Thursday, December 25, 2008

Bloody Mary Christmas

Nothing has been going right so it is fitting that the restaurant in which we are having breakfast does not serve Bloody Mary (or any alcohol). Just a treat to help make things better and I couldn't get such a simple thing.

I have puffy eyes with matching bags underneath that Coach would proud of. The result of crying through Christmas Eve cursing winter until I fell asleep.

We were packed and was within an hour of leaving for the airport. Despite my dislike for flying, I was excited to see my family in Washington state. My grandmother and uncle were visiting from Laos, I would get to meet a new nephew I haven't seen since he was born and, of course, spend Christmas with my siblings, parents, niece and nephews. This would also be John's first trip to the northeast part of the state.

Then we got the phone call. Due to weather conditions, our flight out of Vegas will be delayed for an hour which means we will miss our connecting flight in Phoenix...the last flight out of Phoenix on Christmas Eve. The next available flight would be 4 p.m. the next day and it was booked. With no confirmed seats, we would be on standby (translated "no guarantee that we will board") so we'd be stuck at the Phoenix airport on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day while our hotel at our destination go unused and we miss the holiday with my family. The idea of a two day layover is right up there with flying.

We even asked if there were other flights out of Phoenix to another connecting city, adding another leg to our trip. We were willing to fly to Florida if it meant we'd end up home for Christmas but there was nothing available with our airline...or any other airline.

By the end of the evening, we canceled our trip and I put in a teary call to my family to let them know we would not be with them for the holiday. I will miss the chance to see my grandmother and uncle as they are returning to Laos the day after Christmas...not get to play with the kids and hold my mom and Laotian food. We could do nothing about going to Washington state.

Since our bags were already packed, we drove towards California to spend our days with my husband's family. An hour and a half later when we were at the state line to use the restroom, we sadly turned around for Vegas, too emotionally and physically exhausted for the hours of driving ahead.

If anyone was happy about our series of unfortunate events, it was our cats. Havi and Elgy were THRILLED when we came home so I am glad that at least we will be together for Christmas. Even if it's just the four of us.


corrin said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your Christmas. My sister finally made it home from NYC on Christmas Eve, and her boyfriend had two layovers plus a 3 hour car ride.

Christmas just didn't feel like Christmas this year.

Daly said...

Thank you, corrin. I was so bummed after looking forward to the trip for weeks. The good news is everyone else in my family made it, even my sister and husband, who were unexpected drove from MN without a hitch.

I am glad to hear your sister made it from NYC! The two layovers and a 3 hour car ride sucks but that's good her boyfriend made it.

I agree with you that Christmas doesn't feel like Christmas this year. It came and went so fast, I felt robbed, because I didn't have time to enjoy it.

I am looking forward to celebrating New Year's and the first drink I'm gonna have is a freakin' Bloody Mary, LOL!!! Cheers to a new year.

johnny said...

I know I say it all the time, but you are such a good writer. I love reading your blog although I have pretty much lived it as well.

Daly said...

Awe...thank you, hon. I hope I captured our life and events the way it actually happened.