It’s currently 2:37am.
I’m extremely tired and cranky but so frustrated and exasperated that sleep isn’t happening right now. Hence, this post.
So here was my trip home in a nutshell:
11am-12:30pm – take subway, get lost on subway and end up in Brooklyn, finally get to Penn Station, take train to Newark
1 – sit down at my gate, find out my flight is delayed till 6pm (it was supposed to leave at 3:20pm)
1-6 – eat lunch, drink lots of Jamba Juice, sleep, watch CNN report the same stories every hour
6 – board plane, learn that the same mechanical problem that caused the original delay still exists, get off the plane
6-8:30 – drink more Jamba Juice, sit around more, United: “Don’t go anywhere! It’ll be fixed soon!” Fixed soon my butt.
8:30-9:30 – new plane arrives at new gate and gets prepped
10 – finally in the air!
12:15am CST – touch down in Houston
12:15-1am – wait for Super Shuttle dudes to get their act together
1am-2am – take the Super Shuttle home
The good parts about this:
1. Because of the two delays, a lot of people transferred to other flights, so there was no one else in my row and I got to spread myself out.
2. Because of the two delays, a lot of people transferred to other flights, so I scored an Economy Plus seat for the first time ever. Without having to pay for it. LEG ROOM GALORE.
3. FREE MOVIES. And not crappy movies. I actually had a hard time deciding what I wanted to watch–some of my choices were Frozen (I don’t even think it’s out on DVD yet!), Tangled, The Lord of the Rings, The Desolation of Smaug, Skyfall, The Dark Knight…you get the point. I settled on Thor and managed to get through almost all of Ender’s Game afterwards. (I had to stop right at the plot twist!)
Now that I’ve said that…
In the first boarding line, I was standing near someone who was on the phone with a friend. He was in the middle of getting a divorce, his wife wouldn’t let him see or talk to his kids, and he was having trouble finding affordable housing and so was bumming it out with various friends.
This made me realize that though what I was going through was frustrating and annoying, there are always people who have it worse.
And that’s when I decided what I wanted to do for Lent.
I’m not going to spend any money on myself, unless it’s for things I absolutely NEED. (Ahem, food for the rest of this week and for all Saturday nights when our servery is closed.) I shouldn’t need toiletries; I always have a healthy stock. (Although if I need toothpaste, ya know…)
Instead of spending that money on clothes or races or what have you, I’m going to donate it to different charities–20% of each paycheck. The specific charities are TBD.
On that note, I’ll be back next week with some AWESOME pictures and some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. In the meantime, have a fantastic Friday and a great weekend!