Archive | August 2011

Southwest 411

As I just had quite a few dealings with Southwest airline, I decided I’d quickly share the wealth.

I did receive an e-mail about this, but in case you were unaware, Southwest acquired AirTran.  What I didn’t realize, until I was searching where to spend my SW airfare credit, is that SW does not fly into the state of Georgia.  However, AirTran does.  In fact, on the map, there were a couple other states SW doesn’t fly into, fyi.

In case you missed my prior post, here is something I posted there about using an airfare credit through SW:

**If you’re flying Southwest, you have exactly a year after date-of-purchase to USE your credit.  Not purchase w/ it, not even start your trip on that day.  It all must be USED by the expiration date, or you simply lose it.

Lastly, and here’s the really good part, their Rapid Rewards. The old rules were, you needed 16 credits to get a free flight, and each credit only lasted two years.  I personally managed 2 credits in two years.  Now, they’re on a point system, and those points will never expire, yes, never!, IF you fly at least once every two years from the last flight purchase.  So, you can keep accruing, as long as you plan to fly one flight through SW every two years.  Not bad!  (I think you need 30,000 for a flight…?  But, you can also search flights by points (or money). I’m not as knowledgeable on using the points.)


Dallas or bust

Guess who gets to take a spontaneous trip to Dallas this weekend to visit a very dear friend? (courtesy of an airline credit expiring on Tuesday.**)

Yep, this girl does! 🙂

It’s been a little while since I’ve flown, and even longer time packing for such a short trip, so I had to have a review of what is and isn’t allowed in a carry-on.  While I appreciate the TSA taking the time to list all weaponry, types of lighter fluid, sports equipment, etc. that are and aren’t allowed, let’s get down to the really important stuff.

What about mascara?

And, while I’m at it, what about crochet needles?

Life or death questions here, people! Pshhh, weaponry…

For those on the edge of their seats waiting for the answers, they are “Yes!” to both.

*insert my happy dance here*

Mascara is considered a liquid/gel, so… as long as it’s not bigger than the allowed 3.4 fluid ounces in such category, and as long as it’s in a quart-size Ziploc bag, ready to be pulled out for inspection, yes, you can bring it in your carry-on.  Along with the rest of your make-up, btw; see link below.

Crochet (and knitting) needles are also allowed.  Possibly not your scissors, though; see link below.

Whether it’s ready or not, Dallas (and Mandi) here I come!

**If you’re flying Southwest, you have exactly a year after date-of-purchase to USE your credit.  Not purchase w/ it, not even start your trip on that day.  It all must be USED by the expiration date, or you simply lose it.

home again, home again, jiggity jig!

Journaling on vacation to me is updating my Facebook status via my Blackberry, when I remember, and if I have reception.  I don’t win on consistency here.  So, the fact that I’d been to Topsail Island several times years prior, and that I was a slug in the sun the first couple of days, I didn’t do too much, and most of what I did, I’d done before on previous trips… and lots are things I must look to fb to recall.  I can relay I had a blast and relaxing came easily.  That my perspective was made anew, even rejuvenated in the hopes to make it through another over-scheduled year.  The end of the vacation, as we spent a couple days at Lake Anna, was what has stayed fresh in my mind as it was my last bought of freedom before reality hit.  My favorite memory is hanging on to either one of the boys on back of the jet-ski with my little feet, in dire need of new nail polish, turning into suction cups before my eyes as we zipped through the lake, wind in our hair, water splashing at our faces, and giggling.  Lots and lots of giggling.  Actually, the most entertaining for me was when Elliot realized during my turn to drive that I was crazier behind the wheel than him; a practical impossibility, especially from someone so seemingly placid in comparison to a teenage boy.  Then, later to overhear both boys confirm that riding on the jet-ski was the “best ever” with me, even topping Grant’s solo ride, because I giggled so much (and didn’t give them instructions).  Be free my little birds… ok, not really so 60’s hippy-ish, but it is vacation and we need to let loose.  Along with many others, I have retained such sincere, sweet memories to cherish for many years to come.

Viva la vacation!

here I go, again.

Dependent upon a personal preexisting preference for shapes (try saying that three times fast), there are all kinds of cycles (or circles) of life.  Disney’s Lion King could enlighten you on one, but I prefer to stick to the sillier, less life threatening side of things.   For me personally, I’ve recognized two cycles in particular; a creative/reading cycle and a blog cycle.  In the creative cycle I’m either crocheting, sewing, or reading, and it’s always in binges that would make a bulimic jealous.  The blog cycle is a bit, hmm…  unstable.  I go between two sites, each with existing blogs and remake them, when I’m back in the saddle and ready to blog again that is.  I’m just not a gifted writer, so it’s not such an easy, natural thing, but in the lyrics of Bob Seger… here I go, again.

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