Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Hello from Logan International Airport! I took nearly every mode of transportation possible to get here this morning: car, train, subway, bus, and soon I’ll be getting on a plane to Dallas (layover) and then California. Planes, trains, and automobiles, baby.

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This morning, I woke up bright and early at 5:01, quickly showered, dressed, made breakfast, and then woke Mal up at 5:30 to drive me to the train station.

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(Mal didn’t mind having his photo taken this morning, but his hair sort of looked like Flock of Seagulls, so he wore his hood.)

Here’s how my travels went down this morning:

Commuter rail to South Station.

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Where’s my coffee?!

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Arrive at South Station.

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Walk to subway.

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Silver line to airport.

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Arrive at Logan before sunrise!

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Once I checked in to my flight and got through security, I went in search of coffee. Apparently, it’s my lucky day because my terminal had a Starbucks in it and that Starbucks had eggnog on the menu. Double score. November 2nd isn’t too early for eggnog, right? I didn’t think so.

Breakfast

For breakfast, I ordered an iced coffee with eggnog from Starbucks and ate a peanut butter and banana sandwich on a whole wheat Bagel Thin that I brought from home.

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Lunch

For lunch, I brought some homemade granola, which I plan to add to yogurt and fresh fruit. Airports have lots of healthy food options nowadays, so I’m hoping to find both of these things in Dallas on my layover. Unfortunately, I didn’t measure the ingredients that went into my granola, so I can’t share a recipe with you guys, but in the mix was oats, shredded coconut, coconut extract, roasted pumpkin seeds, dried cherries, pumpkin pie spice, canola oil, and maple syrup.

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Traveling always increases your chances of getting sick, so I grabbed some goodies (from my random stash of blog samples) to potentially ward off any illness. Who knows if they’ll actually work, but I figured they couldn’t hurt. I cannot get sick before the marathon.

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Feel Great Weight

As soon as the weather begins to turn cold, I immediately start craving comfort foods. I absolutely love fall foods””apple crisp, sweet potato pie, pumpkin-spice lattes, turkey stuffing, and thick, creamy soups””but I don’t love the extra calories that come with them. I can’t bear to cut these recipes out of my diet, so I’ve slimmed down some of my fall favorites by incorporating low-calorie seasonal produce and spices to pump up the flavor while cutting the calories: 3 Diet-Friendly Ways to Enjoy the Flavors of Fall. < --- Includes my Apple Crisp Smoothie recipe!

Be Thankful Challenge

For those of you on Twitter, the hashtag #bethankfulchallenge was created to keep track of your thankful tweets. I read a whole bunch of them this morning, and they put the biggest smile on my face. Keep them coming, guys!

I’m thankful for my best friend, Mal. He’s the greatest husband. He makes me laugh until I cry pretty much every day, and he fully supports me in everything that I do, including my endless travel adventures. This morning, for instance, he drove me to the train station at 5:30, offered to walk Murphy, and even carried my suitcase to the car. Mal is my hero, and I’m very thankful to have him in my life.

Question of the Day

What’s your least favorite mode of transportation?

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99 Comments

  1. WOw my least favorite transportation is airplanes. I used to be SO scared of flying. Now I am much more calm but still do not enjoy it at all!!! And I also crave fall foods once the weather gets colder! I have been using my slow cooker a lot more and making pumpkin things out the wazoo!! Hungry Girl Pumpkin Softies are phenomenal…especially with some white chocolate chips added to the mix 🙂
    Travel safely!!!!
    P.S. I am thankful that my body allows me to move. I do not appreciate my body near enough and although I dont always like it, I am trying to learn to respect it more by fueling it properly and giving it rest when it needs it!

  2. Least fav mode is definitely bus but unfortch I’m a south shore girl (too!) living in Manhattan so I frequent the buses regularly.

    I think you’re a trooper for going through all of that to get to Logan. I definitely would have tried to bribe for a ride straight in! Then again traffic around Boston in the morning is insane so I’m sure Mal is thankful you are willing to take the commuter rail etc!

    In the winter we crave more caloric foods bc our bodies spend more calories keeping our bodies warm! So that makes it ok the indulge every once and awhile right? Haha

  3. Whew that’s a lot of modes of transportation! Amazing Grass is great stuff – I think you’ll like the way it makes your body feel!

    My least favorite transportation are shuttles, even though they’re usually short rides. Instead of shuttling from the parking lot to the terminal, or between airline terminals, I usually just walk instead.

    Safe travels!

  4. HI Tina, I sort of understand all your means of travel, when I go to newark airport and if I don’t have a ride, it requires a few switches. Anyway, never knew about Starbucks Iced Coffee Eggnog, do you know if they make it warm – like Cappuccino Eggnog? I’ll definitely have to try it.

  5. I feel you on the traveling of trains, planes and automobiles. I went from Ireland to Munich for Oktoberfest last month and took literally every mode of transportation I could think of (plane, train, bus, subway, tram-I was even on a BICYCLE for a short trip). But at least it’s for fun things, right?! Safe travels!!

  6. I feel the same way about my husband.. Isn’t it great being married to your best friend!? We’ve been together for 18 yrs in Dec. This last yr I’ve played the I’m thankful EVERYDAY.. Just a few of my I’m Thankful’s.. That we are healthy, that our kids are healthy, we haven’t lost our house, that my husband still has a job, that I have a great marriage, that I’m eating healthy and meeting my fitness goals (or most of them) that my bestie is my sister, that we’ve expanded our family with our newest member Luka.. our 5 mo old Boston Terrier.. Marley is happy about that one too. He’s our 5 yr old Boston.

