April 1, 2014

That time of year

Typically this is the time of year when mother nature decides to let up a little bit and we begin to feel the sunshine again.  Here in Stockholm, she let up months ago... seriously easy winter.  Back home, all I hear is from family and friends is, "It snowed again" or "It was pretty warm today, only -208!"  That made it a little easier to stay in Stockholm in my light jacket and converse all winter.

Finally it really is warming up in Minnesota, still snowing, but in more comprehendible temperatures in the positive!  Phew, I was worried we would be going home to a winter wonderland again like last year.  We will be enjoying the sunshine and 50 degree weather this last week here!  Then it is time to go home!!! 

That means it is time to start packing...

Packing is the worst.  

You have to make so many decisions.  You have to decide what to leave here in Sweden, and what to bring home.  Since it is warming up back home, do I still bring all of my sweaters back? Knowing me, probably yes, but I can at least pretend I thought about it.  The clothes are the easy part. 

All of the 'stuff' we buy here to enhance our quality of life during the season is the tricky stuff to pack.  Home decor, candles, rugs, comforters, bathroom sets, dishes, silverware, a TV, an Ice cream maker, crafting stuff... yes I craft, some small furniture items, a sled, small kitchen appliances, Christmas decorations... everything that didn't come with our 'furnished apartment'.  Every time we buy something we know that once we pack it up and put it... who knows where for the summer... there is a slight chance we may never see it again.  That makes it even harder to pack, but you can't bring it all home, that would just be stupid.

Dropping Sam off at the airport this past July.

So we have started the process of packing, and it is most certainly a process.  Wish me luck!

Other than that we are basically ready to go! 

I ran into quite the problem with my flight.  I had booked through delta with an agent to make sure that both my flight into Sweden, and out of Sweden were best suited for Raylan.  Then a few weeks ago I got an email stating that they not only changed my flight and aircraft, but that I would no longer be a able to take my dog with me.  

Three and a half hours later (on a skype call) I had a new flight that same day but it had two layovers instead of just the one.  It was supposed to take us 12.5 hours to get home and Raylan was supposed to be having some time in the Pet hotel in Amsterdam.   Now Raylan will have to be in her kennel for 18 hours, and I am just sick about it.  I offered to fly out the 6th, 7th ,8th ,9th ,10th , and 11th of April.  This was the only flight option available they game me.  They also tried to tell me that I would be in a middle seat on all three flights; definitely didn't let that happen!   I am not very happy with Delta right now... in fact I am furious and sad.  Can you believe the lady on the phone tried to tell me to leave Raylan in Sweden?  Yikes!! I hope that all of our travels go smoothly.  Oh, and Sam is on a totally different flight! Fabulous

Raylan in her kennel getting ready for her flight to Sweden! 

Basically, packing is stressful and a lot of work, our flight situation couldn't get much worse, and we can't wait to be home!! 

Almost forgot to mention the cherry on top.  My car is stuck in ice and snow at our cabin, guess I will be home-bound for a while....

My car last year, same thing...


1 comment:

  1. That is terrible that someone would tell you to leave my grandpuppy in Sweden! How can they cancel a flight and dismiss your dog?