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So we got up early and got us and all our luggage from the Orlando Airport Hilton to the airport in plenty of time, in a reasonably uneventful manner, after a long, long week away from home (first post in a while, I need to get back in the swing of it). It was a good cruise (I'm afraid I'm becoming terribly blase about them), but I think 8 days is too long for us; in any case, we were glad to be back.

I love St. Maarten. I loved St. Kitts. I absolutely adored San Juan. Labadee was lovely, but being just one of those "private beach" areas owned by the cruise line, it was kinda boring coming at the end of an 8-day cruise.

ANYWAY, we got on the plane on time, everything was going swimmingly, and then this ancient woman who sat next to me asked if the plane was going to Columbus. I assured her it was. "Oh, good," she said, "The way this day was going I was sure we'd gotten on the wrong plane." Her luck continued to hold. Something went "pop" in the air circulation system of the plane, and the pilot kept us on the tarmac until he was certain everything was working -- a full hour. We got into Columbus just in time for our connecting flight to Phoenix to leave, so now we're in the lovely Columbus airport (that is, I'm afraid, sarcastic... why couldn't it have been Denver?) with snow outside and at least free Wi-Fi inside while we wait now THREE hours for a flight to Chicago which will connect us to Phoenix and get us home around 6:30 tonight instead of 2:30 in the afternoon.

Which means we can't get Bo at the vet's, will likely NOT have time to get the tree (which I'd hoped to do first thing on getting home), and not get a load or two of laundry done (which really needs to be done, since we're also bringing home two weeks' worth of dirty, along with what was there when we left).

My PLAN for today was to get ready for Christmas. Not stand around this airport. :P

Southwest was nice about getting us on the first flight they could get us to Phoenix, but the crew of the first plane should have done something about the people making connecting flights. Most of the people on our plane were coming home to Ohio -- they could have done SOMETHING about those few of us who needed to make connections. If they'd let us off the plane FIRST, we might have made it.

Please excuse my crankiness. I've been getting homesick more than usual this time out, possibly because it IS closer to Christmas, and it did not feel like it in the Caribbean, which was VERY hot, somewhat rainy, and windy. I did enjoy myself (pictures when I get them uploaded to Photobucket -- it's taking long enough to upload them to Facebook), though, especially beautiful San Juan (where we went to tour the El Yunque Rainforest -- breathtaking!). I would have liked to stay longer in San Juan and spent LESS time on Labadee. I'm not completely impressed with Royal Caribbean. Sure, they don't make the bad headlines that poor Carnival does, but I've ALWAYS enjoyed a Carnival cruise. (And seriously, they run hundreds of thousands of cruises a year, so three or four accidents? Not really a bad record.) And to cap it all, after me saying how well I sleep on a cruise, this time? Not so much. The pillows were HORRIBLE and my neck aches.

At least last night in the Hilton was wonderful. We had good BBQ at a nearby restaurant and I slept wonderfully with a nice, big, comfortable pillow.

And hopefully (knock wood), our luck will return and we will at least get home tonight.

I hope.


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Dec. 16th, 2013 06:35 pm (UTC)
safe escape from Snowy OH. Fly fast from here...

glad the trip went well if a tad long.

I never fly anywhere easily. You're having one of my trips on a plane.

When I lived in FL I had that issue with the season, the heat didn't seem right
Dec. 16th, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
I have to sit for another hour and a half. Boring airport, this. I may be forced to get some tea at the Starbucks, though. It's chilly in here. (Much colder outside, it appears.)

I suppose this makes up for all the uneventful, easy trips I've taken. Pbblllttt.

It at least had gotten COOL in Florida by the time we left, but it was 85 the day we arrived!
Dec. 16th, 2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
yeah not the best airport in the world.

Florida sucked that way. What's it like in Phoenix at this time of year
Dec. 16th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
Usually mid-60s. Chilly to us natives, balmy for everyone else.
Dec. 16th, 2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
sounds pretty perfect
Dec. 16th, 2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
Glad you made it home safe, though. That's the important thing.
Dec. 16th, 2013 09:04 pm (UTC)
All good thoughts that you guys get HOME.

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