  7. I love creamy soups, too, but I rarely use flour, butter, or dairy when I make soup. Instead, potatoes, beans, and cashew cream help me achieve the creaminess while adding lots of vitamins and fiber without the calories and guilt of heavy cream! I haven’t posted any new soup recipes in a while, but two of my post popular posts are for a creamy vegan butternut squash soup and for a blue potato and leek soup. mmmm. I love soup!

  8. This question is perfect for me because I just started a new commute! I now drive to the train station, take a train downtown and walk to work. But, it beats riding the bus (and standing) like I did when I lived in Chicago. I am loving being able to sit! 🙂

  9. ahhh being thankful is tres importante! 😀 I am thankful for another day to experience God’s love, and hopefully do the same unto others. Oh, and I’m thankful for my first ever gym membership! haha! I’ve always avoided them but now that I have to use one, I’m really enjoying it. 🙂 And that 2nd train picture looks sooo cool. Have a safe trip, Tina!!

  10. I love your thankful!
    I am thankful for my best friend as well, Bruce!
    I love this challenge that you are doing! It sure does make everything that stresses us out, seem so much smaller!

  11. I used to be such a big fan of the DC Metro system but lately and after taking it almost every day for 8+ years, I would be happy to give up my good for the environment and civic minded mode of transportation. Seriously, it’s gone down hill and I am almost held hostage to taking it because I get a subsidy from my employer. It’s still cheaper than driving and parking and when it works well it is great. More and more though, I can’t rely on it to get me to my destination on time and sometimes, like on the weekends when they do track work and close down stations, I can’t rely on it at all. What could be a 35 minute commute to my office often turns into a 45 – 50 minute commute. Ugh…I could keep talking about it but instead…

    I am thankful for a mode of transportation that does get a lot of people to a lot of places in a safe and reasonable manner. Thanks to Metro I don’t have to pay for parking or slug it out on the crazy DC streets with other harried workers.

  12. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is one of my all time favorite movies. This reference totally put a smile on my face! 🙂 Safe travels to you Tina and I hope you have a great trip! Eggnog + iced coffee–that sounds phenomenal!

  13. Awww, what a sweet post. Your husband sounds terrific.

    Today, I am grateful for the sun! Cloudy days make it so gloomy and today I just feel hopeful about everything.

    So, I got the apple smoothie recipe, and it does sound awesome, but how could you leave out the yogurt? Young coconut? Cashews? Avocado? What might thicken it up without ruining the apple flavor?

  14. I love traveling, but boy do I hate transfers. Going from one mode of transportation to another wears me out!

    I think trains are my least favorite (not including the cool fancy trains I’ve taken in Europe). I like the idea of trains, but actually riding them is a different story. My moment of train-hatred realization came freshman year when I took a train home for Thanksgiving break from my college. It was a 7+ hour trip (a car ride is about 6 hours), and I was all by myself, bored out of my mind. I now only fly home–the flight is just 1 hour!

  15. I love flying, because I get to do it so infrequently that it’s a big treat for me, and usually means that something exciting is about to happen. Plus, I love the perspective from so high up in the sky!

  16. Stole your idea and got an iced coffee w a splash of ‘nog at Peets for an afternoon pick-me-up. Soooo tasty! Never would have thought of it. Their iced coffee/coffee in general knocks Starbucks out of the water. Definitely grab a cup while you are out here this week 🙂

  17. My least favorite form of transportation is the bus.

    I am thankful today for laughter. Laughter makes the world a better place and allows for some fun and soul medicine, to offset what could easily be a too serious life!

  18. I’m a day late to the party. Can I add something I’m grateful for? (Tina answers yes) I’m grateful for my amazing husband, my wonderful friends and the wine and cheese we all share on a regular basis. Safe travels Tina.

  19. Welcome to California! (I assume you’ll be reading this once you get in.)
    One advantage to growing up where I did was that it took about 7 minutes to get to Logan. Of course, we had to put up with planed flying over the house 24-7…

    There were certain subway trains in NYC that I hated. But the freeways in L.A have to take the cake. (WHY is there traffic jam on the 405 at 3:00 AM?!?!?!?!)

  20. Oh, and I love the 3 Fall recipes! Fall is a downside for me to, not so much comfort food, I can do those healthy, it’s the sweets! All the cookies, brownies, cakes, crisps and more! Horrible! I can’t have that stuff around me because when it’s cold I want it! And I want it now!!

  21. Have a fun trip!! My least favorite mode of transportation is flying. Not the actual flying but the whole airport thing. Trying to get on the plane, the plane is full so you have to check your carry-on, some silly-butt is sitting in your seat and you have to argue with him to get him out, etc. And everyone is always in a hurry to get on the plane but not to get off. Amazing.

    Enough negativity! I am thankful for my hubs too! I was just thinking that this morning. He really does so much for me and 100% supports me going back to school which has changed a lot in our every-day lives. So glad to have him!
    ~Ang
    PS. Eggnog in coffee = brilliant! I heard the gingerbread lattes are out too!!!

  22. oh, girl, that doesn’t sound like a fun morning. I hate planes. They are necessary and I love that they get me places faster, but they make me nervous!

  23. My least favorite mode of transport is hands-down flying. I know it’s pretty irrational, but I’m one of those people who just KNOW they are definitely going to die during the flight.

    I absolutely LOVE the #bethankfulchallenge concept. It’s so important that we remember to be thankful, and the holiday season definitely puts me in the spirit!

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