Well, here I sit in the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, observing things around me, working on my blog a bit, and then my dissertation. It's been an interesting day.
This airport is busy and a bit crowded, but I don't mind either of those things. I like being in Florida. I lived here (18) years and I miss it more times than not. My new state is nice enough. The trees are pretty, the seasons are nice, and I really like our home and backyard, but after seven years there, it still doesn't hold the appeal to me that Florida did. No worries though, I'm happy enough in Michigan (and as MSU Alumni, I really like the Michigan State Spartans), it's just different. So any slice of Florida I can have, I'll take.
I love the ethnicity here. So many different people from different places, both working at the airport and entering/leaving it. What a huge blessing to have so many races and different types of people in one spot, all with a shared travel objective. I know it sounds cheesy, but it makes me happy to live in America.
And then there's the people watching you get in whether you want to or not. I've seen every personality type you can conjure up today, some endearing, some not so much so, but it's all a part of the airport culture, I know.
One of the things that I LOVE here is that there are several, yes I said several, Dunkin' Donuts restaurants, woot! woot! The city closest to my own has a DD, but for some reason (and it's the only city I've ever come across such a thing), it just doesn't have good food/coffee. Such a tragedy because it's one of my all-time favorite places. I'm easy to please, I know. But today, here and now in the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport...there will be coffee. :)
|Definitely a thing of beauty!|
After a little break, I'm going to take the unintended advice of Robyn from Robyn's Online World. She recently did a write-up on her blog about an experience resulting from her trip to BlogHer 2012, and told her readers how at one point, in the airport, she went to a restaurant and asked for an out-of-the-way table, noting she'd need it because she wanted to kill a good block of time while there. Why haven't I thought of that before?? What a perfect solution (no more bouncing from outlet to outlet looking for an out-of-the-way spot). There's a Chili's here, and it and I will be getting quite cozy in a few, as I use it for a bit of nourishment, a great view (they have a wall of windows overlooking the runway), and a spot to take advantage of for some much needed time to work on my dissertation proposal.
In the meantime, I wanted to swing by to update my blog a bit, catch up on e-mail, and upload my pics to Shutterfly. Done, done, and done.
My flight doesn't leave until later this evening, so I'm going to go try and get some school work done now.
Until next time... :)