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Ahhh, home again home again, jiggity-jog. Once the plane FINALLY took off, my trip was just about as fun and delightful as possible. Lots of great food, laughter, singing, games, and basically enjoying people I love very much.  Truly what Thanksgiving is all about, right?

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I am on my way to visit friends on the easterly coast for the holiday week and am really very excited. Really. I am. I have never been to most of New England before so that is fun, I haven’t seen the friends I’m seeing in a long time so getting to be with them will be a real treat, and I get to eat delicious foods without thinking twice about it for a week, which is always good.  But I have to keep reminding myself of these things over and over so that I don’t chuck this laptop at one of the nearby fellow travelers that have been stuck in the airport with me for the last 3 hours waiting for our flight to be rescheduled. I can’t decide who deserves it more — the man who is shrieking “Poopy Pants!”at his (evidently soiled) 2 year old, the woman who keeps talking about her local “homies” on her cell phone, the two kids laughing maniacally at whatever thing they are watching on their portable DVD thing, or the couple who just changed their 3 month old on the seat RIGHT next to me. I mean the seat that is immediately next to me. 6 inches away. Sigh.

Oh lord, Mr. Poopy-pants and someone in the baby’s entourage just discovered that they went to school together and are now loudly reminiscing about all the guys on their hockey team and how they died in the last 10 years.  A laptop to the head in a crowded airport has not yet been mentioned, but stay tuned. We have an hour before take off.

When did people start writing the year 2008 as 2K8? Am I behind the times? Is this the way we will be referring to this decade — “Your grandpa and I met back in the 2K’s…”? That’d be too bad. I was looking forward to saying the word aught a lot.

I’m totally burned out. Because I am a giant nerd and was a complete waste of space at work, I decided to seek validation via Google and learned that burn out has actual symptoms. Most are vague enough that pretty much anyone who is slightly bored or unhappy could probably see themselves in them but I did find an alarming comparison  chart  to help you determine  if you are  stressed out or burned out  (I feel like these prolly get fewer hits than all those “Do you have a cold or the flu?” sites).  I know these can be very serious issues for people,  but this page is SO ridiculously dramatic,  indicating that while stress may kill you, burnout might just make your life seem like it isn’t worth living.  How is this helpful? They must be trying to giggle the burnout out of of the reader. If so, this bit should do the trick: “If excessive stress is like drowning in responsibilities, burnout is being all dried up. ” Ok drama queen.