Monthly Archives: December 2009

The Benny Hill Christmas

That’s what I’ve dubbed it this year. I think we can all identify with the feeling that Christmas (and time in general) seems to go faster each year, but this year was really insane.

It started with me planning to go meet my family in Atlanta to help my middle sis move house. I tried to get out on Friday, thwarted by everyone and their brother trying to get out of DC before the storm. I sat through 4 departures without getting a seat, was so tired (having received an awful phone call at 2:30 am with the news that a dear friend’s mother has been diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer) that I went home for a nap, then went BACK to the airport at 4pm to try again. And failed.

Then the snow came, and Saturday was spent snowed in (albeit with a lovely little fire). Sunday all luck was on my side. (With cars snowed in, metro and buses mostly shut down, getting a  cab to the airport was literally like winning the lottery. I should have bought a ticket, come to mention it.) I finally made it to Atlanta via Chicago at about 9:30 pm. Whoopee! Just in time for the last boxes to be unloaded at the house.

The next day we were supposed to all drive to NC, but when it was 4pm and we were nowhere near ready to leave as a group, we decided to go on Tuesday. And as traveling with a baby doubles to amount of time anything takes, there went Tuesday. Wednesday I was supposed to fly back up to DC to help hubby drive down, but with all this – plus a head cold that had me plugged up from head to toe – that just wasn’t happening. His rental car was snowed in and when he finally got one, he moved 36 miles in the first 4 hours. Poor thing. He arrived at 12:30 am; brother-in-law arrived Christmas Eve afternoon. Then came Christmas, then Boxing Day was a tour around the state from family friend home to family friend home. Return at 11 pm. Sunday was the drive home.

Cue Benny Hill theme.

The upside of me getting ill was that it’s preferrable to having to work over Christmas, and the upside of all the madness is that the family was all together. Despite the cliché of tense family Christmases, I love these gatherings. Our family is small and when we’re together, it’s 90% just sitting around, cutting up and giggling. I can’t think of anything better than a family that makes me laugh. So the Benny Hill theme is appropriate after all.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

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It finally happened

It is not uncommon for us Flight Attendants to chat about wishing that some of the older ladies would retire. We’re all for anti-discrimination laws, but seriously, when you’re 300 pounds or 100 years old, maybe this job isn’t for you anymore. It IS a job with heavy physical requirements. But those ladies don’t ask me what I think. We joke about how old some of them are…but then it happened. Last week one of ours passed away on a trip to Japan. Wow. We weren’t kidding.

I am not making light of her death – it is indeed devastating. I did not know this particular lady, but she was clearly loved by many and I cannot imagine her shocked and sad family. But it is just so…well, shocking. She was older (I don’t know exactly but she was a super-senior mamma, as we call them) and apparently she had a stroke on the flight over. I wonder if it will make anyone take a new look at the requirements for passing requals each year. Then again, she didn’t look that old.

In brighter news of “what’s happened”, hubby and I also bought our first piece of married furniture. Real furniture! A gorgeous chest from Crate & Barrel that we’ve been waiting for just the right time to buy – having been assured it is a top seller and wasn’t going anywhere – only to go to buy it and get told that it is discontinued and no longer available anywhere.

Blah blah blah, long story of a determined husband calling high and low and placing ads on Craigslist, ending with a nice stranger here in DC seeing his ad and emialing us when he one day stumbled across an imperfect, but local one. I thought Del was crazy to be so insistent about it, but viola – I now have a truely loved first piece of furniture and a very happy hubby. Exciting! (Isn’t it cool/gorgeous?)

I know I’m not posting much these days. I’ll try to be a bit better, but if I don’t get back here again before Christmas, let me wish you a happy one!

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