I got through Security quickly (I'm so glad I have "status" now and can go through the "special people" line!) and headed to my gate. I hung out and soon it was time to get on the full plane for Dallas. Yes, this time I had a connection with my flight. It's a long story as to why I had connections and a week long trip. But, I don't need to really go into all that, so I won't. I didn't mind having a connection in Dallas. I'd never been there before and it was an opportunity to get up, stretch my legs, and let my butt relax a little from being squeezed into that tight seat. When we arrived in Dallas, this is what I saw:
I got off the plane, used the toity, looked around, had some lunch at TGI Friday's, and then found my new gate. No possibility of upgrading to First Class. Darn. Oh well. Very quickly it was time to board for the Chicago leg of this flight. So, on we went again. Love Priority Access. I get to get on right at the beginning and don't have to worry about my hips hitting anyone as I walk to my seat. Yay.
As I got on the plane, I thought about something. Here I was...deep in the heart of Texas...and I hadn't heard the drawl, I hadn't seen the big hair, the big hats or belt buckles, I hadn't seen anything "Texas". What? Was I stereotyping Texans? I guess so! I WAS kinda bummed though that I hadn't seen any real Texan cowboy hats and such. But...I didn't have to wait too long....
There was one point during the flight that I did wake up and I looked out the window and wondered where we were. I took this picture of the lake below, hoping to be able to find it on Google or something, but I never did find it. Oh well. It was pretty anyway.
I quickly got my suitcase and rental car and headed to the Westin. This was the first time I'd stayed at the Westin. It was pretty nice, except that the parking situation there SUCKS. The professionalism and hospitality there is so much better than at the other hotels in the area though that it kind of made up for it. This is the lobby.
The last time I was in Chicago, I'd found a Cheesecake Factory not too far away so that's where I went again tonight. My waitress was kind of irritating but the food was good. I'm really into salmon these days for some reason so that's what I had. It was delicious.
Very moist - in fact, the underside was just a little TOO moist and maybe wasn't fully done yet. It was tasty though. Unfortunately, no room for dessert tonight. Bummer. Who goes to Cheesecake Factory and doesn't get dessert? Even to go? Me.
I came back to the hotel, parked in the parking lot that was down the hill, through the woods, and across the street, and then hiked it back to the hotel entrance. I went up to my room, stripped down to my skivies, turned the A/C on and down to 60 degrees, and watched some tv before heading to sleep. Big day tomorrow...I hope I get offered the job!