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Sunlight Above the Clouds

You may have noticed the past few months I've traveled more and more outside the midwest for work.  This is going to continue.  And it is reaffirming the fact that I am through and through a midwestern girl.  This week in Rhode Island after unit after unit continued to follow the norm and be extremely rude, I had to take a breathe between each unit to collect myself before my next beating.  Let's be real:  a person can only take so much.

The only word I think comes close to explaining my frame of mind right now is overwhelmed.  Extremely.  With all parts of life:  professionally and personally.  I have my life planned out to the moment and there doesn't seem to be a moment of downtime until at least the end of next week.

The week in Long Island was the same as all the others:  twelve hour days, not very nice people (although from my experience New York takes this to another level).  All I wanted to do was go home...exactly when New York got hit with the Noreaster or whatever they called it.  Southwest canceled all their flights.  I got a new one with a connecting flight.  It's just overwhelming.

The light in the tunnel has been Hilary, my co-worker based in LA.  We struggled to get through the week with calls and text messages to each other.  We'd complain and end up talking about almond champaign.  To quote one of my emails to her "Vendormate=Death".  

After everyone boarded my first flight out of NY we sat down to hear the pilot inform us that we were in a quite extensive line to be deiced.  

this was my view for 1+ hours

Then we took off.  And this is what I saw.
Hope.
I realized I missed my connecting flight and while I was bummed, I was still happy just to get out of NY.  Then!  It turned out the plane I was on (and extremely delayed) was the one I was booked on for Chicago!  I didn't miss my flight!!!!

I'm trying to focus on that experience.  After we rose through the slush, waiting, and bumpy clouds.  The sun was waiting.

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