Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Limited time

Well tomorrow is the day where I go back to Texas to get my little boy.

Of course I probably wont get to see him until at least Friday but its almost time.

I am very excited. I have things to say I just don't have the time right now. I am sure in the next few days I will be able to catch up being that I will have all this free time on my hands.

I hope you are all doing well!!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

17 more days....

Until I leave to go get my son..

Went to work everyday last week early since traffic really sucks when you don't have a carpool buddy. Oh and if you are ever behind me on the freeway - move because I always end up in the slowest lane.

Went camping this weekend. My family has property in a community that has a private park on a lake. So being it is a community with a common area that is for private use only there is a annual meeting each year to talk about dues and the yearly budget. That is what happened this weekend. It was about 90 degrees out and although we were at the lake all day - we spent almost 3 hours listening to politics of a community that we only visit a few times a year. Besides the meeting we had a great time.

My friend at work got a new job. I am really happy for her, she will be awesome at her new job. She is pretty awesome at everything that she does.

I am not looking forward to work tomorrow, my friend, my coworker, the person that knows everything about how things are supposed to happen in the office is going to be working a new job. I have been at my job for almost 2 1/2 years and I have worked with her the entire time. If someone reports a problem I might be able to fix it but she is the one that helps me understand what the problem is and how it is supposed to work because she knows all the rules and procedures. I don't....she is leaving me. She is my confidant, my sounding board and my partner. I am kinda worried that I wont be able to do things right without her.....I am very lucky that her new job will be across the hall.

Good Lucky Kelley - you wont need it but I wish you all the luck in the world!! I will be there to support you in this new adventure.

I hope everyone has a great week.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Oh and then there is this.....

I find it amazing that the hospital does not have butt gaskets...I mean really of all places shouldn't they have them?

***Whoops I did not know this was not a common name for the paper seat covers that are found in many restrooms to cover the seats before you sit down on them. 8)
The Trip Home (I still can't type in type in the title box)

Well it was really nice to see my friends. They are always very generous with their home and their time. They were all there for me during a very difficult time in my life. Actually every time I go there its a bit difficult. I appreciate them so much and I am very lucky to have friends like that.

Saturday I spent alone at their home while they went to the beach for a family reunion. I was going to go and then drive back to catch my plane. I was concerned something like flood waters would happen and I'd be late so I elected to stay put. It was a long quiet day of internet, movies, dishes and generally going kinda loopy just sitting around. I did do some work to help pass the time.

I took off for the airport and stopped to get gas before I got on to the highway. Filled it up and headed out. 1/2 hour later I was getting off of the highway and had to fill up again I had used 1.65 gallons on my way to the car rental return. I guess using air conditioning really makes a difference or the Saturn ION gas mileage really sucks. My gauge looked like I had used almost a 1/4 tank.

Got to the airport right on time. Sat and read my book for an hour. Got on the plane right on time and was told that we were going to try and take off a little early because of impending weather. It had been nice all day, now we were getting weather. We sat on the tarmac for an hour. Its always a good feeling when you are on a plane taxing out to the runway and see 4 fire trucks with lights flashing rushing through the tarmac. At least they were not headed to our plane.

We took off and were headed to Denver. My flight to Seattle was due to take off and hour after our flight was originally scheduled to land - hmmm what were the chances we'd make it.

About halfway the flight attendant came on the air and said "Attention passengers does there happen to be a doctor on board? If there is a doctor on board please ring your call button." That's always nice too. They huddled around this guy - I don't know what his issue was but he looked fine, he walked, talked and blinked really what else is there.

On our decent into Denver we circled at least twice and with each turn I felt like I was going to slide out of my seat. Luckily airlines build in a buffer for their flight times and we landed about the time my next flight was to start boarding. But we had to wait for the paramedics to come on board and get this "sick" guy off the plane. 6 paramedics came on board and the guy walked and talked his way off the plane entirely on his own power.

I had to pee so bad my eyes were floating so I headed towards my next gate - they had just started boarding and so I stopped off to pee. I would not have made it another flight.

As we were on the jet way bridge I swear the thing dropped down an inch on two different occasions. I wondered if it just fell if I could get lifetime of free flights. Owell that did not happens so I guess I will have to continue paying for them.

I boarded and of course there is always the problem of the people holding everyone up as you get on the plane like the woman who ended up sitting next to me that mixed up 7B with 7E. I see the confusion. Before switching seats they had to discuss whether she would move or the other girl would just take her seat. She moved.

The flight to Seattle was pretty uneventful, I read a little, I slept a little and I watched TV a little. As we landed and were taxing to the gate the flight attendant had this to say.

