This wouldn't be such a big deal if for once in my adult life I could fly without incident.
Incident 1: Flying into Orlando, descending through storms and hit a lot of turbulence. Skipped on the runway twice before the pilot had a solid landing.
Incident 2: Flying from LAX to Auckland, I ate at the airport McDonalds, figured that Chicken Selects would be a safe choice. Wrong-o. Got food poisoning. After a wretched 15 hour plane ride filled with barf bags, I got off a tour bus to hike a dormant volcano. It can only go up from here?
Incident 3: Flying to Arizona, 2 hour layover turned into 6 hour layover, causing me to be unable to pick my friend up in Tucson and also just disrupting life.
Incident 4: Flying to London, 6 am flight not departing until 8:37 supposedly. They are sending me over on the 7:30 am flight to Newark. I wish this pilot godspeed, but I can't get out of Newark until 6 pm. I am so upset I could cry.
Do you ever feel that way? That your entire existence is pushing forward for one moment?
That's certainly how I feel right now. Everything hinges on Friday at 9:30 pm London-time. I'm excited, nervous, worried, everything all at once. I know it will be fantastic, but I also fear that the spark has fizzled. I know it hasn't and that I'm in for a whirlwind time over there. Its just so much in the unknown, so much living in the gray areas.
1. I am and have been a certified SCUBA rescue diver since I was 21.
2. I consider myself pretty fearless; however, I do have an irrational fear of birds for some reason.
3. Ever since I turned about 16, I've had my bubba keg, a 64 oz water container.
4. The summer before my Senior year of High School, I got super sick, when my mom took me to the ER because of how violently ill I was, they thought I could have menengitis. The only sure fire way to find out is a spinal tap. They did the spinal tap, it came back negative, they sent me home. I was bedridden for the next 2-3 months because I was in the 10% of spinal tap recipients who experience "spinal headaches" and I still get occasional echoes from the procedure.
5. In college, my roommate and I had bunkbeds.
6. I gave my sister her first haircut.
7. In light of #6, I have a hard time using scissors.
8. Love love love jigsaw puzzles. Have always done them with my dad.
9. I accidentally named my dog Baxter. We first got him when Anchorman came out. I was laying on the floor singing the "Baxter you are my little gentleman" while holding him over my head. My Mom asked me what I was calling him and I said... "Baxter" and thus I named the dog.
10. The dog before Baxter was named Marley. We got him from Scrooge, who wouldn't get us a puppy for Christmas. My aunt brought him over in a wrapped paper box!
11. My mom came in the kitchen during the circle of life one time, I was standing on the counter, pretending to be rafiki, holding Marley over the kitchen floor. I am lucky to be alive after that one.
12. In school, I was frequently bored and hated constraints, so I often pushed the assignment "rules" as far as I could.
13. My 9th grade english teacher wouldn't let us write papers with the words "I" or "you" in them. I slipped up, and my paper that was graded by 2 peers missed the one time I used the word "I" in a paper. I got an "F". The next assignment was to write about a time when you were punished. I wrote about getting an F on my previous assignment.
14. 810 people walked at my high school graduation.
15. I woke up under a pine tree one time.
16. Don't play hide n seek with me, I end up getting Ollie Ollie Oxen-freed a lot.
Yesterday, I had to get gas. Mundane, boring chore. Under most circumstances, I do not care much for Taylor Swift. However, the single "22" was playing on the radio, and I really dig on that song right now. Naturally I turned it my car to the "accessory" setting so I could jam out. So I got the gas started, and grabbed the windshield cleaner thingy. I was dancing, singing and not really caring (focused on my windshield duh). As I finish up and am hanging the gas nozzle back in the cradle on the pump, I turn around and see this guy and his 2 kids in their Jimmy all smiling so hard at me.