Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Life Lately

It's been a month..

Oops! Boy, have I been busy. I have so much to catch up on for y'all, starting with where I left off. We came up with a winner for the Tiux Compression Socks giveaway I hosted.

Let's see, what has been going on since the end of June. I was lucky enough to accompany Daniel one weekend in Miami while he was there for business. I had never been before that trip, so I was pretty excited. And let me tell you, it was definitely a trip I will never forget. It was everything you'd expect a Miami vacay to be. We stayed in an amazing two bedroom condo in one of the many Trump towers, right on the beach. We dined at some of the best restaurants, including Milo's, a ridiculously nice Greek inspired restaurant. What an experience! We had a very, VERY nice car the whole weekend, we went stand up paddle boarding, ordered pizza one night and just stayed in, I went running on the beach again after so many months of not being able to, and the pool... lounging at the pool was one of the most relaxing moments. I had so much fun, and I can't wait to do it again.

In the elevator at the Trump Royale.

The view of the marina and sunset from the condo.

Sunny Isles Beach

It was really a great vacation..... Until the plane ride home -_- Let me tell you about this Delta Airlines plane ride home. My flight was supposed to go from Ft. Lauderdale to Atlanta to NWA. Simple right? Wrong. About the time we arrive in ATL (about 5pm), there are thunderstorms. Due to these thunderstorms, we circle for about an hour to wait for a clear chance to land, which never happened. The pilot then informs us we are headed to Savannah, GA to refuel and hopefully make it back to ATL. Ok..... I hope we can in time for my next flight!!

We get to Savannah, and the clouds are rolling in. I kept checking the weather and thought to myself, "we better hurry before the storms reach us here and we're stuck". I must have subconsciously manifested just that. We were informed that several flights had been deferred to Savannah due to weather and that the international flights took precedence over us to get fuel, so we waited... and waited... and about two hours later, the crew calls it quits.  Now, mind you the whole time we are stuck on this plane (because if we "were to leave it would be our final destination") there was a 7 month old baby in the row behind me who had already been through two bottles and running out of the third. Mother was frantic, Grandma who was sitting next to me was frantic. It was kind of a mess. My phone was basically dead but finally the crew told us we could get off the plane but had to have our original boarding pass to get back on, which of course with my luck, I had already thrown away.  -_-

After getting off the plane to get a plug in and charge my phone, we were notified that the next flight out wouldn't be until 7am the next morning. Um.. WHAT?! I have to work at 8! We were supposed to be home by 10pm that night. This will not work for me, no, no, NO. I wasn't the only one who was desperately trying to get home, the majority of our flight had moved gates to an incoming flight from ATL that was possibly going back out once it landed. It was our only chance. Once we got to the gate, surprise, surprise, we ran into more trouble. Since the airline changed all of our flights to 7am the next morning, we were shown in the system as literally being on a flight, so the clerk had no possible way of switching us to a new flight. Um.. WHAT?!?! We were fuming. We were hungry. We were tired. It was nearing 11pm by this time. The airline then decides to tell us that all of our luggage is sitting at the carousel to be picked up. UNATTENDED. They basically unloaded our luggage and piled it up in an unlocked, unsupervised area. Freaking A! Thankfully someone held my spot in line so I could go get my suitcase, which thankfully again was small enough to be a carry on and I didn't have to check it again. Fortunately for us, the airport ordered several pizzas for us, which was ahh-mazing considering we had been stranded for 6 hours by now and still didn't know if we were getting onto the next flight, leaving Savannah for ATL at 11:50pm. The awesome, patient, and BRAND NEW clerk we were working with finally figured out the issue and started to transfer us to the new flight, and thankfully I was front of the line.

