Finally, Finally

by jenna on April 8, 2010

LONGEST DAY EVER.

Was yesterday. Remember me hoping I would get to Atlanta in time so I couldn’t miss my connecting flight to San Francisco? Well that was a bust.

My flight was delayed coming out of Charleston and after SPRINTING through the Atlanta airport (backpack opened, contents spilled everywhere in the terminal all over the floor–me crying and calling my mom), I still missed my flight. I ended up catching a later flight to San Francisco which was only delayed further and finally got back around 10:15, which felt like 12:15 to me. You can only guess my exhaustion. However, all was made right when after walking off the plane and to baggage claim I ran right into the boyfriend, who had taken a bus all the way from Santa Rosa to surprise me and drive me home since at that point I was waaaay too exhausted to be behind the wheel and drive an hour. Whewwwwwwww :)

Thank goodness I packed a turkey sandwich from Christie’s house yesterday morning because there was zero food in the Charleston airport.

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This was turkey, pumpkin butter and spinach on whole wheat. I also had a string cheese and a banana.
Munched on a glo bar in ATL:

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And, even though I feel a sense of hatred towards the atlanta airport, I was pleasantly surprised by their food options. I had a greek salad with a side of hummus for dinner from Nature’s Bistro—

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It was actually really, really good! The hummus was awesome!
I also had a coconut larabar and some biscoff cookies on my almost 6 hour flight. We had to go 400 miles out of the way to avoid storms and that’s why we were delayed for 2 hours. I don’t mean to complain but it was a major headache!
However, alls well that ends well. I finally made it back to Sonoma at around 11:30 and crashed into bed. This morning had a bowl of oats with cinnamon, almond butter, agave and greek yogurt:

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I have a pretty lengthy to-do list. Must go to the grocery store!!!!!!
Good to be back but I do miss those 80 degree days…. ;)

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lisa April 8, 2010 at 10:36 am

glad you made it home safe & sound. when traveling is good it’s soooo good, when it’s bad it’s such a nightmare. sorry your travels were the latter. rest up and ease back into your daily-ness.

and…when you gonna part with some juicy bf info?

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Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble April 8, 2010 at 10:38 am

Sorry to hear about your crazy flight story! Flying is always a headache. Don’t you be missing the 80 degree weather too much, Sonoma will have it before you know it and then it will just get hotter and hotter!

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Amanda April 8, 2010 at 10:39 am

Nothing quite like seeing a friendly face after a grueling day of travel eh? Glad you got back safe!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) April 8, 2010 at 10:39 am

YIKES! that is quite the day. so glad your sweet boyfriend came all the way up though…how cute is that? hope your thursday is MUCH better than your wednesday :)

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Ashley L April 8, 2010 at 10:40 am

All I saw was boyfriend. Lol. Guess I’m slow to catch on! Very sweet of him!

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Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl April 8, 2010 at 10:47 am

Wow. That was craziness!!!

So glad you made it home safely, and that you had such a nice Easter visit with your family and friends!! :-D

Hugs,
Michele

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Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin April 8, 2010 at 10:48 am

Whew what a day! At least you made it and had some good eats! Enjoy being home! :)

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Freya @ Brit Chick Runs April 8, 2010 at 10:50 am

Eek about missing your flight, that’s like my worst nightmare! Congrats on coping, I’d have been in floods :P

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BethT April 8, 2010 at 10:51 am

I felt like I saw a celebrity when I spotted Mr. Boyfriend at the airport!!

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Jamie @ Tearaveler April 8, 2010 at 10:56 am

On the bright side, at least your flight wasn’t cancelled and you made it home! And you had your boyfriend to cheer you up! Airports can be no fun

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Cynthia (It All Changes) April 8, 2010 at 10:58 am

I hate the Atlanta airport for the delays. But glad you made it home.

And how sweet that your Boyfriend came to pick you up. So nice of him.

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Jessica @ How Sweet April 8, 2010 at 11:00 am

My hubby a similar airport day yesterday! Glad you made it home. :)

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theemptynutjar April 8, 2010 at 11:03 am

all the food looks great.

i totally admire u for writing.
i have some ideas…but i waste all my time, and my mind is too “fritzed” to concentrate…i am a basket case now cause i am looking for a job and a place to live in panic…looks like any writing dreams are going to have to be held off for a long long while…too stressed to think on it!
if the inspiration and joy are sucked out of it, i cannot do it anyway. kudos to u for finding a calm mind to do what u do.

