Thursday, May 8, 2008

Charmed by Charleston and my Chihuahua Chum

Honey, I'm home! And I'm reminded why it's stressful to travel, especially by air.

On the way out of town, there was a weather delay -- those doggone Kansas storms are downright wicked! They had to reroute me through Newark, San Diego, Jacksonville, then to my final destination: Charleston, SC (not really, it just felt like it)

On the return trip, there was a maintenance issue ("Folks, we have mechanics looking at the engine to see if they can figure out where a spark is coming from. They have their manuals out and are doing their best.") Hmmmmm, am I the only one who thinks that DOES NOT instill confidence in travellers?! We ended up having to deplane (which makes me think of Tattoo), and I began to wonder if I would be spending the night in the Atlanta airport. (and hoping they offer layaway at Ben & Jerry's....)

Thankfully, we were on another plane in no time and on our way to my happily ever spot called Wichita...a mere 2 1/2 hours late. The whole time I kept thanking the good Lord that all 4 of my kids weren't in tow....AND that I splurged and bought TWO magazines to entertain myself!
But back to the trip -- I had the BEST TIME EVER! There's nothing like a long-time, great friend. One who you can pick right back up with, as if you've never been apart. We talked, and talked, and talked, and talked -- much like excited Chihuahuas interacting. We may or may not have been annoying to those within a quarter mile of our presence.....and they may or may not have been thankful when we moved on out of their hearing......

Anyway, Lisa & I had a ball walking around downtown Charleston. There were open air markets, tons of gift shops, great restaurants, and charming scenery all around. We enjoyed a horse-drawn carriage tour as well as a harbor tour by boat. We created new memories with silly little things, like when we ordered Starbucks and told them wrong names, just to be goofy (see below). "Order ready for Bambi and Lola"! How can a gal NOT giggle at that?!

I'm sure that at some point I will, in fact, grow up.

It feels good to be home, and I feel fortunate to be surrounded by such wonderful blessings of true friends and wonderful family.


Add it later said...

Love Love Love the names! Mason recently wanted us to have pretend names, too. He chose Fred and assigned me Noodle. Yours was way better than Noodle!

SarahJeanie said...

Oh my goodness! Were you Bambi or Lola???? My friend Jen and I once pretended the whole time we were in blockbuster (like 35 minutes) that we had british accents... That is fun too! Thanks for making us laugh so hard!

Christie said...

Yes, never a good sign when you have the mechanics with their manuals out, working on de-plane (ha ha). Glad you made it back safe!

Kate said...

Glad you had a lovely time...I LOVE.LOVE.LOVE South Carolina!! :) Thanks for stopping by my place and commenting! Y'all have a wonderful weekend!! :)