I'm back. Normal life has resumed. You'll have to forgive my lack of blogging-one of my purchases was the Stephanie Meyer "Twilight" series-I'm currently totally engrossed in the vampire love story. Will she or won't she become a vampire? (please don't actually answer that if you know). I am halfway through the second book. Give me a couple more days and I should be finished with the third and back to somewhat normal blogging.
I made it safely back to Brazil Saturday morning. Guapo and all the kids picked me up at the airport. It was so wonderful to be reunited with their little smiling faces. Well, Pedro wasn't actually smiling. He was MAD at me. When he saw me he buried his head into Guapo's chest. It about broke my heart, but, little babies have little memories and he got over it pretty quickly. He's my little buddy again.
The three days of shopping were fun. Expensive, and tiring, but fun. It was great to be on my own and not have anybody's schedule to think about for a couple of days-even though I had to force myself to remember that. Wednesday,my first day out and about, I looked at my watch and thought, "I better go home so I can call the kids, they will be getting home from school in a little while."
Can you believe I only bought two pairs of shoes? One pair of running shoes and a cute pair of sandals. Why not more? Space issues. I only had 3 bags I could fill and I had 3 kids' birthdays and Easter to buy for. It was Pedro who hit the shoe jackpot this time-I think he got 5 or 6 pairs and he doesn't even walk yet. Humpf. Wait until our summer trip when I will have 12 70 lb. bags available for filling!!!
Flying home was one of the best parts of the trip; I flew out in coach, but came home in 1st class.
First class is So.Much.Better.Than.Coach.
I had lobster twice in one meal! A half-lobster tail was a optional addition to the salad portion of the meal (ummm, a no-brainer there), and then was also an entree option. I, of course, had to take full advantage of my lobster opportunities. And then for dessert-a yummy made to order sundae. Mmmmmmm. I would have taken some pictures but I don't think that would have been too cool-I was trying to act like I actually belonged there.
After I stuffed myself until I couldn't eat one more bite, I laid my seat back,put up my foot rest and read my vampire book until I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer at which point I enjoyed a few hours of comfortable sleep.
There are several obvious differences between coach and first class:
- The space
- The food
- The service
What I found most interesting was the less obvious difference that is a result of those differences: First class is just a happier place to be. Coach is a survival-of-the-fittest type place-essential resources are limited-space, water, food, sleep; therefore the passengers have to fight for for things like: space in the overhead compartments, control of the arm rest, seats that recline.
First class is happier because your needs are met-there's no need to battle for the arm rest-it's huge. Overhead space? They've got plenty. Food and drinks? Whenever you want. People can just relax. It had almost a slumber-party feeling about it-after dinner everyone got cozy with their almost-normal sized pillow and blanket, put on their sleeping mask and headed off to dreamland.
Too bad we're not rich and we can't fly like that all the time. It was a treat!
And now I've got to get back to my book. Sorry-but I am obsessed.