And we have liftoff

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And that liftoff will be at approximately 9:04 a.m.on the 25th. Yes, my plane ticket is booked!
Because we waited so long (as usual) the fares available weren’t the greatest. It was cheapest to go from Tulsa, which, actually, was true of last year, as well. The least expensive fare from Tulsa left at 6:47 a.m. For those of you playing along at home, we live about 2 hours from Tulsa and I’d have had to have been there at 5:45 a.m. at the latest. Robert is dropping me off to avoid paying for parking for five days. In a simple equation: 5:45 a.m. – 2-hour drive – 1 hour to get ready to go x 2 kids =Oh, HELL no! So I paid an extra $20 for the 9:04 departure and it was still $40 less than the OKC fare — which was also similarly early in the morning.
Illogically enough, I fly from Tulsa to Dallas, which means I will drive two hours north to fly back south, more than likely passing directly over my house in the process. Then I get to spend a lovely 3.5 hours in DFW, which, all things considered, is still better than getting up at 2:45 a.m. to drive to the airport. I will take the portable DVD player and a bunch to read and will be just fine. Arrival in Louisville is scheduled for 4:48 p.m. which will put me at the hotel just in time to go to the preview concert being held on the festival grounds from 6-10. This is a new addition for ’06. Last year they only had one band play a few songs in the downtown area, which was a good ten minute walk from the hotel and festival grounds. Looks like they are going all out with the preview this year so that means four days of activities instead of three.
Coming back my flight leaves at 11:23, which is perfect. I don’t have to get up too terribly early and yet I won’t be stuck rattling around with nothing to do for half the day (some of the other return flights were not until 2:30 or later). I get back into Tulsa at 2:37, which is fab. Even if we decide to have a bite to eat before coming home we will still be back long before the kids’ bedtimes (and ours) and will have time to sit and unwind for a while. I have no qualms about Robert making the drive with the kids in tow. Now that we have a t.v. in our vehicle we could drive all day and not hear a peep out of them, save for when it is time to change videos.
I am so darned excited….and, yet, as I may have mentioned before, kind of dreading it getting here because once it does it will speed by in the blink of an eye and then will be a whole year before I get to do it again! I do wonder if I will have as much difficulty reentering reality as I did last year. It was quite a bumpy transition, saturated as I was by all things Beatle-related. (Read about it here if you missed it when it was posted on my main blog last year.)

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About msmaryb

I'm a native Californian who lives in Oklahoma. I'm a full-time student, pursuing a Bachelors in Anthropology, following which I hope to attain a Masters in Archaeology. I have three kids, one husband, no pets, and a lot of friends - most of whom live inside my computer. I love to read, write, watch tv (shut up, we can't all be brain surgeons), shop, and travel. I'm trying to set foot in all 50 states before I die. I have 38, so far. I love the Beatles and Maroon 5, and if you think those two things are incongruous, well, they are. But that's me. When I love something, I love it 100%. I don't do anything halfway. I want to know everything there is to know, so I'm trying to cram as much into my brain as I can in the short amount of time I'm allotted in this dimension.

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