Many of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter know that I took a brief hiatus the past few days. I decided to surprise my father on a complete whim and fly down to be with him on his first day of chemotherapy. Needless to say it was a total surprise to my parents (something I am really not good at – I can never keep a surprise a surprise) and really brought a smile to my father’s face. This is his second bout with pancreatic cancer after almost two years of being cancer-free. Well, he is a true fighter and already ahead of the curve so all I can do is remain hopeful and stay positive.

I did not anticipate one of the largest blizzards in a long while to hit the East Coast so had to extend my trip a bit to avoid getting stranded along the way. Everything worked out fine and a slight tweaking to my itinerary and I was home a day later than planned (which gave me an extra day with my father). I also did not anticipate getting a speeding ticket that requires a court appearance in February which resulted in me seeking out an attorney to be there on my behalf. Apparently there are some really rediculous speeding repercussions “down south” but I am putting my faith in my attorney to hopefully just get me a hefty fine and be done with it — though I might not be so lucky, we’ll see.

Thanks to US Airways who actually flew in an empty regional jet to get passengers back to NYC and their staff at Wilmington (ILM) who were helpful in making changes to my itinerary. In the end it was all a lot less painless than some other travelers had to endure and for that I am truly grateful.

My Favorite Things series will resume tomorrow and will be adjusted to carry you through the end of the year.

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