Friday, November 19, 2010

Deep breath and...

Today's the day! Well, sort of. I'm pretty much planning on being awake straight through until my 6am flight so it's going to be one long day.

Sunday my family had a pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving. My brother came home from school and my niece and nephew were here for the weekend and it was nice just spending the last stretch with everyone home and hanging out. Since Monday I've been running last minute errands and getting everything in order. I picked up some Korean currency at the bank, made a zillion photocopies of all my various IDs and documents, spent 10 minutes at Target debating if pink striped gloves were cuter than the purple striped before purchasing neither, etc. You know, the important stuff. 

And then yesterday was packing day. Eeshk. I laid my suitcases out on my bed, threw on a marathon of Gilmore Girls, and started piling up everything I wanted to bring. I swear each time I tossed another shirt or pair of shoes into the mix I could see the space inside my suitcases shrinking faster than Alice after sipping on a bottle of "Drink Me". Then I started the actual cramming process and it was not pretty. Man, packing for a year away is serious business. I don't think I over packed, it's just that there's so much to bring! 

Emotionally I'm feeling really awesome which is great. My mom and I were talking the other day about my going and I said how once I reach the sixth month mark I'll be really psyched because it'll be a huge accomplishment and the next sixth months will then seem even more doable. She pointed out that by then I would also feel like, "Wow, only sixth months left! I need to do all the things I still want to do!". And it kind of hit me when I was thinking about it later that that's the attitude I need to go in with. Not this, "Oh my god I'm leaving for a year and it's going to be such a long time" but rather, "I only have a year to spend in Korea doing and seeing all the amazing things it has to offer so I better get cracking". 

So today I'm getting all the last last minute details squared away. And saying goodbyes of course, which are not going to be fun at all...

But I'm staying positive. My niece and nephew are here tonight so I get some more time with them and then a few hours post-dinner my boyfriend and I are going to the midnight premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows! True as soon as it's over I'll be rushing home and immediately heading to the airport but I couldn't miss this. I love midnight shows and I love Harry Potter and together they are a fabulous combination. Plus it doesn't come out in Korea until December 16th, as if I could wait that long!

So this time tomorrow I'll be on a plane and come Monday I'll be in teacher training. My bags are packed, I think I'm as ready as I'll ever be, and if things don't go as planned I am going to go with the flow and just follow this very sage advice:

What can I say, I have to keep a sense of humor in the midst of this craziness.

Wish me luck!

1 comment:

  1. Haha - can't think of anything going wrong that wouldn't be helped by having Desmond around, brotha!