After a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving visit with our favorite girlfriends, Janna & Joli in Phoenix, we set off bright & VERY early Monday morning to fly home to Florida. When we got to SkyHarbor airport, we discovered our 9:00 A.M. flight had been delayed two and a half hours. OK, a little inconvenient, but not a big problem. But when we finally got to Memphis at 3:30 pm, we found out our connecting flight was now leaving at 7:30 pm! (Our original itinerary had us home in Panama City by 4:00.) Oh, well, OK, just a tad later. So we occupied ourselves with books, magazines, and “people watching.” Unbeknowst to us weather conditions between us and home were getting even worse! Tornadoes and wind sheers and storms – OH MY! We were moved to another gate and departure time – 9:00 PM! YIKES!
In the meantime, Kara’s former dance teacher showed up unexpectedly with her family for the same flight! It was SO great visiting and catching up with her, but the wait seemed like it dragged on and on and ON! We were actually wishing for our boas, tiaras, and fun sunglasses! We could have had an impromptu dance recital, complete with costumes, and REALLY made it a PARTY in the Memphis airport!
The rest of the story? Well, we changed gates, we changed departure times, then we changed again. Then we boarded, and we sat and sat and sat. Then the flight was cancelled so we deplaned. Then stood in line to be rescheduled again – to 2:30 pm – THE NEXT DAY! So we called around until we found an available hotel, waited for the shuttle, boarded and finally made it to a nearby hotel and a warm, comfy bed! The next day, we got up, shuttled BACK to the airport and thankfully had an unevenful flight into Florida! We finally made it home at 6:00 pm! Whew, what an adventure!
The moral of the story? ALWAYS be prepared with FUN & FABULOUS accessories! You’ll never know when you might have a chance to change a bad situation into an UNFORGETTABLE EVENT!
Wishing you very UNEVENTFUL & ON SCHEDULE holiday travel!