I am currently on vacation, visiting my parents in the Philadelphia area. My daughter is, of course with me. We had a miserable trip! We were supposed to fly through Cincinnati to Philly. When we got to Cincinnati, we circled and circled as there was a storm there making it that we couldn’t land. We circled till we had no fuel left and needed to be diverted to Fort Wayne. We touched down in Fort Wayne, refueled, and sat on the plane waiting for a go ahead to go back to Cincinnati. We were repeatedly assured that everyone was delayed, not to worry, we would not miss our flight. So, I did not worry. We finally get into Cincinnati, and have to run to another terminal, when we get there, we are told that we cannot get on our flight, that we will have to spend the night in Cincinnati. I am told that the airline is covering the price of the hotel. So we go back to the main terminal where I am told that since this is weather related, I will have to pay for my hotel. I did attempt to talk my way out of that but to no avail. So I set that up and call the hotel shuttle. Stood outside waiting for the shuttle for 45 minutes. Mind you my daughter was exhausted. Call my parents and let them know what is going on and they arrange to pick me up the next day as I am to leave Cincinnati the next morning at 7:50 AM. Get to the hotel, ask for a crib, which is a long time in coming, and by the time we lay down and my daughter actually gets to sleep, it is 11:30. I need to be up at 5 so we can catch the shuttle back to the airport.
During the night, daughter wakes up at least once an hour crying, as she is so hyper-stimulated and out of sorts for being somewhere she doesn’t understand. Furthermore, neither of us has ever slept in the same vicinity well. I get up at 5:15, get ready to go, get her ready to go and we head downstairs. There is a shuttle leaving and I think about catching that one but notice that the continental breakfast is out so decide to catch the shuttle in a half hour seeing as all I ate the night before was a few goldfish crackers. We eat and then get on the shuttle and head back to the airport. Where we sit and sit and I notice that the flight time gets pushed back every 15 minutes. 7:50, 8:00, 8:15, 8:30, 9:15, apparently that same storm is now in Philly and we are not allowed to fly in. Luckily my daughter is catching some much needed rest in her seat and I can knit. I try to stay calm. I call my father who has JUST left to head to the airport, I tell him to turn around and head home and wait till I call from the airplane. Finally we are loaded up and I call dad and tell him so. He informs me he is not moving till he sees that we are ACTUALLY in the air. I do not blame him in the least. We get to Philly and start this whole circling thing again. every time we pull down to try to land we hit major turbulence and the pilot pulls back up. Took forever! We were so happy to finally be on the ground and settled and with my father. He then tells me that the plane I was supposed to be on the night before did not leave the airport till well after I had called him on the phone. Apparently they, due to weather, had filled it with other people. Now, I fail to see why, even though weather related, I should pay for my own hotel in this case. I was there in time to catch the plane even though we were delayed. If that is the case, doesn’t this move me from the realm of weather related incidents to the realm of airline issues? I will be attempting to get my money reimbursed.
On the other hand, all that time travelling meant that I got so much more knitting done than I ever expected! Jenjen now has a lovely set of “dashing” fingerless gloves. This is how far I got JUST during flights:
And the finished product…
I’ve also finished another sock, pictures to follow.