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Friday 22 July 2016
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9:00 AM Awake well before my alarm. Checked email to see that I have an alert that my flight to St. Louis is delayed by about 50 minutes. It's going to be cutting it even closer, but I should still be able to make it to the show on time.

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11:45 AM Shower, last-minute packing. Feeding Jadzia Kitty.

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12:30 PM Leaving apartment.

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12:39 PM Checked-in at Starbucks
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12:41 PM Arrived at MTA Subway - Broadway (N/Q)
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12:50 PM On subway toward Astoria Blvd. On train is a camp group, and one of the camp counselors is talking about Aladdin and the sequels. And then they went on to talking about Harry Potter. One of the girls says she doesn't like reading the Harry Potter books and prefers the movies. Sigh.

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12:53 PM Arrived at MTA subway Astoria Blvd N/Q Trains
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1:03 PM Checked-in at MTA Subway - Astoria Blvd/Hoyt Ave (N/Q)
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1:04 PM Waiting for M60 bus. Good thing I left early. MTA Bus Time says the bus won't arrive for another 15 minutes and I've been waiting about 5 already.

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1:12 PM Buses here. First one looks crowded. Maybe will get on second bus that is right behind it.

Nowhere to sit, so I must stand, though I do get to sit down a few stops before the airport. I hate buses, and they always tend to make me a little motion sick.

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1:33 PM Checked-in at LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
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1:34 PM At LGA. Looking for gate security.

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1:35 PM Arrived at Terminal B, Frontier Airlines - LaGuardia Airport
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1:52 PM Arrived at Southwest Airlines at LGA
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1:52 PM Through security. Had to be patted doe around my bra area for some reason. Whatever. I don't care. Didn't need to go to a more private area, because it would just take longer. They are just doing their jobs - it's fine.

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1:59 PM Checked-in at Gate B4
Way early especially considering my flight is delayed.
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2:00 PM Standing around at the gate. Don't want to sit just yet. But I put my stuff down on a chair and was looking for electrical outlets but the two I found near me don't work. Of course.

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2:57 PM This might be the most appropriate snack to find at the airport for this trip, no? And of course I had to buy it, even though it ended up costing just over $3.50. #travel #airportsnacks #glutenfree #glutenfreesnacks @ LaGuardia Airport
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2:58 PM Checked-in at CIBO Express Gourmet Market
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3:00 PM Charging my phone at the charging station after venturing over to Cibo and finding a bar to eat. Charging station is crowded since there are really no other outlets to use to charge devices.

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3:31 PM Ugh. The airplane still hasn't landed?! They keep announcing that they will prepare to get us boarded when the plane has landed, arrives at the gate, and deplanes the current passenger load. But it still hasn't landed yet.

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3:42 PM Plane landed. Should be coming to gate now. Hoping we board quickly.

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4:00 PM The next time I think about taking a later flight so tight in timing instead of the ass-crack-of-dawn flight, TALK ME OUT OF IT.
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4:02 PM They're only now doing pre-boarding. The original flight was 3:05 PM. Then the delayed departure time (and what is still showing) is 3:50 PM. That's clearly not going to be happening.

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4:30 PM Finally pulling away from the gate. Ugh. I'm afraid I might have to go straight to the theatre from the airport depending on what time we land.

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4:45 PM Finally taking off from the runway. But will likely need to go to the theatre straight from the airport at this point.

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5:44 PM CDT Landed.

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5:50 PM Checked-in at Southwest at Lambert St Louis Airport
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6:11 PM Just got on the Metrolink thankfully going eastbound after struggling with the ticket machine. A nice dude helped me who of course asked for a tip for his help, but I obliged since he WAS helpful and I would have been standing there like an idiot with the machine for much longer.

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6:26 PM Well since Google Maps tells me I will get to the hotel much sooner than I thought, I'm going to go there first and meet Petra, drop off stuff I won't need, and then we will head up to the theatre. I think we have time, and I really don't want to lug all of my stuff with me to the theatre.

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7:41 PM Arrived at St. Louis City Center Hotel
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6:47 PM Arrived in room finally. Very large hotel. And I probably didn't take the most direct route from the elevators to the room.

Checked-in at St. Louis City Center Hotel
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7:00 PM Rearranging some of the stuff in my bags and waiting for Petra to get her stuff ready to get going.

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7:30 PM Finally leave the hotel. Walking across the street to the MetroLink station to head to Forest Park.

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7:35 PM Checked-in at MetroLink - Civic Center Station
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It is a short ride to the Forest Park Metrolink station, and from there, we have to navigate around some closed walkways due to construction. We decide to walk to the Muny instead of looking for/waiting for the shuttle bus. Should be a 15-minute walk.

