Hi everyone! I hope your week went well. I’m on a light posting schedule due to the fact that I did arrive “back home” yesterday in good old NY. I wanted to write another post before this one, but found myself short on time. Yesterday was all about relaxing and spending time with my grandma.
I promise I have a few posts planned for next week, and I want to find time to write them amidst birthday celebrations (my birthday is on Monday, but my family is celebrating tomorrow).
First, I’m grateful that my parents were nice enough to come get me to go back to their place for our flight. I could have continued to stay with them after the 4th of July, but I really wanted a few extra days to spend with R and the cats before I left for a week and a half. So they arrived Tuesday afternoon and we left almost 24 hours later.
Second, I’m grateful our flight was relatively uneventful. Flying with Spirit always gives me a little bit of anxiety, due to their strict regulations on baggage. Brief run-down: Spirit allows one personal item (purse, backpack, or small luggage) free of charge. If it exceeds the specified dimensions, you have to pay as it’s considered a carry on. Being frugal, I opt for the personal item to get away with having to pay.
My mom actually paid for hers out of concern she would get “caught” and have to pay ($100 at the gate), as her luggage was 2″ over the limit. I told her it was silly, because her luggage could be smushed down to fit in the measurement box, but she wanted peace of mind. I can’t say I blame her, as I’m always a bundle of nerves when it comes time to board.
This time, I chose to bring a backpack, but it wasn’t really on the smaller side. I’m very thankful everything worked out fine, and obviously I just need to pack less next time. It’s my own fault! Didn’t help I had to bring heels and a dress for the wedding. Ideally, next time won’t even be on Spirit – I’ll be working on getting travel reward points.
Bonus – the airport had expedited security, so we didn’t have to take anything out or take our shoes off. It was lovely!
Anyway, there was actually a thunderstorm occurring right as we sat down in the airport. At 8AM. I couldn’t believe it. Everyone was grumbling that the flight would be delayed.
Well, they delayed boarding as they couldn’t fuel the plane right away, but somehow they got everything together while another flight to Philadelphia was delayed. We boarded, they told everyone to sit their asses down if we wanted to get out on time (otherwise the plane would be grounded for a while), people complied, and we arrived early.
Too early, sadly. There was another plane at our gate, so we had to wait for it to clear out. Then, once we taxied over, we had to wait for some agent to come out to get the little runway thing attached.
Overall, being early meant sitting on the plane for an extra half hour. Pretty ironic… Sometimes, taking short cuts isn’t worth it!
Libraries and books
I’m being grateful for libraries, as usual! While I love to read, I don’t particularly like to pay for books, so I’m a huge advocate for going to the library.
I had downloaded an ebook from my library before the trip to have something to read on the plane, and it served me well. I was actually reading Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In.” (Affiliate.) I’m a little late to the party on this one!
It gave me a lot of food for thought. Although I finished it, I’m going to go back and re-read some sections, to highlight some things I want to talk about here.
There aren’t many weeks where family doesn’t make the list for things I’m being grateful for. But it feels so weird to be back in my grandma’s home. It simultaneously feels like I was just here, and that I haven’t been here in a year.
It was fun to see my uncle, and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone for a BBQ tomorrow. I’m also looking forward to seeing my former coworkers tonight at the wedding!
Of course, the downside/tradeoff is that I miss R a lot, as well as my cats. I’ve been Skyping with him, but it’s not the same.
I have to throw a light-hearted item in here. Obviously, I’m grateful to have food to eat, but this week I get to look forward to:
- Pizza – unsurprisingly, this was my first (and not last) stop. The pizzerias in Charlotte aren’t horrible, but as much as they claim to be “NY Style Pizza,” they’re just not. Really.
- Bagels – Bagels used to be my favorite thing ever, until I cut down significantly on my bread intake. I have to make a special exception here, though. My mom and I can’t wait to go to the bagel store by our old house. Yum! (eat a bagel, like a boss…)
- Grandma’s cooking – you all know I spent many Sundays / Mondays here this past year, and I can miss my grandma’s cooking just as much as my mom’s. There’s also her baking to look forward to.
So that’s about it for this week. Before I know it I’ll be back on a plane!
Do you have any travel plans coming up? Have you ever had NY pizza or bagels and thought nothing of them? What’s your favorite home cooked meal?