Finally — Home Sweet Home

February 14, 2011

Today I did something so stupid — truly so stupid.  I had booked “get away fares” at Southwest so I could go to the puppy party.  I paid no attention to the routing coming home.  It turned out to be Nashville to Baltimore to Chicago to Albuquerque.  That’s bad, but I made it worse.  I landed in Baltimore and looked at the departure screen — there was the Albuquerque flight at the gate at which I had just arrived.  I was happy!  So, I sat down with Mills (remember?  That’s my Kindle) and was happily reading.  I looked up at the screen and saw the flight was delayed a bit, but my brain was swarming with images of puppy and not a single practical thought, so I went back to reading Mills.  Time to stand in line.  I was A27.  I went to the appropriate stanchion.  Another passenger walked up to me and said “What’s your number?”  I said, “A27.”  He said “No, I’m A27.”  I said, “Well, shoot.  Southwest made a mistake.”  He said, “No, you have a different flight number on your boarding pass.”  I said, “Oh, S**T.”  Sure enough I’d missed my plane, on a Sunday afternoon the day before Valentine’s Day.

So, SW started trying to get me on other flights Stand By (that’s what you become when you blow your reservation).  I got on another Baltimore/Chicago/Albuquerque flight.  In Chicago, I was bumped off the plane because the flight from Chicago to Albuquerque was full of people who had “reserved” seats.  I sat in Chicago for a l-o-n-g time.  Finally there was a seat on a plane to Denver with a 10 minute connection to the Denver/Albuquerque flight.  Southwest held the flight to Albuquerque for a bunch of weary travelers trying to get back here.  My luggage had been at Southwest baggage for many hours when I showed up.

I drove the 45 minutes home, arrived at 12:30 AM, greeted all the baddogs, took the tape off Nola’s ears, and now I’m going to bed.  I’ll clean the residue from the red baby’s ears tomorrow morning.


  1. Taryn says:

    I guess it was good karma that kept you from traveling home with a puppy this time. What an endlessly long trip that would have been for a little bitty baby. I am sure it was awful enough for you!

  2. susan says:

    I guess I didn’t start my prayers soon enough! I am so sorry you had such a long flight home. Cheryl had told me what had happened. I never thought about what would have happened if you had a puppy to cart around too.
    Nola’s ears look good. Bet your dogs are happy to have you home.

    Happy Valentine’s day.

  3. Builder Mama says:

    Oh, Penni. I’m so sorry! I’ve done that before too and it sucks. At least you didn’t have a puppy in tow and you did have Mills for company!

    Nola’s ears look great! Such a pretty girl.

  4. Sharrie Brockhaus says:

    Bad case of BO……….brain overload. Sorry to hear about your living nightmare.

  5. Amy says:

    Sorry about your long trip home, but I bet your extra happy to be home now! HVD!

  6. DeAnn says:

    Yuck! What a trip! Sorry you had to go through that! Glad the puppy stayed with Susan! Nola’s ears look great! Can’t wait to un-tape Smooche’s ears! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  7. Jean from NM says:

    Oh, my, Penni. I’m so sorry. And to be stuck in Chicago. Groan. I guess we can all be grateful you didn’t hit snow, even if you did run into everything else.