Yesterday turned out to be a full travel day getting from California to Iowa. There were no problems in the morning getting to the airport and leaving Sacramento. And there weren't any major problems in Chicago, either. But while I was waiting for my flight from Chicago to Cedar Rapids, they announced that they were looking for someone to give up a seat on the plane, in exchange for a later flight AND a free round-trip ticket to anywhere in the U.S.
I was tempted. But I had some freelance editing work to finish, and I just couldn't see myself doing the work in the middle of the airport. Then they made a second announcement. You could literally see passengers looking around at other passengers wondering, "Well, is someone gonna do this?" I walked up to the counter and asked if I'd qualify, because I already was flying on a free ticket. The woman working the counter said it was fine.
So, I decided to call my dad to see if it would be alright. The last thing I wanted to do was through off their plans by arriving 4 hours later. But he said it would be fine (though it WOULD mean I'd miss most of the Kansas basketball game on TV). I ended up giving up my seat, getting the free ticket, finding a relatively quiet place (with a table, even!) to do my work, and then taking the much later flight.
During that time it snowed, and many of the planes were getting the de-icing treatment. But eventually my flight made it. Needless to say, by the time I went to bed last night, I slept solidly. And my body didn't really want to get up this morning!