Monday, April 21, 2014

Random Ridiculousness!

Last weekend and this weekend my sister and I flew back to Colorado, and here are some highlights of all the ridiculousness from our trips::

*My sister realized (as we were entering the security line) that she left her wallet (with her ID) at home. She casually says "Yup, I left it at home. Guess I'll have to have Tommy (her husband) overnight it." I'm freaking out and tell her we can't get through security without it- and then she freaked it! Like mega-freaked-out! She called her husband Tommy, who just dropped us off, that she left it and told him to hurry home and grab it and come back. Then she proceeded to call him every 5 minutes to find out where he was at. Good new: he made it back in time.

*Because of the above incident, I went to stand in the security line when Tommy was close with the wallet. (I figured it wouldn't be that bad since it was still 6:00am and there was no one when we were there the first time.) WRONG!! When I got upstairs to the line it was wrapped all the way around the airport! At this point, we were cutting it close. We waited in line that was barley not moving and made friends with the people behind us- who were on the same flight. We all started to panic when we had 10 minutes until our flight left! We started asking people if we could cut them and made it up to the front of the line.
We took off our shoes, emptied our pockets and we waited at the end of the conveyor belt that wasn't moving. My bag came out first and a TA worker grabbed it and said it needed to be re-scanned. NEVER in my life have I had to have a bag re-scanned- and today, as I am 5 minutes away from missing my flight, is the day it has to happen?!
At this point, we were all panicking. I told my sister to go to the gate and tell them we were coming and not to let them leave without us!! She agreed and took off- with no bags- I told her I would get them all. My bag FINALLY comes through, so I grab her purse, my backpack, My laptop (that I had to take out, but didn't have time to put back), and our 2 carry-on bags---that is FIVE, really heavy bags, and take off running towards the gate.
As I'm running down the terminal, I hear an announcement over the speakers that said "KIMBERLY WHATTLER, IF YOU'RE NOT RUNNING YOU'RE NOT LEAVING!" At this point, people were staring and after hearing the announcement, they began to clap, cheer, and shout "SHE'S COMING!"
I FINALLY arrived at the gate and the door was closed! My heart dropped-- more at the fact that my sister got on the plane and would have left without me, than actually missing the flight! I told the lady I was Kimberly Whattler from the announcement and she opened the door and let me in. (Don't worry, I told her there were 2 more people running behind me and when I turned back I saw them coming so we all made it!:)
Slighted relieved, I make my way onto the plane- hitting everyone either with the bag I was carrying, my laptop, or my backpack from behind. I apologized the entire way to my seat. I finally make my way to my seat (24C!!) and see my sister---all buckled in, nice and snug. So calm, so relaxed, just waving at me. As I whacked the 22nd person with a bag somewhere I asked her to come get her bags. She took half my load and I threw my bags in a overhead bin. Profusely sweating by this point!
I then proceed to my seat and realize it's 1 row in front of my sister and its a window seat. I don't do window seats. I absolutely hate flying and want nothing to do with the windows. I tell my sister it's a window seat (she knows my fear of flying and the windows) and she tells me "no, it's OK" like she was letting me have it. Gee, thanks! I asked my 2 seat mates and neither of them wanted the window seat either. GRRRREAT!!!
So I had a window seat for the first time. This is also the first time, they've announced that we would be experiencing MODERATE turbulence. Oh, it was a blast! I don't think I ever let go of the arm rest the entire flight!

*Once we got to Denver, we had to take a shuttle to the car rental place. After the morning I had....
*I drove the entire 4 hours home, while my sister played DJ, took pictures, and critiqued my driving. I will say, it was AWESOME to be able to jam out to N*sync and all our favorite songs, at the top of our lungs just like we did in high school. :)
*When we went out there the second time, my brother was also there. After a super long, stressful day, our cousins took the three of us out to dinner and it was SO.MUCH.FUN! The two of them are absolutely hilarious and I was dying laughing the entire time!!
Can you tell it was a long day for all of us?
*We of course, had to take a "selfie" in the parking lot! Doesn't everybody do this?

*The first weekend coming back, my sister and I left together so we had to make the 4 hour drive back to Denver. Since I drove all the way down, my sister drove all the way back up and I got to play DJ- it was like a trip down memory lane jamming out with her!

Good thing she drove too, because the weather quickly changed on the drive up!
*Due to the above change in weather, we had a slight "hiccup" towards the end of the drive. My sister was taking the exit for the airport, she slowed down and as we got to the light to turn right- she tried to stop but the car wanted to keep going. We somehow manged to hop on on the curb and high-five the pole with the car. Since we were only going 3mph, it was in such slow motion it was hilarious... for me anyways. My sister was panicking and I thought she was going to cry.
Once we got off the curb, she pulled over and wanted me to drive. So she got out and started to walk around the car- as she did, I hopped over the center console and as I was mid-way the car started moving forward. I didn't notice until my sister came running back and grabbed onto the door shouting "UH-OH!! UH-OH!!" I told her to get back in and she did and she put the car in park.
This time she made it all the way around the car and I took off driving. I asked her if there was any damage to the car and she said the back of the car was fine. I asked if she checked the side of the car- where it hit the pole.... yeah, she didn't check that. (Luckily, there was no damage at all to the car- like I said, we were barely moving.)

*Once we finally made it inside the airport, to our gate- ON TIME, we both needed a double scoop!
*Coming back from the second trip, my sister and I were on different flights. Like I mentioned before, I don't like to fly and don't do windows seats. It was the first time I've ever checked in and then had to take an elevator down to get to the gate.... it was outside. I've never boarded a plane from outside either. I walked out and was momentarily blinded by the sun and then saw this....
To say I panicked would be the understatement of the year. Once I made it up that tiny little ramp and got inside my private jet (seriously, that's how small it was!) There were 2 seats on one side and 1 seat on the other. That meant I had 2/3 chances of a window seat- lucky me.... window seat with a seat mate!
Once we took off, the flight attendant mentioned she would try to do a drink service but wasn't sure it was going to be safe enough with the turbulence. Luckily, it wasn't that bad after the first 30 minutes.

Needless to say, I was VERY relieved when we landed and I would be fine not taking another plane trip anytime soon. ;)

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Have you ever missed a flight?

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