I seem to have a case of jet lag since I woke up this morning at 3:00 and stayed in bed reading. Hopefully I won't crash too early tonight.
I'm enjoying the wonders of my new laptop and Takumi got me connected so that I can chat with Leiya. She came on right away and we had a great time chatting with her! I hadn't realized that my computer has a web camera and once Takumi connected that she could see us on the computer. No camera on hers but I don't know if this feature is necessary once the novelty wears off. I mean, how much action do you get just sitting in front of the computer keyboard.
The biggest news from Leiya is that her flight to Ohio did not go as smoothly as I had thought. I guess Grandma's information isn't really very reliable because when I had talked to her she had said that Leiya got off without any problems. BUT... When I talked with Leiya she said,
"Did you hear what happened to me?"
"No. What happened?"
"I missed my flight!"
After dropping me off at the United terminal I guess it took a while for Marcy to find parking and for Leiya to get to the check-in counter. Once at the counter the airlines informed Leiya that since there was less than the 45 minutes required for check-in that she would have to go on standby and wait until some flight came up. I guess Marcy and all waited around for awhile, but Leiya didn't get on the standby flight either. Between Marcy and Leiya they decided that having Leiya waiting in the boarding area while Marcy, Grandma, Kiana and Colin sat around twiddling their fingers at the check-in counter didn't make any sense so Leiya decided to tackle the situation herself (a lot of communication going on by cell phone between them all). Marcy promised to drive back to the airport if Leiya didn't get on some flight that afternoon.
Finally about four hours later Leiya got on a flight bound for Chicago but weather going in to Chicago was bad so her plane was late and she missed the connecting flight for Ohio. The airport suggested she go to a hotel for the night but she didn't want to spend her money that way and opted to spend the night in the airport. I think she kept in touch pretty closely with Marcy and her home stay mother by cell phone and some airport worker even brought her a blanket but Leiya said she felt like she was in a scene from Tom Hank's movie, Terminal. Maybe it's just as well that I didn't know about all this as I don't think an empty airport is a great place for an 18 year old girl to spend the night by herself. No problems however and Leiya finally flew in to Ohio and met her host mother at 9:00 the next morning. I have to say, Leiya certainly has learned to be independent!