Randomness. That's about all my poor, tired brain can muster right now. I'll try to start out with some order, but I can tell you right now it's not going to last.
Wednesday: Joe leaves for GSA in Philadelphia
Saturday: 6am - Alex and I leave home airport bound for Alabama
*A combination of being 10 minutes behind, being behind 2 of the most clueless people ever at Park & Fly, and a security line the likes of which I have never seen at our airport meant that we almost didn't make our flight. I had to throw myself on the mercy of the TSA agent at the front of the line, begging him to let us go in the fast lane, and even then, I gathered up our stuff, threw our shoes in my tote bag, and we RAN to the gate. Naturally, it was the gate farthest from the security checkpoint. Let me just say that five year olds only seem to run fast when they are running AWAY from you. We were the last ones on the plane. As we sank into our first class seats, Alex said, "Phew. I'm glad we have the comfy seats, cause I'm tired now." You and me both, kid.
Monday: 6am - I left my sister's at 3:45 am to make a 6am flight at the airport, which is an hour away from her house. Flew to San Francisco. Worked until nearly the crack of dawn, took a nap
Tuesday: My boss and the CEO gave a presentation at a big conference in our field. Smashing success. Afterwards I flew down for a quick chat with a new client, then headed to the airport to return home. Well, not home, but to Alabama. Got back to my sister's at about 10pm.
Wednesday: How about a little list
- got stopped for speeding (no ticket)
- ran for plane
- left laptop at security checkpoint in the rush
- pilot wouldn't let me deplane
- pilot retrieved laptop
That was all before 10am. We had a long time in Detroit due to a reasonable connection time plus a flight delay, so we were able to ride the train in the A terminal several times, much to Alex's delight. Finally arrived home by about 6pm last night.
Why isn't today Saturday? Why??
I should add that the reason we went to Alabama is that with Joe out of town and my MIL unable to take any days off from work, we had no one who could keep Alex for a couple of days. So we went to AL and he stayed with my sister.
A few observations from the trip:
- Many people have not learned the lesson that the left side of the moving walkway is for walking and the right side is for standing. Come on, people.
- Check cashing shops have sprung up all over the place in my hometown. You can't go more than a few blocks without seeing a Check-N-Go, Cashville, etc. My favorite of the bunch? Sweet Loan Alabama.
- There is a vast misunderstanding about what constitutes "quart-sized ziploc." Or even simply "ziploc." A stuffed-to-the-gills Wal-Mart sack is not "the same thing" as I heard one traveler complain to TSA. It is amazing to me how many people are still unaware of these rules.
- Good magazine is, well, good.
I have about 14 fashion-related things to say, so more later. Right now I think I'll put my head on my desk and take a 3-minute nap.