Once I had my new boarding pass in hand, I felt like I could breathe. The rest of us that got onto this new flight sat and talked while waiting for the plane to come in (which was carrying the crew for another outgoing flight on the next gate). What a mess. Unorganized, no communication, Delta really gave off the wrong impression. Around 12:30am we started boarding, and I hoped it would be downhill from there. Luckily, I got a row all to myself, so for the short flight to ATL, I sprawled out and got to take a tiny nap, which never happens for me on a plane. We got to ATL and I immediately went to a booth where you can call the airline about your flight. My next flight was rescheduled for 10am, and since I didn't want to spend 9 or so hours in the airport, I tried (and succeeded) to get an earlier flight, for 8am. I found my gate, laid down, put on Pretty Little Liars and waited. I got about 30-45 min sleep before my alarm starting going off. I apparently was dead to the world because a random man had to eventually wake me up, oops. I made it on to my flight and finally touched down in Arkansas. Such a trip... here's a video from my Snapchat that describes it pretty well.


Moving on...

 Daniel's sister came to stay with us for almost a week. It was a really great time. We hiked, shot guns, ate good food, and got to show her the beautiful-ness of my hometown/area. She had never seen fireflies before, so that was really refreshing to experience, and it also stormed while she was here so she had a little taste of the amazing summer thunderstorms we have. It was a great time.

Hawksbill Crag hike in Arkansas

The next weekend I believe, was 4th of July. Daniel, being from California and all, has never experienced Independence Day like we do in NWA. He literally had no idea we are allowed to shoot off mortars, big boomers. And out fireworks stands are anything but. I'm talking actual buildings. He was like a kid in a candy store, it was the funniest thing. We grabbed a shopping cart and started to fill it. He seemed to be getting one of everything, it was a good time. The next night we went to my uncle's house to shoot them off. It's always been a tradition in my family to host a huge firework show/celebration so this year, even though smaller, was no different.

I'd say it's been a very busy month my goodness. The next weekend I was off on Friday and spent a good part of the day driving to Hot Springs for the Miss Arkansas (America) Pageant. My good friend, and Miss AR 2008 sister lives there and let me stay with her in her cute little apartment. We lounged at the pool all day Saturday and both Friday and Saturday nights we were spectators at the pageant. I hadn't been since the year 2008 when I competed, so it was a little bittersweet for me. I love pageants, and probably always will, but I completely forget the negative energy drain it gives you. I'm making it sound awful, but that's just a small part. Dressing up and seeing beauty queens compete onstage is a really fun event for my friend Jennifer and me. Plus, she trained a few of the contestants (which I hope will be me soon!). It was great to be there because Miss Northwest Arkansas (and one of my Miss NWA sisters), Loren McDaniel, won the title and is representing our state at Miss America in September. It brought back fond memories for sure.

Jennifer and me, Night 3 of Prelims (Friday)

With a couple of the teen queens!

Something that is super exciting that has happened recently, I am finally on the schedule regularly for teaching spin at FreeRide! I am on every Tuesday and Thursday morning. It's a really early time, but my class is always full of energetic, dedicated people ready to go!

Follow me on SnapChat --> @onehaolegirl

And another SUPER exciting thing happening in my life, I am finally a personal trainer! And what's even better, it's at an all women's facility! I cannot express the gratitude I have for the opportunities that have been given to me in the last couple of months. I am so excited to get my career started.

Personal Training at Body by Kelly.

Miss USA was a couple weeks ago and Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma captured the crown. This is the first win for the state of Oklahoma and is also a part of Vanbros and Associates which is the organization that produces the state pageants for Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois, and ARKANSAS. It's super exciting the org that will be producing my pageant has produced a national winner. I wholeheartedly believe she will be a force to be reckoned with at Miss Universe this winter, and I think she will be an incredible Miss USA. We're back to blonde baby!

This past weekend I decided to do a little pageant shopping. I'm hoping I can get enough sponsorship money to get a new gown. This is my last hoorah and I really want to feel like a million bucks. I don't plan on really showcasing my actual wardrobe until I'm on stage competing, but here's a little sneak peak of a style I'm looking at...

The Royal We

What do you think? Don't forget I have a GoFundMe account set up for potential sponsorship. It can be used for businesses as a tax write off and you will be given constant social media love and advertisement, including being listed in the official Miss Arkansas USA program book.

What. a. crazy. month. and I have a feeling it's not slowing down anytime soon. Time to get some flyers together and hit the pavement! Wish me luck :)

Happy Hump Day!

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