selenay: (Christmas Doctor Who 3 (Happy Christmas))
In a couple of hours, I shall bundle up and brave the roads to attend Midnight Mass. For me, that's when Christmas starts and it doesn't feel right to celebrate without remembering the events we're celebrating. Tomorrow morning we'll pop down to church for a family service, starting Christmas "right" and then we'll move onto the portion of the day where we eat food, open presents and watch Doctor Who.

Which is all a way of saying that I possibly won't be on line again until Boxing Day and I want to wish everyone reading this a very happy Christmas.

{{{hugs}}} to you all.
selenay: (Christmas Doctor Who 2 (DT))
Well, only another inch or snow and it was the light powdery stuff that fell. Nothing is expected tomorrow so my shopping trip to Oxford may now happen. That's good because I have to buy my Dad another present - someone at his workplace bought things from his Amazon wishlist but not at Amazon! So I've duplicated, damn. He's got no ideas (grrr) so it's time to get creative.

The roads are pretty nasty in places. Sadly, they're particularly bad up near my church and the church is too far to walk. So Mum and I aren't going to our carol concert, instead we're going to the church up the road for a "Hogroast and Carols", whatever that is. Sounds kind of weird. But we want carols, damnit, even if I seem to be getting my cold back so my throat is kinda scratchy. It'll be fine when it's limbered up a bit with a good, rousing "Oh Come All Ye Faithful".

I am so glad that I brought my snow boots with me. They're definitely needed.

I'm doing a Flickr photoset of my trip and you can see the first few pictures here.

A taster:

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selenay: (Christmas Doctor Who 3 (Happy Christmas))
I'm in England! Ra ra!

Mum was not exaggerating about the snow. Wow. The last time I saw this much was in February 2007 and it melted a day later (photos here. This much snow before Christmas is almost unheard of. The clearance is about what I expected (none) and even the motorway had a bit of slush on it. My road is packed snow. The pavements (sidewalks) are choked. Mum didn't take much convincing to use her walking poles whenever she goes out to make sure that she doesn't fall.

I'm so pleased to get here, though. Boston was heaving. I assumed that it was just because it was Friday, the last weekend before Christmas, and only found out after I was waiting at my gate about the storm going through the Eastern USA. They were already announcing that Reagan and Dulles were closing at midnight so I understand now why several people were panicking about Washington flights. I think Boston was scheduled to close some time this morning. I'm so glad that I decided to fly yesterday rather than today (it was an option) because I probably wouldn't have got there.

No wonder the Customs guy in Halifax wanted to know what I'd do if I got stuck in Boston airport :-)

Logan is fun to fly into. I had no idea that it was so close to the ocean - the runway starts practically on the shore. We made a different approach to Heathrow, which was fun because we went over one of the large London parks and a large stadium that I suspect might be Twickenham. Hee.

It feels both weird and lovely to be at home with the family. My sister came in for a flying visit so we decorated the tree and now I'm just sitting on the familiar old sofa, waiting for Strictly Come Dancing. Mum is promising me award-winning sausages for supper. I've missed really good sausages.

I'll post some photos tomorrow. The neighbours are building an igloo on the green area in front of my house and it looks amazing. We're promised more snow tonight, but Monday should be clear so Mum and I are hopeful of getting our trip to Oxford. I need to buy Dad a pressie!

I feel really bad for all the people stuck in the Channel Tunnel. South-east England doesn't normally need ploughs etc, so it's understandable that things are bad here. The Tunnel problems sound like they could have been prevented. Grr.

And now to watch dancing and eat fine food. This Christmas is going to be fantastic!
selenay: (Christmas Doctor Who 2 (DT))
I'm doing that thing other people do that always make me jealous: I am posting from my gate at the airport.

It's the little things that make me happy.

But anyway. I'm at my gate! I'm going to the UK! Via Boston! And US Customs are scary! And I got selected for extra security screening!

I got here insanely early, due to my over preparation habits. My car is staying at a hotel while I'm away, partially so that I can stay there the night I get back (I hate driving the airport highway in the dark and don't want to risk the weather) and partially so that my drive can be ploughed while I'm gone. So I had to drop the car off and get hotel transport to take me to the airport. It went far smoother than expected, which is why I'm here so early. Ah, well. I know for the future :-)

Although I'm safely checked in and waiting, I don't think that I'll feel happy and relaxed until I'm on my flight to London, mid-Atlantic, and there is no chance that I'll get stuck in Boston. The Customs guy wanted to know whether I was OK financially to get stuck in the airport there. Comforting.

