Back in the Swing

Whew! Finally, I made it back home – but not before paying $15 to check ONE piece of luggage with Frontier Airlines, the same one that made its way over to my destination scott free to begin with. According to the Frontier clerk, the whole fee-charging system started on the exact same day of my departure. Lucky me! And not only that, but apparently all those shopping trips put me 7 pounds over the 50 lb luggage weight limit, hence the unpacking of 3 blue jeans for Mom to ship back home via snail mail – either that or pay a $75 charge for the overage fee. What a total fiasco!

So anyway, I’m now happily home after the warmest welcome ever by the Catholic Family. Everyone is back into their usual routines, content as always. Yet as I start off my week, I’m suddenly feeling a little odd about getting back into the swing of things. What time did I wake up again? When did we leave to do this, that and the other thing? Where did I leave off that workout routine? Are the bills paid? Laundry/ironing/cleaning/grocery shopping done? Checkbook balanced? etc. etc. etc. Returning home from a trip can be a fantastically overwhelming experience, can’t it?

And yet the weirdest thing of all is that I keep thinking Mom’s chihuahua dogs will come skittering down the hall any minute. Talk about bizarre, but understandable after a week of hearing those little feet running across Mom’s hardwood flooring. Somehow, a quietly lurking cat around every corner just doesn’t replace that whole skittering business. Not even close.

Time to readjust my world.

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3 comments so far

  1. maksbestfriend on

    Don’t you just love those new fees! When we bought our tickets for Hawaii on United we bought thankfully before they raised their prices for luggage. Our first bag is free, but our second bag is $25.00. But thankfully, I guess, if you want to say that, since I am the fat chick, and my husband is 6’4″ tall, we purchased an extra seat, so we have a 3rd extra bag, so we won’t have that issue. And it will make packing for the 17 days we are gone a bit easier.

    Another thing that we do is that we have luggage that nestles inside each other, so we do that and have an extra suitcase for the stuff we do manage to purchase while we travel and it is worth the $25.00 to get it home, cheaper than shipping from there home.

    I am so glad that you are home. But isn’t it weird getting back into the routines of life? It does take time, but it does get normal. The time change had to throw in a wrench, too! And look what is coming next, Thanksgiving!

    Again, glad that you are back, and that your mother is doing well!

  2. incognitocatholic on

    @maksbestfriend – Are you ever smart! Let’s just say, I should’ve seen it coming but thought I was in the clear after not having to pay any extra fees on my way to Mom’s. That’s what I get for buying 3 pairs of Gap jeans – they put me over. :/

    The good thing is that I didn’t have to reset my watch Saturday, because I had already adjusted to Mountain time. So at least that’s one plus. The getting up at 5:45 a.m. again is the minus. C’est la vie.

    But Thanksgiving will be another new adventure, this time to Minnesota. Always a pleasure, wine included. :)) Thanks for the reminder, as it’s just around the corner!

    I really am glad to be back in control again. There’s always something about staying under someone else’s roof that gets me all antsy. But Mom is back to work today and doing well. Amen to that.

  3. maksbestfriend on

    Minnesota? Cool! Wine? Cooler? I didn’t know that there was wine from Minnesota. Your side of the family or CHubs? I want some Minnesota wine! 😉


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