Dad has finally made it out of ICU and in his own room. He's lucky, most of the rooms on the "Progressive Care" floor are doubles. He has a newly renovated single and for that I say Thank God! Hopefully only one or two more days here and he'll be discharged. Today he starts doing stairs.
This morning I started gathering up my stuff and repacking, leaving out items I'll need for tomorrow. I had a rude awakening on my trip out here and I'm going to take this opportunity to whine. I came out here with a laptop, my purse and a 20 inch rolling carry on that I checked, only because I had my toiletries with me. It was then I had my awakening. I know that airlines are now charging for bags, I just didn't realize that the passenger no longer even got one. That means, my $300 ticket, was really (or will be) $330, once I add the $15 for my rolling carry on each way. So, while I was home, I tried to ascertain if I could carry my carry-on through. I figured I had enough room in the carry-on that I could put my purse in it and carry just my laptop and the rolling carry on, if I could figure out a way of dealing with my toiletries. So, I pulled out a quart ziploc to see if I could make it work. I can't. Even though I had bought 3 oz travel size containers for my conditioner and "sprunch", and I have a travel sized Noxzema, I used my dad's toothpaste at the house, I still had my deodorant (gel roll on), my shampoo (less than 3 oz in the peri-bottle I still carry my shampoo in when I travel, and have since my son was born 14 years ago), my face lotion (which has less than 3 oz in it and I use the pump to scrape out what I need but it still has a good 2 weeks worth of scraping in it) and *HORRORS* my razor, which is NOT a disposable and I am not willing to throw away. How do people travel with razors these days and carry them in their carry on bags? The reality is, there is no way I could fit these items into a quart ziploc bag and actually close it. And that doesn't even address my BE make-up which I'm sure would also have to be included with the toiletries. Even though it's powder. But looking at TSA website, perhaps powder isn't included. Until I arrive and don't include it and then it will be included. Murphy's Law and all.
In the end, I'll spend the $15 to check my bag, again. And gripe about it. Because I can. I guess I should look at the bright side. Although I didn't have to use the lavatory on the plane, I'm told that the airlines are now charging to use it. Talk about being nickel and dimed.
15 hours ago