Wednesday, June 13, 2007

never trust a big butt and a smile

Yippee! I am getting ready for my second-to-last day of my current job! I don't know if I could be more excited. They (being people that work in our main office, not my own) are having a "healthy potluck end-of-the-day experience" for me this afternoon, and I am very excited about the loads of fruit and (gasp!) healthy chicken salad (!) I have been promised.

With all the job excitement and lack of healthiness overtaking this blog of late, I have barely mentioned the reason for most of my excitement. On Friday, we jump on a plane and head to Kansas! I am so excited to spend time with my family. It really is our vacation for the summer. People say, "Why Kansas?" And I explain that my littlest brother is there in Lawrence and has the coolest job in the world and lives in the coolest city in the world and I explain the sidewalks, I mean "fitness trails," and Mass Street and the stinky Korean store...just so much excitement!

I'm a little nervous about the plane, though. I haven't flown since 9/11. Not because of fear, but I just haven't. I have a whole slew of fears regarding getting my stuff on the plane, all of which are very silly.

  • What if I pack something I'm not supposed to pack? What if I foret to take the fingernail clippers out of my purse? Or someone deems my Clinique foundation suspicious and takes it from me? I'll look scary in all my pictures!
  • What if they say my carry-on is too big? I keep looking but can't find anything that tells the dimensions of an acceptable carry-on! What if they won't let me take the bag on the plane and I'm left without my favorite clothes and make-up? (again, I'll look terrible in all the Kansas pics!)
  • I had a nightmare that one of my flip flops was confiscated. One that I was wearing at the time. I had to get on the plane wearing one shoe. Now I'm considering not taking flip flops at all.

Ugh! I know it will be fine, and maybe I'm focusing on the stuff aspect to distract myself from the fact that I may be a little afraid to fly. That's fine. Consider me distracted.

I am also really torn about health insurance. My new job has a 90 day wait before I an eligible for insurance. I KNOW I need it, but I also know that in the last 3 years, I have gone to the doctor twice. Twice. What are the chances that I'll contract something in the next 3 months that can't wait? I know, this would be the time where we would get pregnant, even though it hasn't happened for 2 years. Do I spend a ton of money on the transition coverage (COBRA)? Do I not leave the house and pray for no injury or illness? Ugh. I just don't know. But I've got to figure it out. My last day of work is tomorrow. TOMORROW! Yay!

I must get ready for work today now. Have a great day in blogland!


Mindy said...

Until Milwaukee a few weeks ago, I hadn't flown since 2003. The whole carry-on rules had changed a bit. I didn't take anything remotely cosmetic on with me. I have a friend who flew the week before me and she lost an expensive bottle of lotion because they gave her the choice of either throwing it away or putting it in a baggie. Of course, they don't provide baggies for you! So I advise having some baggies with you just in case.

Maryann said...

Love your blog by the way!

Don't pack ANY of your cosmetics, hair products, lotions, or other toiletries in your carry-on. In order to be allowed, they have to be a very specific size and must be in a clear plastic bag. If they are packed in your checked luggage, however, these rules don't apply. I saw a girl at the airport have to throw out some really expensive stuff because she had to make her plane and had packed it in her carry-on.

Check out this website for helpful explanations:

Amy said...

I just got online this morning and signed up for a short term insurance plan - 34.00/month ( I am starting a new job on the 16th of July (yeah me for leaving Bellarmine ... poo on them for not appreciating me!) Anyway, for the 1st half of July I need insurance (i am not brave enough to take the risk of "no insurance") You should check it out (Humana also has one, but it was about 50-something a month. I went with the cheaper one!)

marie said...

i am NEVER afraid of flying but deathly afraid of airports! ridiculous, i know! i'm always afraid that i'll get lost, get stuck in customs (usually traveling canada to us) and miss my connecting flight or something!

was the potluck any good?

lainb said...

i'm in the same boat with health insurance in-between jobs. i found this site too which lists several options: