I can't believe it, but my holiday is over today.
I'm so so so sad to be leaving the Cooks. It has been WONDERFUL to see them all - especially Brecken of course. I've loved NY too, but if they'd been living in some random American town in the middle of nowhere (Los Lunas, New Mexico, for example), then that's where my holiday would have taken me - so I'm very grateful that they live HERE :) I'll probably hold it together through our goodbyes, and then cry my eyes out on the plane (blowing my nose on the sleeve of the person next to me, no doubt). I'll miss Brecken a whole lot. I know all of their friends and family are praying that Justin will get a job now that he's graduating, but they'll have an aussie down under praying that he gets a job in AUSTRALIA... preferable Brisbane... Now there's an incentive for me to be extra righteous from now on - because I'd really like to have that prayer answered.
I'm also really excited to get home and see my family and friends too though. So it's a real mix of emotions today. I never thought I'd say this, but after 5 weeks of traveling and suitcasing, I'm ready to get back to things (maybe not WORK, but you know, everything else - haha!). I have LOVED being on holidays, and you all know what a WONDERFUL time I'm having, but I've been feeling just a LITTLE guilty lately about all of this responsibility-free FUN! I think I'll feel better when I'm back to being a human-being who contributes to society rather than just perpetually holidaying :)
I expected this holiday to be a great one, but to be honest, I really didn't expect it to be as totally wonderful as it has been. My head feels clearer, my goals for the future have become more defined, ghosts have been put to rest, adventures (to the power of infinity) have been had, new places have been seen, copious amounts of delicious food has been consumed (diet starts again on Monday!), multiple items have been purchased (including clothing that won't fit for another several kilos - ego, diet starts again on Monday), wonderful wonderful friends have been visited, soul has been energised, and about 5 years of laughter has been crammed into 5 weeks.
I'm such a lucky, luckily, lucky girl. It really has been the trip of a lifetime, and I'm very grateful for the opportunities and the experiences.
So that's it for now folks. Brecken and the boys and I will head out not for an hour or two to get some of that Artopolis ice cream, and then I'm off to the airport (extra suitcase in tow).
I'm assuming a family member is still planning to pick me up from the airport early on Sunday morning.... right? My travel details are up on the cupboard, but just in case Mum's put them away in a cupboard and no one can find them, I'll be touching down at 6:25am Sunday morning.... could someone please pick me up?! :) :) :)
Thank you! See some of you again soon!
PS. To those of you living in Brisbane who are NOT my family: If a week goes by and you still haven't seen a new blog post, could one of you maybe do a drive by the airport and check that I'm not still sitting there?