Tuesday, May 20, 2008

It's almost that time.

Well, it's Tuesday and we have but just a few days until we land in Arizona. I can't tell you how excited I am. Even if I have a terrible time, I really need to just get away, even for a few days. There's so much to do still and we are doing our best, but my work is seriously screwing with me and scheduling me to close every night leading up to Friday. I have closed 4 of the past 5 days (3pm-2am) and I have to close tonight and Thursday also. Terrible. Good thing I have a Kaiti to help get everything ready. I'm really just trying to make enough money to be able to feed the family at least when we're there. There's an expense here and an expense there and it just keeps adding up. It's very stressful. We need shorts and summer clothing and sunblock and toiletries and this and that and some of that other thing. Ugghh. I'm exhausted beyond belief and I would really just like a day to sleep, but thats not going to happen. I've been calling the airline and the hotel and the rental car place to verify reservations and stuff and so far so good. I just need to get some money to pay for the Super Shuttle to get all of us to the airport. $100 round trip, hopefully Noah and Jonah can chip in. Also I have to give Xcel and comcast at least something before we leave because I don't want to come home to no power. Oh yeah, so get this. Does ANYONE in customer service speak english anymore? What the crap? I can't understand a word they are saying. I called United Airlines and got some kind of camel-jockey who I swore probably had buck teeth or an overbite that just added to his terrible english. All I wanted to know was about the carseats and the birth certificates for the babies. He said if the babies were sitting on laps, they don't need a birth certificate, but otherwise they do. So, if I sit on Kaiti's lap, do I need ID? I'll have my eyes peeled for Iraqi's on laps. That'll be the first sign that this flight is not gonna go well. I also asked him what the situation was with carseats. Should I just check them at the counter? Or does Kenzee need to be in one on the plane? He was trying to explain to me that only children under 2 can be in carseats on the plane. Something tells me thats not accurate. But then, and this is the part that really confuses me, he says, she can be in one as long as the carseat is collapsable. COLLAPSABLE?!! Has anyone ever heard of such a thing? Wouldn't that be a real safety issue if your childs carseat was collapsable? He wasn't making any sense, so he tried to be all smart and snooty and said, "Yes sir, COLLAPSABLE. Meaning, it folds up." Yeah pal, I got it. I know what collapsable means. But there isn't such a thing around as far as I know. Has anyone ever been caught in a folding chair when you were young? I have and I can't imagine there being a carseat that would do that. Oh boy. Outsourcing is the problem with our country. It needs to stop. And to think the first direction on the customer service answering machine is "For English, press 1". Yeah right. Anyway, I'll see you all soon.


Abby said...

I went through the same thing with the birth certificates. I knew Calix had his..but what with all of the hub bub of Orion being gone..it never occurred to me that Maddox's never showed up. Kenzee needs hers..Mr. Madden does not. Each of you are allowed 2 bags underneath (so 6 total)..and have the car seats be 2 of those items. We're trying to keep the bag count down..going to attempt one suitcase..the playpen..and the car seats so it's not totally impossible to juggle all of that with the 2 children.

I'm more stressed about flying across the country with 2 children during their bedtime..because Calix is so into airplanes and so excited to be going on one..it wouldn't surprise me if he stayed awake the entire time..thus throwing everything in life off and making for a frazzled me all weekend. Should be awesome.

YogaNana said...

Hey, Micah -- bring the pictures of the kids that you want me to draw, okay?

Also -- just make sure everybody there is on the same page about cash for the shuttle. I think they are. See you guys tomorrow!