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Washington: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

I spent last week in Washington for a work trip, and let me tell ya, I had a week. I plan the trips myself, so I try to cram as much as I can into as few days as possible so I don't have to be away from Parker and Jenny for long (poor Parker would eventually run out of leftovers and microwavable chicken pot pies, and then he'd starve). Let's just say that all the cramming and not leaving any time for the unknown really came back to bite me. So without further ado, I present the good, the bad, and the ugly from my trip to Washington.

The Good: The Views

I'm from Texas, born and raised. I lived briefly in Florida, but I don't know what it's like to not live in the south. Beaches have become a dime a dozen and I break out into a full on sweat just taking Jenny for a quick walk. Washington was the antithesis of this. Gorgeous mountains, lush greenery, and cool weather made my week. Yes it rained. A lot, but seeing snow-capped mountains and needing a jacket in June was refreshing. I couldn't stop gushing to Parker about how beautiful it all was. I could definitely see us living there in a year, so we shall see! I saw most of the pretty views while driving, so I didn't get many pictures, but here are two I did manage to snap:

I took this from the plane- if you look closely, you can see the mountains above the clouds!

I made friends with the manager at the hotel I stayed at on my last night, and he graciously let me stay in the admiral's suite. Loved the view!

I also got to Facetime with my best girlfriend. As usual, she was not impressed.

The Bad: Two words- Lost. Luggage.

If this has ever happened to you, I sincerely feel your pain. This was a new experience for me, and it was inconvenient, to say the least. I arrived Tuesday afternoon and didn't receive my luggage until Wednesday afternoon. I was supposed to hold a PR event Monday evening and two Tuesday an hour away from my Monday one. Needless to say, I had to reschedule all of them while I waited for my luggage to be delivered. It was nobody's fault, but it sure made this trip difficult.

The Ugly: Questionable hygiene due to aforementioned lost luggage

Thankfully, I had my laptop and chargers in my carry-on, but the only clothes I had were those that were on my body. Also, all cosmetics were in my checked luggage. No deodorant, no toothbrush, no hairbrush. I'm sure my smell was offending the greater part of Seattle. I also got to hold impromptu PR events in Nike shorts. Professional, I know. Thankfully these events are for sailors and they are really laid back, but I might have taken the "laid back" feel to another level.

This trip wasn't textbook by any means, but I really just had to laugh at the unfortunate situations. Flight delays and lost luggage: ah the great American dream.


Christiana Marie said...

Oh no! I HATE it when my luggage gets lost! At least you had the pretty views to look at while you were waiting for it to arrive:)

Kelly said...

What do you do for work that brought you up to Washington??

Btw, that first photo is soo pretty!

Nicole said...

Oh no! I've had my luggage lost but not when I needed to work. You handled it well! The only thing you can do is laugh it off!

Emily Stewart said...

The luggage thing is such a bummer but I'm glad the views made up for it! Plus if you love Whidbey then you can be that much close to the Stewcasa and visits will be in order. Yes, I realize it's still ridiculously far but west coast, best coast?

Glad you're back to the Phelpster and Jen Jen so they can be adequately fed :)

Anonymous said...

Oh no! Lost luggage is my biggest fear!! Glad you liked Washington, though!

Susannah said...

Oh my word! I can't believe that your luggage got lost! That's horrible! I'm glad you enjoyed your time in Washington, though. :-)

Brittney said...

The fear of lost luggage is HUGE for me. I terribly overpack in my carry on "just in case". Glad they found it pretty quickly!

Julie @ A Simply Sweet Blog said...

My luggage was lost once so now I always bring a change of clothes & toothbrush in my carry on. It's kind of a pain, but I'm so paranoid about lost luggage now! Glad you had a good trip despite the setbacks!

Mom/Kelly said...

You're now the face of experience! Plus, you made lemonade out of lemons! Proud of the way you handled that! xoxo

Amie said...

Sorry about your luggage, but those views are beautiful! And that's awesome you got to stay in the suite!

Amanda @ Living in Another Language said...

Eww.. Lost luggage=THE WORST!

However...My husband and I hail from the NW (Portland, Oregon to be exact) and I'm super jealous you were visiting our neck of the woods! Makes me miss home.

Thanks for linking this up with our 'Friday Funnies!'

Until next time,

-Amanda | Living in Another Language

Lublyou said...

Oh no, lost luggage must be such a bummer! Every time we go to the baggage claim I secretly worry about it. I hope it never happens to you again!


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