Written on Friday, May 13 at 8:30am
I’m sitting in Concourse A at Detroit International Airport enjoying a slightly cold onion bagel and watching the planes take off. I’m on a two-hour layover on my way to Pittsburgh. This airport is really nice; it’s got a ton of shops, restaurants and things to look at. It’s also got wireless Internet throughout the building, which I was excited about, until I found out that it was $6.95 an hour. Tempting as it may be, I decided to pass. So, I’m typing this lovely little journal update in a Word document and I’m trusting that I’ll paste it online once I get home.
Home. Weird word. Kate and I were talking about it this morning and we both say we’re going home when we go to the places we’re from, then when we go back to the place we currently live, we also say that we’re going home. Hmmm… Yeah, it was Kate who was kind enough to drop my butt off at the airport at 5am. Thank you, Kate!!!
I went to bed at 12:30 and woke up at 4, so I’m going to be one cranky girl in a couple of hours!! Try as I may, I cannot sleep on planes. I think maybe it’s because I can’t find a comfortable position, but who knows. I can’t sleep in a car for, I think, the same reason.
How I came to be sitting in Detroit is such a long story, but in the interest of time I’ll shorten it: my mom got me a ticket because she knows I’m going through a rough time, the ticket got screwed because of communication issues w/ Hotwire.com (use at your own risk) so I couldn’t go, then Shel stepped up and saved the day by buying me a whole new ticket. I feel so special to have people that love me so much in my life. I really, really do.
Oh my God am I tired!!! I think it’ll be an early night for me, which I know my mom won’t mind. I think we’re going out for a beer tonight, then tomorrow we’re going to do some gardening (which I suck at), I don’t know what’s planned for Sunday – probably church – then Monday I’ll be by myself and on Tuesday we’re going to lunch at Primanti’s and to see Monster In Law. I hope I’ll be able to spend time w/ my Kristen while I’m at home!! She’s excited that I’m coming and I’m excited to see her. It’s no fun having a best friend who lives a billion hours away.
Ok, I’m paranoid and although I have well over an hour until my flight leaves, I’m going to sit at my gate and read a book. Next time I update this, I’ll be in PITTSBURGH!!!
(I keep wondering if Eminem or Kid Rock will walk by … LOL.)
Written Tuesday, May 17 at 8:30pm
It’s now Tuesday evening and I’m back in Detroit. My flight has been delayed and when all is said and done, I will have spent over four hours in this city while never leaving Concourse A…
My trip home was wonderful and way, way too short. I feel like I just arrived in Pittsburgh yesterday rather than nearly five days ago. I really needed to go home in the worst way. I’ve been so depressed and stressed for such a long time that my body and mind needed a break from everything. Although I’m looking forward to seeing my boyfriend and critters and lying in my own bed, I’m dreading having to face everything that sucks in my life.
I’ve gotta make this a quick entry as I only have like 20% of my battery left. I’m just typing on here to break up the monotony of reading all the time. Reading too much is a weird complaint for me to have as reading is one of my favorite hobbies. I’ve picked up The Last Juror, it’s Grisham book and combines my two favorite things: journalism and law. It’ll be good for me to take a break from reading true crime for a while although I can’t seem to pry myself entirely away from crime. I almost got some James Patterson mushy book, but decided that I’m in no state of mind to read or do anything mushy. Blah to that.
While I was home I ran into a good friend of mine who’s recently become engaged and has THE SPARKLIEST diamond ring I have ever seen. It was so sparkly that it almost looked fake! (my flight has been pushed back another six minutes!!) Also, another friend of mine saw me at the mall, but by the time she checked out of the store, I was gone. It would have been really nice to see her especially because she’s now living in Boston and I’m in Raleigh – weird that we were both in Pgh the same weekend.
I got a slice of pizza from Hungry Howie’s Pizza and although it’s decent, I have absolutely no desire to eat it. I’m just kind of looking at it. I haven’t had much of an appetite for the past few days, which is a good thing. Maybe I’ll lose some weight. Wouldn’t that be nice!
I’ve got a tension headache I think. I get very nervous during take-off because of all the shaking and dips and other things that make my stomach feel like it’s falling to my feet. I do the sign of the cross thing before I step food onto any airplane. Weird, I know. I’ve got some Extra Strength Tylenol in my purse, so I’ll take two of those before I get on my next flight.
I’d consider getting the Internet thing this visit to Detroit, but it would be a waste because, as I’ve stated, my battery is nearing the end of its life. I’m happy to have the laptop w/ me though, because it makes me feel productive and look less like a loser. I was recently thinking that I’ve only traveled with someone three times in my life: with my family to Florida when I was five, with MP to California when I was 19 and with Gregory to North Carolina when I was 22. Other than that, every single flight I’ve ever taken has been taken alone. It would be nice to have someone to sit here and talk to. Maybe someone I know is also having a layover in Detroit right now, but I sincerely doubt it.
I only ate less than half of my pizza, I’m definitely done. I got a Happy Meal at McDonald’s at the Pittsburgh airport, too, and ate half of the cheeseburger and NO French fries. See… I just don’t have much of an appetite.
So, yeah, being at home was great, great, great. While driving to the airport, I again realize what a beautiful place Pittsburgh is and how lucky I am to have grown up there. I miss it so much, but I’d never move back. Raleigh’s just too nice to want to leave!
I just had a brilliant idea to DL the pics I took from this trip, but my camera is in my suitcase and God only knows where that may be at this point in time. I took some photos of my mom’s room, which was redecorated while I was at home. It was a lot of fun and her room looks SO MUCH better!!
I think I’m going to go now. Maybe I’ll try to get comfy in one of those plastic airport chairs. I wish I could take a nap because I feel like this is going to be a long night…