Getting Grounded

To cut to the chase: our direct flight from Austin (3.5 hours) that was to have gotten us home yesterday by 6:30 p.m. did not happen.

Flights were very late arriving (the rainy Eastern weather?), so our flight was delayed an hour. Then the plane arrived, but we didn’t board for another 45 minutes. When we all boarded, the plane turned out to have a bad hydraulic pump, so they ushered us off to wait for another one.

We “made do” by having Salt Lick as our farewell dinner (the Austin airport is one of the nicest airports to hang around in, if one must). We washed down the sausage and brisket with Shiner Bock.

We did get home yesterday, at least — we landed at 11:45 p.m. We were bloody tired!

Once we got home, the cats greeted us felicitously. We were wired and hungry and on Central time, so when we finally got to bed at 2 a.m., our bodies told us it was 4 a.m.

Today was a day of nesting: food shopping, mopping, vacuuming, watering plants, sorting recyclables, unpacking. I was to work up in San Francisco from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., but I decided regaining a sense of equilibrium was a priority. I also had to pick up my car. All the mechanic did is replace the oxygen sensor for the third time. He said he couldn’t find anything else wrong. We’ll see. Even if the light does come on again, I’m done with this particular service station.

It was a wonderful visit! I got to see close friends, was treated to Austin cuisine (Magnolia’s, Kerbey Lane, Mirabelle, Rudy’s, El Mercado, Sampaio’s, and of course the Salt Lick), hung out with family, and had a lot of fun at the wedding. Dancing! Drinking! Dining! Dilly-dallying! Oh, and I spent a fair amount of time (and money) at Hill Country Weavers. I even persuaded one friend to take up crochet again. (Heh heh heh… welcome to the addiction!)

And yes, my birthday (the day of the wedding) was special. I’m still celebrating. 🙂

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One Comment on “Getting Grounded”

  1. Shirl Says:

    sounds like a WONDERFUL trip, Kathryn, and welcome back!