this is me now

January 5, 2009

18 and under

Filed under: "ehhh" days,about me,things I just don't get,travel — by heatherdc @ 10:50 am

I’m at the airport, again, heading East. The only good thing about that is the temperature in Baltimore this morning…and nice 40º. Sounds much better than this crazy 20! Gah.

Hint: try to travel on Monday. The airport is empty (compared to a weekend). Love.

So, I’m going through the line……I.D. and boarding pass in hand. I give both to the Security-man, and he’s all kinds of cheery. It’s 6:45 a.m. He says this:

“Good morning young lady! Well now, are you under 18??”

Um, what?!…..Me: “Hm, nope. I’m actually 22.”

“Ha, look at that! You sure are! Well honey, if you told me you were under 18 I’d certainly believe ya” *wink*

Yes, that’s great. But I’m not.

If there’s any doubt, don’t blatantly guess somebody’s age. Really? There’s a good chance that you’re wrong. And when you’re 22 and somebody asks if you’re UNDER 18?! Not a good way to start the morning. Adding to this, when I got my hair cut over the summer, the hairdresser asked me what I was doing for the summer. When she realized I was just out of college, she proceeds to say “Oh Wow! I thought you were still in high school, for sure.” The main point being that she already knew I wasn’t. Why would you still voice this?!? I’m baffled.

Sure, in 10 years this will be a huge compliment – assuming I don’t find some way to destroy my ‘young’ looks before then. But right now? It’s not welcomed. I know I don’t look 22. I know that when I order a drink people probably take a second glance at my ID, just to be sure. I know that my younger sister looks older than me. I get it. And when I’m 40 and people think that maybe I’m only 36, I’ll probably want to give them a big ol’ hug. And maybe I’ll do it.

Alright. That’s my rant for the morning. It’s not even 8 a.m. yet. The Atlanta airport better have good Frozen Yogurt (for whatever reason I love to get this in airports. who knows) and good magazines for me to look at.

January 3, 2009

California Love

Filed under: football,PennState,things I Looove,travel — by heatherdc @ 7:26 pm

Yes, Penn State lost to USC. Yes, it was a little tough to watch. But…..that certainly isn’t enough to ruin a trip to California! Leaving the freezing cold temps and non-stop snow falls here, I thoroughly enjoyed a few days in the Sun with the fam and a LOT of Penn Staters. So much love.

I can’t explain how happy it makes me to be surrounded by Penn Staters. Even across the country, we freakin represented. But, if your team is at the Rose Bowl, you better represent damnit. That’s serious football business! Honestly, walking around the tail-gates and staring out at the stadium, there was a good mix of Blue-and-White with all that crazy Maroon-and-gold. Take a look……

Bud Light Tent....with a sea of Blue-and-White

Bud Light Tent....with a sea of Blue-and-White

a few beers deep, stocked and ready for kick-off!

a few beers deep, stocked and ready for kick-off!

on the sideline

on the sideline

and in the stands!

and in the stands!

It was a blast (despite the loss) and the Trojan’s around us were pretty good sports. I’m already waiting for August!

I heart football, and I loooove those Nittany Lions.

December 22, 2008

A pleasant airport surprise

Filed under: family,home,parents,travel — by heatherdc @ 2:18 pm

It’s usually my Mom and/or sister that are at the airport waiting until my usually-delayed flight lands.  So, they know the drill.  My Dad? He’s new to this. The flight was scheduled to land at 1:25, we didn’t actually land until about 1:30, and we didn’t get off until around 1:45. Not too late by my standards. But when I had permission to use my Cellular device, I already had a voicemail from him….

“Hey, it’s Dad…It’s about 1:40 an there are a lot of people here and I’m waiting but just wondering if maybe I missed you because I haven’t seen you yet and, ya know, just making sure I didn’t miss you, so…just let me know. Love you bye”

Haha. So cute. First of all, if I were to just wander down to baggage claim without finding him, where exactly would I go after that? I’m kind of relying on him for the transportation thing.

I called him back and said, Not to worry! I’m not off the plane yet, that’s why you haven’t seen me. I’ll find you!

