Less-Than-Graceful Moments! From Cali!

Sometimes Gracefully Monday

Happy Monday! Darrin and I are back in Minneapolis after our quick trip to Cali over the weekend, and we’re goll darn exhausted. We hopped from flight to flight to hotel to dinner to breakfast to the conference to my presentation to dinner to the hotel to flight to flight to home…so I’m already hoping that this upcoming weekend will show up a bit sooner rather than later. We had a great time wandering around Los Angeles, and I’m excited to share some pictures from our short trip later this week!

Here are a few of my less-than-graceful moments from the weekend! I’ll admit that I looked super touristy walking along the sidewalks with my face constantly looking up and staring at the numerous palm trees that lined the streets. I’m a sucker for palm trees. They’re such weird trees, and I may or may not have bumped into a number of different people while I tried to walk and gaze at the palm trees at the same time. Luckily I wasn’t chewing any gum, so I didn’t have to worry about a third element potentially hindering my ability to walk in a straight line. Who knows what would’ve happened? πŸ˜‰

  1. Darrin and I took the longest time just trying to find the stairs that led up to the second floor within our hotel. We wandered and wandered and wandered until we discovered that the stairs were {surprise!} conveniently placed beneath a sign that read “STAIRS” in bold, red print. If only we could have blamed our incompetence on some “language barrier’ or something…if only
  2. A loomingΒ paper presentation + lots of morning coffee + lots of water hydration + a few tangled, nervous knots in your stomach = having to use the restroom at leastΒ 6 times in one hour. So glad that everyone at the conference can remember me as “that one girl who kept constantly leaving to use the bathroom”.Β That will look good onΒ my name tag for next yearΒ {Insert the “I feel like an idiot” emoticon face}.
  3. I stood for too long of a time outside of a breakfast diner trying to “Push” a door labeled “Pull.” I’m sure I looked real smooth to everyone watching me through the windows.
  4. Darrin and I waited for an hour to get a table at this seafood restaurant that we thought had to be good based on the large amount of people waiting to get inside. So we sat and sat and sat and went for ice cream and brought that back and sat some more, only to decide that we both actually didn’t want seafood at allΒ butΒ instead would have liked just a hamburger and onion rings. So we left. And felt like idiots for standing on the sidewalk for so long, waiting for our name to be called. On the bright side, there was ice cream. So, in that sense, it was definitely worth it.
  5. We had high hopes of accomplishing a lot of research and writing after we got home last night, but when we unpacked our bags and slouched onto our couch and ate some Chipotle and then realized that we had easy access to Netflix and a cozy blanket, we were asleep by 8:30pm. Sitting on an airplane doing nothing is just so exhausting….at least that’s what I’m telling myself today as I stare blankly at my long list of “To-Do”s.

I hope you had a great weekend! Apparently Minneapolis was warmer and sunnier while we were gone, which is such a bummer because that dreary rainy weather is supposed to loom over this week like Eeyore’s thunder cloud. I don’t suppose this would be a legitimate excuse to buy a cute pair of rain boots? πŸ˜‰

Have a great day!


  • Reply Olivia Abdelmalek May 5, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Great post!

    Olivia Abdelmalek

  • Reply jennifer prod May 6, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    jon and i have had quite a few of our own adventures ‘finding the stairs.’ a simple enough task in theory, i suppose, but gets more tricky when you’re holding luggage and navigating a foreign place. in our case, we were visiting my great great aunt in a retirement home, and we took what we thought was the stairs, and ended up being a hallway to the kitchen – we walked right in with our bags and labtops and coats and then were promptly escorted back to the lobby πŸ™‚

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