Friday, November 9, 2007

Traveling Woes

I had a business trip recently that made me ponder if traveling was really worth it.

This is my day trip to Orlando. I was scheduled to leave Chicago at 7:00 am sharp. I woke up bright and early at 4:15 am after one of the worst night sleep in a while. It just so happened that Jack decided the night before to have nightmares all night so I was up pretty much every hour or so all night. I left for the airport at 5:00 am thinking I had plenty of time. I did not take into account the accident that created a horrific traffic jam. I was moments away from the airport. I could see it; I could smell the airplane fuel. I watched my clock tick away- 6:00, 6:10, 6:25, 6:30. I finally pulled into the parking lot at 6:40. I ran to the security line and BEGGED people to let me cut in front of them. As I'm going through security, I can hear them call my name over the loudspeaker. It is now 6:55. I look at the gate assignment and it is far. I decide it is time to take off the 4 inch sling back shoes and make a run for it. I am running at top speed through the airport with my shoes in one hand and my laptop thumping against my hip with every step I take. I finally get to the gate and the door is closed. I beg the gate agent to open the door. After a quick call to the plane, they agree to let me on and I plop into my seat. I'm winded and sweating like a stuck pig at this point. I look to my left and say to the man sitting next to me, "Well, at least I don't have to worry about working out today".

Cut to me getting off the plane in Orlando. The plan is for me to meet a co-worker who is flying in from Texas at the airport and we will drive the rental car to the meeting. As soon as I'm walking off the plane, my cell phone alerts me of a new voicemail. Uh oh, I think to myself as I call the voicemail. Just as I suspected- "Hey Jen. Bad news. I missed my connecting flight in Dallas and I won't be able to make it to Orlando today. I can join the meeting by phone but you are going to have to go it alone." Ugh. This SUCKS!!!

Cut to after the meeting and I'm back at Orlando airport to catch my flight home. I had some extra time so I figured, I'm in Disney central! I might as well stop at the Disney store and get some gifts for the kiddies. $50 later I'm at my gate waiting to board the flight. Things are looking up for me. I got my upgrade to 1st class! As we land back in Chicago and taxi to the gate, I look under the seat for my belongings. I see my Disney bag has slipped under the feet of the person in front of me just out of my reach. I figure, I'm in no hurry. I'll grab it as I exit the plane. As I get off the plane and go to grab my bag from the seat in front of me, it occurs to me that the package is GONE!

The person in front of me took my package. He was an older gentleman, early 50's perhaps. I am stunned at this development. A first class passenger taking a clearly marked Disney bag filled with Hannah Montana and Cars toys???? I run off the plane. I ask the gate agent to make an announcement to see if he will come back. I didn't check any luggage because it was just a day trip for me but now it is 11:00 at night and I am tired and mad. I run down to the baggage claim because I know what he looks like. If I see him, I plan to confront him and shame him into returning my belongings.

Sad to say, I never found him... or the Disney bag for that matter :(

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

e-mails from a 6 year old

Here are a couple of email exchanges that Megan recently had with her grandparents.

Email #1
Original email from Bampa-

First, Grandma and I are looking forward to seeing you and Jack and your Mom and Dad this coming weekend. See you Friday night. I was wondering where we would sleep!!!!!!!!!!!
Second. I would like to make a doll house this winter in my workshop but I have no idea what should it should be like. If you and Grandma would like to sketch some plans for me to go by, I can make a doll house that you can decorate after I get the wood part built. Maybe you can talk with Grandma about this project.
Love Bampa

Response from Megan

In the first sentence of your email you had "and-itis". And-itis is when you have more than one "and" in your writing. I learned about "and-itis" in first grade. If you want to know more about it you can call Mrs. Campos.

You will sleep in my room. Yes, me and Grandma will draw some plans for the dollhouse that you will make this winter for me and Amelia.

I miss you and Grandma and I want it to be now that you would come!!!
Bye from Megan.

Email #2
Original email from Grandma to Megan:

Dear Megan,

Today I had a terrible thing happen at school. There was a mouse loose in our classroom and I do not like mice...especially in my classroom. I started to jump up on my desk but thought that it was not a good idea for the teacher to jump up on the desk and I didn't get all the way up. I just left the room and got the janitor and told him to get the mouse...which he could not do because it had gone into the heater vent. I think it has a tunnel in there so it can roam from room to room and check out what everyone is doing. He can see which class has the best treats and sneak in at night and gobble them up while we are gone.

My students said it was just a little mouse, but I think it seemed as big as a seems to get BIGGER everytime I think about it. Maybe it was even as big as a DOG now that I really think about it!!!

Someone is putting some traps out so I hope he will soon be gone. I don't wish him anything bad really, but we just can't live together. It's a case of real incompatability....we will just never get along...and I know I cannot teach from the top of my desk. Where would I put all my papers!!!
I thought you would like to hear about my exciting experience. Has your teacher ever nearly jumped on top of her desk? Do you think that would be funny? Would you like a mouse in your room? Have you had any interesting events in your room this week? Let me know if you have, I would like to hear about them.

Miss you and Jack. See you soon. XOXOX Grandma

Response from Megan:
Dear Grandma,

There has been nothing very interesting in our classroom but we have been using magnets to see what they stick to. But they don't just stick to metal that is gray. They stick to brown metal. Mrs. Campos showed us how the magnets stick to the brown stapler and usually we've been learning A LOT about magnets and worms.

Well, not exactly just any worms, earth worms. They have 5 rings for their hearts. Worms can even be flat worms. Worms don't have eyes or hands or legs. They have mucus around their bodies. The mucus is used in two different ways. That is all the ways I know they use it for. They use mucus for their eggs and to help them slide across the dirt and they eat moldy stuff and they eat dirt. I know it sounds disgusting but it's just dirt.

Oh, and I forgot to say Mrs. Campos has never had to stand on her desk and we have an assistant teacher, Miss Vann. And we used to have an assistant music teacher Mr.Pearson but he left towards the beginning of school. And we have a new assistant art teacher Miss Keeyo.

I can wiggle my front right tooth. And when I stick my tongue up to my tooth and push it forwards it seems like it is crooked and I am showing someone.

Don't ask why I put my name all in upper case and highlighted it.

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox love MEGAN