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When You Can’t See The Bright Side of Life Polish The Dull Side…

Have you ever had one of those weeks in which very little goes right? I don’t often complain about ‘the little things’ because I feel lucky that life is generally pretty wonderful, but today I need to vent a little.

I extended my trip for a few extra days, and now I’m thinking that maybe I should have headed home as scheduled. It was important to me to stay for a few specific reasons, but nothing really worked out as planned. My sister and niece, the biggest reason for my extended stay, both became sick the morning I was originally scheduled to leave so it was tough to do anything with them. There was another work-related reason for staying, but it didn’t pan out either. And I missed my flight…which just stinks.

For the next 9 hours (okay, 8 or so because I’ve been here for over an hour already) I’ll be stuck in the airport. It’s certainly not the worst thing that could happen to me, but it’s far from ideal. My step dad, who dropped me off, would have been more than happy to turn around and pick me up. But he’s sick…he was miserable on the long drive to the airport this morning, and I just could not be selfish enough to ask him to come back only to do it all over later today.

So I’m going to search my heart and mind for some positives and focus on those. I often say that life is what we make it. Now it’s time for me to prove to myself that I can make it extraordinary even in circumstances that are not perfect.

Here’s a list of a few positives I’ve come up with since I started this post.

– I’m on stand-by for a flight that is far from full later today. That’s much better than being on stand-by for a full flight or learning that there were no later flights available today.

– I found a nice place to sit. I’m at a corner table where my laptop is plugged in so I don’t have to worry about battery life for my computer or iPhone. The manager of the terminal, Chauncey, said no one would bother me here, and that I’m welcome to stay as long as I need to stay. Thank you, Chauncey.

(This is my little corner of the airport. It’s a pretty good setup considering.)

– The seat I’m sitting in right now has arms, and last year I would not have been comfortable at all. This year, I fit comfortably in the chair. I will not have bruises on my sides, and I don’t have to sit forward on the chair because I don’t fit. This, my friends, is a novelty that will not wear off soon.

– The airline will let me check my bags at 2pm. That feels like ages from now, but it’s much better than lugging my bags around until 6pm. At that time, I’ll consider taking a cab to Michael’s or the mall to kill some time. Shopping is the second best way I can think of to spend my time. πŸ™‚

– The people working here have been extremely nice to me. They’ve been encouraging and sympathetic so they’re not pressuring me to leave (even if Chauncey wasn’t in my corner.)

– I was able to find a healthy meal option. I needed to eat something, and I’ll likely need to eat again before I leave. Right now, I am having a salad with no dressing just marinated shrimp. The heavily marinated shrimp may keep me from weighing in or from liking what I see on the scale temporarily, but it’s a very healthy option. And I’m happy to have found one in an airport full of fried seafood, gumbo and other tasty (but not so healthy) foods.

– I have my Nook (Barnes & Noble e-reader) and a copy of the new novella from the Twilight series, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. Eclipse is my favorite book of the series, and I’m seeing a pre-screening of it Tuesday night at midnight. I can’t wait! πŸ™‚

– It’s happening on my way home. I’m anxious to get back to the people I’ve missed in New York, but I don’t have to leave New York in one week. I have all the time in the world to spend with them and enjoy them. I’d rather lose a day going home than lose the first day of a short trip. My next flight is in late July. I think I’ll try to be on time for that one. πŸ™‚

– I have knitting needles in my suitcase. Last night, I completed my first bootie ever. I knitted the whole thing by myself with instruction from my awesome friend and neighbor, Steff, and now I’m going to do some more work on my niece’s scarf. I could use some uninterrupted time to get comfortable with the small knitting needles so I’ll take advantage of the time I have soon.

(I have knitting needles and pretty yarn so I’ll make good use of my time.)

Posts like this one is why blogging is so important to me. I’ve taken a few minutes to whine and complain (thanks for listening.) And now I’ve found many, many reasons to be happy. It could be better, but it’s really not so bad.

I have the power to make the best of my circumstances whatever they are. And I am choosing today to look at the bright side because the situation will play out the same regardless, and stressing out and/or worrying will only make things harder on myself.