We run into (almost literally) a couple of college-age kids who at least apologized for blocking the walkway because they were busy playing Pokemon Go.

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8:02 PM Checked-in at Forest Park
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Pick up tickets from the box office.

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8:11 PM Arrived at The Muny
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8:16 PM About to see @pepamama play Donna in #MunyMammaMia! #theatre #musical #musicaltheatre #MammaMiaHereIGoAgain #MammaMia @ Muny at Forest Park St Louis
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10:50 PM Show done. Super fun, but some direction choices were perhaps not what I would have done, especially not taking advantage of some moments in the script for comedy or dramatic moments.

Of course, we wait in the stage door line and get our programs signed. When Julia comes out, she chats with us for a bit, about how doing the show in this heat and humidity is like Bikram Mamma Mia! She asks if we are going to come back to see the show again ... but of course. Then she asks if we are meat-eaters, and Petra says yes and I, of course, say no, so Julia says, "Well, then you won't eat this ... but there's this place called Crown Candy Kitchen that has a BLT with one-pound of bacon on it." My eyes nearly fall out of my head and I say something along the lines of, "As a dietitian, that just boggles my mind!" and she responds, "Well, that is MY diet right now, so ..."

And I am so mind-boggled that I forget to ask her for a picture before she continues down the line. We get our programs signed by whoever else is left, and we wait to see if Julia comes back toward the front of the line, and she does. She comes back over to us, and I say, "I forgot to ask if I could get a picture because I was distracted by the bacon." I forget what she said to that, but I probably added that I was particularly in shock because I'm a dietitian AND a vegan, and she replied to that with, "Well, I still like you." Ha ha ha.

After the pictures, we say goodbye, and Petra and I walk back toward the MetroLink station.

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11:17 PM Arrived at Forest Park Walking Trail
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11:20 PM Walking back to the MetroLink Station is not easy. It's supposed to be a 15-20-minute walk, but some of the paths are closed due to construction, and it is hard to tell where we are allowed to walk.

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11:41 PM Arrived at St. Louis City Center Hotel
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3:00 AM Actually still awake. Have been up just chatting about theatre and Mamma Mia! and Julia Murney. Theatre highs are fun.




Saturday 23 July 2016
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9:50 AM Probably could have used more sleep, but my body feels like I have slept in long enough. It's ready to be awake.

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10:13 AM Five years ago, THAT HAPPENED. Might need to remind Julia about this incident when we see her again tonight ...
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12:00PM Leaving the hotel to head out to somewhere I can get coffee and where Petra can get food.

It's BROILING HOT. I mean, to the point where even I am miserably uncomfortable, and I generally like and have no problem with the heat when I'm in NYC. But this is so much worse. The sun is just so intense. It's a lot better in the shade, but with it being close to noon, there really isn't much shade.

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12:36 PM Arrived at St. Louis Bread Co.
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12:54 PM My half Modern Greek Salad with #Quinoa (with no feta), mini #apple, and ginormously VERY large #IcedCoffee from #StLouisBreadCo which really is just @panerabread. #vegan #glutenfree #coffee #healthyeating #dietitianapproved #plantbased @ St. Louis Bread Co.
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But seriously, when I saw "large iced coffee" on the menu, I assumed it would be like the 24-oz large at Starbucks. Imagine my shock when the cashier handed me a 32-oz cup.

Ordering actually isn't too bad, and they are able to accommodate food allergies/restrictions pretty well. They have a book that indicates which of the major allergens are in their foods. They were able to make my salad without the feta cheese and they were able to confirm for me that the dressing on it is dairy-free (and I knew it was gluten-free already because it's indicated as such on the menu).

They allow you to get free refills of coffee, tea, sodas, lemonades, etc. but I think my 32 ounces of iced coffee is plenty. It's more than I normally would drink at once, that's for sure.

They also have free wifi which is nice. It's also freezing cold with the air conditioning pumped up super high, so I have to put my jacket on.

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1:20 PM Leaving for the Arch now.

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1:33 PM Arrived at St. Louis Gateway Arch, Missouri
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1:44 PM Me handstanding in front of the #StLouisArch because this is me we're talking about. #handstand #stlouis #upsidedown #yogaeverywhere #yogaanywhere #adhomukhavrksasana #yoga #yogi @ St. Louis Gateway Arch, Missouri
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1:47 PM Arrived at Gateway Arch Riverboats
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Hanging out on the walkway above the Riverboats. Taking some pictures.

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1:56 PM Arrived at Gateway Arch
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Now at the base. Some shade to sit.

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2:04 PM Checked-in at Gateway Arch
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After resting in the shade for a bit and after I buy a $2 bottle of water from a beverage cart there (which I imagine must be doing very good business), we head back toward the hotel but will try to go by Busch Stadium and the sculpture gardens we passed by earlier.

