Wednesday, February 2, 2011

We Apologzie for the Inconvenience

21º ~ bone-chilling temps out there with added wind chills, but a bright sun doing its best to represent

As you might be guessing, my flight to DC for this morning was canceled.  No, Little Rock did not receive any winter weather.  We had a massive onslaught of cold, cold rain yesterday morning, but it all dried up before the freezing temps arrived.  When I made my reservations, I had a choice of connecting cities.  I immediately ruled out all except Atlanta and Dallas Fort Worth, thinking they'd be my best shot in the winter.  DFW was cheaper, so I ended up watching the delays at DFW with dread yesterday.  Still, by the time I went to bed, I thought everything was working itself out.

12:30 a.m.:  I woke to the insistent ring of my cell phone and a computer telling me that my morning flights were canceled.  I spent a half hour, dazed and half asleep, on the phone rescheduling for tomorrow.  Same Bat Time; Same Bat Channel.

As I tried to go back to sleep, I was upset and then upset with myself for being upset.  Yes, it's a disappointment to miss one whole day of the conference, but it really isn't anything major.  If I get there, I'll still see good panels, readers, and good friends.  If I don't get there, I'll still have connections to those good friends and there will be panels and readings next year.

It also helped that there was no person or corporation with which to be mad.  The representative from American Airlines was great, and the only culprit was NATURE.  I learned at a young age not to mess with serious weather and that very little is worth risking bodily harm to try and travel in ice and snow.

Now here's what we have at the house of the kangaroo:

One carefully packed bag, just waiting to see if we will make it to DC or not.  I worked so hard to have everything at school ready for my absence that I only had a little bit of work to do with emails and whatnot this morning.  I'm about to catch up on blog reading and then go forage for some food, since part of my planning was to not buy groceries this week!

Still hopeful that Earnestine and I will make it to DC tomorrow!


Kathleen said...

Sorry for your disappointment and lack of food! Safe travels and much fun when you do go!!

Sandy Longhorn said...

Thanks, Kathleen!

Patricia Lockwood said...

Awww, baby! I hope you get there in the end

wv: prootsi

Sandy Longhorn said...

Thanks, Tricia. Yep, I'm one of the crazy people!