Behind The Butter

what to do when your flight gets canceled

1. Cry in front of the TSA agent who makes you stuff all your 3-ounce liquids out of a gallon sized plastic bag and into a quart sized plastic bag.

2. Pay $50 just to take a shower.

3. Put on the cutest clothes in your suitcase just because.

4. Have an espresso shot competition.

5. Call everyone you know in Dallas just to say “hey”.

6. Watch nine episodes of Private Practice and ask ticket agents if the surgery going to be laparoscopic with a slight risk of peritonitis.

7. Copy all the celebrity eye makeup tips from fashion magazines in the bathroom mirror and speak with a British accent for the rest of the day.

8. Stare at these.

9. And these.….and definitely these.

10. Squat land in the Admiral’s ClubΒ  and hunt for supplies such as cookies, chex mix and instant cappuccinos for sustenance.

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  • Gina @ Runningtothekitchen
    May 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    oh no! cancelled flights suck! You should totally buy the sequin shoes πŸ™‚

  • Kelly
    May 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Yuck! The last time my flight got canceled — scratch that — the time before the last time (it happens often), I almost lost it around the 5th hour of waiting, but luckily my husband knew just what to do. He left quickly and returned with a dark chocolate bar, which I promptly stuck in my mouth like a pascifier, then all was right with the world…or at least bearable. Hope you’re up and flying soon!

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing
    May 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Wait, I feel like “get a margarita [or three]” is missing from this list…? πŸ˜‰

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    May 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Canceled flights….ugh!!!! The worst!! That happened to me over Xmas with an intl flight and a 4 year old. NOT FUN!

    Thank god for Admirals Clubs and Crown Rooms.

    You have a great attitude about it all..and as nice as Dallas is, hope you get back to Nor Cal soon πŸ™‚

  • Heather at Heather's Dish
    May 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I mean all that sounds way more fun than being on a long flight anyway πŸ˜‰

  • Lauren @ Sassy Molassy
    May 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I feel ya girl. Sitting in an airport for more than 2hrs is no fun. Especially when it means you have no flight home. Hang in there!

  • Katrina
    May 12, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    haha I love private practice! Lovely suggestions πŸ™‚

  • katie
    May 12, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    oh boy, hope you get out of there soon. I’d be going stir crazy. Sounds like your making the best of it though!

  • the gluten free lab
    May 12, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    We love shoes more than most things, but the triple layer mint s’more brownies are DEFINITELY the priority, here.

  • Erin
    May 12, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Are you stuck in Dallas? I had a flight out of Dallas cancelled a few years ago. I rode the tram all night just to keep myself busy. Around and around and around. It was TERRIBLE.

  • Chelsa
    May 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    woah an espresso shot contest could wreck me more than an liquor one lol

  • Asya
    May 12, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I’m stuck at DEN now, flight delays all over. I hate the TSA.

  • kate
    May 12, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    My parents have been stuck in Boston all day! Theyre finally making their way to the Midwest tonight. Ill have to email this to my poor Mom!

  • kaila @ healthy helper!
    May 12, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Aww I’m sorry about your flight! Travel issues are the worst! Sounds like you had some fun in the mean time though πŸ™‚

  • Ameena
    May 12, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    The only thing worse than being stuck at an airport is being stuck at a bad airport. I hope that isn’t the case for you – at least!

  • Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit
    May 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    aww sweet girl! i hope you get home soon!

  • Brooke @ bittersweetb
    May 12, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I am all over those sequin peep toe pumps! And eye make up in the mirror with a british accent = genius.

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out
    May 12, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    That sounds like… fun??

    Sorry your flight got canceled!

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston
    May 12, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    There are showers in the airport for $50?? I’m so confused. Oh maybe a quick shower at a hotel?

  • Lauren Z.
    May 12, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Oh my goodness, those SEQUIN PEEPTOES!!! Darn that price tag! πŸ˜‰

    • Susan
      May 12, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      I know…I want them! I don’t know where I’d ever wear them, though.

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    May 12, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Oh no πŸ™ Hope everything gets sorted out soon! In the mean time, sounds like you’re keeping yourself occupied!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    May 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Aw, sorry Jenna. That’s rough! Don’t feel too bad – I’ve cried in front of a flight agent too…I mean full on flood of tears πŸ˜‰ I’m sure you looked much more lovely than me!

    Hope you catch a flight home soon.

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian)
    May 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    At least you’re making the best of it πŸ™‚ I can’t imagine being stuck at the airport with a cancelled flight. I hope you manage to get on a flight home soon.

    And those sparkling pumps. Wow. I wanted until I saw the price tag. Ouch.

  • Kristin Murdock
    May 12, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Oh no! Terrible. So sorry you are stuck!

  • Sarah@The Flying ONION
    May 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Ugh! Sorry to hear about the cancellations!

    At least you’re keeping your positive attitude! πŸ˜€

  • Kelli H
    May 12, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Ugh! That sucks!! I hate when that happens!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    May 12, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I cried in front of the gate attendants when they told me I missed my flight once. Mainly because I was so pissed off at them. They were ridiculously rude and the plane was STILL AT THE GATE! Which was frustrating. Ugh.