So, I'm going to work on editing my Yuletide and wait for my gate to be called. Eee!
selenay: (Christmas Doctor Who 4 (snow))
Eeep! It's snowing! It's probably going to get washed away by morning, but we're looking pretty nasty out there right now. Also, teh Interwebz ate my LJ comments, so I got a bit of a surprise when I looked at my message box a couple of minutes ago. Anyway...

It is a little over two weeks until Christmas, and the yarn I ordered for making a couple of presents has only just arrived. Good thing I chose quite small projects, but I may still be working hard to finish on time. Must remember to pack my blocking T pins - there's no way these will be done before I leave and blocking does help the lace to pop.

I cast on for a new pair of socks on Saturday. They're quite exciting, to me, anyway. Firstly, it's my first time using Malabrigo Sock and I'm in love. Seriously, this stuff is gorgeous. I'm already thinking seriously about using it in a sweater, it's that soft and lovely.

Secondly, I'm adapting a cuff-down pattern to use my favourite toe-up construction. The main detail is a lace panel going up the side of the foot, so it's slightly more complex to work than my usual plain socks. I ended up going from the top left corner of the lace chart rather than the bottom right and hoping for the best. Last night I finished the heel on the first one, so I just have the leg to work and I was able to try it on to see exactly how well it fitted.

I had a good feeling from previous tries, but it was still nice to have confirmation that they're a perfect fit. My purple stripy socks from a couple of months ago are also a beautiful fit so this is reassurance that they were not a fluke. I can indeed, finally, knit socks that fit my feet just right. As the lace on these ones could have made them a slightly looser fit, I'm doubly happy to have them right. Most importantly, the length is nice and snug (without squishing) so shoes will fit over them without issue, unlike my first couple of pairs!

My current projects are also teaching me that while I love Mal Sock, I'm not so keen on Worsted. It's nice, it's soft, and the colours are gorgeous, but I'm glad that I only bought one skein as a trial to make a hat rather than diving in with a sweater. It's not a plied yarn - it's one thick strand that feels more felted than anything else. Rather like the Mal Silky, in face, but without the gloss of the silky so I'm finding it harder to work. I think that it would be a nightmare to frog and I can see just from the nature of the single ply that this is a yarn that will have issues with growing over time.

I'm going to love the hat I'm making, but I may not be using the Worsted for anything bigger.

The Sock, though, would make a gorgeous cowl necked sweater. In fact, it would make the beautiful cowl necked sweater that I love from Knit So Fine which [livejournal.com profile] gmul gave me for my birthday. I've already got my eye on a colour way. Hmm...

Plotting and planning new projects is almost as fun as knitting them!
selenay: (Christmas Doctor Who 3 (Happy Christmas))
So, in a little over a week I fly to England for Christmas, weather permitting. (No storms between here, Boston, and England, please)

The funniest thing about this process is everyone's impression of Christmas in England. I'm quite happy to say that I lived in the south of England and things are different up north and in Scotland. Everyone that I talk to (even people who have visited the UK) have this strange impression that Christmas where I lived is cold and snowy and pretty, rather like one of the Victorian paintings.

Er.

A hundred years ago, probably even sixty years ago, this wasn't too far from the truth. Now?

Not so much.

Christmas in my little corner of England is usually warm (5C+ - sometimes low teens) and the precipitation we get is in the form of rain. Bright, sunny Christmases aren't something that I really remember, although I'm sure we've had them. They're usually damp or raining. There's a lot of mud. Winter in my corner of England might get snow for one day in February, but that's it. Last year's snow was such a big deal purely because we don't normally get weather like that and the country isn't prepared.

I blame Hollywood.

Seriously, when is the last time you saw a festive movie set in London (it's always London or the surrounds - never Bognor or Cardiff or York or some other non-South East location) that didn't have convenient snow on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? As much as I enjoyed watching the move Holiday at the weekend, I kept cringing from all the exceedingly unlikely snow in Sussex. If it's a location that people where people can commute to London for work, there is unlikely to be snow on the ground in December.

I am not saying that Christmas isn't lovely over there. A crisp, cold, bright winter's morning can't be beaten and there are a lot of absolutely beautiful places that I'll be visiting. That Victorian Christmas that everyone is imagining me having, though, is about as probable as a Labour win in the next general election.

