes about everyday life in such a beautiful way and it soothes me to read about her children and easy meals. I’m almost finished with it and will def. feel sad when it’s over! Now I want to meet her in person 🙂
At 11:15AM we had in-flight snacks (I saved the peanuts for later)
Followed by my HB&BJ, which was almost fermented and leaking through the wrap in a wonderful mushy way
The breakfast spacing worked out perfectly considering I made one normal sized (yet on the large size) breakfast span 7 hours and tide me almost 10 hours until a real meal.
Both of our flights were right on schedule thanks to the brilliant new way of reporting flight times to be later than they really are. We had a 15 minute delay in Detroit on the runway but ended up arriving before schedule!
Once we navigated the T, we arrived at Larbs and Matt’s for a sandwich lunch!! I love sandwiches buffets so much! Larbs had all the fixin’s, including a huge beautiful fruit salad. The bread was Great Harvest, flown up specially for the occasion.
True city apartment-style, I took my plate to the window sill for natural light photography
I had half a sandwich since I’d just had one 2 hours prior. It had buffalo chicken, some cabot cheddar, a small slice of ham, jalapenos and mustard. But the secret ingredient was lemon hummus!!
A few pretzels
And a really good pickle 🙂
Can’t wait to explore this big city!