I’m home and oh-so-happy to be. I won’t say I didn’t enjoy my trip… I did. After a while you just want to be home and that is definitely the case here.
I have so much to share about my trip… I had a blast with my girlfriend Fay and really enjoyed my time with my family.
Janelle and I visited my Grandma and Dad the Thursday after I arrived. We planned on staying the night in my Grandma’s old master bedroom but it’s upstairs without AC and the windows didn’t let much cool air in.
My family is so happy that Matt and I are FINALLY trying to have a baby. We started talking about names and I’m not even pregnant yet (yeah… I know I know… I’m just so excited that we’re trying). To give Matt’s Great Aunt Hattie a namesake, we’re looking at names that begin with the letter H. Grandma had a baby name book so we started looking at it for names I liked. My sister started calling them out… Harry, Henry, Hank…. No, No, NO. It was fun. Then she came across Hector. Initially I said no because I didn’t like the name for us and then Janelle said “Hector Schecter”. We all laughed soooo sooo hard. No, NO, NOOOOO.
Soon our visit was over and it was time to head back to the Edmonds side of the water.
Saturday I went to a Mariners game with Janelle, Fay, and Stephanie (a friend I met on Twitter). I had purchased special tickets to the game because Safeco Field was having a special Vampire Night. You know I’m a tad obsessed with vamps so it was perfect!!! There was a special Vampire Happy Hour prior to the game with vampire inspired food (garlic fries and blood-red drinks), merchandise for sale, and the Forks High School cheerleaders even danced to a song from the Twilight soundtrack. They even had Alice Cullen & Edward Cullen impersonators to take pictures with.
Before finding our seats we stopped to get some Shishkaberrys. What are Shishkaberrys? They are various berries put onto a stick, like shish-kabobs, then dipped in chocolate and nuts (if you so desire). They are soooooo soooooo soooooo good. Soon the first pitch was being thrown by “Edward” (the same guy that took pictures with fans at the Vampire Happy Hour). Now this was a little disappointing because if they knew Twilight they would know Alice always pitched. 🙂
All the people who purchased the Vampire Night tickets sat in the same section so we were able to meet other fans. Two of which were dressed like Bella Swan & Alice Cullen. They did a really good job. Safeco should have hired them.
The Mariners lost the game but that didn’t stop us from enjoying ourselves. After the game we walked to Starbucks and then to the ferry terminal where Fay caught a ride home.
Matt and I are going to dinner and a comedy show tonight and it’s almost time to leave so I’ll be sure to come back and post more about my trip soon.
I had planned on blogging from the beginning of my trip home, but it never happened. So here I am changing that while soaking up some beautiful sun.
Matt and I left for the airport just before 4 AM. My flight was scheduled to leave at 6:50. Matt dropped me off and I was quickly to the counter ready to check-in. While doing so, the gal behind the counter told me the flight was overbooked and asked if I’d like to take a voucher and take a later flight. I had to pass since I knew people had already planned on picking me up during my layover and when I landed in Seattle.
The line at security went smoothly and I found myself at my gate sooner than anticipated. Once there, one of the people working at the gate called my name. A family traveling with an ill baby needed to be seated together and I happen to have the seat they needed. To accommodate them, and thank me, I was upgraded to a bulk head seat. After that was taken care of I was glad I chose to not take the voucher.
My flight was pretty uneventful. I tried to sleep but there’s no comfortable way to sleep when you’re smooshed like only couch seats can make you smooshed. Thankfully I had a nice layover in Honolulu where I was able to catch up with an old friend, Marlo, and also get something to eat that wasn’t airplane or airport food. Marlo and her family used to also be attached on the boat with us in Guam. They’re now stationed in Pearl Harbor. I was able to see her house (which happens to be part of Navy housing) and it’s beautiful. Soon it was time to get back to the airport to catch my connecting flight to Seattle.
Once in the airport I checked the screens listing all departures and arrivals. My flight was on time and departing at gate 61. I made my way through security pretty quickly and checked the screens again. My flight was now delayed. Oh well. I found a Starbucks (mmm-mmm-mm), ordered a tall Chai latte (one of my favorite things) and a muffin. Finding a seat was a little difficult. People were lined up against walls and sitting on the floor. I found a spot and hunkered down for what ended up being an additional hour and a half wait.
