June 7, 2012
My flight wasn't until 6:30pm so I was able to meet up with a few friends prior to my departure. Chris and melanie picked me up around 9:30am and we went out to breakfast to Cracker Barrel. I haven't seen them for a year as well. I haven't seen anyone from Florida for about a year actually. Catch was in school so I didn't get to see him BUT Chris did take this video when they picked him up (after they dropped me off at my friend, Samantha's)…
Catch is my buddy. I've known him since he was born and he just turned 5. When we used to have game nights at Chris and Melanie's and I was going to leave, he'd say, "Don't leave Kritina" and leave out the "s". SOOO cute
It was great to see Chris, Mel and Given. I've known Chris and Melanie since 2004 (right when I moved to FL from WI). They are great friends and it was so good being able to meet up. Funny how when you move, far away, you take for granted when living so close…and that's why skype was invented. If it weren't for skype, I'd be really bummed and probably flying around the world even more so than I already do.
Chris dropped me off at my friends Samantha's house and we literally sat in her kitchen and talked…for 5 hours! I got there around 11:30am and didn't have to leave for the airport until 4:45pm (and she had to be to work by 6pm) so it worked out. I met Samantha in Spanish class at St. Pete College.
Meet Aurora - Samantha's adorable puppy
Cutest salt and pepper shaker I've ever seen
I wanted a picture with Aurora but she kept licking my face….
We finally got a good one!!
Then she was licking me again.
As soon as I saw the weather when waiting for my flight, I just knew there was going to be a delay somewhere. My flight coming from Atlanta was delayed so instead of leaving at 7pm, our plane didn't get in until 7pm. I was 40 minutes delayed and missed my connecting flight in Atlanta. ANOTHER reason why I chose to connect in Memphis on my way to Tampa because something always goes down in ATL. It was almost a bummer BUT luckily there was another flight to Vegas boarding just 15 minutes after I missed my connecting flight. I made it to Vegas 30 minutes from when I was supposed to which was FAB compared to having to wait hours or even until the next day.
I watched "Contraband" on my ipad and it was pretty good. I also played a lot of Sudoku. And then I just waited to see the city all lit up…that's when I know I'm home. It's funny because when we were on the plane, some passenger thought he paid extra for a premium seat so he asked the pilot because he was there and he said, "Sorry, you'll have to ask one of the attendants. I don't patrol seats, I just fly planes" - my kinda of pilot.
It was a wonderful trip. I'm so happy I got to spend some quality time with mom and right before her birthday. Without her and her determination, I wouldn't be where I am. All I can say when people comment about my life is….I GET IT FROM MY MAMA!
It was great catching up with friends as well! Thanks for making time to spend with me. I know what it's like when people visit and it can be difficult to meet up with work and all so I appreciate it. I don't have plans to see Florida for another year or so…SO if anyone comes to Nevada, let me know and I'll try to meet up!!
Live. Life. Out. Loud.