I'm thinking that, to counter-act all this crazy talk about beautiful snowy London, I'm going to take a photo journal while I'm away and try to upload to Flickr each evening. Sound good?

I've just jinxed it to snow from the moment I land, haven't I?
selenay: (writing)
I have one paragraph of my Yuletide fic. I'm reasonably sure this isn't enough.

I have been hit with both a lot of socialising and a sense of ennui about blogging all of it. I'm not quite sure what has happened to me. Hopefully I'll be back to normal soon.

It's a little over two weeks until I fly to England for Christmas. This fact hasn't really hit me properly yet. I'm sure that I'm supposed to be making lists or something now.

Annie spent half an hour trying to find a comfy way to perch herself across my hands so that I couldn't type, getting shifted back to the sofa every time she got to invasive. She's now curled up against my leg, warm and snuggly, with her ears twitching to tell me that she's not really asleep. I should really get some writing done while she's not in the way.

But I want to read "The Killings at Badger's Drift" and that won't get me a Yuletide fic.

Seriously, someone needs to crack a whip and force me to write. Perhaps I should set a goal. 500 words minimum before I'm allowed to goof off and watch House. That's doable, right?
selenay: (home)
Last night Mum and I decided that we needed to watch Dirty Dancing. I still love that movie so much. The dancing is amazing. The story is great and moving, the music is just right, but it's the dancing that really captures me. Swayze was fantastic :-( The only gripe I have is that the filming of the final big dance number, while beautiful, doesn't let me see feet as much as I'd like.

Yes, I do hate going to a dance performance if I can't see the feet.

In dance, it's the feet that really do the magic work. The bodies tell the story and get you pulled in, that's where you see the chemistry between characters, but it's the feet where the real work and technicality are and that's what I always end up watching.

In other stuff, I read the re-cap of S5 Grey's Anatomy. I suspect strongly that I'll be putting S6 on the DVR. Damn. It's always been my guilty pleasure series, because it's so silly and frivolous and basically daft and yet...

Also, by big horrible Zombie Project has taken a nasty turn. Last night we thought that we'd finally cracked it and were loading good, correct data. Today we've found that there was a serious issue with the data load that nobody had noticed, wasn't on our list of issues and is going to take a huge amount of work to fix. Urf.

So glad that I'm going out for evil dinner tonight so that I can drown my sorrows in yummy food.

Mum goes home tomorrow, which I am both not enjoying (I'm going to miss her!) and looking forward to (my house will be my own again!). It's a weird feeling. The visit has been much better than I'd hoped, I'm confident that we won't kill each other when she's here next year, but I'm also quite looking forward to being on my own as well. Except that I enjoy doing things with her. Although it will be nice to do things at my own pace again :-) So, it's a conflicted thing but at least I know that I can survive winter and stuff on my own.

Oh, also, I'm coming to England for Christmas. Bought the tickets last night. Yay!
selenay: (kickass woman)
The good news is that I survived a storm without losing my power. Score!

I thought it was a moderately nasty blizzard, but everyone at work has been remarking on the sheer badness of the blizzard so I'm guessing that it was a monster. Apparently work would definitely have been cancelled yesterday if it hadn't been a holiday - couldn't the blizzard have come today instead?

The snow is the light, powdery stuff that the wind keeps picking up and blowing into other places so the roads aren't particularly clear despite the best efforts of the ploughs. I got to work safely and feel quite impressed with myself because the highway was a monument to insanity, snow and ice. There was this moment as I passed an exit that was particularly snow where the wind picked up and my car was getting slid around all over the place. Yuck! I'd been considering going out at lunch today to buy a new carrier for my cats (they're too big for the original) but the roads are definitely not good enough to be doing unnecessary driving, especially out here where it doesn't look like the ploughs even tried.

Tomorrow's plans to drive down to Mahone Bay are definitely subject to weather and road condition :-)

New Year was fun. We sat around and watched DVDs. Little Dorrit and Wallander were both excellent. Mum and I got my sister started on knitting yesterday. So far, she's knitting and purling happily on a test square, although there are a few holes and the square is looking rather triangular. Aw. She just needs some practise. She's still determined, which is good.

I'm trying to ignore the fact that the parents and my sister go back England on Monday. It's been great having them here for a while.

I see that Yuletide has been revealed so it's time to 'fess up that I wrote Crisis of Faith for the Chalet School. It was really interesting to think more deeply about Margot's vocation and try to construct something around it so I've been very flattered by the response.