My wait didn’t seem all that long since I had my Kindle and plenty of books to read. This flight was also very, very, very f-u-l-l, full. I was seated at the very end of the plane in a window seat, which isn’t my favorite thing in the entire world. The guy next to me wasn’t in any way staying in his seat either, and I don’t mean he kept getting up to move, I mean he was spilling into my seat. Needless to say my flight was extremely uncomfortable.
I, again, did my best to get some sleep but was inevitably unable to. Thankfully this flight was the shorter of the two and I would be landing in close to 6 hours. Once I landed I called my sister, dad, and grandma to let them know I had arrived. I would have called Matt but it was already well into his work day and he told me to just call him after I got some rest.
My sister, Janelle, was waiting for me in the waiting area and it was soooo great to see her. It’s amazing the connection sisters can have. It’s been over a year and a half since I saw her last and yet it seems like I just saw her but also like I haven’t seen her in forever. We were able to get my baggage from baggage claim without incident and then we were off to breakfast.We ate some great food at Geraldine’s Counter. It’s a tiny little place with a fabulous menu. Here’s a picture of what they call their Blueberry Coffee Cake.
The next few days are a blur now but I was so excited to be somewhere with cooler weather. I kept hearing people complain that it was “SO HOTT!!” but it was much cooler then I was used to in Guam so I was content with the weather.
Janelle had to run some errands on the Silverdale side of the water which was perfect since one of my best friends, Fay, lived close by. Fay met us and soon we were at the Boat Shed for lunch. Here she is…
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will officially be hitting theaters in a mere 6 hours and 17 minutes. I can’t wait!!! The girls and I are hitting Chili’s and then the movie at midnight. Did I say “I can’t wait”….. OMG!!!!! WOOOO HOOO!!!! I even have tickets to see it again tomorrow morning with a girlfriend that can’t go tonight. YAY!!!!!
Well off I go… got to get my camera into my purse. I’ll be sure to post pics.
What time you ask? Time to welcome home my honey. Well not yet… but almost.
A bunch of wives and I got together tonight for dinner, games, and prizes. It’s always fun to celebrate the approaching homecoming of our husbands. These wives know exactly what I go through everyday and its nice knowing I’m not the only one missing someone dear to me.
Here are a few pictures of us…
Here’s a picture of the group of wives at tonight’s Final Fling.
Emily & Me. 🙂
Me and 100 tickets for the Submarine Basket, and wouldn’t you know it, I won. Tee hee hee.
Me and my girl, Candy.
It was so nice to get out with the girls tonight. I really needed it. Now off to bed I go… Oh but wait, I just downloaded The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner on my Kindle. I won’t be getting to sleep for a while. 🙂 Yay!!!! I love you Stephenie Meyer!!!!!
Everyone knows that I’m a bit of a Twilight Addict…. and I find nothing wrong with that. I recently bought a bunch of stamp sets that were Twilight inspired and gave them as gifts to some of my closest fellow addicts.
Yesterday, Michelle, a fellow addict, called me and asked if I would come over to her place really quick (she lives a block from me). I put my shoes on and was out the door. As soon as I got into the house I saw her and two of my other friends KerryAnn and Sheila. Michelle then handed me a little package wrapped with a bow. I smiled and asked, “What did you do?” She said, “This is from me & KerryAnn.” I untied the bow and took out a cute little metal tin. Inside was a bracelet exactly like the one Bella was given in Eclipse (the third book in the Twilight Saga for those that haven’t read the series). To show how much I love it, here’s an excerpt from the book where Jacob gives Bella the bracelet and then a second excerpt where Edward gives his part too. 🙂 Enjoy!
Page 374 & 375
“Hey, you said you made me something, right?” I asked. “Was that just talk? Where’s my present?” My attempt to fake enthusiasm was pretty sad, but it worked. He rolled his eyes and then grimaced at me.
I kept up the lame pretense, holding my hand open in front of me. “I’m waiting.”
“Right,” he grumbled sarcastically. But he also reached into the back pocket of his jeans and pulled out a small bag of a loose-woven, multi-colored fabric. It was tied shut with leather drawstrings. He set it on my palm.
“Hey, that’s pretty, Jake. Thanks!”
He sighed. “The present is inside, Bella.”
