I had a hell of a time getting there. I’m not sure if I’ll EVER fly out of Des Moines again. It’s nice to be 20 minutes from the airport, but it’s a small enough airport that if your flight gets cancelled you’re screwed. Like, really screwed. My 6:30 am Friday flight got cancelled and my options were to not go until Saturday (which made no sense, as my return flight was first thing Sunday morning) or rent a car and drive to the Kansas City airport. So I got to add an unexpected $175 one-way rental car and a three-hour drive to my trip! I feel like I got taken.
I finally managed to get there, where the hotel promptly gave me an uncleaned room. Trash all over, uncleaned bed. I may or may not have cried at that point. (The desk clerk was properly horrified and had a new room key ready for me by the time I got back to the lobby.) Everything got better after that, though. I got over to TJs just as everyone was leaving, but I hung out with Kelly (TJ), Diane, and Noemi for a while.
The PJ party Saturday night was great. Kelly put a bed in her living room and we all piled on it and the couches and talked all night. Phil was an amazingly good sport. He came back from three weeks away Friday night and spent the weekend with 18 strangers in his house. He signed me onto the base not long after getting back even though he’d never met me. Saturday night he went to get us 9 pizzas, then stood in the living room holding them while people snapped pictures until we allowed him to put them down.
I roomed with the lovely Laura, who is awesome. I’m bummed we didn’t get to hang out more. I looked forward to meeting her so much, then felt like we didn’t get to see each other a lot. That’s pretty much how I felt about everybody, though. I wanted MORE TIME. Kelly’s already considering doing it next year, but I don’t think that’s soon enough. Whose up for hosting next MONTH?
|A bed! In the living room! (Also Erin and Lorelai, Linnea, and Kammah)|
|I found a picture of me! (Courtesy of Laura) (also pictured: Lara)|
|Evidence of Phil posing with pizza (picture also stolen shamelessly from Laura's recap. Thanks!)|
|I also spent a large portion of the weekend pumping.|
|This guy was SUPER HAPPY when mommy came back.|