I don’t say this very often, but the holiday weekend felt like it kept going and going! By Saturday night I was so shocked I still had two more carefree days to frolic around Seattle with Jordan. My trip home after three weeks in California was quite the adventure not too dissimilar from my flight home around Thanksgiving last year. After three wonderful weeks in Napa Valley I was anxious to get home and snuggle Jordan and Pierre. My original flight left Monday evening out of Santa Rosa, a small airport near my family’s home, sadly that flight was cancelled just an hour before take off and I was left stranded hoping to get hime as quickly as possible.
The cancelled flight left the airport in chaos! A nun cut in front of me in line hoping to get the best rebooked flight to Seattle.I was urged by an Alaska employee to immediately call my family and beg them to drive me to San Francisco to catch a flight around midnight. I contemplated asking a group of strangers standing in a circle next to me if I could join them on their newly planned driving expedition back to Washington. My overactive imagination got the best of me and I envisioned strangers kidnapping me and chopping me up into itty bitty pieces. I opted to stay with Alaska.
Eventually Alaska sorted it out and offered me a flight out of San Francisco the next morning at 6:45am. I boarded the next shuttle bus to the city and spent approximately five hours sleeping in a hotel room near the airport before heading back to SFO. Come 5:30 that morning the Alaska agent informed me that I had not actually been rebooked for a flight out of San Francisco (despite the boarding pass confirmation I had been given by an Alaska agent elsewhere) but was actually supposed to bus back to Santa Rosa, catch a flight to San Diego and then catch a connecting flight to Seattle. All I could do was let out an exasperated “haha…no”. Though I do consider myself a morning person I am not a saint and therefore found Alaska’s antics far from entertaining. I teared up. How in earth could Alaska allow me to endure another two and a half hour bus ride after I’d just bussed to San Francisco and paid for a hotel room to be here for THIS flight?!
Luckily the kind agent seemed to sense I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown and would not accept no for an answer. She stepped away for a moment to speak to her manager and returned with a new boarding pass that would actually allow me on to my flight home. 5:30am temper fit averted!
Arriving back to Seattle after the whole flight ordeal made me realize how much I had missed my home in the first place. Of course I was just fine, I can handle leaving for a few weeks no problem, but for the first time ever I really missed my apartment…not just my friends. This year I realized I appreciate my home. The 800 square feet that are all mine (and Jordan’s and Pierre’s) truly mean something to me unlike the apartments I’ve inhibited before. My realization came just at the right time filling me with gratitude all Thanksgiving weekend.
Over the weekend I relaxed with family and spent a little one on one time shopping with Jordan on Sunday. I never brave the Black Friday sales (at least not in person) but I found that many stores (like Nordstrom) offered the same deals all throughout the weekend (and occasionally on to Monday). I picked up a few gifts for family and Jordan super sweetly gave me this Tory Burch satchel. To say I am OBSESSED would be a complete understatement, the multi-color tassel just makes me swoon.
I have a thing for wrap dresses. I think they are perfect for a professional setting, lunching with friends or dressed up for a date night. I love a comfortable dress that can be dressed up with heels or dressed down with riding boots. I chose to dress up the olive green Mackenzie Wrap Dress from Synergy both shopping on Sunday and to an interview on Friday. Synergy pieces are made in Nepal using Fair Trade practices that allow women to work from home (meaning they don’t have to choose between an income and caring for their families). Wearing this dress (or any piece from Synergy) you can have a clear conscious while remaining chic. The Mackenzie Wrap Dress definitely has a permanent place in my casual and professional wardrobe.
How was your holiday weekend? I’m wrapping up the week’s festivities today by celebrating my Mom’s birthday all day with her. Did you shop any sales this weekend? Let me know what you found!