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Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 8, 2010 at 11:04 am

Oh no! Missing a flight is so stressful- I’m glad it all worked out! I had a similar spring through ATL- I jumped on the plane just as they were shutting the door. I made it, but my luggage definitely didn’t :(

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jenna April 8, 2010 at 11:10 am

whew! whatta full day of traveling?!
and btw whose the bf?

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eatmovelove April 8, 2010 at 11:11 am

I told you short connections were a recipe for disaster! Ugh. Glad the airport food was accomodating…there’s usually not much option or way over-priced!

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Suzanne de Cornelia April 8, 2010 at 11:12 am

RX:

1) Take one calming trip to Mecca, er, TJs/Whole Foods.
2) Scroll down to Vintage Air France poster #2:
http://tinyurl.com/ykf5x86
3) Dance in the kitchen with Dexter/BF to this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VujWEeH33Ac
4) LYAO to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZryKUxLvTs
5) Test ‘Atlanta Airport’. Still a reaction? OK, then watch this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owGykVbfgUE

All better? I thought so. hehehe

Glad you’re back safely!

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Judy (Fitness4Looks) April 8, 2010 at 11:12 am

That totally stinks that you missed your flight but SO sweet of your boyfriend to give you a ride!

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Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle April 8, 2010 at 11:13 am

ATL is the worst, and DC. Despise those airports. It must feel great to be back though and with a lovely surprise!

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Diana April 8, 2010 at 11:14 am

Phew, looks like it was a rough day! At least you’re home now. :)

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Lauren @ Eater not a runner April 8, 2010 at 11:14 am

What a nice bf! Must have been a good end to a crappy day at least ;-)

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Jenny April 8, 2010 at 11:14 am

Glad ya got home safe! What a great guy:)

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Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) April 8, 2010 at 11:21 am

Glad you made it home- airports are the worst!

xo
K

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ellen eats beets April 8, 2010 at 11:33 am

I love traveling, but hate the actual waiting-around-in-airport part. At least breakfast looks fab!

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Christie {Honoring Health} April 8, 2010 at 11:42 am

Glad you arrived home safely!

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Midgetkeeper April 8, 2010 at 11:46 am

The boyfriend sounds like a keeper! How sweet.

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Angharad April 8, 2010 at 11:47 am

Bleugh!! What an awful travel day. I kind of hate flying a lot. I love it in theory (since it means you’re travelling! Duh!) but I could name a fair few things I’d rather be doing than trying to sleep on a plane/make connections.

Bet you were overjoyed to see the boyfriend!

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marisa (vinyasa mama) April 8, 2010 at 11:48 am

every time i fly through atlanta i am delayed – i’ve started trying to go through charlotte now instead, its MUCH easier!

glad you made it back safely!

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 8, 2010 at 11:48 am

That’s the best oat combo in the world!
And yay for the sweet boyfriend! Not many guys would do that!!

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman April 8, 2010 at 11:50 am

Yikes, talk about an exhausting day! At least you had a nice guy to pick you up. Also, I noticed he’s no longer cute boy but is not the boyfriend. Very exciting tidbit there.

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maura April 8, 2010 at 11:53 am

What a sweetie to pick you up like that!! Glad you made it home safe & sound :)

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Ameena April 8, 2010 at 11:54 am

Sorry about your flight but I’m glad that your boyfriend made things better for you! Traveling is the worst!

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Jil April 8, 2010 at 11:55 am

Awww, what a nice guy!!

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sassy molassy April 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I love how he went from a cute boy to boyfriend! Yippee! Glad you made it home safely.

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Jess @ MTL Veggie April 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Sorry you had such a crappie flight (those are the worst traveling experiences!) But that is so sweet your boyfriend to come pick you up! Your salad looks amazing btw!

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Gabriela April 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm

YUM – amazing airport food, Jenna!
I´m glad you arrived safely :D
Have a great day!
Brazilian XOXO´s,
Gabriela

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Cara April 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm

oh man i hate the atlanta airport too. many bad experiences. booo. and so much smoking there. gross. haha.

glad you were cheered up at least after it was over. :-)

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Paige April 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Sorry your travels were not all they cracked up to be…penance for the lovely weekend you had, I suppose. Good thing you have such a nice boyfie to meet you at the airport, that must have been a welcome surprise!!

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Stephanie April 8, 2010 at 12:25 pm

boyfriend info asap please!! haha

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Adam April 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Delayed flights suck almost as much as airport food! Hopefully you didn’t miss too much while you were gone and can get back into the swing of things fairly easy with your training :)

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Tracey @ TropicalHappiness April 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Ooooh did you say boyfriend? And not “cute guy” or “friend that is a guy?” Ooohlala! :) Glad you finally made it home safely, and glad that he was able to make you smile at the end of a long trip!