When I finally got there, he had a big smile and a big hug waiting for me. He was also holding these……

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He’s awesome.  After the last few weeks, I needed nothing else but to see my family, sit around, and reeeelax.  But this?  Made me smile so big and realize…..I’m *home*. Yessss.

December 8, 2008

Hey Delta, Suck It

Filed under: home,learning,stress,travel — by heatherdc @ 11:37 pm

I just spent almost two hours on the phone, with an airline.  If you can think of one thing that sounds worse than that, for two hours,  please let me know. It will make me feel better.

This time of the year will involve lots of travel, it’s inevitable. I live on this side of the country, and my home is on the other side. That little fact alone means that the airlines control me. They decide if I go home, or if I don’t. And it’s far too often that I wonder, I mean really, how bad could the drive be??! In comparison to the shit they come up with, I’m not sure it’d be toooo bad.  At least it would be on my terms, on my time, and I’d get there when I decide to get there. You know, accounting for traffic and everything. Which I would also control. Obviously.

Seriously though. My Expedia itinerary has a little “American Airlines” logo next to each flight, inbound and outbound. I called to see what it would cost me to change my flight so I’m leaving a few days later. Guess what AA told me?…………..I have an American FLIGHT, but a Delta TICKET. Aha, you say. Wait. No. That makes absolutely Zero sense. They tell me that to change my flight, I must call Delta. Who in turn tells me that I’m on an American flight, and I need to call American. And you can see where this is going.

Jerks!

I do not put up with this debauchery.

And I wont make you read about it either. Long story—>Short. I have changed my flight. I have two extra days at home, which means I have breathing time between driving home from Pasadena (for the ROSE BOWL GAME!! yup.), and flying 1400 miles to Baltimore. Sweet. Believe it or not, that makes it worth it.

Here’s where you come in. If I ever, Ever…..EVER…talk about buying a plane ticket from Expedia again, please reach your hands through this computer screen and wave them insanely until I stop. Please. Re-direct me to Southwest, where the employees are sane. Where they do logical things, like book your flights and put you on them in a timely fashion. Where there are rarely delays, and where they will gladly change your flight for an extra day at home. Only costing you the difference between the flights. Yes, you have to wait in line “A”, “B” or “C” to pick out your seat….I’m not so crazy about that concept (hmm…do they still do that?)…but what the F ever. I can deal.

Um. Anyway. I did get my extra two days, and I am pretty pumped about it.  So, thanks for that. I guess.

December 7, 2008

Days of distraction

Filed under: days off,shopping,tired,travel — by heatherdc @ 10:43 pm

Were much needed.

There’s a lot going on over here. A lot of thoughts pounding in my head, a lot of travel happening in the next few weeks, a lot of work to get done before that, and a lot of changes that will slowly feel normal…. I hope.

So! Distractions are in order.

Friday night the roomie and I went to rent a movie. Instead, we stopped at a Sports bar, had a drink(s), and chatted it up. Yes, we could’ve done this in the apt and saved $10. But woooow did it feel good to get “out”. When somebody else makes your drink, and brings it to you, with a lime, it just tastes a little bit better.

Saturday, we planned on a DC-day. We try to take advantage of living here, since who knows where we’ll be a year from now. To do that, we periodically take day trips to the Capital and check things off the list. Since they have finally re-opened the American History Museum, we decided hit it up.

And then we visited the Christmas Tree. Followed by the Lincoln Memorial. Followed by the WW II memorial. Goal–picture by every state I’ve lived in…..

The roomie is a good sport. And a lovely photographer.

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Whew. Long day. Ending with a snow-storm chasing us back to the Metro Station and a waaaarm cozy night IN.
Good stuff.

Today, we had a new mission…..Christmas Shopping!

…..ummm, of which little was done. It’s somethin the good people call Retail-Therapy. Yessss. New black shoes, new Little Black Dress, new Banana-Republic jeans–50% off (omg. yummm)–and a cute new sweater. Successful.

Aaaand, 3 Christmas presents purchased, check!

November 25, 2008

Off to the land of troubled car people

Filed under: days off,holidays,travel — by heatherdc @ 12:19 am

I’ll be leaving straight from class this afternoon, flying out of BWI and landing in Detroit, MI.