And now that the authors have been revealed, I can start posting reviews to the archive!
selenay: (coffee)
When we finally got there, Christmas was great. The massive power outage on Christmas Eve made things rather tricky (we usually have a fair bit of the meal constructed before Christmas morning) and my uncle turning up three hours early didn't help, but we got there and it was a fun day. Phew!

We finally got to open presents, and found time to sit down and watch Doctor Who, at around 10pm on Boxing Day. Yes, it was rather busy. The airline was lovely and delivered my sister's luggage that afternoon despite assuring us that they couldn't, so we're currently feeling very grateful to Continental.

Saturday was spent with my aunt and cousin visiting us, which was actually really good fun and possibly the first time that any of us really relaxed for about a week. It's been a stressful holiday season!

Yesterday started off with a bang - literally! The power transformer outside our house blew up at around 7.45am. So no power, again.

I am *so* over power cuts now.

The guys who came to fix it then blew it up even better at around 9am, creating a bigger bang and a big flash of fire. They then went away to get some more people and some equipment. Power was finally restored at noon so we were able to turn on some heat (because the heat had been turned down for the night) and get showers and hot drinks. Phew! The afternoon was spent in front of the TV with DVDs because we really needed a rest from our holiday.

Work today is insane - can I go home now?

I have two lovely treats from Yuletide waiting for me which I can't wait to read. Due to all the craziness and power cuts, this is the first time that I've actually been on-line since Christmas Eve. That must be a record for me! I'll have a DW review as soon as I've got ten minutes to actually write it and hopefully everything is going to be plain sailing from now on. I really hope.
selenay: (bemused Doctor)
Believe me, Christmas Eve is not the day that you want a nine hour power cut! Apparently a large part of the province was out, including most of the city, but that somehow doesn't make it better...

Anyway, I'm still here and I now have lights and heat. The Christmas pud is being constructed ready to be cooked tomorrow, the veggies amongst us are getting up early to prepare their meal tomorrow (as that was one of the things we meant to do today and it had been postponed from an original day of Monday) and we are largely ready.

The one minor technical hitch is that my sister and I have hardly and presents to give. D'oh! They are all in my sister's luggage (except for my present to her) which might be at the airport now but is unlikely to be reunited with her until after Christmas. Still, she's here and my cousin is here and it's nice to have pressies well spaced :-)

Hopefully tomorrow is going to be great whatever happens because we'll all be together. I see that the Yuletide archive is due to open in two hours but I may not be awake then :-) So I'll look forward to ficcy presents when I can get a few minutes at the computer. With luck, I'll be able to get the Doctor Who special tomorrow evening and I'll be introducing a few family members to it. Heh.

I wish everyone out there a Happy Christmas. Whatever you are celebrating, have a lovely holiday and enjoy being with the people you're with. That is my Christmas wish this year.

And then we lost the power again...

ETA: And then the power came back five minutes later...
selenay: (bored now)
In two hours and fifteen minutes I am out of here for Christmas. I love a company that gives us Christmas Eve off :-)

Theoretically, I am working on something here. I'm modifying and testing a mapping on the data warehouse.

Er, in reality I'm occassionally looking at my mapping and running test scripts, while also working on the Donna Fix-it Fic (probably won't happen before New Year, but I plan to get it done early January come what may) and browsing LJ. Merlin is turning out to be a shiny, sparkly, cracky fandom apparently and as addictive as the show. Damn them. I may also be looking at the Yuletide Treats list and feeling relieved that none of the things up spark my interest. Yet. I cannot write a fic in 24 hours. Seriously. Don't let me think that I can. I would be insane. Really, really, really.

Also, I apparently need to watch Star Trek: Phase II. Particularly now that I have an Internet connection that can cope with downloading things.

Oh, god, will this day never end so that I can do my shopping and finally see my sister? I want Christmas to start, damn it!

Still here

Dec. 23rd, 2008 08:47 am
selenay: (coffee)
I lost power yesterday just after lunch, but thankfully just after we established that my sister's plane had indeed landed in Moncton. Phew! She spent the night safe and warm in my cousin's house being spoiled rotten and then another cousin is driving down here for Christmas and has found her a seat in his van. So hopefully she'll be here by the afternoon and her nightmare, fifty hour trip will be over.

The bad news is that her luggage didn't get on the plane :-( Apparently the airline has it, knows where it is, and will be trying to reunite her with it ASAP. For now, though, she needs to buy some necessities and we both need to purchase token gifts for the parents because the real gifts were in her suitcase. Da's comment this morning was that he slept much better last night than he has since he arrived because it feels like things are finally going our way.

