This morning, after a rough start to the night - Sophia would wake up crying, I would calm her down and go back to sleep, Edwin would wake up crying, I would calm him down and go back to sleep, then Sophia would start it over again 20 minutes later - we all woke up feeling much better around 8:45.
We had some people on our flight that scheduled outbound flights for this morning at 6:10 and so were thinking of spending the night in the airport with their children. I was happy to sleep in my down bed with down pillows and a down comforter and have a leisurely breakfast with fresh-squeezed orange juice, exotic fruits, delicious pastries surrounded by a family of embassy people who were doing the same thing.
Evacuation is rough, but embassy Athens has done a marvelous job of softening the landing. I confess this is the first time I've stayed in a hotel as nice as the Sofitel. I don't intend to make a habit of being evacuated so I can stay at nice hotels, however.
The children are waking up from their long, long naps that were long enough for me to get a nap also. I nap every day, but despite being quite tired, I had a hard time falling asleep - too much going through my mind.
We're going to go swimming, and then play with some friends while their mother volunteered to watch the kids for my massage. I think my day tomorrow will go better if I can get yesterday worked out of my back and shoulders.
Our flight tomorrow was booked through JFK, and then over breakfast, I heard the first of the snowstorms blanketing a lot of the US. With a silent prayer of gratitude for those who knew about the storm and told me, I called the embassy and they got me through to Carlson Wagonlit. They were happy to reroute me through Dulles, and we'll even be coming home a little earlier, although we will be leaving earlier too. A small sacrifice to avoid being stuck in the JFK airport for who knows how long. There's no ACS and CLO there to set me up with a very nice hotel, baby formula, diapers, and whatever else I might need.