I had a travel! I'm home. I hope. I think. Oh god I'm so glad to be home.
Christina and Matt had a much earlier flight than I did, but I wanted to spend as much time as I could with them, and wasn't sure what I could get done in London on a Saturday morning while hauling luggage around with me. So we left the hotel before 6:00, got a taxi to Paddington Station, the fast train to Heathrow, got them checked in an had a cup of coffee before they had to go through security.
I got back on the train and went to my terminal, only to discover that they won't let you check in early there. So I got juice and coffee, wrote my final few postcards, bought stamps, posted them, logged onto an internet machine and deleted spam from my email account, got a sandwich, all while hauling all my stuff around with me. Finally, two hours before my flight, I was able to check in. Then went through security and had a long wait before they announced the gate. Wandered through all the shops there and got a bottle of scotch to bring home and some juice for the flight and some wine gums but there wasn't much there that I was interested in, despite the huge series of Harrod's shops and the British Museum store and all that.
The flight was long but fine, and I got to watch X Men 2 and The Life of David Gale. Got through Immigration quickly but it took forever for my bag to get off the plane. Got to the main terminal and there was Jim! I was so happy to see him! We got my bag back and drove home. I was so glad to be back in Seattle! Glad to pick up dinner at our local Thai restaurant! To see our house, our cats! Clearly I've been doing too much travelling this year after the reading trips to Calgary and Toronto, and then the trip to Istanbul and Bulgaria.
I'm home for a while now, though. I'd like to get up to Victoria to see my parents before they come down for Christmas because I haven't been there since April 2002, and at the end of October we're heading east so I can go to World Fantasy Convention in DC and Jim can visit relatives in Baltimore. Oh, and we also plan a beach weekend to belatedly celebrate our 20th anniversary since the Clarion West workshop made it so we couldn't go at the time of our actual anniversary.
But for now I'm home. Home. Ah.
And I slept well last night, from about 10:00 to 6:30. Hooray.