The window held, although it was leaking heat like a seive which wasn't good once the power had gone. Around mid-afternoon the winds started to die down a bit, enough that my parents could get out of the house without being blown over, so they went to the hardware store to pick up some wood to secure the window better. They also went to the store to pick up some groceries including some hot chicken for supper. Yay! Miracle of miracles, just as we'd served up supper for Mum and I and were trying to work out what to do with Da's cold tofu, the power came back. Hooray! It flickered a lot over the next couple of hours and then steadied. It's amazing how much better one feels with hot food and hot tea inside and some actual lights.

The window has now been boarded on the inside so we're not worried about flying glass if the inner pane gives way. Hopefully today we'll be able to get out and secure it from the outside so that nothing can smash the inner pane. Boarding the window also insulated it better, which we decided was a good thing just in case the power went out again.

The glass that we picked up looks incredibly thin and we suspect that the window wasn't quite as well-constructed as it should have been. Damn contractor who built the house. Our roof was not the one loosing shingles - it was my neighbour. We replaced our roof in the spring when we discovered that it was very poorly constructed. His house was built by the same contractor and he obviously didn't replace the roof. Now we're feeling very grateful for spending the money on a new roof because our neighbour is going to have a nighmare getting that fixed. Plus he's trying to sell the house!

The adrenaline ran out not long after the power came back and we all kind of flumped. Once we'd got the window boarded and some of the mess cleared up, we decided that we needed a truely daft, escapist movie to unwind with. Cue Star Trek IV! Damn, that move is fun and it reminded me yet again why Bones is my favourite original Trek character :-)

I'm at work today and the good news is that the office was in fact closed all day yesterday rather than just until noon so I haven't lost a day of pay. Apparently the power was out most of the day here. There has been 'discussion' over the late announcement of the closure on the emergency line - nothing was said about my office until well after most people had started to battle their way in. The window was the only reason that I didn't come in first thing and a lot of people then had difficulty getting home again due to the storm. Methinks that the decision will be made a bit earlier next time!

To sum up, my sister is going to get here in a few hours, the window is semi-secure, my cousin will be on a flight here this afternoon, we have power and I've still got enough time to do the last bits of shopping that I need. Christmas is starting to look more hopeful than it was twenty-four hours ago :-)
selenay: (grin)
My sister's plan is in the air! It took off twenty minutes ago, according to the Continental website, so she should be in Moncton in around two hours. This is such a relief. Getting her anywhere from Newark was going to be a nightmare if this didn't go, but getting her here from Moncton is much easier.

And at least she'll now be staying with family when she gets there and everything looks better when you've got family around.

She's getting closer!
selenay: (bad day 2)
Apparently, my family cannot travel in December without thousands of issues.

The good news is that my sister's flight left England and got to Newark.

The bad news is that the flight from Newark to Nova Scotia has been cancelled due to the weather. Continental's first available flight was on Christmas Day. Yup, living in the airport until Christmas Day.

Continental has managed to put her onto a flight tomorrow to Moncton. We have a cousin in Moncton and, if the flight goes, she can stay with him until someone can get her on she can get a train here. Thankfully, we managed to get her a hotel room for the night so she won't be sleeping on a floor in Newark. Now she just has to get her luggage somehow (she's a in a queue) and get the hotel shuttle to pick her up.

Who would have thought it would be this hard to get three people to Nova Scotia?

There's nothing more we can do and at least we know that she'll be OK tonight, unlike a lot of passengers who probably didn't have family sorting out alternate flights and hotel bookings. Plan is that we're all off to bed now and we'll worry about tomorrow, tomorrow.

It's possible that I might be working from home because my parents are *not* taking their rental car to New Brunswick with its all-season tyres. If it's possible to travel (oh, god, the Cobequid Pass again) at all then they'll drive my car with its winter tyres and load them down with snacks, blankets, candles, matches, hot drinks and anything else that I can think of.

Please, lots of prayers for my sister's safe arrival here would be very much appreciated right now.
selenay: (ace and the doctor)
Yuletide is posted! With eight hours to spare. Phew!

And the proof is under the cut.

Cut to spare f-list layouts )

Now I can sit back, relax and wait for the archive to open up and find out what goodies Santa left in my stocking :-)

Or possibly I'll do a ton of washing, decorate a tree and take my father down to Best Buy to pick up his gift for Mum before jetting across town to pick up some chipolata sausages from my newly discovered source.

