DAY 1, JULY 8, 2013
Scheduled departure: 9:30am, allowing more than enough time to do the two plus hour drive to Chicago O'Hare, drop the car off at the car park and check in for a 3:50pm departure on Aer Lingus to Dublin with an hour and half layover and then a connecting flight to Rome.
Actual departure: 10:46am and we still had to drop the dog off at my sister's and get gas before we could get on the road. No one had checked the road conditions which much to our dismay were under heavy construction almost all the way from the Wisconsin/Illinois border or thought about it being the Monday after the Fourth of July holiday and all the Chicagoans taking that extra day off were now plugging the roads with even more cars than usual. This wasn't helping with all that anxiety free travel that was a part of our original plan. Somehow we managed to slide into O'Hare with just enough time to drop the car off and get shuttled over to the Aer Lingus terminal before our plane departed without us.