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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

3 states in less than 18 hours

Yesterday was a dreaded day of travel for work & hopefully my last for awhile. Well, I know it is since I am 32 weeks this week & the doctors don't recommend traveling too far away from home after this point. So to start I was up yesterday bright & early at 3:45am to begin my extremely long day. I did have the unexpected but appreciated company of my sweet cat Lucky Loo while I was getting ready. It was almost as though she felt sorry for me for having to be up so early so she hung out with me until I left. :) Usually she would still be asleep on the couch but for some reason she followed me around the whole morning. She was inb/w the shower curtain & liner while I showered & even up on the bathroom counter while I dried my hair. It actually got my day started better than it normally would've since I usually have the feeling of being the only person awake in the world. I had to fly out at 6am to Charlotte, NC to look at an industrial property there & then fly to Nashville, TN at 1:15 to look at another industrial building & then back home at 11pm. My boss who is in Chicago went with me & we did have ppl chauffeuring us around in both cities which was nice, but by the time I was back in Charlotte for a second time that day since I couldn't get a direct flight out of Nashville, I was ready to get home. Our company forces us to use a horrible online travel agency system called Aladdin & it is very selective on flight availability or airlines we can use so you can't always find the best can be very frustrating. I have definitely been dragging today.

A few things I learned while on my adventure yesterday...if you notice a strange looking truck driving around the airplane before you take off & it is squirting a white foamy looking liquid on the plane that is running down the windows, it is de-icing the plane...we sat next to the runway in B'ham for nearly an hour so that they could do this before we took off even though the captain never told us this (my window had a few crystals on it but nothing I would think they would worry about) & I watched multiple planes pass by & take off ahead of us...we literally watched the sun come up on the tarmac from 6-7. The very front row of the airplane might give you more leg room but you can't keep any of your carry-ons with you b/c there is no seat in front of you to put them under. So anything you need you either have to get out and just hang onto or keep getting up and down out of your seat to get what you need...very annoying for someone who is trying to review these huge 200+ page appraisals & other paperwork. The seat in front of the exit row doesn't allow you to tilt your seat back EVER, so if you are sitting in a seat that has a rounded head rest & you are the perfect height to hit it right underneath so that it pushes your head down, you are just out of luck to find any comfy sitting position...this is what happened to me on the last leg of my flight when all I wanted to do was try to get some shuteye. Oh yeah & there is no window at this seat either...I'm a huge window person on a plane...I love being able to see out.

I did have the pleasure of sitting with an extremely nice hispanic man named Mora who has a wife & 2 daughters & lost everything to Katrina nearly 4 years ago. It was amazing to hear his story of survival & how they are doing great now in Myrtle Beach, SC. He would love to go back to NOLA but he said it just isn't the same now.

On a completely different note, our friends Grant & Meagan had their sweet baby boy Walker yesterday around 5:15pm. We are headed up to the hospital to see him tonight after work & I will post some pics later. I can't wait to see him!

I have my 32 week appt. tomorrow at 1pm. I'm sure it'll be a quick in & out but I'll let everyone know how it goes.

1 comment:

  1. wow! busy travel day! to me, currently sitting in the office, a day of travel sound fun!! haha! Oh and very interesting about the row in front of the exit row, I never knew that! thanks for the tips! ha!