Assuming all goes according to plan.
That's what I said in my last post.
Before I left town last week.
Famous last words.
Great weekend! Until it came time to fly home.
Arrived in Buffalo on Friday at 11:00 am after 3 fitful hours of sleep on the red eye. Sitting upright. Wedged between the window and a rather large man. Vicki whisked me away when I landed and we shopped and shopped and shopped. Ended up back at her house that night at 11:00 pm. I was so exhausted I fell asleep in the car on the way to her house. In fact, I'm pretty sure I saw drool on the passenger seat the next morning.
We left bright and early the next morning and headed to Scrapalicious to teach. What a fantastic day! Virginia and Lancia have a great store and are so hospitable. We had a blast, and the students did too. Fun to see some familiar faces from when I taught there in November, and new faces as well. And of course, more shopping. Some fun new products that I hadn't seen in the stores yet, so I had to pick them up. (yes Nick, you read that right. I said 'had to')
Sunday morning we were up at the crack of dawn again - her son had his last hockey game of the season and it started at 8:15 am! Those crazy Canadians and their hockey! But seriously, so fun to watch all the 8 year olds whiz around on the ice and really get into it.
More shopping on Sunday, then off to the airport.
Waved goodbye to Vicki and her family and headed into the airport.
And that's when the famous last words kicked in. If all had gone according to plan, I would have been home last night at 11:30.
Went to check in only to find that my plane from Buffalo to Minneapolis was delayed. Delayed just enough that I would miss my connecting flight in Minneapolis. Bummer. Oh well, they said they'd put everyone on the plane up in a hotel in Minneapolis and they'd fly us out from there in the am.
And then we waited. And waited. And waited. After hour 3, the airline offered everyone a $25 flight voucher and a free drink coupon. Nice. The next time I fly, I won't have to pay for my luggage. And that's about as far as that $25 voucher is going to get me...
4 hours later, our plane took off. Landed in Minneapolis at midnight. Headed to the hotel where 30 of us waited in line to check in. With 1 clerk doing the check in. 1 slooooooooow clerk. Finally made it to sleep about 1:30 am. Headed back to the airport at 7:30, flight left at 9:30 and I arrived back in good old Salt Lake City at 11:30 am - exactly 12 hours from when I was originally scheduled to land.
So glad to be home, messy house and all. Looking forward to sleeping in my own bed tonight and getting a good night's sleep.
When I was talking with Basic Grey about a start date, today was originally going to be my first day at work. Luckily, we ended up settling on April 8th instead of today. Darn good thing! Not the best way to start the first day of a new job - 'um yah, hi. Well, a little bad news. I'm going to be late. Yes, I know it's my first day. Yes, wanted to make a good impression and all, but you see I'm stuck in Minneapolis. What? The Mall of America? Coincidentally, yes, the hotel the airline set me up in DOES happen to be across the street from the shopping mecca of the US, but no, not intentional. No, I didn't stimulate the Minneapolis economy by hitting the mall. But yes, I am going to be a tad bit late on my first day....'
All in all, it could have been worse. It could have happened on the front end of my trip. My suitcase with all of my tools for the class could have been lost on the way out, the class kits could have been rerouted to Tanzinia and not made it in time. And I could have been REALLY late on my first day at Basic Grey. Yes, it could have been worse!
Speaking of class kits, I had WAY more people request the Summer Fun mini book kit than I had kits for, so I ordered more product from Cosmo Cricket last week; product will be here tomorrow. If you didn't get a chance to order the kit and were thinking about it, I now have more kits available again. Here's the skinny -
Ribbons, library pocket, cardstock
5 pages of color, step-by-step instructions
I fit 24 pictures in the mini book. Room for lots more pics and extra page inserts with the product left over that wasn't used.
The kits are $43, plus shipping.
If you're interested, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assuming all goes according to plan (do you believe I said that again after yesterday's debacle?!), I should have the kits ready to ship again on Wednesday!