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2:35 PM Checked-in at Busch Stadium
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Looks like there is going to be a game tonight, as there are fans already around.

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2:50 PM Checked-in at Citygarden
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Taking pictures of some of the interesting sculptures. Then we find a fountain area that kids are running around in. Looks refreshing so we wander into it, too.

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2:58 PM In this nearly 100-degree heat, wandering through this fountain in @citygarden is just glorious. #stlouis #stlouiscitygarden #citygarden @ Citygarden
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3:35 PM Back at the hotel to rest in some air conditioned comfort. Petra wants to nap.

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4:05 PM Checked-in at St. Louis City Center Hotel
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5:59 PM I bought a Diet Coke last night from the hotel vending machine because they don't even have bottled water in the vending machine, and it's almost an entire day later and I still haven't finished it. Water >>> any kind of soda.
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6:30 PM Leave hotel. Since the Civic Center MetroLink station is closed for construction this weekend, we have to walk down to the Union Station stop. Except I don't do a very good job at navigating and we end up walking one long block too far north, so we have to turn west and back south to get to Union Station. Oops. It's still hot, so the extra walking isn't all that fun.

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6:55 PM Get off at Central West End station. Walking to the Tutti Frutti that I found on Yelp so that we can get some frozen yogurt! Yes, fro yo for dinner.

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7:11 PM Arrived at Tutti Frutti Cwe
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7:18 PM Ever since the #TuttiFrutti left NYC, I have been deprived of the tasty #soy taro and soy #peanutbutter #frozenyogurt. So glad the one here in #StLouis has soy flavors! #yummy #froyofordinner #maybenotdietitianapproved #vegan #glutenfree #nondairy #peanutbutterdrizzle #peanutbutteraddict @ Tutti Frutti Cwe
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7:20 PM Walking to the Muny isn't as easy. One of the paths is for cars only, and we would have ended up walking on a highway. So we have to turn back and turn down the next pedestrian walkway into the park.

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7:51 PM Arrived at The Muny
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We meet up with Jillian, Tam, and AD. Then we go to find our seats, which is one section over

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10:40 PM Arrived at The Muny at Forest Park
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11:13 PM Arrived at Forest Park Visitors Center
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More accurately, the parking lot. We pile into Jillian's car and drive around to Delmar Loop, looking for a place we can have drinks and/or food.

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11:35 PM Arrived at Eclipse Restaurant
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The first place we wander into after parking has drinks, but their kitchen had already closed. So we keep walking down the street until we find a diner, which is perfect because Petra has been wanting to go to a diner to get quintessential American diner food.

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11:41 PM Arrived at Peacock Loop Diner
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And amazingly, this diner actually has some vegan options and some gluten-free options, and they are indicated as such on the menu! Unfortunately, none of the items are BOTH vegan and gluten-free, so it's going to take some customizing. Our server says that they don't really have any raw veggies to dip in the red pepper hummus that I want to get, but they could put it on top of a salad. That sounds great, so I decide to go with that.

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12:05 AM Muny at Forest Park St Louis
Group pic with Julia Murney after Mamma Mia! round two! ❤️💜💛
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1:36 AM Arrived at St. Louis City Center Hotel
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Jillian drives us back to our hotel, except it seemed to be taking a lot longer than even I would have expected (and I don't know the city well at all). Then it turns out that she had her Waze app set to "avoid highways". Ha ha, oops. Well, we are pretty much back to our hotel when we realize that has been the case.

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1:50 AM Post-show dinner at the Peacock Loop Diner in #StLouis with this neon sign out front. @ Peacock Loop Diner
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2:00 AM Thanks to @pepamama and the cast of #MunyMammaMia for making a quick weekend trip to #StLouis so much fun and making it worth the melting in the heat! #MammaMia #theatre #musical #musicaltheatre @ Muny at Forest Park St Louis
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Sunday 24 July 2016
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8:50 AM Alarm goes off. Don't want to get up! But must get up and pack.

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10:24 AM Checking out. Have to wait in line a bit since there are two people at the front desk and both seem to be tied up with other guests with not-so-simple things.

Then again walking to the Union Station MetroLink station, but faster this time since I don't navigate us in the wrong direction. It's still so hot. Ugh.

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10:44 AM Checked-in at MetroLink - Union Station
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11:04 AM We’re on the Metrolink to the airport to head back to NYC. ‘Twas a fun, if not stifling hot, couple of days, St. Louis!
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11:15 AM Checked-in at MetroLink - Lambert Airport Terminal #2 Station
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Petra and I are going to different terminals since we are on different flights going back to NYC, and Southwest flies out of Terminal 2. Petra's flight is also a tad bit delayed.

