Happy New Year's Eve! I am writing to you as I sit in my comfortable bed in our new house in Lake Tahoe. I hadn't had the privilege of visiting during the summer before London, and now I have the luxury of spending new year's up here. I can definitely see many good years to come in this house.
Any who, I am home. And it feels so good. I arrived a day later than expected, and therefore did not have an initial transition day. I had many appointments set up, I think four in two days, which for a jet lagged young woman it takes a toll. I managed to stay awake for all of them, although I did get hit pretty hard with a cold. Major sinus pains...my tooth even hurt...I had no idea that a toothache would be related to sinus irritations. Sort of just felt like crap. But I did get to drive...I love driving...everything about it, and getting into David's car...ah...it was so smooth, so natural, so right. And although I still have difficulty crossing the street and not knowing which way to look, my driving has not been effected at all. Thank goodness.
Christmas came! Saw relatives that I hadn't seen in a long time, especially my nana, I love her. It was a nice evening fairly low key, and my cousin is now 15 so the whole holiday is starting to take a different tone because there aren't any kids around anymore. I GOT NEW MARKERS!!! I color, and my markers that I took with me were dying, but now I have professional ones!! I am a happy girl.
My sister and Mik came home the day after I did, and Mik sadly had to go back to work on Monday, but Clea stayed with us. The four of us came up to Tahoe, and there is so much snow! I love snow. We have just been relaxing in the new house. This morning we all woke up really early, said goodbye to Clea (she is going to mik's family for new year's...hate this whole splitting the family thing) and then I went back to bed, while the folks took her to the airport.
So that has what has filled my time since I have been back. Probably more than you wanted to know, but it's the last time I get to tell you all the details of my life, thought I would take advantage of it. I keep noticing different things between home and London. At Safeway one doesn't pack their own bags, but at Sainsbury's in London you do. People also do much bigger shopping trips here than I noticed in London. I do miss being able to walk or take transport to wherever I want to go. But I don't miss having that feeling of needing to escape the flat by going on a walk. 17 people is just too many. I am eating much yummier foods here, one because David is the best chef, and two because I do not have to watch every single penny I spend. I miss my internship, but I can't wait to start a job I love and report back to them. Oh sidenote: I did fine academically this semester...I was very worried, but all turned out well.
I cannot wait to return to Guilford. My people are there. I've got friends that were also abroad returning, and people who held the fort while we were gone. There are professors I want to see, and I can't wait to regroup with QLSP. I am so excited about classes. I have a great line up, and I missed being academically challenged, so although I may complain, I love learning, and I love working really hard. I will also love studying in my single room!! Yes, yes, I got an apartment!! Not really sure who the other girls are, but I am sure it will work out beautifully, I mean I have a single and a kitchen...what could be better?
Speaking of Guilford, I would really like to thank those who asked me to write this blog, Ty Buckner, Sara and Aimee, and I believe Jim Hood had a part in this as well. I had planned on doing a blog before being asked, but I knew I wouldn't keep up with it. This opportunity really allowed me to commit, experience, and enjoy sharing my experiences. At first I was a little nervous because I was going to be representing Guilford...I mean right there on the home page...I questioned my abilities. I received so much support though, which allowed me to be more honest and to share more than I probably would have. I wrote this for me, I wanted to have some documentation so that in thirty years when I have a freak out in life I can refer to my time in London, and simply remember how much I have grown. I feel like I did my best here. I do not say that often. I had fun. I enjoyed writing each post, I never thought it was a burden or a hard task. Some days I did postpone it for a bit, mainly because I wanted to be in a better mood while writing, but overall I really looked forward to sharing. The London experience taught me certain things, but this blog certainly gave me more of a voice than I thought I had at Guilford. I will certainly take my fifteen minutes of fame with pride, and pass the duty on to the next person. I hope you all enjoyed reading just one post here and there or were a devout follower, I thank you for your support as well.
Have a great new year, be safe, have fun, love yourself.
over and out
be well dear ones