In less than 8 hours, Jeff is due home via red-eye flight from California.
I’ve missed him and can’t wait to see him again; we’ve been apart since last Wednesday. I’ll be picking him up at National Airport–assuming his flight is on time–at 8:30 in the morning then, alas, dropping him off at home before continuing on to work myself (while he still has the day, indeed the rest of the week, off). I did pick up a couple of bottles of bubbly on Tuesday, though, for a proper New Year’s Eve celebration with him Wednesday night.
And I’m looking forward to having Thursday off from work and spending all day together with him, making up for lost time.
Strangely and a little alarmingly, though perhaps due to my Appalachian mountain heritage, the Trisha Yearwood country song “She’s in Love with the Boy” keeps running through my head tonight when I think about him coming home. It is at least alternating with “My Girlfriend, Who Lives in Canada” from Avenue Q (“I love her, I miss her, I can’t wait to kiss her.”), perhaps due to my queer sensibility… that, or the fact that I’m simply just a very strange person.
[Update: 09:20] Well, I should have known better than to assume anything. Poor Jeff got stuck in Detroit this morning several hours longer than he was supposed to, and that was after his flight from SFO got to DTW 15 minutes early. The plane from DTW to DCA required unscheduled maintenance and the necessary part wasn’t even there; when I last spoke to him at 8:20, it was just arriving and was being installed. The web site, though, now says that there has been an aircraft change due to maintenance, and at least has continually been updated with new information; for the past ten minutes, though, it has read that the flight left the gate at 9:12 but has not yet taken off from DTW, and the flight now has an estimated 10:37 arrival at DCA. In the meantime I came on in to work and will go pick him up from here.
[Update: 09:25] The flight is in the air, according to Northwest’s web site, and the expected arrival is 10:31. Soon, soon.
[Update: 11:45] He’s home, hoorah, hooray! I just got back to the office after leaving to pick him up about an hour ago, taking him home and giving him a, um, warm welcome. Skyrockets in flight…