And then I shall collapse completely tomorrow. Christmas is exhausting!

This morning was spent at the big farmers market where I discovered lots of yummy goodies including vegan muffins and treats for my father. He's going to be so well-fed. Er, we're also getting a case of rather excellent cider delivered to the house before Christmas. In fact it's excellent cider and we'll have enough to survive for at least a year :-) Mmm, alcoholic apples...
selenay: (Gwen drinkie)
Last night we went out and bought our Christmas tree. Note to self: trees are better bought during daylight.

Anyway.

The tree has been set up in its stand in our upstairs living room. We had been anticipating two possible reactions: bored indifference or climbing it. The first was hoped for, the second seemed more likely.

We got a third, unexpected reactio: complete terror.

Annie is definitely not impressed with the prickles, but she's at least willing to be in the same room with it. Kate won't go near it. She doesn't want to see it. We've put their things in the craft room so they can be shut away at night (in case they decide to climb or destroy decorations) and she's decided that the only place she feels safe is cowering in a corner of the craft room or sitting in the sink in my bathroom. Her biggest problem is that she can see the tree (lurking threateningly?) when she makes the dash from the craft room to the bathroom.

Poor Kate.

We're hoping that when we've got decorations on it she might be a little happier. It's definitely not what we expected! Annie can't work out why her sister is being such a fraidy cat.

Of course, Annie spent the first day he was here hiding from Da while Kate was cuddly and adorable to him. We think it was the height and his deep voice that unnerved her. Now she's quite happy with him and he sealed the deal last night with a photo shoot of them while Mum and I made supper. Annie loves being photographed :-) He even managed to get some good shots of Kate while she was awake, a very rare thing. Then we brought a tree into the house and terrifed Kate witless. We're so mean.

Christmas with my girls is going to be...interesting.
selenay: (grin)
My parents are here! Woot!

Their flight sounds like a bit of a nightmare and they finally touched down three hours late, but they're here :-) I'm selfishly glad that I didn't go to pick them up - I would have had less than an hour's sleep in the end if I had! Mum didn't actually go to bed. She sat up in my recliner, dozing, until I got up and she looked really awake when I left.

She's going to crash later, I know it.

They both needed a cup of tea when they got in - after assuring me that they'd be going straight to bed! - because they were stressed and awake. In fact, they behaved exactly as I predicted so I'm laughing quietly at Mum :-) Da spent a few minutes cuddling with Kate in his chair (awww) which relaxed him enough to actually go to sleep when he went to bed.

Who is this man and what has he done with my father? He never cuddled Cassie and Skipper when they were alive!

Anyway, I am officially relieved and happy to finally have them here safely.

In other news...

I was looking through this journal last night and not one of the entries on the front page was actually fannish. When did I get boring? When did I stop wibbling about fannish stuff? I assure you, I've not stopped reading, watching and thinking about fannish stuff. I adored the Merlin season finale to itty bitty pieces and I'm hunting out fic. SJA made me super happy so I need to do a season 2 review post. It's only eight days until the Doctor Who Christmas special and that's making me very excited. Has everyone seen the DW Advent Calendar on the BBC site?

And yet, I don't actually seem to discuss any of that on this journal.

That's it. I'm determined. There shall be at least one fannish post per week from this day forward. It's my pre-New Year's resolution.
selenay: (bad day 2)
The bad news is that they won't be here tomorrow.

The good news is that they will be here this week.

We managed to get them flights on Continental via Newark that get in at midnight on Tuesday. My sister is now arriving at midnight next Sunday (21st) rather than mid-afternoon the following day. They all fly home on the same day as the original plan, but six hours earlier which makes that day a lot more complicated to arrange. I'm supposed to have a rheumatology appointment that day and the cats are getting spayed so me driving them to the airport is looking doubtful.

Still, they're going to be here for Christmas and that's the important part. I'm pushing Mum to make a formal complaint about the bit where they didn't tell them about the cancellations.

We can't do anything about rearranging the rental car until tomorrow, but we're getting a cab sorted out for them because they won't let me pick them up from the airport. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they can get the rental sorted otherwise my car will be the only transport and they'll have to take me to and from work if they want to go anywhere during the day.

We'll see.

I'm just glad that we're still getting the Christmas we planned and Mum will still see her brother. It's probably going to be her last chance to see him and I couldn't bear the idea of her grief if she hadn't got to see him.

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