Are you SURE you want to hear the crazy saga of my trip?? I'll be sharing pics in the next few emails....feel free to skip them if they don't interest you!! :::Smiles::: okay, if you're sure......
So you know it was very traumatic for me to leave....not pretty, really. Andrew on the other hand is gleeful and giddy. Ack! Gag!! However, the big dodo is scared to get on the plane and fly. I found this comforting in my state of mind!! :::Smiles::: So, we get to the airport (think podunk....tiny....3 flights in and 3 flights out per day....one gate). So, how could we possibly have a problem right?? Not so fast my friends. We are traveling with enough electronics to fly the space shuttle. (Andrew's laptop bag, plus games, plus his PSP (play station portable) along with my digital camera bag, MP3 player, the wireless router and 2 cell phones.) Yes, we had 4-5 trays going through security. So, I send Andrew ahead of me with all of our gear. At this point he is walking through the detector. the lady looks at my boarding pass and drivers license and says you aren't getting on this plane!! Hmmm....sounded good to me at that point, but curiously I ask why. Stupid me.....booked my trip under Shelly, not Michelle. Yep....if you're ID and boarding pass don't match EXACTLY you don't fly, period. The law, btw, took effect on Monday the same day we chose to fly. Ugh!! So, what do I do I ask. Go talk really NICE to the Delta man. Okay....now keep in mind poor Andrew is now going through security ALONE with our 4 bags of shuttle landing technology. So, after a bit of explaining and 4 trips back and forth between terminals we finally get me a new boarding pass. John is running back and forth between Andrew and I trying to help, but unable to "cross the security lines". So, I finally get through security and find Andrew (Who at this point has a 'deer caught in the headlight's' look). What is the matter I ask innocently?? He says Mom, the guy thought you had a detonator in your purse so they had to search it. Hmmm....interesting. And here I thought I left all my detonators at home in the kitchen. WHAT?? Back story.....Andrew wanted to go to the Riverboat Casino while we were in Illinois to celebrate his 21st birthday. So, we have been saving our change. We keep it in a jar. When you want to cash it in in Georgia you have to roll them yourselves and then take them to the bank. I know....odd. In Illinois you take it in a bag and they have a magic machine that counts it for you.....anywho......I had taken all of our change in and exchanged it for bills. Well, that is, except for that one last roll of quarters I had found at the last minute. So, I tossed it into purse. Yes, you know.....I left home my lighter, tape measure, swiss army knife and leatherman tool. (yes, I DO carry those in my purse). But silly, silly me left the quarters in there. Yes, TSA thought it was a detonator. :::Sigh::: Guess I'm glad they checked.....but poor Andrew was a bit off his game by then!! ROTFL......still with me?? So, we get on the plane and take off. Now, we are sitting on the wing, well inside the plane, but our seats are located NEXT to the wing. Andrew is on the aisle. He is very nervous. The landing gear retracts (and it is loud) literally right under his feet. Poor baby, nearly needed new pants.
So, here is a brief recap of what we did on our trip:
Monday - see previous email
Tuesday - went to Hollies to play with my ART group, Andrew spent the night with friends so I went and visited with my Grandma
Wednesday - My best friend from Aurora and her daughter came for the day. we went shopping and for lunch.....great day.
Thursday - Mom and Dad took Andrew and I to the River Boat Casino. All he did was win all day. He came home with $168!! He was excited. He won $80 at one time....his eyes were a little BIG at that point.
Friday - Andrew and I went to Hobby Lobby and then to my Grandma's for dinner with her and my Aunt and Uncle.
Saturday - Big family open house party at Mom's.
Sunday - went back to my old church....sure was fun and sad all at the same time.
Monday - Just hung out at Mom and Dad's
Tuesday - Back to Georgia, as fast as lightning!! :)
Of course during all these days....we visited with many friends and family as they stopped by. It was a good time. But it was tiring. I don't sleep well away from home. I came home on Tuesday and took a 3 hour nap. I then went to sleep and 9:30 and slept until 8:30 the next morning. I was a tired little puppy.
So, we are heading back to the airport....are you feeling nervous yet?? Do you think I can make it through security this time like a normal person?? Of course not. I left much of the things I traveled with in Illinois and Dad is shipping them to me. (I wanted a lighter bag to schlep around). So, my carry on is full of my Hobby Lobby bags of yarn and such. I thought about the crochet hooks but they are still sealed and approved for carry ons. Should be fine I think. The nice TSA man says, I need to search this bag ma'am. :::Sigh::: Help yourself.....but I left my last detonator in Illinois, really. Why, may I ask, are you searching this bag I ask?? Because it looks like you have a suspicious liquid in there. Ummm....okay.....but it's nearly ALL yarn I say. So, he ruffles through for a bit....keeping in mind there 15+ skeins of yarn squished in there. Then I have a lightbulb moment. Um sir, could a tube of glue be what you are seeing??? So, he lets me get out the E6000 glue. Yes, that's it he says. Okay dokey I say.....do you want it?? At this point I would have given him anything I owned to get on the plane. No, he says....you can keep it!! Wow......such a deal. So we get on plane number one and land uneventfully (this should be a clue) in Atlanta. Now, when we left our gates were 2 numbers apart on the SAME concourse. Yippee......we only had 40 minutes between flights.We had been held circling Atlanta for 15 minutes due to weather. Stay with me here.....40 minus 15 is 30. When we deplane we see our next flight is on time but they have changed the gate. We had walk the entire length of one concourse, hop on the train, go all the way around to get back to where we needed to be and schlep all the way down another entire concourse. Yes, we were running. We arrive at our gate with 6 minutes to spare. Ugh!! Wonder Boy is nearly dying from the run!! LOL Then, they delayed our flight.....for MAINTENANCE again. Aren't they supposed to take care of these planes during NON-flight hours?? :::Sigh::: So Andrew decides he is hungry and goes in search of food. He has the speed of a sloth. He is gone for a LONG time. They are now boarding our flight. I call him....tell him to run. He is walking and eating. I may kill him. Our plane is overbooked and they are getting ready to start giving away seats. I call him again....and say I'm leaving and I have your boarding pass either run or stay here. Wonder Boy can run if his life depends on it!!
So, anyone want to take a trip with ME???????