Kimberly (kimberly_a) wrote,

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To market, to market, to buy a fat pig; home again, home again, jiggety jig

Ahhhh ... we are home. I love traveling, but I also love being at home. Shannon is aghast that I love airports -- he has difficulty believing this could possibly be true. "Everyone hates airports," quoth he. I like them. They make me happy. There's the organization, signage, and bustle of public transit; there's the excellent people watching; there's the weird stores selling both location-specific and non-location-specific goods; and there's the sense of adventure. Everyone is going somewhere or coming from somewhere ... they have left one reality and ventured into another. And we're all in it together, everyone traveling at the same time. It's like when everyone at Grand Central Station starts waltzing.

I'm a very patient person; I don't mind sitting in a minimalistic chair in a room with a hundred strangers for a couple hours. I don't mind sitting on a plane for 4 or 5 or 12 hours. As long as I can get enough water to drink and there's a nearby bathroom that's occasionally unoccupied, I'm fine. I often sleep on planes, or watch the movies, or listen to my iPod.

Of course, all the security measures make traveling less fun, but -- like I said -- I'm a patient person.

Today I watched the movie on the plane, and it was soooo bad. It was called Love Happens, and I knew it was going to suck when I saw that it starred Jennifer Aniston. It was simplistic, unrealistic, idealistic, and not very romantic, but it still made me cry. I'm a sucker.

Our flight into SFO actually arrived *early*, which was way cool, because it meant we would get home before we were too exhausted. In fact, all four of our flights (SFO to Honolulu, Honolulu to Lihue, Lihue to Honolulu, and Honolulu to SFO) were great. No significant delays, no luggage problems, no annoying fellow passengers. I shall step forward and proclaim honestly that United Airlines has regained some of my respect. Last year they were terrible, but this year I have only good things to report.

So we got home, looking forward to seeing our kitties again, and no one came to meet us at the door. After a certain amount of coaxing, all three cats came downstairs to see us.

1. Cat No. 1 (Cobweb) thinks we should give her some more food. She doesn't seem disturbed at all by our week-long absence and abrupt reappearance.

2. Cat No. 2 (Munchkin) thinks our suitcase is evil, and keeps hissing at it and hiding from us in shadows. "Who are you strange people?" she asks.

3. Cat No. 3 (Lucy) keeps twitching. Mostly her tail, but also kind of her whole butt. It's like she's developed a nervous tic. One hopes she will calm down by the morning. Lucy has always been a bit of a fraidy cat.

Tomorrow, I have therapy in the morning, then lunch (and Shannon wants to go grocery shopping together at lunch time), and then I must finish my proofreading project. Sometime soon, I also need to go up to Trader Joe's to get Cobweb some more wet food. And I need to do some laundry. Oh, yeah, and there's a suitcase to unpack.

Calgon, take me away!
Tags: cats, hawaii, kauai, movies, travel

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