Started the journey from zorac's flat on the local bus, which ended up being quite crowded as we got on at a busy time when normal type people were heading to work or school. We made the coach to Gatwick with a few minutes to spare and took the last seat in the very back, which had extra leg room - an excellent bonus for us very tall people. We then spent the next couple of hours sleeping in spurts (we didn't get much sleep the night before...lalalala), and then while conscious either snogging or being amused by the other couple on the coach who were also shamelessly snogging (although I for one wondered if there was more happening than snogging at times...).
We arrived at Gatwick and I went to check in and get my boarding passes, where I got a slight interrogation by a much friendlier security man who dubbed Mark my "bag carrier." After that we found a place to sit and wait for petulans, who had kindly agreed to come and meet us for lunch. Whilst waiting I decided to go and hunt down magazines, which are my weakness, and I bought British Glamour and Marie Claire. It was also the only time I really spent any British currency, so that was sort of cool. Allright, I'm a t00b for thinking that's cool.
Greg finally made it off the hellish train which had stopped and made him later than we'd expected and then we went up to where the restaurants and shops were. I was immediately glad I hadn't gone up there earlier as there was a WB store and a Body Shop and well...I would've spent money. However, will have to do some actual shopping in June, methinks. Have had need to go to Lush since one capitalflash mentioned it eons ago. But I digress. I insisted we eat at the British pub-type place, because there was no way I was eating American food while in England. Luckily both Mark and Greg were willing to placate my whim, and we had a nice time eating and being rather amused/horrified by the strange Scottish men in kilts with large furry creatures on their crotches and balloons that they would blow up and then let the air out of. I have no idea what that was about, but it was certainly interesting. Greg also gave both Mark and I chocolate bunnies, and I felt very badly because I only gave him items to give to Anna and John. Wah. Then we went down and said goodbye to Greg, and then Mark and I had our own private (well, as private as you can get in a friggin' airport) goodbye, and I headed to my gate.
I get there in time for them to announce that boarding will be delayed for at least 1/2 an hour. Hrrumph. You mean I could've snogged my boyfriend for another half an hour? You bastards. -.- Finally got on completely and utterly full plane, oh joy. But luck was with me, as the flight attendant noticed me hanging into the aisle and moved me to an open aisle of two seats, all for myself. (they actually had 4 seats kept aside - I have no idea if that's standard practice but I was grateful for it) Saw Sweet Home Alabama which was really not worth seeing, except for the really nice marriage proposal scene. Not a particularly good example of the romantic comedy genre. Decided I didn't want to see White Oleander and dozed on and off for the next 4 hours.
Arrived in Detroit and went through immigration and customs - I got asked what I did for a living and where I'd visited by the immigration guy, and then the customs guy asked me what I did in England and I did say "Visited my boyfriend," but that was that. Of course, considering that I'm a citizen, I was gone all of 5 days and had brought back about $10 worth of chocolate, I wasn't expecting the Spanish Inquisition. Got out of the international arrival area and took the nice tram from one end of the terminal to the other where my connecting gate was.
Had very quick flight to Chicago, then found my brother waiting by the luggage area. Was miffed that I had to walk back through the airport to the carpark instead of just right outside to the car, but oh well.
Got home, spoke briefly to parents, emailed Mark, got ready for bed, blew circuit breaker in house. Oooops. Certain electrical items have not survived trip to UK. Other electrical items are hopefully having their fuses replaced today. Must do better research on electricity differences between US and UK for next time. Also must purchase replacement items. Eeeep. Went to sleep before 10 pm and slept fitfully.
Today I have felt rather woozy and out of it - is that jetlag? Not a clue. My legs ache something awful from all the walking, and I have *counts* 10 bruises on my right forearm, I believe from my bags, but I'm not certain. Luckily work has been quite slow today, so I haven't had to think a whole lot. Here's hoping for being more recovered tomorrow.
A - Act your age? The older I get, the younger I act.
B - Born on what day of the week? Sunday (oh how I love Google)
C - Chore you hate? Cleaning the toliet. YUCK.
D - Dad's name? Alexander
E - Essential makeup item? Copper eyeshadow.
F - Favorite actor? Michael Rosenbaum. He can act and he's hot.
G - Gold or silver? White gold. >:D<
H - Hometown? Suburb of Chicago cleverly named after an English dukedom.
I - Instruments you play? Used to play clarinet and keyboards.
J - Job title? Helpline Representative
K - Kids? Not yet.
L - Living arrangements? With parents, in the room that used to be the garage.
M - Mom's name? Melissa
N - Number of people you've slept with? I'm not posting that publically.
O - Overnight hospital stays? When I was 12 I had pnemonia and was in the hospital for 2 weeks. Ugh.
P - Phobia? Any sort of bug. Wibble.
Q - Quote you like? Twitchy little ferret, aren't you, Malfoy?
R - Religious affiliation? Firmly agnostic.
S - Siblings? 2.
T - Time you wake up? Usually 8 am.
U - Unique habit? Hrmmm, I have no idea. If you know me and would like to point out any unique habits I have, please do so.
V - Vegetable you refuse to eat? I won't eat raw carrots, and I really don't like peas or lima beans.
W - Worst habit? Beating myself up.
X - X-rays you've had? Lots - feet, teeth, chest, back...
Y - Yummy food you make? Cheese pie. Peach and Pear Salad. Death by Cheese.
Z - Zodiac Sign? Cusp of Leo and Virgo.