"Attention Passengers on behalf of Frontier airlines we would like to be the first to welcome you to Seattle. We have enjoyed serving you on this flight and looking at your sleeping faces. We hope to see you back in a different lifetime. As you get ready to depart please look around to you make sure you get all of your personal belongings. On every flight someone leaves something especially these late night flights. So please check to make sure you have your headphones, your IPod, your kids and any other personal items you may have taken out."

I was pleased to find that my luggage had made it even with the fast transition between the Denver flight and the Seattle flight. Seattle baggage claim takes forever we were all growing older by the minute as we waited.

The saddest thing was I did not talk to Steve all day. I called several times, but he never answered. I think it might have been easier for me to leave Houston right away to come home instead of spending more time there. Although I did not see him, I knew I was close and leaving yesterday was really, really hard. I am glad to be home but I miss my little boy!!

I hope everyone has a great week.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

VACATION - yeah whatever. (I can't give this post a title)

I was going to write about my vacation but it did not come out well so here is a summary.

Miss my kid - more than I can explain.

Did some fun sightseeing - 3 hours at the hospital yesterday.

Floated my way around Houston yesterday in between taking my friends mom to the doctors and then the hospital. (She is fine)

Took care of another friends dogs over the 4th - Their kids. There is nothing like staying up all night with the kids.

Bored out of my skull - tried to get an ealier flight out - no such thing. They probably don't even staff the checkin counter until 5pm tonight - its only 1:30pm.

Missing all the wonderful sunny and warm weather at home :( - It will probably rain when I get back.

It is going to be a long 4 more weeks.

I have talked to Steve everyday - he seems to be having fun so that is all that matters.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

The Zoo

On that last day of school I took Steve and Stephanie to the zoo here is the Jaguar we saw...usually he is sleeping - we got to see him up front and personal - it was really cool!!

We made it - barely

Well we made it. Our trips are not without some type of issue.

My brother took us to the airport. Our flight was to take off at 6:51 am so we were going to be at the airport at 5:30. I was up most of the night getting ready, cleaning and stuff. I got probably 3 hours of sleep. We got up and ready to go as we are driving up to the terminal I pulled out the itinerary, our flight was taking of at 6:10, we were late.

We were at the check in counter at 5:30. She said we were late and checking bags we couldn't do anything. Ok so I wasn't going to panic. I asked what we could do about getting another flight. She got us on, she tagged our bags and said if they did not make it with us that I would have to arrange to pick them up at my expense. Ok fine, no problem. If they did get there late I would pick them up and have another excuse to go see Steve at his dads.

We boarded and flew to Denver. I all went pretty well, no issues. There was one kid that threw up all over himself a couple rows ahead of us. It got me thinking how do they clean that up? Do they clean it before the next flight or was the wipe down the mom did all that happens? ick, ick, ick

We got to Denver about 20 minutes before boarding our flight to Houston. As we got off the plane I saw all the waiting people to board our plane wondering who the lucky person was that got to sit in the puck isle.

We boarded our flight to Houston and all was going well until Steve knocked over his just re-filled root-beer. I have never heard my son say "Oh darn it, darn it" so much - it was kinda cute. Poor kids shorts were wet. I did not realize how wet till we were getting off the plane. I thought again - who got to sit in Steve's wet with root-beer seat.

We got off the plane and went to the rest room so I could wash off the root-beer on his legs that I missed when I wiped him down on the plane. I told him we would change his shorts as soon as we got his luggage.

We stopped off at the ticket counter so I could get a confirmation of my flight out on Saturday - I had to have it to pick up the rental car since I paid for it with my debit card. We stood in line for about 30 minutes as the single person ticket counter took care of one person.

We got the confirmation and went to pick up the bags. Most of the bags were gone by then. There were a couple more still being put on the conveyor - I saw my bag - great no problems. Waited a little longer till we saw the thing that said "Last Bag". Steve's bag did not make it. Shoot. My bag made it - his did not.

We trucked it back up stairs to the ticket counter to stand in line for another 30 minutes to put in a claim for the missing bag. I just figured it would show up on the next flight. I am still waiting.

We were going to meet my friends for dinner before I took Steve to his dads, but after the long day we had and loosing his bag, he really just wanted to go see dad. I took him to the store and bought him $120 worth of new clothes - it was pretty good since it was 4 outfits, 2 pajamas, swimsuit, socks and underwear. We then headed to his dads.

I dropped him off and I have talked to him 3 times. I miss him already and I really did not think I would feel as lonely as I do right now knowing he is going to stay here for the next 5 weeks. I wish they would find his bag so he had his familiar stuff with him. I love my little angel baby, my monster baby, my big 2nd grader (the term he prefers).

Our airline was Frontier - it was the first time I flew on Frontier - it was pretty good except for the one person ticket counter - I guess that is how they save money. The best part was the little TV's infront of every seat. I paid for it on both flights for Steve - it helped pass the time.

Happy 4th of July