I had some trouble with the strings. He sighed again and took it from me, sliding the ties open with one easy tug of the right cord. I held my hand out for it, but he turned the bag upside down and shook something silver into my hand. Metal links clinked quietly against each other.
“I didn’t make the bracelet,” he admitted. “Just the charm.”
Fastened to one of the links of the silver bracelet was a tiny wooden carving. I held it between my fingers to look at it closer. It was amazing the amount of detail involved in the little figurine- the miniature wolf was utterly realistic. It was even carved out of some red-brown wood that matched to the color of his skin.
“It’s beautiful,” I whispered. “You made this? How?”
He shrugged. “It’s something Billy taught me. He’s better at it that I am.”
“That’s hard to believe,” I murmured, turning the tiny wolf around and around in my fingers.
“Do you really like it?”
“Yes! It’s unbelievable, Jake.”
He smiled, happily at first, but then the expression soured. “Well, I figured that maybe it would make you remember me once in a while. You know how it is, out of sight, out of mind.”
I ignored the attitude. “Here, help me put it on.”
I held out my left wrist, since the right was stuck in the brace. He fastened the catch easily, though it looked too delicate for his big fingers to manage.
“You’ll wear it?” he asked.
“Of course I will.”
He grinned at me- it was the happy smile that I loved to see him wear.
I sat down with my breakfast, and he sat next to me. When I lifted the Pop-Tart to take the first bite, I noticed him staring at my hand. I looked down, and saw that I was still wearing the gift that Jacob had given me at the party.
“May I?” he asked, reaching for the tiny wooden wolf.
I swallowed noisily. “Um, sure.”
He moved his hand under the charm bracelet and balanced the little figurine in his snowy palm. For a fleeting moment, I was afraid. Just the slightest twist of his fingers could crush it into splinters.
But of course Edward wouldn’t do that. I was embarrassed I’d even had the thought. He only weighed the wolf in his palm for a moment, and then let if fall. It swung lightly from my wrist.
I tried to read the expression in his eyes. All I could see was thoughtfulness; he kept everything else hidden, if there was anything else.
“Jacob Black can give you presents.”
It wasn’t a question, or an accusation. Just a statement of fact. But I knew he was referring to my last birthday and the fit I’d thrown over gifts; I hadn’t wanted any. Especially not from Edward. It wasn’t entirely logical, and, of course, everyone had ignored me anyway…
“You’ve given me presents,” I reminded him. “You know I like the homemade kind.”
He pursed his lips for a second. “How about hand-me-downs? Are those acceptable?”
“What do you mean?”
“This bracelet.” His finger traced a circle around my wrist. “You’ll be wearing this a lot?”
“Because you wouldn’t want to hurt his feelings,” he suggested shrewdly.
“Sure, I guess so.”
“Don’t you think it’s fair, then,” he asked, looking down at my hand as we spoke. He turned it palm up, and ran his fingers along the veins in my wrist. “If I have a little representation?”
“A charm- something to keep me on your mind.”
“You’re in every thought I have. I don’t need reminders.”
“If I gave you something, would you wear it?” he pressed.
“Yes, something I’ve had for a while.” He smiled his angel’s smile.
If this was the only reaction to Jacob’s gift, I would take it gladly. “Whatever makes you happy.”
“Have you noticed the inequality?” he asked, and his voice turned accusing. “Because I certainly have.”
His eyes narrowed. “Everyone else is able to get away with giving you things. Everyone but me. I would have loved to get your a graduation present, but I didn’t. I knew it would have upset you more than if anyone else did. That’s utterly unfair. How do you explain yourself?”
“Easy.” I shrugged. “You’re more important that everyone else. And you’ve given me you. That’s already more than I deserve and anything else you give me just throws us more out of balance.
He processed that for a moment, and then rolled his eyes. “The way you regard me is ludicrous.”
I chewed my breakfast calmly. I knew he wouldn’t listen if I told him that he had that backward.
He set me gently on my feet. I wrapped both my arms around him, refusing to allow any space between us.
“I have something for you,” he said, his tone conversational.
“Your hand-me-down, remember? You said that was allowable.”
“Oh, that’s right. I guess I did say that.”
He chuckled at my reluctance.
“It’s up in my room. Shall I go get it?”
