1- Loved Un-Fancy’s outfit ideas for Taylor Swift. Even though I (still) likely am not going, I think these are great outfit ideas for future events for when you want to look festive BUT also will be on your feet and need to stay cool.
2- I’m totally jet lagged. I got to my room last night at ~12 AM Pacific time and was only able to sleep until 5:30 AM or so. I did nap on the plane but . . . I am tired. I still think it was worth it because it was amazingly quick to fly direct.
I am enjoying my slow start and plan on taking a nap today! And also not exercising/running at all because I am in need of a total rest day.
3- Watched on plane: Saturday Night Live! I was 100% inspired by Romantic Comedy but it was honestly the perfect light distracting plane fodder, especially since American Airlines does not have amazing entertainment options (as opposed to JetBlue – they have a partnership with Apple TV which I love).
That said, in preparation for the flight home I will be downloading the last 3 episodes Bad Sisters onto my laptop if I haven’t finished it before then.
4- I fully unpacked at midnight. I don’t know what got into me but it just felt relaxing to get my room set up, and I have to admit on many previous trips I’ve sort of half-unpacked and lived out of my suitcase. My room had plenty of drawer and hanger space so I actually put my suitcase away, and you know what? It’s nice + relaxing not to have to be digging around for things.
(I did use my newly acquired Erin Condren packing cubes, by the way! I only have 2 so far, but I used one for workout clothes + one for regular clothes. They didn’t provide much compression — nor did I really need it, since my AWAY carry on compresses pretty well anyway — but they did keep things a bit more organized?)
I also started an Apple Notes doc to scan my receipts. Basically learning how to do ‘business travel’ all over again. (I don’t do much at baseline unless you count my recording trips with Laura!)
Do you fully unpack when you stay in hotels?
5- People = happiness. I clicked on this link shared by MMD and was able to read the whole thing, since I have an Atlantic subscription. You may not be able to see it all, but the gist is: connecting with the people in our lives is so important. This is the frame of mind I’ve taken when I’ve deliberated about booking trips to see old friends + family. It’s also why we still send holiday cards every year – it’s an activity that seems superfluous but it’s really not — anything to keep a connection going is worthwhile. Sometimes it can be frustrating to feel like I’m doing more of the ‘planning’ aspect or even the traveling, but it’s always worth it. Timely as I will get to reconnect with some old friends (mostly from Duke) on this trip and I’m looking forward to it!
There is also a podcast ep which I am about to listen to here: