Notes from Our Trip Back

Hi friends! Thank you to everyone who wished us well on our travels. It was a long, surreal day for me. I spent a good chunk of the morning furiously filling out the knowledge review quizes for my Advanced Scuba Diving Certificate, which I had procrastinated an entire year on doing.

note to self: stop procrastinating

I said goodbye to Clare {hardest thing I had to do that day} and prodded my husband along to finish packing. He was still going through papers & shoving things into his backpack at 3 hours before our departure time.

note to self: encourage husband to stop procrastinating

We made it in the knick of time to the airport, less than an hour before take-off. The airline agent had to call in to make sure that "Domestic Short Hair" was a real breed of cat. I may have said something along the lines of, "just because you've never heard of it doesn't mean it's not a real breed!"

note to self: bite your tongue

Thankfully whoever she talked to on the other end of the phone agreed with me & she let us go through. Getting on the plane was no big deal, we pretty much just walked right on because we were so late. As we took off the thought hit me that I might never see the island again, and I couldn't stop the tears. The student sitting on the other side of the aisle said, "Aren't you a spouse? We should be the ones crying, not you!"  Which of course just made me cry even more!

note to self: avoid crying on an airplane, it's embarrassing

When we got to Puerto Rico, we had to take Adamcat through customs which took longer than it should have and resulted in one of those epic-movie moments where we ran through the airport & yelled "hold the doors!!" as the attendant was walking away. I wish I were exaggerating.

note to self: schedule longer layovers when traveling with a pet

The last leg of our journey was rather uneventful. Quick stopover in Miami before the long flight to California. All our luggage made it through, and we left LAX around midnight. Chris & Adam went to stay at his mom's and I spent the night with my sister.

Since then, things have been a whirl-wind! Driving my car again, getting a phone {just a cheapy}, job interviews, etc. I'm staying with a dear friend and her family for now until we get a few more things settled.

I still feel a little shocked and exhausted, sort of like my brain is struggling to comprehend the transition and to keep up with this faster pace. There are gonna be a lot of changes in store for us in the upcoming weeks and months, but for now it's one day at a time.


Empirically Erin said...

Wow! What a crazy time. I'm glad you made it home. Can't wait to hear more about things that await you!

Tyler said...

What an eventful day! I am so glad you made it back in one piece! ;)

Jessie said...

glad you're back in the states safely, even though it was a rough travel day. where are you guys now? if you ever head up toward atlanta, let me know!

Sarah said...

Wow, sounds like a whirlwind trip! Good luck with all of the new and exciting things coming up :)

Bevin Lewis said...

Glad you made it to California safe! I hope things begin to settle down (even just a tiny bit) and you can enjoy being back in the states!

Allison said...

I can't imagine all the emotions you were/are feeling, but I'm glad you made it back safely. Welcome "home."

Unknown said...

So sorry I never got to say goodbye:( And the spouses cry because we have made the best of friends and have learn to love this island more then we ave ever expected. Glad you are home safe. Best of luck to you guys in your next adventure.

Emily said...

I can relate completely to this post. We had a similar experience bringing Basil back from Vietnam. Apparently they had to check his carrier for bombs - as there was 'bomb residue' showing on his carrier. What a nightmare. How did he take the flights?

Oh hello, Love said...

i've done one of those run through the airport like in a movie moments and it is not nearly as fun as it looks in the movies. Buuuuut it always makes me think of Home Alone, which you know I love.

Anyways, welcome back!! Keep that slow pace for as long as you can!! You'll miss it when it's gone.

Kristen Victoria said...

Wow sounds so hectic, but I'm glad you made it back in one piece!! I'm so excited for you!!

Jessica Bucher said...

I'm catching up on blog reading.
But I enjoyed reading about your journey. Glad you made it safely and can't wait to read about your new life back in Cali. :)

Emily Meyers said...

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Hope to see you there, and thanks so much!