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Ashley April 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm

glad you had a sweet boy there waiting to sweep you off your feet! i’m sure your mood totally flipped around :) glad you made ie home safely!

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Snowflakes and Sunshine April 8, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Like everyone else, I want to know about the BF!!

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LeAnne April 8, 2010 at 12:50 pm

The Atlanta airport is the worst!! I’ve been stuck there many times. So glad you eventually got home. :)

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Molly April 8, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Best boyfriend ever award.

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Alyson @ Nourished Fitness April 8, 2010 at 12:58 pm

eeck what a crazy stressful day. I love traveling, but more so the ‘being there’ part than the actually ‘getting there’ mess. Did you ever see the TV show ‘Savannah’? I watched it when I was a kid on the WB and since then I’ve always had such an interest in that part of the country and want to visit. Your pictures over the last few days only enhanced that want! Hope the weather warms up!

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Marcia April 8, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Wait, boyfriend? I’m behind the times. That’s very sweet though.

I remember picking up my hubby (we were living separate – cross country for 2 years) for one trip. I lived in DC, and he flew into Baltimore (about 45min -1 hr drive) late at night. It was very foggy that night. I had had a previous really scary driving-in-the-fog experience, so I was…tense.

And there I was, 10:30 pm, waiting outside the terminal with a bunch of other schmoes, when the announcement came on: “Those of you waiting for Continental flight XXX from LAX, because of fog that flight was re-routed to National. We will be bussing the passengers here.”

I live a mile from National. Hmmm…he wouldn’t get on the bus, would he? So, this being pre-cell phones, a half an hour of me calling my best friend Lloyd, and him thinking to call my best friend Lloyd, and then said best friend calling me back on the white courtesy phone, we all figured out that no, he wasn’t going to get on the bus.

45 mins later I was picking him up at National…ah, the memories.

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kirsten April 8, 2010 at 1:03 pm

your boy sounds like a keeper! ;)

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg April 8, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Awww, he sounds like a keeper! Doesn’t he want to come out of hiding yet? :-)

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Katharine April 8, 2010 at 1:06 pm

The Atlanta airport is not my friend, either. After getting stuck there for TEN hours on my way to San Francisco, I’d be okay never seeing it again. (Unfortunately, I have a layover there at the end of the month, so I hope the Atlanta airport isn’t listening!) Glad you finally made it home – and to a sweet bf, no less. :)

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Carrie (Love Healthy Living) April 8, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Traveling is hard enough, but when there are unforeseen circumstances, it can be a nightmare!!! Oh well, at least you are home safe and sound. Sounds like you have a great b-friend, hold onto that one. :)

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Evan Thomas April 8, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Glad to hear you made it home safe and sound. Flight switching is the worst

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rori April 8, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Ugh Jenna! what a day! and the backpack part……..BLAST! I always get so antsy on flights, I can’t sit still like that. Yeah for Boyfriend for helping though!

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Cole April 8, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Atlanta is always a mess! But it’s good that you didn’t have to drive back yourself!

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Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) April 8, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Whew, I can totally commiserate with you on the whole spending too much time in airports/planes thing, but at least you’re home now. :D

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Mae April 8, 2010 at 1:54 pm

I think airport food has improved 120% in the last 6 yrs. I’m glad you made it safely, that does sound like a long day!

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Gina April 8, 2010 at 1:55 pm

im so sorry about your day! but im glad you made home safe and had a wonderful trip!
p.s. im sorry i reallu don’t mean to sound nosy but i was just curious if your boyfriend was gonna move home with you or be going to Paris with you? =)

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Kelly April 8, 2010 at 1:55 pm

I’m sorry that you had such a long and hard day yesterday! :( But lucky that your boyfriend was there to cheer you up! Hope today was much better for you! :)

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katiek April 8, 2010 at 1:57 pm

uh it seems like air travel only causes headaches~ i thought it was supposed to be easier- glad youre back and a little rested

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Rachel @ Suburban Yogini April 8, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Poor you. That bit where your backpack split open reminded me of once when I was trying to get a connection to Delhi. Nightmare!

Glad you are home safe. Take it easy :)

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Jasmine @ Eat Move Write April 8, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I’m sure this isn’t a surprise, but the only thing in that post I saw was the word “boyfriend.” lol.

Glad you’re back in Cali. :)

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Hilary April 8, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Awww, what a great boyfriend!

I love to travel as in trips, but hate the actual traveling part. Flight delyas and cancellations can be so stressful. Glad you made it back ok!

