Going out of town for the weekend really throws off my rhythm. I'm way behind on all sorts of things, but it was well worth it for me to have escaped the chaos for a few days.
Thing 3 and I headed out early Friday morning for Canada's East coast. Thing 3 did fabulously well on three of four flights over the weekend. And on the fourth flight coming home late Sunday night from Toronto to Ottawa - well, there are no words for the kind of screaming that took place that night, far above the clouds in an otherwise quiet and tranquil evening sky. I extend a public apology to all my jet-setting buddies who were seated near me (or anywhere on the plane, for that matter) the other night. Thing 3 had some ear trouble and was not coping well with the pressure problems in the cabin. And while it was uncomfortable and painful to sit on a flight listening to a baby's blood-curdling screams, it was also uncomfortable and painful to be the mother doing everything in her power to comfort said baby, a mother quickly realizing that not one single person on such a giant aircraft was human enough to extend even a few kind words of support, a helping hand or - god forbid - a warm, kind glance in my direction.
But, I digress. We made it home safe and sound and also learned a valuable lesson in time. Or, should I say, CLOCKS?
Did you know Air Canada schedules its flights based on the 24 hour clock? Of course, you do! Who would think a flight scheduled for 5:30 on Sunday would actually mean 5:30 A.M. and not 5:30 P.M.??? And, yes, I did arrive for my 5:30 A.M. flight at 4:00 P.M. in the afternoon.
I was fortunate enough to have been given another flight so that I did not have to spend another night in Saint John and could make it back home to see my other two Things. Crisis averted. Lesson learned. And while I whole-heartedly admit that I was in the wrong . . . would it KILL Air Canada to put A.M. or P.M. after each time slot on their web site when you're booking flights?
Here's a quick recap of my fantastically fun and relaxing weekend with my sister, her husband and my niece and nephew.
One of the highlights of the weekend (besides hanging out with my sister) was my eye-opening experience of reading a new book on sleep. More to come on that topic - I'm completely a convert!