Our lovely vacation to DC and Charlottesville is being involuntarily extended by 24 hours! When we were getting close to the airport last night, we found out our flights were cancelled. Fortunately, we have good friends in DC (who I'd stayed with Tues-Fri, and who had then come down to Charlottesville with us last minute), so we made the best of it and called them to see if they wanted houseguests. They said yes, so here we are!
It's funny because I can work remotely pretty easily for my job, so this doesn't cost me any vacation or put me further behind at work. My husband's job is the opposite -- he can't really work remotely (though sometimes he does emails and paperwork via Citrix from home), so he has to use a vacation day today. Yet last night I was far more unhappy and stressed about the situation. I felt bad he was using vacation to be sitting around while I have to work, and after a weekend full of so much food, drink, friends and fun, I was just kind of ready to be home, back in a healthy routine.
We ended up going to the airport since we were nearly there anyway and since when we tried to call American there was just a recording saying they were busy, try the call again later, bye. Not even the usual "extended hold time over 2 hours". The line at the airport was only about 75 people but it was barely moving. While in line, I kept trying to get through on the phone. Eventually I got through and got in the line to be on hold with an "estimated wait time" of over 1 hour. But it wasn't awful. The people in line in front of us were pretty young (early 20s?) and fun to talk to, both from India originally so we got to talk a lot about that. Eventually my call got picked up (there were still at least 50 people in front of us in the physical line) and the best the AA rep could do was putting us on separate flights out of separate airports tonight -- ugh. But at least we'll get home. Other friends who were at the reunion from Dallas are stuck here until Tuesday!
So last night, I finally got over my pissiness that we really were stuck, and my friend convinced me we weren't imposing, and then we had an awesome dinner my friend was making anyway -- roasted sweet potato and mushroom tacos, and lots of wine (ugh! I was planning on starting a personal little detox, but that is also delayed 24 hours), and so much laughing. And now I'm working from her couch, getting ready to go for a run on an awesome trail by her house, and if I can wrap things up, we may do a memorial or museum in DC for fun prior to setting out for the airports.
Tonight will be as miserable as last night was supposed to be -- just 24 hours later. We will get home late, have to run to the store since the fridge is totally empty, have no clean laundry, etc. Ugh. But whether it was last night or tonight, a small price to pay for such a fun week.
Not bad in the end!