Crazy, Whirlwind preparations! We had a pretty scary 24 hours waiting to see if we would get my Visa back in time. But I got word Friday that everything is a go. So Steady as she goes making plans. flight has been booked (not paid for yet). I will be flying out of JFK on Monday night at 7pm. OOOoof I really don't like driving to JFK. But hopefully we'll have better luck then my last few trips to that airport. Lorraine is going to take me up. And hopefully we will be leaving early enough that I will just have plenty of time to sit and relax in the terminal.
Friday I asked Inna if I could take gifts/donations on trip three since this has happened so quick. She did not say yes.. But she did not say no either. I take that as "you really should take the gifts on this trip!"
Friday morning the pooches three (Sabyr, Tressa, and Ruger had their appointments for vaccines for camp. We had no choice but to squeeze them in since I will not be home next Friday. Then Tressa had her Camp hairdo!
I shopped for some small toys for the orphanage (some balls, and slinky's) And snacks for me. Then hay for the horses and back home for lunch and ready for work.
Saturday I had intended to get up early enough to get a dress for court. Hmm can you tell I am dreading this court dress? Well I got up too late. I did however manage to get gifts for the orphanage workers, the coordinators, Vitaly, Vitaly's little boy.... I was uncertain of what to do but I figured it out and I just hope it will be ok. I had a gift certificate from bath and Body works from Christmas from Lorraine. B&BW's was running a perfume special, buy 3 get 2 free!! Score! And with each of the bottles of perfume I PAID for I got a free shower gel. SCORE AGAIN!! In one swoop I was able to get 5 bottles of perfume and 3 shower gels. And the icing on the cake... little gift bags that had the color coded tissue already in each bag. truly simplified! What else?? I went to Best Buy with the gift certificate from Christmas from my Brother and Sis in law. Bought three digital photo keychains. Cute gifts I think. One for the coordinator, one for the translator, one for Vitaly the driver ( I really really hope Vitaly is driving) I really liked him and actually of the three connected with him the best. I also bought his son the book WADDLE. His son is about 6 months old I believe. Then off to the dollar store where I bought some photo albums and some other stuff to stick in the bags for the orphanage workers. EAch orphanage worker (not sure how many I was supposed to do this for) Will have a little grab bag, shower gel, photo album with a few photos of Kolya from trip one, lip gloss, blush, eye shadow. I may get some chocolates and add that to the bag also. Coordinator, Translator, Driver each a bottle of perfume (men's cologne for Vitaly) a photo keychain and a 5 x 7 photo collage of Kolya. And again maybe some chocolates. The orphanage director is also getting a really nice photo album with a cute spring scene embroidered on the front. I certainly hope that will be perfect.
Hotels... I was starting to really stress about the hotel situation.. But again.. patience paid off. Started off with Kelly (travel agent) saying that the hotel prices are through the roof. Oh no!! I was really hoping to stay at Renassaince again. I liked this hotel. It was comfortable, friendly, close to shopping and had a shuttle to Red Square. When I started the first price I got was $777. YIKES for one night. NO WAY. So I looked and looked. Then went to the Marriot site to see if the rate was different. Hmmm $383 ok getting better, but still NO WAY. Just for fun I put in my Marriot rewards.. And marked use my rewards box even though I knew I did not have enough points. Hmmmmmmm.. "you must purchase more points in order to use rewards for this stay. OK how much?? $162... SOLD.. So my $777 hotel room has been booked for $162!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SCORE BIG TIME!!!!!!
Last hotel was pretty easy. A hotel closer to the airport. With a free shuttle service ANOTHER SCORE!!! So I will only need a driver for one leg of the trip. If I was more confident I would hop the Metro and get off right near my hotel.. Lets think about that.. Um NO! So still need to contact Dimitry for my drive from the airport to the hotel. Big sigh of relief.
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