I got a picture of Rob in front of the house, but I had the shutterspeed set to some crazy thing (from taking to take pictures of Brownies skating past me at the Cookie Rally last friday). So that turned out as nothing more than a Rob shaped blur. I got a couple of blurry Roz's as well until I got to this one.
Denver International Airport: Saturday 4:30 pm MST
I had gotten a lot of packing done on Thursday and Friday which meant Saturday was fairly laid back. I ran out to a couple of drug stores in the morning trying to find saline in a 3 oz. or less container (the only allowable size for a liquid or gel on airlines these days). I ended up buying some expensive multi-purpose solution in a 2 oz. container having no luck finding the saline. :-P
When I returned I found Rob up on a ladder (which was firmly planted on a bunch of snow and ice) scraping the 5 inches of ice off the top of the gutters and removing as much snow as he could reach from the roof.
My sister came over around noon to switch out cars with my cousin (my cousin wasnât comfortable being left with our manual transmission) and I gave her a hefty packet of child care info. (what time school starts. when the kids have extracurriculars. etc. )
My mom arrived at 1:30 and we packed up her mini-van and were ready to go. Next came the hard part.
When Anna woke up this morning the first thing she said to me was, âI donât want you to go. Iâm going to miss you.â She cried for a teeny bit, but then seemed to get over it. Later in the morning Nathan pulled me aside and told me that he was really go to miss me. (I managed to keep it together then, but when I told my sister about it later on the phone I got all choked up.)
So we gave hugs before leaving. But then the kids got busy with Lego Star Wars on the computer and playing with Mary and it seemed that they were content to go back to life as usual.
Rob and I have been amazed at the wonderful feeling of lightness at traveling without having to keep tabs on 3 little monkeys (and help them schlep their stuff). We checked our luggage in without any problems. The ânormal peopleâ line moved 2 or 3 times as fast as the first class line. Woo hoo! Even security went smoothly. The only boo boo so far is that we didnât exchange our cash before hitting security. (I had no idea where the exchange was and Rob didnât mention that it was before security until weâd already taken the train away from security. :-P So I sent him back with the cash and heâll just have to do security again. But this time I have all his stuff so at least he wonât have to worry about that.)
Kings Langsley: Monday 3:20 am GMT
Our flight in Denver ended up leaving an hour late and since we had only an hour layover in Chicago we raced from one plane to the other. But we ended up sitting on that second plane for about 45 minutes before taking off. :-P
We got in to Heathrow on time and buzzed through rather quickly to Roz. We were a little taken aback by the state of the airport, though. As we walked off the plane we were greeted by buckets on the floor catching the rain as it dripped into the building.
Roz drove us back to her place in Kings Langley (though no one seems to know what a âLangleyâ is) and we met Alan for the first time. After some good conversation we headed out for a bit of a walk in the misty rain along the canal that runs behind their house. We saw ducks and two swans and I thought I saw a pheasant but Roz says it must have been something else because they donât have pheasants around here. (And it was a bit small for a pheasant, but didnât look very chickeny.)
Then we went to Hemel Hempsted for high tea with Rozâs parents and more great conversation. Rob and I were definitely drooping by this time (after having not slept more than a couple of hours on the plane) but Roz is a hard task master and told us that we shouldnât go to bed until 9 each night if we hoped to adjust to the time change within 3 days. Otherwise she says it takes 4 days.
We have hopes of taking the train in to London tomorrow and bumming around a bit.