His bedroom? “Sure,” I agreed, feeling quite devious as I would my fingers through his. “Let’s go.”
He must have been eager to give me my non-present, because human velocity was not fast enough for him. He scooped me up again and nearly flew up the stairs to his room. He set me down at the door, and darted into his closet.
He was back before I’d taken a step, but I ignored him and went to the huge gold bed, plopping down on the edge and then sliding to the center. I curled up in a ball, my arms wrapped around my knees.
“Okay,” I grumbled. Now that I was where I wanted to be, I could afford a little reluctance. “Let me have it.”
He climbed onto the bed to sit next to me, and my heart thumped unevenly. Hopefully he would write that off as some reaction to him giving me presents.
“A hand-me-down,” he reminded me sternly. He pulled my left wrist away from my leg, and touched the silver bracelet for just a moment. Then he gave me my arm back.
I examined it cautiously. On the opposite side of the chain from the wolf, there now hung a brilliant heart shaped crystal. It was cut in a million facets, so that even in the subdued light shining from the lamp, it sparkled. I inhaled in a low grasp.
“It was my mother’s.” He shrugged deprecatingly. “I inherited quite a few baubles like this. I’ve given some to Esme and Alice both. So, clearly, this is not a big deal in any way.”
I smiled ruefully at this assurance.
“But I thought it was a good representation,” he continued. “It’s hard and cold.” He laughed. “And it throws rainbows in the sunlight.”
“You forgot the most important similarity,” I murmured. “It’s beautiful.”
“My heart is just as silent,” he mused. “And it, too is yours.”
I twisted my wrist so the heart would glimmer. “Thank you. For both.”
“No, thank you. It’s a relief to have you accept a gift so easily. Good practice for you, too.” He grinned, flashing his teeth.
The bracelet even came with a Certificate of Authenticity. 🙂 Love it!!!
Being stationed in Guam away from family can be hard… it’s a long way from family and has it’s ups and downs. One of the ups to being where “America’s day begins” is we get to see movies almost a full day before those in the states. Our group included a bunch of spouses from every walk of the military life. We have been planning every detail of November 20th for months. I bought tickets for the midnight showing on Sept 25th. Up until recently we planned on going to dinner and then standing in line for a good while in order to get the best seats. About a two weeks ago I found out the theater was going to be playing Twilight at 9 PM prior to the midnight showing. This was great!!! Not only could we watch both movies back to back but we’d also be able to save our seats from Twilight and not lose them when seeing New Moon.
A bunch of gals and I had tanks made for our special night. My friend KerryAnn and I even wore bite mark temp tattoos and glow in the dark vamp teeth. I know I know Twilight vamps don’t have fangs, but it put us into a festive mood. It was a great night and one I’ll never forget.
Tomorrows the day I’ve been waiting nearly a year for… The Twilight Saga: New Moon opens. A bunch of gal pals and I will be going to dinner at 6:15-6:30 PM. Then we’re going to see Twilight, the first movie based on the fabulous series, at 9 followed by the midnight showing of The Twilight Saga: New Moon. I’m ecstatic and so happy to have some wonderful fellow Twi-Addicts to share this with. Some of us even had matching shirts made. You’ll see pics, plenty of them, from our fun night, I promise.
Well I’m off to bed…. going to read a bit then off to dream land I go. That’s if I can get to sleep at all with this excitement running through my veins.
While doing random errands around the house today, I thought I’d call the movie theater to find out when the tickets for Twilight Saga: New Moon would go on sale. I called and the guy at the theater told me they were already on sale. I asked him when they starting selling tickets and he said, “yesterday.” I immediately thought, “oh my gosh, I’d better go buy mine cause I know they’ll sell out before long”.
I got in my car and decided to stop by my friend Michelle’s house to see if she wanted me to buy her ticket too. While pulling up to her house I noticed a few other cars in the drive. Good thing I stopped because three of the people who planned on going to the same show were wanting me to pick up tickets. 🙂
I got to the theater and requested “six tickets for the midnight showing of New Moon, please”. The gal behind the glass looked at me like I was crazy but asked if I had a military ID. I did and showed her and she gave me the military price for all 6 ticket, which they usually don’t unless you have all 6 IDs. She then gave me my tickets and I was out the door a happy gal.