We were given some lemons this holiday season and ultimately gave up on trains, planes and rental car companies and made our own Christmas lemonade.
As of 12 minutes ago, the Gwyn family should have been in Tennessee, but due to a miscommunication with the car rental company we chose online we are stuck in New Jersey. I should have known the fates were conspiring to keep us here when Seamus woke up at 4:30 this morning with a fever of 102.3. Once the Tylenol kicked in and he was feeling better we took a taxi to the Newark airport to pick up our rental car. We were two hours late picking it up, and as we were standing in line I noticed a sign at the counter alerting customers to a new policy effective a few months ago...something to the effect of unlimited mileage being only for certain states (none of them Tennessee). After speaking with an employee I was informed that their rental cars are not to be taken any further South than Maryland. So, we spent the rest of the day with a sick baby in the Newark airport hopping from rental car company to rental car company trying to find someone who wasn't completely sold out. No luck. We took a taxi back home and after SEVERAL hours on the phone with different rental car companies, none of which had cars anywhere near the New York metro area, and after searching for trains that allowed pets and checking airfares, we gave up. And Thomas walked down the street to our local garden shop and bought a tree and some lights. We've decided to make the best of it, possibly going to the Met to watch the Christmas tree lighting (if Seamus starts feeling better...he still has a fever). Lucky for us, I have amazing parents who will be driving up here Christmas day to stay for a few days. It'll be SO nice to spend the holidays with them. Wish we could see everyone else too. We'll miss you Mamaw, Mark, Sandy, Donny, Freddie, Rhonda, Allen, Brent, Devin, JCPL, Kitty Bobby Sydney, Ferenbachs, Hideaway. Hope to see you all sometime.