Getting Ready…

  • Laundry
  • Pack:
    • clothes
    • diapers
    • airplane snacks
    • airplane entertainment (toddler)*
    • computer, camera, chargers
    • reading material
    • travel knitting
  • Exchange yarn
  • Withdraw cash

I don’t want to travel tomorrow. I hate being anywhere but home for the holidays — and unlike many people in my age group, I consider home to be our home, not our parents’ homes. But we want to see our extended families, and this is a chance to see Will’s folks and meet our nephew, who is already walking. So you see we could not pass it up.

But there is just so much to worry about. Sam has flown twice and both times he was a wonderful passenger — but now that he is mobile I’m afraid he’ll be miserable. Am I making a mistake leaving our car in long-term parking instead of asking someone to drive us? I wish I’d finished Sam’s quilt so we could bring it. I don’t know what knitting to bring. I’m afraid my Mother-in-Law will disapprove of some choice we’ve made. What if Sam doesn’t sleep while we’re away from home? I mean, he barely sleeps when we’re here. Whine, whine, sigh.

Seriously, all I want to do is stay at home. I’m hoping that will change once we get moving tomorrow.

*Yesterday I read an article of ideas for travelling with a toddler. It was really aimed at children older than Sam, so it wasn’t very helpful, but the thing that really annoyed me was the suggestion to get a cup of ice from the stewardess — wait, that’s not the annoying part — but to be careful because ice is a choking hazard. Um, really? NO IT ISN’T. Even if you manage to lodge a piece in your throat, it melts too fast to cause any damage. The obsession with everything being a choking hazard these days really chaps my hide. [/end rant]

11 thoughts on “Getting Ready…

  1. Ewokmama

    November 19, 2007 at 1:12pm

    We are traveling with Jack next month and I am not looking forward to it!! I have become slave to routine and hate to interrupt it, and I have no idea if I can keep him occupied on a plane for 2 hours. Then we go to Wisconsin in February and that is a 4 hour flight. EEK.

  2. Allison SuperCrafty

    November 19, 2007 at 1:53pm

    Eww! Airline ice! Some article I read (or maybe it was some local news investigation?) said it’s worse than licking the bathroom floor! -Your friend the germophobe

  3. Uccellina

    November 19, 2007 at 2:31pm

    How expensive is long term parking? If it’s more than $80 and you’re bringing a carseat anyway, you might consider taking a cab . . .

  4. Amy

    November 19, 2007 at 2:36pm

    Aw. I hope that getting to spend time with your family (and Sam’s) winds up making up for the hassle of getting to them.

    Incidentally, my sister also prefers to home, by which she means her own home. My mother cannot understand this: “But I want you to always think of this as your home!”

  5. Jaime

    November 19, 2007 at 3:10pm

    what about satellite lots w/ shuttles?? they can be cheaper than the airport garage. i know our airport garage is notoriously expensive.

    i know what you mean about traveling for the holidays. i don’t mind for thanksgiving, though, but christmas is always at our house.

  6. Jenn

    November 19, 2007 at 4:02pm

    This is why we’ve moved to where we live now. Really. I moved here to have my baby so mom was.. oh about five minutes drive away.

    But, for what it is worth, for some people this would be a fate worse than death.


  7. Delle

    November 20, 2007 at 2:21am

    I don’t envy you the journey. I’ve never flown with Rohan and I’m not looking forward to trying. At this rate, we may never go on holiday again! At least we can get to all our relatives by car [/small country dweller].

    Also, I think of our home as ours, rather than parents. I wonder if being an owner affects that (for me, obviously, not you)?

  8. Stepherz

    November 20, 2007 at 7:30am

    I’m sooo with you on the choking hazard thing– especially ice. Geesh. An peice of ice would melt if lodged in your 98.8 degree throat somewhere BEFORE you keeled over and died. That’s silly.

  9. Crystal

    November 20, 2007 at 9:20am

    I wish the best for your trip. If he’s been fine before, I should think he’ll be okay now. In my limited experience, I think that pressure in the ears causes most childhood discomfort on planes.

  10. nana

    November 20, 2007 at 12:19pm

    well, you’ve never even been to my (current) house, so it couldn’t really remotely be considered your home :^)

  11. Catherine

    November 21, 2007 at 1:01am

    I have asked friends for rides to and from LAX (leaving my car at work), but because I don’t want to take advantage like that all the time, I use Lot C for long-term parking as well. I’m a big fan. I like being able to get right to my car and go. My method for remembering where I’ve parked in Lot C is to try to stay as close to the overpass as possible and, if possible, score parking underneath it so that my car is covered. I also prefer to park as close to the depot as I can because I can remember where my car is from that point.

    I don’t know how long you will be in Kentucky, but whenever I’ve parked at Lot C for just over 48 hours (like a weekend trip), I’ve averaged a fee of $24-27, which is a bargain considering a cab ride from LAX to my West L.A. office is about $38 before tip.

    One more tip: I do not know which airline you are flying out of, but if you are anywhere near the terminals at the end of the airport (Terminals 5-7, for example), the Lot C buses fill up completely beforehand, *especially* on holiday weekends like this one. My recommendation: take the LAX shuttle bus that stops at every terminal but does not go out to Lot C and hitch a ride to Terminal 1 (the Southwest one). Once the Lot C buses make their runs at the parking lot, they go back to the airport and stop there first. You and your brood can board there and just kick back until it returns to the lot! (I was most pleased to have thought of doing this on my own after watching too many Lot C buses pass me by while waiting for one over the July 4th weekend.)

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