... I swear, it was just the weekend. Today is Wednesday. Where did the last few days go?!?!? Kind of weird that this week is going by fast, or so it seems. I haven't felt like this in a LONG time. Could be that Auntie Margaret came in on Friday night so I got to go to a movie by myself at 8:40pm. Could be that we celebrated Mother's day on Saturday night. Could be that I finally sat down and figured out flights and schedules for my summer vacation. I think it's the last one.
I was originally going to purchase my ticket and use miles to upgrade. But then I found out that upgrading to business class required 40,000 miles (not bad) plus $400 EACH way. Say what?!?!? Basically, the additional charge would bring my cost up to a full economy fare. No thanks. There was NO way I was going to spend $2000+ to fly to Hawaii and back. My Continental mileage bank read at 88,000+ miles. I played with the dates and finally settled on leaving on June 18th and returning July 8th. There went 80,000 miles out of my mileage bank. For business class. Roundtrip. But then I had a technical problem come up on the continental.com website. So I called the local office. At the end of the day, 70,000 miles was deducted, paid $17 for processing and I still get to fly business class. I do have to return home the circuitous route from Honolulu to Narita to Guam. But, it's business class. I can handle that. Now, I don't plan on staying in Honolulu for three weeks. I'll be there for five days/four nights and attend my cousin Kim's Catholic wedding ceremony and visit with some friends.
So, more playing around on the computer. Orbitz and expedia were my friends. I wanted to visit Shannon in Portland (actually Battle Ground, WA) and Patsi in Vegas. I was going to do Vegas then Portland, but it works out better for everyone if I do Portland and then Vegas. Honolulu to Portland to Vegas to Honolulu... $658 on expedia. Apparently, I got a good deal according to my friends. Those flights are Northwest flights...or should I call them Delta? At least, Uncle Jimmy will still have a paycheck since I contributed to my hard-earned cash to his employers. This will be the cheapest trip I have taken since I started working. Even if I stay in a hotel in Honolulu (I'm so leaning towards this), I'll still come out spending under $1100.
Something to look forward to. Spending time with friends. Shopping...the only time I can stand to be in a mall is on vacation. Go figure. I seriously cannot stay on this rock the entire summer. Only TEN more school days (eleven more work days). Then three weeks after that and I'm gone. I have about three weeks left of summer vacation when I return and then school begins again.
Now, I'm off to watch "The Phantom of the Opera" on DVD because I am going to see it (for the second time) in Vegas.