Okay, I realize that no one has died, but we had a tragedy yesterday, at least in our opinion.
We got back from Salzburg, and John began packing for his trip back home. He couldn't find his watch. At first, this did not bother me. When the search continued, to no avail, I worried. Before I sound petty, let me say that in light of the fact that we are saving pennies (I know this trip doesn't make it seem like that, but we have family to stay with, frequent flier miles we were lucky enough to use and a generous mom who funded the bulk of the trip) for our adoption, to lose this watch is a big blow to us.
It is a watch that I saved a LOT of money for to surprise John with last year--our 10th anniversary and his graduation of Test Pilot School gift. It was a discontinued, very cool model of a Breitling watch, and I'll just suffice things to say that it could cover our airfare for trip one to Kyrgzystan.
We have turned this house UPSIDE DOWN. We have unpacked and repacked bags, looked in every nook and cranny we can find in our niece's room (the room we've been staying in) and pulled our hair out to find that watch. It is not only confounding, it is just heartbreaking for me to watch John...for me, it's just a thing (okay, I am trying to be noble here, it is more than just a thing, but....) but I can just feel the sickness in the pit of John's stomach not being able to find it. To quote him, "Well, our expenses for this trip have just doubled."
So...no, no one died (as mom reminded John when she told him to stop moping about it) but John had a rough day yesterday and we just pray that when we unpack at home or Amy cleans up after us here, it will pop up.
In addition to the rough day, he got up at 4 am to drive to Ramstein and catch the MAC flight back to BWI. Well, the information he got was wrong--all that was available was a flight to McGuire Air Force Base--in NJ. He would have to take that, then rent a car to drive home. Well, turns out THAT flight was commandeered for troops to Iraq and he can't leave until tomorrow am. Crossing our fingers for that one!