Today is the day that my beloved Kristen DiTucci and Brian Sheridan get married. Congrats! I could only be happier for them if I were there to celebrate with them. Which, to be fair, they did invite me to do. Their love has always been amazing to witness. I love the way that they support each other and approach life cooperatively. I am lucky that they adopted me as a welcome 3rd wheel, and I am certainly missing our frequent dinners on Patapsco St. My sadness at missing their great party is slightly mitigated by my impending honeymoon crashing trip. I will adore being reunited with them in Chiang Mai for a weekend dominated by wats and street food. Is it next Friday yet?
When we returned home from vacation last Tuesday, I got the post vacation blues. It was great to have intense bonding time with my fellow newbies, but then it was so hard to return to real life. This was all made worse by my stomach rejecting a weekend of too much food, too much beer, not enough sleep, and the stress of a looming week of work. My stomach has been a champion in the process of adjustment. This was really the first time that it decided to hate me, and even then, it didn’t prolong my misery for long. I am feeling better, but there is something about getting sick that always makes me a homesick. I may or may not have had teary eyes last night when we went to a sports pub downtown to try to watch the Packers/Seahawks game. Unfortunately, the feed from Thailand wasn’t great and sailing and cricket kept interrupting our viewing, but we got to see a few possessions in the 1st and 3rd quarters.
Today, I am telling myself to follow the expert and wise advice of my intelligent college roommate and to get all my work done so that I can fully enjoy my honeymoon weekend next week without stress about planning and grading when I return. So this weekend is all about getting ahead for me. I did already make a solo bike ride to work today to pick up some papers that I left behind. That was a proud moment. In between bouts of school work, I am going to do some shopping today for more fans and home wares that will make my house company ready by the arrival of Stephanie Owens!
I may be slightly homesick, but I am moving forward in building a life here.