In the last year, I’ve worked on becoming a higher-maintenance girl who does not make unhealthy food choices just because they’re easier. And I’ve often wished that I could be an even-keeled girl who is not controlled by wild emotions or my circumstances. And today, though I stressed for a few minutes I have proven to myself that I am that girl.

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    June 23, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Your attitude ROCKS! Stay safe and sane, and good things will come to you!

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    June 23, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Hey girl! I don't always comment – but I read 95% of what you blog!! I just LOVE you attitude! And lately – I have just found it ADORABLE reading your blog AND Sean's! It's AMAZING the way things just seem to "happen" sometimes!!! I'm SOO totally happy for you! πŸ™‚
    Hugs – from Oklahoma!

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    June 23, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    I love your luggage…

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    June 23, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    I love your way of looking on the bright side of everything! I used to be like that and for some reason I let myself slide into more negative thinking lately. Your posts are a great reminder to keep the glass half full – but to make sure it's water or some other low cal beverage! πŸ™‚ Hope you make it home soon to the Big Apple!!!

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    Deb Willbefree
    June 23, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Uh-hmmm. I have one more thing to add to your "good things" list. πŸ˜€

    When you finally make it on that airplane this afternoon, you won't need to ask for a seatbelt extender! πŸ˜€

    Great post. It's okay to whine a little. Life isn't always sunshine and roses unless you're delusional. You kept it real AND regrouped. Perfect. πŸ˜€


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    June 23, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    You have a gift for finding the bright side of whatever situation arises. I admire that so much! Plus, I second the comment concerning your cute luggage! And there are worse places to be stuck than NOLA!!! I'm glad you had a good vacation, and I hope you have a safe trip home.

    PS. Will you be weighing in tomorrow? I know you missed last week — how do you think you are doing?

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    β™₯ Kenz β™₯
    June 23, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    To be honest Tammy, I haven't decided if I should weigh in tomorrow or not. I normally do weigh in on Thursdays, and I hate the thought of skipping it. I've done reasonably well since I got here, but I've eaten high sodium foods today so we'll see.

    I do know that if I decide to weigh in tomorrow, it may not be as good as it will be the following week. I could also wait to weigh in on Monday. I do always have that as a backup. I'm just not sure..any ideas?

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    Sean Anderson
    June 23, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    I smiled all the way through this post. I loved it! It's this kind of introspective writing that makes our weight loss blogs a powerful resource along this road. Once you started writing, you found clarity in your perspective and then that even-keeled attitude became perfectly in focus.
    Enjoy the incredible NSV's along your journey—That chair would have left me horribly uncomfortable not that long ago—but like you, I'm sitting where ever I desire—and marveling in the experience. Enjoy that feeling—it just keeps getting better and better along the way.
    You're going to have an amazing flight and when you return to NYC, all that you've experienced in the last week and a half will provide comfort as you go about your beautiful life.
    I would happily spend 8 hours in an airport terminal with you, we'd own the place—our little playground…

    Thinking of you today,

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    June 23, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    It's a toss-up on the weigh-in for tomorrow. Of course, you go to your meeting really late, so lots of water the rest of today and tomorrow could help flush the sodium. I missed two meetings in a row last month, and it hurt me a lot. I had a big gain because I lost focus and momentum, but that hasn't been a problem with you. I would probably try to make my meeting tomorrow just knowing that the number may be a little skewed and that next week will be more accurate. You are doing so great!

    BTW – I won a prize at our meeting today. Our leader wanted me to match objects with what foods they can be used as an estimate for a serving size (i.e, deck of cards = 3 oz. of meat). She gave me a WW lipstick case! My other case just broke, so this was perfect. For that reason, and for the fact that lipstick is my makeup weakness!

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    June 23, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I love how you always look on the bright side of things Kenz!!!


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    June 23, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I always love to read your post it makes my day brighter and always gives me a little hope for myself.

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    June 23, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    DUDE!!! I can so relate!! So get this — a few years ago I went down to New Orleans to take a short cruise with my family. (Visit with family in Louisiana? Sound familiar?) Well, while the cruise ship was docked, a runaway barge on the Mississippi hit it, so the cruise ended up getting canceled. Carnival refunded our money and were very nice. Rather than waste my valuable vacation days doing not much, we paid an extra $300 to change our plane tickets to come home (to NY! Sound familiar?) early.