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11:20 AM Arrived at St. Louis International Airport, St. Louis, Missouri
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11:25 AM Already through security! Speedy. No pat-down this time.

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12:36 PM Checked-in at Starbucks
Coffee PLEASE
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12:50 PM Southwest Airlines Lambert St. Louis Airport
I love how everyone here is all "I can't wait to get to NYC where it'll be COOLER!" Ta-ta, St. Louis!
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12:51 PM Checked-in at Gate E8
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12:38 PM Lining up to board now. I managed to get position A 60 for my boarding group, which was nice.

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1:44 PM When you remind someone three times that you’ll be of town and they still forget and think you’re teaching this afternoon … *headdesk*
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12:51 PM Boarding!

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1:00 PM Sitting down in my seat. I choose a window seat right over the wing. Don't want to take any chances with turbulence and nausea.

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1:13 PM Not a full flight and empty middle seat next to me. Score!

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1:16 PM Take-off. So many kids on this flight. So far behaving but we shall see.

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1:38 PM Ugh gum on the floor and now on the bottom of my shoe.

And it turns out it is a good thing I chose a seat over the wing, because there were a couple times during the flight that we encountered turbulence and the captain turned on the seat belt sign. I might have suffered from nausea if I were sitting in the back of the plane like I often do.

I try to sleep, but since I had coffee at the airport, that doesn't work out so well.

Also, they didn't offer the wifi for free this time. I'm guessing they gave us free wifi on the flight out because it was delayed.

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4:18 PM Landed!

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4:20 PM LaGuardia Airport
We had a REALLY hard landing on the runway that it scared the crap out of me ... and then people on the plane applauded. Something about the runway being short and the plane needing a steeper approach. I'm NOT amused. BUT BACK IN NYC!
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4:33 PM Checked-in at LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
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4:45 PM Checked-in at MTA Bus - M60/Q48/Q70 LTD/Q72 - LGA Internal Roadway/Terminal B (Central Pass Term)
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4:45 PM On the M60-SBS. Thankfully didn't have to wait too long for the bus to arrive at LGA, and was able to get a seat. Of course, we have to stop at the other terminals before heading back towards Astoria and Manhattan.

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5:18 PM Finally about to get on subway.

Much to my dismay, I discover that there is some unplanned (as far as I can tell) construction, and the subways are skipping 39th Ave, 36th Ave, Broadway, and 30th Ave in the Manhattan-bound direction - which means having to go all the way to Queensboro Plaza and transferring to an uptown train. Problem is that because of the construction, it's running VERY delayed and because it is Sunday, trains are very infrequent and will have to wait quite some time for an uptown train.

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5:34 PM Yes. Just what I want to be doing after getting off a plane ... standing trapped on a subway that is halted on the center track because they're single-tracking between Queensboro Plaza and Astoria Blvd, and I have to take this train to Queensboro Plaza because it's not stopping at my stop and turn around at Queensboro Plaza to go back uptown to get home. 😫
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We end up having to sit in the center track in front of 36th Avenue for quite some time. At least 15 minutes, but I'm not really keeping track. If we were on the track at the station and could get off, I would totally get off and just walk the 2/3 of a mile back home. So close, yet SO FAR.

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5:46 PM Checked-in at MTA Subway - Queensboro Plaza (N/Q/7)
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Strangely, I actually run into Petra who was on the same subway train when we get off at Queensboro Plaza. Her flight ended up not being that delayed and they made up a little time during the flight. I also took a longer time getting to the bus stop since I was searching for a non-crowded restroom at LGA.

But ugh, we JUST miss an N train going toward Astoria, which means it'll be at least 10-15 minutes before the next one comes, but probably longer since it seemed like the uptown N trains are moving more slowly due to the construction.

I'm cranky, tired, and I just want to take all the bags off of my shoulders and lie down. Even if it is just for a few minutes.

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6:10 PM Checked-in at Greenbay Market
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Food! Except it's a little too warm to be eating hot roasted zucchini and roasted mushrooms. Going to have to stick it in the fridge and eat cold after I get back home later.

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7:09 PM We literally weren't home from the airport for more than half an hour and then came over to The Secret Theatre in LIC to see this production of #The25thAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee that I stumbled upon on TDF last night because @petrajaga has never seen #SpellingBee. #theatre #musicaltheatre #musical #locatheatre #theatrenerd #theatrejunkie #longislandcity @ The Secret Theatre
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7:27 PM Checked-in at The Secret Theatre
Spelling Bee
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8:33 PM Overall this teeny theatre company’s production of Spelling Bee is good, except for the over-caricaturing of the kids’ quirks. TOO much.
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10:05 PM Arrived at Home
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