Arriving at 10 p.m. , marking the beginning of a 5 day Break. Yesssss!

This is one city in Michigan I’ve definitely never been to, not even in the airport. This surprised me, because I’ve been through a Lot of random airports. All I know about it is that Eminem lived on 8 mile and the car factories are pulling their hair out right now. Not good. Luckily, I’ll be in and out very quickly. It’s just en route to the final destination (more central MI), where I won’t be with family, but will be with some special people.

I’m thankful for a little escape from this busy life.

I’m thankful that I’m flying, not driving. Even with gas prices constantly dropping (keep going!!), I have no desire to brave the snow that is drenching that state right now.

I’m thankful that I have parents who can, and gladly do, help me out in times of tight-budgets, and still want me to have a fun holiday, home or not.

I’m thankful that despite a very recent change of status, we can still be good friends. And still want to spend this holiday together.

I’m thankful that his parents love Green Chili enough that I can cook them a New-Mexican dinner on Wednesday night, and that will be my “thank you” for giving me lots of delicious holiday eats on Thursday. Flowers just wouldn’t travel well, and food is always better…….right? Right.

I’m thankful that I somehow convinced myself to only pack 3 pairs of shoes. Well, technically 2, since one pair will have to be on my feet. And also amazed at the space this opens up in my big ol’ suitcase.

I’m thankful that when I come back, I have 3 weeks of clinical left, and then I’m flying hooooome for the most wonderful time of the year.

And I’m thankful that I finally have a laptop (not really “new”, but 5 months later it’s still a novelty to me!), and I can travel with my life and entertainment in one little 5- lb bag.

To the rest of you traveling today, be safe!! And just sing in the car if traffic makes you want to ram into the person next to you. It helps, trust me.

November 23, 2008

Couldn’t procrastinate if I tried

Filed under: football,packing,PennState,random,travel — by heatherdc @ 11:26 pm

I’m coming off of a Penn-State-weekend-with-the-roomies (and tailgating + FOOTBALL!!!) high.

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But. Tomorrow is Monday. Which means it will be promptly deflated.

It also means I have to pack, again. Usually I procrastinate with packing, and make lists, and do laundry, and bring out the suitcase to let it sit empty in my room for at least one night before I think about stuffing things into it.

Well. I just unpacked, put things away, made a new pile for laundry, made a new list for the next trip, and will re-pack in 24 hours. This time in a real suitcase (instead of my little duffel bag), and for a real trip (meaning more than 2 days). All of which will have to be done after an 8-hour “class” day. Everything has to be ready to jet by Tuesday morning, because I’ll be leaving that evening, coming straight from yet another “class” day. Ehhhhh.

I’m definitely ready and excited for a break. I can’t believe it’s already Thanksgiving!! But that can only be a good thing. Right? Yes. That means in 3 weeks I’ll actually be able to go HOME. And nothing sounds better than that right now.

Because guess what I’ll be doing over my “holiday” break…….

GOING TO THE ROSE BOWL!!!!!

((Did you see that WIN on Saturday?!?! Gooooo State!))

To watch Football, cheer on my Lions, see Joe Pa, and spend a few days in Cali with the fam. Oh, yesssss.

Clearly there is too much on my mind to think about packing. And this time, I couldn’t even procrastinate if I tried. That’s rough.

August 18, 2008

Just hopin I don’t hit the 50 lb mark

Filed under: packing,travel — by heatherdc @ 1:54 am

Every time I pack to come home or go back, I’m holding my breath…hoping that each suitcase is under that 50 lb limit. I’m usually within ounces. Seriously, ounces.

So here I am, ready to head back East again. Spending the summer in my beloved desert has spoiled me…oh so much. Dry air, sunny skies, no rain. What’s not to love? Aside from 100 degree heat, but we’ll let that slide. I have no idea what kind of climate I’m heading into. All I know is that you can’t get much worse than central/northern Pennsylvania. And if it does get worse than that, please don’t ever take me to that place.

What I do know is that I’m not going back to Happy Valley. I’m not going back to my roomies. I’m not going back to a random class schedule. I’m not even going back to my library job.