    Well, of course a snowstorm hit Albany so our flight got delayed. Stuck in the airport. Four hours. Eight hours. 12 Hours. Then overnight. Because it was "weather-related" the airlines wouldn't pick up the tab for a hotel or anything.

    Day 2. The snowstorm has now moved out of Albany, but there are standby lists 100 names long to get to NY. We somehow get to Charlotte, NC but are stuck there. The rebook us on flight after flight, but can't get home. The airline says this is all "weather-related" and won't give us food vouchers or a hotel room. The airport wouldn't even give us a cot to sleep on. We also had no luggage since we checked it in New Orleans…

    Day 3 stuck in Charlotte. We get booked on plane after plane. Then LUCK! We finally have a plane that we can actually get on, like at 8 p.m. We start to get on when we see this family (mom and dad with two kids) that have been stuck in the airport since Day 1 with us. They don't make it on the flight. We felt so bad for them –They had little kids!!!– that we gave up our seats for them to use. For being generous the airline finally gave us one night hotel stay compensated.

    Day 4 and we somehow get to Washington D.C., but all the flights are still booked. At that point we're so close to home that we could rent a car and get home faster, right? But no, the airline wouldn't give us our money back so we could pay for the rental car. We wait SIXTEEN HOURS in Washington D.C. For last flight of the evening there were literally about 200 passengers waiting on standby trying to get home, when the poor guy working at the counter tells us that there was a "weather-related" delay in Florida and our plane isn't going to arrive. People were so angry they actually started to throw luggage at the counter, shouting, tearing up the furniture, etc! It was an outright riot!! Under pressure the airline finally pulled a plane out of storage and got us home, in the wee hours of Day 5.

    The airline refused to refund our $300 extra that we paid to get home early, even though we ended up getting home a day LATER than we would have normally.

    Moral to this story: Other than "never ever ever fly United Airlines," it would be to hang out, have fun, get some blogging done, and hey, at least you're not stuck in the airport for five days with no luggage!!!


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    June 23, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Once again, your amazing optimism and joy of life come shining through. This is why I love reading your blogs! Your positive attitude is just inspiring. πŸ™‚

    As for weighing in, why not go for it? The number on the scale doesn't define who you are. It's just a number, a guideline to where you are at that exact moment. If the numbers are a little high, it's ok. You understand what brought you to that point… a vacation with fantastic food, wonderful family, and one very special guy. If you were to ask yourself "Was worth it?", would you say yes? If so, then go ahead and weigh in, think about your amazing week, and get ready to tackle the next.

    From reading your blogs, I believe you are a strong and beautiful woman, Kenz. Go for it!

    Have a safe flight home (when the airlines finally make that possible for ya.) Enjoy Eclipse! Don't forget to post pics of the booties if you have any. I never could figure out knitting. πŸ˜‰ ~H.

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    June 24, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Loved the blog post!!! Brings back memories of an ill-fated trip to Boston back in 2003 Maybe I'll just blog about it. I wasn't nearly as positive as you are being, but at the end of the day (wee hours of the morning) I did decide just to laugh it off at that point. Good for you! And congratulations on fitting in the chair, no seatbelt extender, and all the other 'good luck' that came your way!! Safe travels!

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    Genie @ Diet of 51
    June 24, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Your little corner of the airport is very nice.
    Chauncey really hooked you up.

    You will be home soon and it will all be OK. Enjoy the flight; maybe you will meet someone fabulous!

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    June 24, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Okay okay – while I know it's an airport – your little area is so cute – just like you…keep on keeping on sweetie.

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    Julie Lost and Found
    June 24, 2010 at 4:50 am

    Just happened across your blog and so glad I did. What an awesome attitude you have!!! You've really given me food for thought!


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    June 24, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Sorry to spam your blog here, but just FYI, I have a clothing giveaway going on at my blog. I don't know if you are interested. I have some green and blue silk shirts that would look lovely with your coloring, if they fit. Christine.

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