And He said unto me, "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
2 Corinthians 12:9

Monday, July 23, 2012

Do you see what IC?

We are spending the weekend/early week at B's Annual Meeting for work!  There is absolutely no hint, whatsoever ; ) as to what hotel we were supposed to be staying in while here.

I know you're not supposed to share when you are out of town, but we have some incredibly vicious pups that would kiss someone to death if they tried to break, we've had so many weird things in our neighborhood we have almost constant police supervision.  So, if someone isn't scared of puppy kisses; hopefully, our police department is tough enough!!!

Anyway, thought we'd share about our trip so far!  It's been crazy!  As we were packing our bags and trying to get to the airport, we received a call from my benefits administrator stating that the clarification we received in writing a few weeks ago was "wrong" and so it doesn't stand!  What??  It basically means that I would lose all health coverage (smart choice when someone is on disability-great chance of them improving if they aren't able to get medical coverage) and depending on who you speak with, B & P might lose all coverage, as well!  This situation has already taken over 24 hours of time on the phone and many seizures following as being on the phone is a trigger for my seizures.  Anyway, I was bawling as we were trying to leave.

Then, on the way to the airport, the sky let loose and started hailing on our car.  We finally got checked in for our flight and they told us it would be a while before they could find seats for us because they had a previous flight that was cancelled and they were having to address all of those passengers first.

Our plane was over an hour late to the gate (we were supposed to leave at 8:10p and arrive around 10:15p) which meant we didn't land until close to midnight.  I may be a bit of a hotel snob, but these rooms are priced at a premium because every Northwestern Mutual Rep and their families descend upon this city and take over.  Thus, they can charge way too much.  So, it was my opinion that if we were having to pay this much, we should have a super nice room.  We got to our room and found this.

Yucky, anyone?

You think they cleaned before we arrived?

We were supposed to have a fridge in the room for all of my food.  They knew is was for a medical condition.  While a fridge was provided, we could barely fit two chicken breasts in because it was so small.  They told us they couldn't help us until the next morning because Engineering wasn't there. 

If it tells you anything, I wasn't comfortable walking around the room without my house shoes on my feet.  However, when they were kind enough to move us to the next room, I didn't want to put my slippers back in my bag in case anything else got floor cooties!! ; )  It was truly so gross!
This was the soap tray.  Your hand would feel super clean after this, right?
Anyway, they were kind and moved us to another room.  Now, it's long after midnight and we are past exhausted.  They agreed to switch us to another room.  Here is the fun we found in the next room!
Hard to see, but food on the chair.
Huge, grody (is that a word) stains all over the carpet.

The best part might have been that this well respected hotel sells an "intimacy kit" at the "mini bar."  Really?  B asked where the spot was to put the quarter in the bed. 
It is super hard to see in these pics, but the shower curtain was covered in mold!  Yucky!!!

Can you see a little bit of it here?
 Anyway, we called other hotels in town to no avail.  So, B had to take most of my food down to the employee fridge for the night. Now, it's 2:45am.  We didn't unpack at all in hopes that we would find something else as soon as we woke up the next morning.

It was a tad difficult to fall asleep because the down mattress pad (which most people would love) was a little odd.  Literally, every time we rolled over, we had something sharp stick our skin.  Each time, we could pull a feather out of the bed.

Oh yeah and there was a police investigation going on down the hall from one of the rooms due to "unruly behavior" from one of the guests.  Lovely!!

Anyway, this was just a super weird experience as this is a very well respected hotel.  We found a room at the hotel that we usually choose and were seeing how fast we could get there.  We called down to the front desk to check out and the manager said that he didn't believe that we could have had two dirty rooms and that he would charge us the full amount for the full stay.  We called the amazing woman at B's office that organizes all of the hotel rooms and she was about to "attack!"  In the meantime, the event manager for the not so clean hotel called us, apologized, and had a taxi sent to take us to our new hotel!  Super impressive!  Once we arrived at this hotel, it was completely different experience.  It has just seemed clean from moment #1.  We also have a rather large fridge!!  Then, we received a fruit tray and some fun different waters from the previous hotel.  Again, impressive!!

So, that was the first twelve hours of our trip!!!

Anyone else out there a hotel snob?
Anyone else had a similar experience?

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