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Danielle April 8, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Glad you made it back! What a nightmare :( hate that. Now about the boyfriend thing…

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 8, 2010 at 3:09 pm

oh no – what an adventure! Big ‘tick’ to the bf for picking you up – what a nice surprise!!

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foodandfarm April 8, 2010 at 3:18 pm

hehe, you are doing such a good job of keeping the man a secret! glad you made it home! cant wait to read about the next exciting adventure!

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Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly April 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm

I see he has moved from “cute boy” to “boyfriend”….NICE!! :)

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Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) April 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm

What a sweet boyfriend to rescue you from a long and exhausting drive! Sorry to hear your travels were such a headache though. I love traveling in that I love exploring new areas, however, the chore of air travel makes my head want to explode.

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Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ April 8, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Glad you made it back and survived well kinda.:)

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LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils April 8, 2010 at 3:43 pm

You can’t just drop the bf word and not give us any details!

Welcome back.

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kate April 8, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Traveling can be so exhausting! Hooray for such an unexpected surprise!

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Macrae April 8, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Must be a trend! I missed my flight to Raleigh, NC out of ATL on friday….same as you…sprinting to my terminal only to find the door shut. I actully started knocking on it- haha, like that would help. One guy came up to me and suggested I order a beer and drink it quickly :)
Glad you made it!

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Kelly Olexa April 8, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Girl, I was traveling yesterday and experienced the same or similar nightmares!! Sooo good to be home!

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Katherine April 8, 2010 at 4:45 pm

That is my size-serving of hummus! looks so good/fresh!
Katherine

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M April 8, 2010 at 5:31 pm

You TOTALLY do NOT have to answer this personal question, but I just have to ask….how long have you been dating the boyfriend for?
I feel like I am reading a great novel and missed a few chapters somehow….but as the lead role in this novel you have absolutley no obligaton to reveal anything…..but I can tell may readers grinned with surprise at that magical word!
Anywasy Jenna you deserve all the happiness in the worl, and to be honest that boyfriend that we are all surprised to read about is one super lucky,lucky guy to have met an absolute amazing catch of a woman that you are…
let’s all raise a glass of vino to the wonderful Jenna-cheers!!!
look out Paris..part 2,that is!!

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M April 8, 2010 at 5:34 pm

PS None of my beeswax whatsoever,but I will squeal with glee if in the novel the bf turns out to be an awfully handsome young man with initial AB …hee hee! Fingers crossed!! ;)

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rachel April 8, 2010 at 6:06 pm

boyfriend???? yay!!!

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Tina April 8, 2010 at 6:11 pm

“I will squeal with glee if in the novel the bf turns out to be an awfully handsome young man with initial AB…”

Almond Butter? :-p

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Candice April 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Glad you finally made it home! Your oats are giving me a serious craving. I think I know what I’ll be having for breakfast in the morning:)

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Christina April 8, 2010 at 6:33 pm

I actually avoid the Atlanta airport if possible because of the crazy number of times I’ve had the exact same thing happen- sprint to make a connection only to find the door closed.
I also find it’s huge and hard to navigate and the employees are so un-helpful.
Glad you made it home!

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Kayla April 8, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Boyfriend?! Yay! Pictures anytime soon?!

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steph-exercise physiologist and artist! April 8, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Haha!! I don’t feel so out of the loop now :)
I read your post and thought.. boyfriend??!! Then read a few comments which pretty much said the same thing!

I feel like these blogs can be like little sitcoms sometimes… enter… Jenna’s new bf!! :)

I am happy for you and glad that he was nice enough to pick you up.
Get some rest, eat some good food and you will feel like a new woman tomorrow!
night!

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Diana (mymarblerye) April 8, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Look on the brightside: at least you were in the airport during your delay.. I was stuck on the runway for 2 hours one time!!! Congrats on the official bf! :)

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Ana (AnActiveAdventure) April 8, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Aww such a great BF, he definitely won loads of brownie points with that move ;)

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Helen April 9, 2010 at 11:42 am

Awwww your bf came to meet you, so romantic!!! Sorry to hear that you had such a disastrous flight.

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Lee April 10, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Where is that place in the Atlanta airport? All I ever see there is Burger King and other places that I don’t want!

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Jean April 12, 2010 at 1:22 pm

What a great guy! I’m stuck @ home dogsitting while my BF is off to Hilton Head – TWICE in three weeks!
Trust me, flying around thunderstorms is WAY better than the alternative. I’d rather have a delay any day – even though it IS a pain… We were delayed in Frankfurt, Germany due to mechanical problems, and would’ve missed our connecting flight in DC if it hadn’t also been delayed – I was a little crabby going through customs trying to make sure that we made the flight (only to find out that it wasn’t even there yet!).

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