Did you have to write those reports when you were in school? Im sure I did but I cant really remember. Either way theres no time like the present 🙂
It all started with a cross country flight. Im not sure I was playing attention when I booked my ticket because I had over a 3 hour layover in Houston! When I landed after an uneventful first leg, I noticed that my flight was delayed by 20 minutes. Whats 20 minutes when you are already waiting over 3 hours right?
I grabbed some dinner and checked the board again to find that my flight was now delayed about an hour. It turns out that my plane was headed in from the snow covered northeast. While looking at the board, I noticed that there was an earlier flight that was still on time and leaving in about an hour. Remarkably, there were still seats available on the flight and I was able to quickly get my name on the top of the standby list. I asked about my bag and was told they needed an hour. They had 53 minutes so we figured it would be fine.
It wasnt and my bag didnt arrive at my moms place until 24 hours later. You havent had an eventful Christmas until youve worn your moms unmentionables.
After a day of shopping and errands around town, my mom and I made the previously mentioned mind-numbing drive to Vegas. Its worth it to see my brother and his family though, and see the joy of Christmas through their eyes.
My brother and I usually trade gift cards so it was a special treat when he gave my mom and I tickets to see the Blue Man Group at the Venetian. The show was amazing especially from our seats in the 3rd row but the real adventures included losing $40 in the casino, finding some amazing after-Christmas sales, getting REALLY lost on the way home, and doing all of it with a REALLY empty pump (like no delivery empty)!
After playing with the kids a little more and making my mom suffer through wearing matching pajamas
my mom and I headed back to Southern California. I learned about the blessings of traffic and will try to take that lesson into the new year with me.
I enjoyed a great dinner with my extended family, and continue to look forward to the time I get to spend with them.
After a day of rest, my mom and I headed into Los Angeles (in traffic) to see Mary Poppins. The show is really well done, but I couldnt help but feel some sort of irony hearing them sing about the benefits of sugar!
The next morning, my dad came to pick me up and we drove up in traffic (do we see a theme here?!) to his house for a final Christmas celebration. We drove by my alma mater so I could see the new science center that they recently finished.
Im not saying I come from an odd family, but apparently the dogs at my dads house think they are people too and enjoy sitting in chairs and wearing sunglasses in the house at night.
Oh, and there was that whole embarrassing incident where I was flirting with our waiter at dinner and my dad mentioned how the earth had reached its galactic center.
On the way home, I made my dad stop at Chick-fil-A for our dinner. Living in the southeast, there are two things I cant believe. 1. How much smog there is around here (when you dont see it every day, you tend to forget I suppose) and 2. How there is anyone left in the U.S. that has never eaten Chick-fil-A. I may or may not have a standing appointment there every Wednesday.
While you are reading this post, I am (hopefully) on the final leg of my overnight journey back to the east coast. I hope you had a great holiday season and are entering the new year relaxed and refreshed.
So tell me, whats the best thing that happened to you this holiday season, or what are you looking forward to most in the new year?