Saturday, August 30, 2014

Back to School!

I bought my new shoes, ironed my black shorts and laundered all my aprons. Yes, it was time to see my other 150 kids and start another year. This will be my 11th year of working at my Alternative High School and I couldn't be happier. (Almost 20 years with the district!) It is the perfect fit for me, cause I like to think I am a little unconventional too. I pulled out the tablecloths, filled the display case with items related to school going and stocked the shelves. I was ready. 

Headed out to the car and low and behold, in my car was a present! From my youngest. A new purse and everything I would need for the first day of school. Tissues, crayons, stickers, snacks, tape, etc. All wrapped in tissue paper for me to unwrap on break. Oh, I had a good time and kept chuckling to myself. I felt very special and thought of. Thanks Em!

When my girls were little the first day of school was a very special day at our house, with a small party where they would tell us all about their first day and what they liked the best. Now it is my turn, and I love it! Always, Kit

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Chicks and Chaps 2014

This event never fails to be a fun time. Though every year is so different. Some years we win prizes, other years we have wild and crazy weather, but in all the years we make some wonderful new friends and we have such a great time together. I got the feeling that this year's event was being run by someone new, not as polished as before and I wonder if the event will continue to go on. That would be sad, since it is a lovely way to celebrate breast cancer survivors and to donate to a worthy cause. This year we got to meet and hear the stories of these courageous women and it brought a lot of tears to many eyes. Em and I love this event and watching so many women supporting each other is so heart warming. And being able to rub shoulders with some handsome cowboys isn't too bad either. :) I lift my glass and toast to next year and to the ladies who proudly wear pink! Always, Kit

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sir Paul

While on my trip to Cali, I got a text from my hubby. It said: Paul McCartney concert on Tuesday. We got free tickets. Yes, I want to go. See before I had left, I had heard he was coming to town but was sitting on the fence as to whether to go or not. But this solved the problem completely, FREE tickets (they were $250 each!) So we headed to the stadium on a very hot summer night and I totally lost myself in the music and the excitement and in Sir Paul. I was such a groupie! Dancing and singing and screaming his name. It felt good to be 12 again....LOL Always, Kit

The excitement builds!
His first set, loved the big screens.

Fantastic concert. The man never stopped for 3 1/2 hours!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Journey Home

So far you have heard all about the fun and adventure my daughter and I had while visiting California. As we packed our suitcases, turned in our rental, and headed to our Gate we had no idea that a new adventure was waiting for us that day.

We took off for Seattle at 12:30, sad to have to leave Cali, but I had a little surprise for my girl in Seattle and that would help with our mood. I always like to sit behind the wing and Em had the window seat, we had just flown over Lake Tahoe and we were eating snacks and feeling fine. I had noticed that the stewardesses kept looking out the left side of the plane and seemed concerned. It seems a passenger had noticed fluid leaking out of the left wing. Hmmm. The pilot came on the speaker and assured us that all was fine but that we were diverting to Portland. We were losing fuel from our left wing and it was unbalancing the wings. That didn't sound too good. Em and I were just getting back into our seats (potty break) when the pilot informed us that we all needed to buckle up and that we could not make it to Portland but were landing in Klamath Falls, Oregon. I must say, we all locked eyes with each other and everyone looked nervous. I have never dropped from the sky so fast as we did that day. We kept circling and dropping and we were all pressed up against the seat in front of us. Em and I held hands and I kissed her and we told each other nice things and decided that if this was it, we were glad to be together. The brother and sister in front of us grabbed hands, the family across the aisle were in a group hug. We came in so fast to the ground that when we landed I didn't think the brakes would hold. This is not an airport that usually has jumbo jets flying in. When we came to a stop, there was a huge collective sigh and we all started clapping.  Captain Mike came on the PA and told us that he had had to shut down the left engine completely but that he had done most of his flying in the Navy like this so it was easy peasey. He didn't give himself enough credit. He did an incredible job of flying. We disembarked, to this tiny little airport which is home to the Air National Guard, and when I went outside, I said, "Look at all the fire engines!" and a man next to me said, "Didn't you see them racing down the runway after us?" I am glad I didn't, easy peasey indeed.
Huge credit to the flight staff and the lead stewardess, Toni. They kept us informed, fed, and comfortable. Another plane could not be flown in until 6pm, so we had about 5 hours to wait. Air Alaska handled all our connections via cell phone. Klamath Falls donated reading material and pizzas were ordered. We made 170 new friends. At one point, Em who is a trained EMT had to assist a woman who was feeling faint until a fireman could be located and I was so proud of her. Everyone pitched in and it was wonderful. 

We flew out of Klamath at 7pm, with everyone cheering. 9 people decided not to risk fate and drove home. It did occur to me at one time. But I love to fly and I couldn't be frightened of it. As we headed over Washington state, I gave Em a card with her surprise in it. I had originally planned when we got to the Seattle airport, to take her for a nice dinner and to visit the Pan Am kiosk and get her the hand bag she had wanted for a long time. We didn't have time for dinner, we had to catch the last flight to Montana, but we did get the purse before we hurriedly boarded our flight. Another couple from our "doomed" flight sat across from us, and when the steward heard the story he happily re-filled our wine glasses all the way home. Nice touch. We flew into Missoula without incident, a little tipsy and very happy to be home. Not the perfect way to end a trip, but we made it home un-hurt and learned a lot about ourselves. We didn't panic, we comforted each other and tried to make others around us more comfortable. And for the most part, so did everyone else on Flight 513. 170 people and one dog, made it home safely. That is all that matters. Always, Kit 

Friday, August 1, 2014

And last, but certainly not least!

We were off to the Beach! Huntington Beach to be exact. We found this place 4 years ago and just loved it. Long stretches of sand, plenty of room and the water is heaven on a hot day. But first we had to make a stop at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. Em was in need of some new high heels. And she found a wonderful pair, and on sale and I got a free bottle of water! Thank you Neiman Marcus. Okay, back to the beach. We spread out our fancy beach towels, (mine was Finding Nemo and Em's was the Little Mermaid) revealed our black suits and off to the water we went. We spent two hours just soaking in the atmosphere. It felt sooooo good. 

But the fun doesn't stop there! Guess who was in town for a Major League Baseball Game? The Angels and the Detroit Tigers. My girl has never been to a big game so this was a given. I grew up watching the Philadelphia Phillies and wanted her to experience what I had loved. Our seats were amazing and came with our very own waitress and the Angels won! And when they win, they light up the Halo. Em had read about that and I so wanted her to see see them light it up, and they did! Fantastic night, fantastic game, fantastic day. :) Always, Kit