Christmas and New Years have past, and I took some much needed time to see family and close friends. For this trip I literally traveled all the way around the world. My butt and back aren’t very happy about it, but it was a great time to gain some perspective and get fat on good ol’ American Christmas food.
I started my travels in lovely Fayetteville, to catch up with a good friend and acclimate back to the US. I’ve never experienced really bad jet lag before….until now. My first few days I was in and out of sleep, which made for no productivity. On the plus side, I had some great southern food and had time to just decompress.
From NC I headed to the West Coast of Florida to see my parents and grandparents. Obviously this was the highlight of my trip and ate/drank my way through the visit. I was able to catch up on all things “American” and it was exactly what I wanted. Steak dinners, lots of wine, ocean, seafood, and family (of course). We spent the day on Caladesi Island, went to a Tampa Lightening hockey game, and a lot of hot tub time. My parents are pretty great and even brought down a small Christmas tree so it was almost like home. It’s not the same without the New England snow, but it was close enough.
After sunny Florida I did my annual trip to DC for New Years. Pam and I have been doing this for years and I wasn’t going to let living in Cambodia stop me from seeing that lovely lady 🙂 It was a great time getting mani/pedis, Wawa, Dunkin Donuts, and the friends I’ve made in the city I should call my 2nd home. It was damn cold, but still had a great time. One day I swear I’ll move here, just waiting for the right job to open up.
Before heading back to PP I had a quick layover in the Pacific Northwest to see my brother, sister in law, and the adorable munchkin Emma. Due to some airline crap I only had about 40 hours on the ground, but was able to enjoy the PNW with a run, brunch, and playtime with Emma. It’s always fun to see these guys and hopefully we can all get together in the same place for the holidays. Redhead shenanigans were missed this year, but hopefully next year will be different 😉 😉 😉
So after destroying my back on a 13 hour flight from Seattle to Taipei, then to PP, I am back and in the swing of things at my SEA home. One of my resolutions for the New Year is to be better connected to the ones I love, and to do more things that make me happy…..which probably means more blog posts about fun stuff!