Denise described Saturday perfectly. I was so shocked when they said my Visa was expired, I can’t believe I dropped the ball. THE BIGGEST BALL EVER. A ball the size the of CHINA.
I went home, cried, broke a few nic nacs (I have plenty to spare, trust me!), took a muscle relaxer and slept for 5 hours. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt so disappointed in myself, not to mention worried for one of the people I love, admire, and care about most in this world–Denise! I hated imagining her alone on the 14 hour plane, although I knew she would make friends. She makes friends everywhere she goes, but she didn’t even get the window seat. I know it sounds like a small thing, but I know how much she loves that spot. And there’s always a comfort in the familiar. Ugh, I hated not being able to give that to her.
On the bright side of all of this, I now get to bring Lauren to China even sooner. Much sooner. As in FRIDAY! Denise and I were texting and making a plan the moment she landed in Detroit, our favorite airport to fly out of. Denise didn’t feel comfortable going over the Spring 2013 line alone, so we decided I would fly out as soon as I can get Lauren a Passport, a visa, and myself a new visa! This is going to be a very busy week for us.
So now we have an appointment in Chicago at the passport agency for 9:30 AM tomorrow and I’m driving to Chicago for the first time. Heck, if I can go to China with Lauren and be the leader for once then driving to Chicago should be a breeze, right?
Wish me luck, you guys!