Sunday, October 11, 2009

Skydiveless Saturday

The day started out waaaaaay early. 

Chico initially woke me up because he tossed and turned more than usual.  At first I didn't make anything of it other than he just hadn't found a comfy position yet and that he'd fall back asleep soon. 

After a couple of minutes of this, he began to wimper.  I picked him up, took him to the bathroom, turned on the light and put him down on the floor.  Poor little boy was wimpering pretty bad and could hardly walk.  I picked him up again and tried to soothe him by speaking in soft tones while feeling his little body for any signs of trouble.  Everything felt normal only he was in obvious pain.  I ran into the kitchen with him to find the number for the vet while he clung to me.  I was in the process of leaving a voice mail when out plopped a pile of poo on my kitchen floor.  Eeeeewwwww!!!!!  So down Chico went.  He put his little tail up in the air, gave it a little wag, ran off to another room for a moment and ran back to me with his little tail still wagging!  No more wimpering and he wasn't just walking but running.  I cleaned up the poo and floor, changed my nightgown and we all went back to bed.  No vet trip for us!  Chico went right back to sleep but I was so worked up that I couldn't.

Finally, the alarm went off.  I took a shower and was getting ready to do a little makeup when my friend called.  The plan was that I was going to meet her at her house at 8:45 and we would go to the skydiving place from there.  My friend called at 8:07 saying she was at a health fair getting her blood drawn and as soon as she was done, she come pick me up.  She thought it would take about 20 minutes or so because of the line in front of her.  So I'm thinking that we're right on track and all is well.  The skydiving place is about 60 miles away and we weren't certain where it was at so we wanted to be sure we had some leeway by leaving a little early.

I don't know why I am friends with this friend sometimes.  She is ALWAYS late and it ticks me off!  I often wonder how she manages to make it to work on time everyday.  Or if she even does.  After she didn't show, I called her cell and left her a voice mail asking where she was at and that if she didn't get there in the next few minutes that I'd have to leave without her because otherwise I'd be late.  I had actually left to go gas up my car shortly after that call and decided not to wait for her after all.  Something made me decide to go back to the house though and she was waiting for me in the driveway.  I won't go into why she was late. That will be a rant for another day.

So we got a very late start. 

We got there about 10:30 (my appt was for 10:00).  My friend had called them at about 10:15 and pretended to be lost so that it wouldn't look so bad that we were so late.  They had me watch a short video and sign all the necessary paperwork.  Then they sent us outside because the building apparently doesn't have any heat and they'd built a fire outside so we'd all be much warmer.  I go out there and watch the people ahead of me land from their skydiving.  Then I go inside and they have me put on a jumpsuit and a spiffy little hat thingie to cover my ears.  They put a harness on me which was a little uncomfortable.  Finally we walk out to the plane and pile in.  There was the pilot, me, the guy who I was gonna do the tandem jump with and some guy who was gonna jump on his own.  I couldn't hear the pilot very well (my back was to him and it was noisy) but I heard the guy I was gonna jump with say that we weren't high enough to jump and then the guy who was jumping on his own asked if he could jump.  So out he went.  I'm still thinking at this point that I'm still gonna get to do it too but next thing I know, we're all back on the ground!  I asked why we didn't jump.  The dude said the pilot could only get up to 6000 feet because of the clouds and that we needed to go up to 10,000 in order to be able to jump.  "But hey, you got a free plane ride out of it!" 

The weather in my town was nice and warm but the weather there was cold and cloudy.  The guy told us to wait a bit and that we would try it again. 

My friend and I were starting to get hungry after awhile so we decided to go eat and we'd come back when we were done.  When we getting to leave the restaurant, my friend wanted to just call and see if I could  jump before we drove back there again.  I told her no, if I couldn't jump we'd have to go back anyways because I wanted my money back.  It hadn't cleared up any and actually looked maybe a little worse so it was pretty clear the jump wasn't in the cards for that day.  They wanted me to re-schedule for today but after thinking about it, I realized it's getting to be winter time which means the weather will only get worse.  So I got my money back and decided to try again in the spring.

After that, we spotted a Camille Beckman store and decided to stop.  Wow, they sure are proud of their stuff!  They have a store in the mall and everything is priced considerably lower so I don't know why they think they need to price everything up in the store on it's own!  They do have a lot of nice things but much of it was way overpriced, even for my friend who seems to have an endless supply of spending money. 

We decided to go see a movie and ended up seeing "Couples Retreat".  It was cute!

After that we did a little shopping.  Well actually my friend shopped and I just looked. 

We got home around 9:30 PM or so.  For waking up at 5:00 AM, it had been a vvveeerrryyy long day already.  But then I decided to stay up and do laundry so I was pretty wiped out by the end of it.

A few disappointments but overall, not a bad way to spend the day!

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Zuzana said...

Sorry you did not get to do your jump! But at least you had a fun day with your friend.;) I am sure it will happen next time, I am happy that the pilot followed the safety regulations.;)

The Rantings of a Drama Queen's Mum said...

That's too bad that you didn't get to jump. But you have something to look fwd to in the Spring. Happy Birthday.

Tiffany and the Munchkins said...

That stinks that you weren't able to jump that day but at least you got your money back so you can try again. I'm so glad that Chico was okay! I always spazz whenever one of mine acts like they are in pain and I can't figure out why. My first thought is always an obstruction because we've been there before. But it sounds like maybe he was just a little constipated and it fixed itself. That's great. I'm glad that despite the disappointment of not jumping, that you still had a nice day.

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