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As many of you know, travel is a big part of my life. I enjoy being in new and different places, meeting knitters I have not met before and seeing those with whom I have been acquainted. I am a happy camper once I am where I am headed, but the time between leaving my house and getting to where I am going is not so fun anymore. This is not startling news to anyone who flies these days. I try to take the bumps along the road in stride, but my trip to Stitches South was particularly trying. I made my reservation last fall. I try to buy my tickets as soon as possible to get the cheap tickets, but also for peace of mind–one less detail to worry about. I was so pleased that I got a ticket with my frequent flier miles to Stitches South in Atlanta that was in a reasonable time frame. (I was to teach only in the morning on Sunday and reserved a departure flight around 2 pm. I'd be home before dark!) In February, the Sunday flight was cancelled and I was reassigned to a 7:30 PM flight. It takes me about 1.5 hours to get to or from the airport, not counting waiting for baggage and the shuttle to the parking lot, so that all means I would now be getting home after midnight. Oh well. Last Thursday I was to leave for the airport at 7:30AM when I got a robot call that my flight TO Atlanta was cancelled and my new flight would leave on Friday morning at 6 AM. Panic! My classes at Stitches were to begin at 8:30 on Friday morning. I called the airline, explained my situation, and was rebooked on an afternoon flight with a different carrier that day. Whew! I thought all was well. I drove to the airport and was told that because I had booked the flight with my United miles and not money, Delta would not honor the ticket. United had NO open seats and I was out of luck. With Spring Break, all flights were at capacity and I was "very lucky" to have the seat at 6AM the next day. I didn't feel lucky driving home or calling the folks at Stitches that I would miss the morning session of my class the next day. I didn't feel lucky that I had to now get up at 3AM to drive back to the airport to catch a flight the next day. It is aggravating. But I got there safely, and I got home safely. For that I do feel lucky every time. And I felt very happy and relieved that my students were so gracious and understanding that their 6 hour class was reduced to 4 .5 hours. Travel is so wearing–and more so the older I am getting. The 49.5 pound suitcase feels heavier. (I am pretty good at keeping it just under the limit.) I am gratified that once I get to where I am going, it is a fun time. But I wish there were more flights from which to choose, like the old days. I wish the airplanes weren't so crowded. I wish for the amenities of the last decade. Sigh. This month has been so busy. I have been in East Stroudsburg, PA teaching for Mountain Knits and Pearls, in Hillsborough, Virginia teaching at a retreat at a winery for Aylin's Woolgatherer, in Atlanta for Stitches South, and soon, Minneapolis, MN for Yarnover. Months like this see me unpacking and repacking the day I get home. With two to three days of turn-around time, I can't dilly dally. I have to get laundry done, new handouts printed, the proper samples selected to go in my suitcase, bills paid, new book and DVD orders shipped out. When I think of how it used to be when my kids were growing up, I also added grocery shopping, meal planning (and some preparation), and catching up on their lives to the list. How did I ever manage? Isn't it amazing how we get done what needs to be done? Yet, my email box is full because I can't seem to deal with it all. And I struggle to get designs done, chapters or articles written. Those are the things at the top of my Want-To-Do List, but at the bottom of my Actual-To-Do List. I see how productive others in my profession are and I feel envious. In May, I will be home the entire month. I am so excited. It is a scary month of no income. But it is a month I can devote all my waking hours to editing my second DVD (on color stranding techniques). I am looking forward to a predictable schedule. I might even get some exercise in!