Oh, hello from the United States! I returned back home this last Monday after a beautiful 3 days in Ireland. I still have a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that I'm not just on a long weekend to Virginia and won't be returning to my room at the Kartause tomorrow. As much as I don't want to admit it, I really, really miss it. I've grown so attached to a European way of life!
They say that jet lag is a lot easier "coming this way" (from Europe to the States). I'm not so sure about that... I mean, when my family and I went to Europe 3 years ago, I found it very easy to come back to the States. 2 days of being tired, and I was back on track. This time, though, I get hungry at Austrian meal times, and I'm pretty ready for bed at 6. Thankfully, I just grab a little snack and always get a second wind to stay awake 'til 11!
I love organization. Maybe too much? That's questionable. While I was gone, my parents began construction in our upstairs, which meant that my bookshelf and closet were emptied, and all the 'surfaces' in my room were cleared. (By "my parents began construction", I mean "the workmen began construction..."
What does this mean? That I'm starting completely from scratch! It's great! I'm getting to go through all the little papers I've kept since forever, and look at each piece of clothing before I put it back. I'm realizing I don't need to keep all these things, which leads me to say...
...I think I've come home much more 'detached'. Because we didn't have internet in our dorm rooms, and my cell phone didn't work, and I only had 2 suitcases worth of clothing, I've found that I don't 'need' as much to be happy. Yes, of course it's nice to have more than 3 skirts to choose from, and I was anxious to wear sandals again instead of black sneakers, I've realized that it's not necessary to have these things to be happy. Of course, I knew this in concept, but living like that for 4 months helped solidify it in my mind.
I have 3 weeks at home. There's a lot to do in that time! Today was my niece's first communion, I have friends to see, birthdays to celebrate, coffee to drink, organization to finish, and packing to do before I leave for Steubenville!!!! I am really looking forward to working on campus this summer and getting to know the other student workers who I otherwise wouldn't be able to!
I am getting ready to move my blog to a different host. Blogger was great for getting this started, but as I near the 2-year mark of blogging (yikes!), I'm realizing how different I want my blog to look/be, and the best way to do that is to move it altogether. It's about 95% set up, and I hope to share the new link with you in the next week or so!
whoops... I'm a day late in posting this... That's what happens when I try to do too many things in a day, and get carried away with all of them. :P