Nope. Instead I’m going to a new state, with a new apartment & roomie, a new ‘school’ (or type of schooling), and NO job. Ehhhhh.

But….I will also be joined by a new computer, a new phone, and a new GPS system so I don’t end up wandering around the East coast like a headless chicken. Yessss. Nothin’ like some new beginnings, right? Right.

Let’s just hope these beginnings don’t start off with a $50 fine reminding me that I have too much of my life stuffed into each suitcase. *fingers crossed*

July 18, 2008

Makin’ a list…

Filed under: 1/2 marathon,packing,travel,weekends — by heatherdc @ 9:51 am

We’re hittin’ the road around 1:30, and of course I have yet to pack. I did make a list though, last night.  It’s no surprise that for only two days, I have allll kinds of things I want to bring. Mostly because…a) we don’t know exactly what we’re doing Saturday night yet. Nice restaurant? Casual dinner & beer? Casino?? A girl has to be prepared you know….and b) I don’t know what kind of accomodations our hotel-cabin-thing will have. I’m thinking I need to bring stuff for breakfast, since most ‘continental’ breakfasts don’t start at 4 a.m. Will they have a little coffee maker? Should I pack a toaster? Ehhh, that’s definitely never been on the ‘list’ before. Hmmm.

I have my running out fit all set out. I’ve worn the same thing for the last 3 long runs, after discovering what works/what doesn’t. Last time I was training it was about 35-40 degrees outside. That made it pretty easy to decide what I didn’t want to wear. Now, I’m in 80º dry air…things have changed a little bit. After some trial and error, I figured it out.

A few days ago at the hospital I was looking for something to read while I took a little break. People donate magazines all the time, so basically every waiting-room/lounge area is full of quite a variety.  I picked up a “Runner’s World” from Sept 07 (whoa, old).  Why have I not read this before?! I love it!! I do remember scanning through one a looong time ago and not being too interested. Sure, I liked to run, but since it focuses mostly on training and marathons…I think it was a little out of my league at the time.  I thought I’d save it to read in the car, but I started looking and proceeded to pretty much read every page. Uh, oops. A trip to the store to grab the latest issue might be in the plans today.

Well, I’m off to actually put the things on the list into a bag. With my packing habits (ehh, I get so distracted, I haaate packing), I should be done within the next four hours before we leave.

I’m soo ready for this. I hope Utah is too 😉

Happy weekending*

May 30, 2008

One more trip

Filed under: random,travel,weekends — by heatherdc @ 11:31 am

Today marks the last leg of the journey. I am finally headed to the airport to go home. 

The last 2+ weeks have been spent doing a lot of moving, packing, unpacking, traveling, etc. I hate (hate!) living out of a suitcase, so I make sure to get everything out and get “settled” wherever I am.  

I’ve gone from PA–>FL–>Jack–>back to PA, and now I’m headed across the country to the Southwest. Gah. It already feels like it’s been at least a month (instead of only 2 weeks) since graduation, and moving and all that jazz. Makes me wonder how “old” I’ll feel next Fall when I make my first trip back for a football weekend. Ehhhh. 

 

On another note, I’ll be spending approximately 3 hours in the Chicago airport today.  I don’t really mind lay-overs, mostly because big airports have a lot of places to explore and weird people to watch.  As long as I can resist spending ridiculous amounts of money on a snack or a magazine, I’m good to go. 

Today I’ll be looking for a Sports bar, so I can sit down, have a drink and possibly watch my cousin on ESPN. Why would my cousin (13-yrs old) be on ESPN? Well, well. Interesting story. He’s in the semi-finals for the National Spelling Bee for the, ummm, 4th? year in a row. Every year the finals are televised Live by ESPN, and every year I am baffled by this. Are people really spending their afternoons watching this? Is there honestly nothing more exciting that could be covered by a Sports Network? Apparently not. And I’ll be that person, actually watching the Spelling Bee. Oh man. 

Oh yah, and it’s Friday? I feel out of the loop. Buuut I do know about one thing- Sex & the Cityyyy!

Happy weekend!!!

 

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