I had grand plans of working on some posts while at my parents’ house last week. Clearly, that plan didn’t go so well. Not that I’m complaining – I was having such a great time with my family that I didn’t want to spend much time on the computer at all. (Plus my parents live in a fairly rural area with satellite internet, so with the bad weather, the internet connection was spotty and painfully slow.)
I got back home safe and sound. I was definitely one of the lucky ones. My travel wasn’t affected by the weather whatsoever. Well, I take that back. I was scheduled to fly out last Friday and had a connection through Chicago. My connection got cancelled about 18 hours before my flight. I got a text message to that effect and panicked. I called the airline and they said “Oh, we’ve already corrected that and booked you on a direct flight that leaves about 20 minutes later than you were scheduled to leave.” I got an e-mail about it a few hours later. I think the reason the text came through is because I had alerts set up to notify me of any changes in my flight. Because I had set the notification by flight number and not by traveler (I don’t think you can do that through this airline), I didn’t receive the immediate text of the itinerary change.
All in all, I really lucked out. I booked this flight back in June, before the baggage fees were put into place. I booked early because I managed to get a flight on miles. After taxes, I paid $10, so I figured if I had to pay the baggage fees anyway, it still was a pretty cheap flight. My final itinerary did change from my initial purchase, but instead of connections, I had two direct flights. And the question of a baggage fee was never even brought up.
My holiday was wonderful. As always, my family went overboard with incredibly thoughtful gifts. My mom heard me complain about how cold my office always is and so today, I’m sitting at my desk wearing a new cardigan and considering putting on the fingerless gloves she bought me. Yes, I need gloves at my desk.
I also received some cash for my birthday and for Christmas to be put towards fun things. I was specifically instructed not to save the money. That’s easier said than done. But some of it is going into my vacation fund and some of it is going towards some new clothes for work and maybe some things for my home that I’ve wanted to pick up. I’m not used to spending like that, but my family knows how hard I work to save, so I was specifically instructed that I had to spend this money. Maybe not this week, maybe not this month, but it was for spending on myself. It’s going to be nice to have some money to treat myself.
How was your holiday?
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