  • Vivianne
    May 12, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Haha at least you are creative and can think of all the things that you can do! (;

    Love the shoes!

  • Joelle
    May 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Be thankful your not in flooding territory. It is predicted that more than 5000 people will be homeless by the end of the next flood onslaught.

  • Barbara
    May 12, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Yep..TX had some nasty weather today but man we needed it! I’d sleep then hit up the bar:)

  • Errign
    May 12, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    at least you are not stranded in tokyo. one day after the earthquake. for 27 hours. welcome to my life. πŸ™‚ best 13 dollars I ever spent was on a shower in the tokyo airport. πŸ™‚

    hope you get home soooooooon!

  • Mellie
    May 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I’ve NEVER flown before ( I know, it’s weird) but I know that has to stink!

  • Michelle | Gold-hearted Girl
    May 12, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Poor girl! I hope you have some cookies waiting for you at home.

  • The Teenage Taste
    May 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Ugh, sorry to hear that your flight got cancelled, Jenna! At least you seem to be keeping yourself occupied…and fed! A+! πŸ˜€

  • French Heart
    May 12, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Those blush colored pumps are pretty–but I refuse to buy shoes where the inside of the heel isn’t finished with the same fabric…esp not for $200+. They save a little time & money and the unfinished detail just looks tacky. It’s like in Santa Barbara when I had a small job to do a redesign of a storefront on their main drag. I didn’t show in the architectural drawing that was wrapping some tile work around the face of the building and finishing it with a nicer detail–and they insisted on it. It’s those little touches that make things quality. Just like in the city limits of Santa Barbara no roofs can piece one piece tile (that’s cheaper and easier) it has to be two piece–which is authentic to Spanish tile roofs and looks richer.

    Glad my flying for work days are over….once was fun…now a nightmare. British accent and magazine makeup redo– Nice touch! πŸ˜‰

    • Sara
      May 12, 2011 at 10:39 pm

      Don’t they do that for comfort (about the different finishings of shoe)? You wouldn’t want to actually be stepping on the metallic bit at the front… so they put it only where it shows. I’m not sure if this is even what you mean by “the inside of the heel isn’t finished with the same fabric” but thanks for pointing out the details!

      • French Heart
        May 13, 2011 at 2:23 pm

        Sara….I mean…look at the outside of the heel….the finish doesn’t wrap all the way around, but leaves it plain on the ‘underside of the sole–the inside of the heel’ as if isn’t seen. In architecture/design you learn ‘God is in the details’….and not these kinds of $ saving moves that cheapen an otherwise great look. IMHO. Or as my HS art teacher Sister Cabrini used to say….’always do your best even if wrapping a child’s birthday party gift’. I think details all add up. Or maybe they just cause Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. πŸ˜‰

  • Kay
    May 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Oh,Jenna! That is not fun! I was thinking of you today leaving Savanah. πŸ™

  • Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily
    May 12, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I have definitely done the bursting into tears part and have watched hours of “Scrubs”.

  • Liz o
    May 12, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    That was me last night – stuck in dfw en route to SFO for work. Finally got out after 6 hrs at the airport. I did a lot of walking around!! All worth it though, my hotel’s across the street from lululemon!!!!! Good luck!

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    May 12, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I’m writing down all of these just in case this happens on Tuesday. Thank you!

  • E
    May 12, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    You crack me up!!! πŸ™‚

  • Angela
    May 12, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Oh no! I’m so sorry you’re stranded. I live in Dallas and I have to say that our airport is pretty lame. At least you’re dreaming of JCrew. That’s ALWAYS a good solution to poor situations. I hope you get back home soon! Maybe a miracle will happen and someone will feel compelled (like the pilot) to give you a bunch of money for the inconvenience and you can buy the great shoes πŸ™‚ I will wish that for you!

  • Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    May 12, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    LOL. The Admiral’s Club. Sounds a little shady if you ask me! But if it provides chex mix and cappuccinos, I’ll be there.

  • rose
    May 12, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Read all food blogs and comment on every post that you read.

  • Amber K
    May 13, 2011 at 7:09 am

    That’d be awful! Especially because I don’t have a smart phone and I’ve seen how entertained people can be with those! Hope all is well.

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    May 13, 2011 at 10:06 am

    OOOh. I never thought about sneaking into the Admirals Club before…How did that work out? I will definitely give that a try! One of my favorite things to do while traveling is sneaking into the fancy hotels to try out their pools!

  • Lauren
    May 13, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Ugh I hate flight cancellations. πŸ™

    In happier news, I just got those Ann Taylor sequined peep toes and they are hands-down some of my favorite heels ever! They are definitely an indulgence, but I highly recommend them! (In my view, shoes are always kind of worth it).

  • Natalie
    May 13, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Ok, have you thought of doing stand-up? I swear, you have impecabble comedic timing when you write!
    BTW – Those sequined Ann Taylor heels are bananas. So freaking cute.

  • Kelsey
    May 19, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Sequins, ooooh shiny!!

  • Maddie
    May 24, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    This could be a GREAT idea for a coffee table book…