Thursday, December 22, 2011

"...you got me feelin' high and I can't step off the cloud..."

I have to tell you that I am quite excited. I am on the precipice of a 5 week journey. I will be going home to Florida and then off to Colombia and Peru to explore a bit of South America. To cap off this year with this adventure is welcomed and I am most grateful to my work for allowing me the time to do it. I have to say, the US is great but where we lack is when it comes to the importance of personal time and vacations. For us, 5 weeks would never even be possible unless you quit and that is unfathomable to most of us. We are depressed, angry and disgruntled and maybe a little introspection and time away from the hum-drum of life could do us all good. One day, my wish is for the US to take this approach. Australia even has national marketing campaigns called “No Leave, No Life” that encourages people to leave the office and book a trip somewhere.

So, upon meeting my little baby nephew, I am probably going to be overjoyed and then Christmas is right around the corner, so it’s going to be big! After a couple weeks at home, I am going to explore the Amazon and the Andes. It’s so weird that I get to do this. I mean, I have always wanted to see these things and this is real life. The ticket is booked and I will soon be on my way!

Growing up, I would daydream of these places and create ideas of going there but once it settles into reality, it’s quite hard to comprehend until you are there. I am a bit nervous but mainly because of the Spanish language but I have studied Spanish forever and I can support myself well but for some reason, to be completely engulfed into another language can seem quite daunting but here we go, kids! It’s now or never!

So, I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hannukah! See you all in Floridaaaa!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

"...sometimes when I miss you, I put those records on..."

It's one of those boring nights. The incessant rain of this so-called Sydney Summer pours out past my balcony and I sit here with nothing to do and nowhere to go. Sometimes, we all need these quiet nights. The nights in which the world has seemingly isolated you but I've had too many of those throughout my life. I can come off as extroverted but that is more of a "fake it to make it" strategy. I am fine when I need to be social but just below the surface is this insane introvert, who really oddly enjoys the solace of his own world.

I sit here in my bed staring at my little Christmas tree and I am pondering December 23rd when I will finally go home and see my little nephew, Jayden. I can't wait. Sometimes, I wonder if he is going to like me and then, I realize that he is only human. I will take approximately 1,000 photos of him to which everyone will be subjected on Facebook. I will record videos of him making baby noises on my phone and share them with people that have no interest but dang it, I have paid my dues. I've ogled many baby photos and now, it is my time! So, if you read this...get ready to plaster on the fake smile and share my joy!

So now, hopefully soon, I will drift off into a slumber and count down the 16 days left until I hop across the world to meet my family for Christmas! It can't come soon enough!

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