Saturday, August 16, 2008

The meaning of Murphy's Law

Murphy's Law (according to Wikipedia) "is an adage in Western Culture that broadly states "if anything can go wrong, it will. " It is also cited as: "If there's more than one possible outcome of a job or task, and one of those outcomes will result in disaster or undesirable consequence, then somebody will do it that way."; "Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong."

Muir's (must be some gaelic translation of Murphy) Law (Entry 8/15/08) - We spent the day running around Chicago with last minute appointments, errands, etc. and then headed out to the suburbs near O'Hare to have an early dinner with Scott's brothers. We scurried out of their house after 7:30 so we could go to the airport to return our rental car and check in for our 9:30pm flight. Scott dropped me off at the terminal with all 7 of our suitcases! I felt like I was in a scene in a National Lampoon's movie while I tried to maneuver the cart full of luggage through the terminal, while trying not to hit anyone or anything in the process....
We arrived at the gate with a few minutes to spare before the boarding would begin. 5 minutes before departure our flight was listed as "on time." However, as the departure time drew near, the announcements from the captain began. There was a problem with the satellite system, so they needed time to see if they could fix the problem. Finally, the inevitable happened - the delay became a CANCELLATION. Scott just started laughing when the announcement was made. Murphy really has it out for us! So, now we are spending one more night in Chicago in a hotel by O'Hare and will hope that this flight actually departs on the next day.

Despite the chaos that ended up occurring yesterday, we did have one special highlight during the day. Friends Amelia and Jason had a baby girl, Sarah Elizabeth, on Tuesday. Congratulations to them and to the new big sister Rachel!  We got to meet the little Sarah who was still in the hospital with her mom for a little bit in the afternoon.  
Cassie, Amelia, and Sarah Elizabeth.
I got to hold Sarah in the hospital - so sweet and tiny!

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