After a long day of travel, beginning at 4:30 a.m., I finally made it! I got super lucky on both of my flights and on my layover airport in Dallas - it couldn't have been easier. I also saved almost $100 on my rental car; talk about a great start to the day.
The entire trip was absolutely fantastic and while I really wish I didn't have to jump right in and go to work tomorrow, I am excited to get back to a routine. Wish me luck.