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What day even is it??

I’m typing this from a freezing cold Chicago airport. I don’t know what temperature it is in here, but I do know I’m not quite dressed for it.

Ohare airport walkway.

Zoe and I were both supposed to fly home Sunday night and get home Monday afternoon.

But I did not make the standby list, so Zoe got on the plane without me. I tried several other flights for standby, but no luck.

sunset at hawaii airport.

(A reader later let me know on Instagram that flying standby off of Hawaii is almost impossible. My anecdotal experience confirms this. Ha.)

So, Lisey came and picked me back up from the airport and I spent one more night in Hawaii.

I decided to bite the bullet and just buy a ticket home because I could envision myself spending days at the airport trying to land a standby flight.

phone booth charger.

old phone booths-turned-charging stations on Maui

Maybe some people could handle that but I know myself, and I would start to lose my cheerful attitude pretty quickly under such circumstances. 

For me, it was worth it to buy a ticket. 

I hopped on a half hour flight from Oahu to Maui (shortest flight I’ve ever been on!), then took an overnight flight to Chicago, and now I have a four hour layover before I can get on my flight home.

airplane juice.

I got to fly on one of the planes Lisey works on!!

Zoe landed in Chicago yesterday and after nine (!!!) flight delays, she eventually got home.

Here’s hoping I have fewer delays than her in my efforts to leave Chicago today.

maui airport window.

that’s the ocean out there, viewed from the Maui airport window

I did not sleep at all on my flights (HOW is a person supposed to sleep while sitting up??) so I’m definitely gonna be awake for way more than 24 hours in a row. 

On the upside, I don’t think I’m going to have any trouble going to sleep at a decent hour for east coast time tonight. 

It is very strange going between time zones like this, along with an overnight flight. I feel rather…discombobulated. 😉 

The last time I slept was Sunday night, and now it’s Tuesday morning. 

hawaii ocean view.

But the good news is that school does not start until next Monday, so I still have some days to get myself right side up again. 

I am going to be so so so happy if I get home today and am able to crawl into the sheets in my own bed tonight. Here’s hoping!!

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Friday 19th of January 2024

As a Chicagoan, so sorry you had to experience the worst weather we've had in a while! It was in negative temps for several days. We are pretty hardy here, but it really ruined the three days weekend. It was space heaters and bathrobes for most of us.

I finally decided to fly south to get a break from it! Not looking forward to going back.


Thursday 18th of January 2024

Welcome home! I understand better that you live on the east coast, not Portland, Oregon? Warm thoughts from Ohio. And maybe a helpful tip from a longtime cross-Pacific traveler, who doesn't sleep upright either. I always pack a long book to read, something not too demanding because the brain doesn't work as well in high altitude fatigue. It helps pass the time pleasantly, and I feel less jealous of all the sleeping people. It takes a couple days to readjust to the new time zone; don't make any big, important decisions until you've been on the ground for two or three days.


Thursday 18th of January 2024

Yup, I'm allllll the way over here on the east coast!

And good advice about not making big decisions. My brain is definitely tired.


Wednesday 17th of January 2024

Ooh, no post today. I hope you made it home safely with all your limbs and digits intact. Brrr!


Thursday 18th of January 2024


I keep picturing Kristen in a rental van with the Polka King of the Midwest...

Anita Isaac

Wednesday 17th of January 2024

wow what an ordeal, but so worth it.

Ruth T

Tuesday 16th of January 2024

Welcome to the Midwest!! Sorry it's not more of a fun visit. I hope you get some good rest these next few days!

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