Tuesday, January 14, 2014
About my trip to Kansas and Day One
So at the end of 2013 my boss reminded me how many vacation days I had left to take before the end of the year. It was a lot and I posted on Facebook that I had a boat load of vacation time to take..
Amy from http://www.seabasscat.com/ said I should visit Kansas during my vacation time, to which I replied I had not been invited. So she invited me. ;)
Well I am not one for traveling. I am a horrid introvert, I'm shy, and I am basically a cat.. but the chance to spend time with cat people, and the opportunity to meet Harvey, Lowenstein and Evelyn was just something I could not pass up. I also had hopes that I would get to touch Faraday, Maxwell and Allie from http://www.atonkstail.com/ and I knew that this would be a once in a life time opportunity (well OK, it isn't. I'm sure they'd be happy to have me come back and visit.. but it felt like one at the time I got the invite.
So after a bit of negotiating with Amy about dates and with the airlines about the prices, I booked a flight and waited.
Now I have to tell you, being a horrid introvert and horribly shy and basically a cat I can't tell you how many times I wanted to back out. I adore Amy and Lisa.. I met them in person for the first time when I went to Kansas to visit Hills and I spent a great deal of time with them at BlogPaws this past year. I knew I would enjoy my visit.. but would Amy like me for an entire weekend?? I mean come on..
I soothed the annoying little voice in the back of my head with "well if it doesn't work out there is a hotel near the airport, you can rent a room and get room service for the remainder of your stay.. and that seemed to shut it up.
On the way to the airport, as we rounded the corner and saw the airplane up close that voice inside my head once again balked at going.. Only the thought of never meeting Harvey, Lowenstein, Evelyn, Faraday, Maxwell and Allie made me pull up my bootstraps and continue on. (again as much as I adore Amy and Lisa, they can come to me.. or we can meet up again at blogpaws - which I am probably not going to this year or barkworld, etc.. )
So I got on the plane.. I flew Southwest. I confirmed my flight early so I was able to board pretty quickly on the way out and sat in the first row. I listened to "Cat Daddy" on the way out (and on the way back) and kept myself entertained with games on my kindle and with free wifi at the layover airport.
I landed, found Amy pretty quickly, and we headed to her house. I actually unpacked my suitcase (which I never do) and got the once over from Lowenstein and Harvey..
We had a nice dinner, and I met Yaz - Amy's parent's dog, and Dottie - Amy's guinea pig. I also learned that Amy's dishwasher is used as her breadbox. This amused me to no end since my father fixes appliances and has my entire life so the fact that it leaks so she doesn't use it just wouldn't stand in 'my world'..
I was lucky enough to be visited by the boys after I went to bed. I was afraid I wouldn't get company and thus never be able to fall asleep, but the boys were willing to accommodate me long enough for the sandman to find me.
Day two: Lowenstein goes to PetSmart to see Santa..