Saturday, January 23, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

Surprise!!!

This past Saturday I had plans to go out for dinner with my Mom, sister, step-dad and girlfriend. Little did I know my sister invited my whole family! In total there were 15 of us sitting in the back of "Kit Kat2". Before I go any further I have to give some serious credit to Erin for organizing this, it takes weeks to get our family organized to meet up for Christmas every year let alone dinner on a random saturday night!

I can't thank everyone enough for taking the time to come have dinner, it was my first surprise of that type and I loved every minute of it. I'm also glad I had a chance to properly say my goodbyes to everyone, it's going to be strange not being present for our normal gatherings. I guess someone will have to point a laptop with skype at the party so I can join in at 3 am!

Saturday meant a lot to me since in the last month I have had to say "see you in a year" far too many times it seems. Saying that to my friends hasn't been easy, but saying it to my family has been the most difficult for sure. At our family Christmas party I had to say this to my extended family which was strange at the time because of how far away my trip was. It almost didn't seem true at the time, almost like I wasn't going away at all. In the last week this trip has become really really real to me. I can't really explain how I feel about this trip, I'm obviously excited, but also anxious. I would also say I am eager to meet new people and experience new things, but at the same time sad to miss my friends and family and what will go on with them. Saturday night turned out to be an amazing surprise, I'm lucky to have such a great family!

As I post this my official countdown to departure is at 7 days 1 hour and 20 minutes.


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Almost there!


This week has been a real dose of reality. Jon Jon is on his way to Sydney this week to get some surfing in before we all meet up in February. Lou and I have our hotel booked in Dubai and are organizing some temporary accommodations for when we arrive at the Gold Coast.

I've also been packing things up for storage and realizing how strange it will be living out of a suitcase for the next year. I now have a plug converter for my battery chargers, and the apple adapters for my iphone and MacBook.

What really makes this whole adventure feel even more real was when I wrote my resignation letter for work this morning, it's strange how something so seemingly simple can have such a profound impact.

I am going to link this Blog in my facebook profile tonight, so if this is your first time seeing this page feel free to comment! I promise to keep it interesting once I'm on my way!

As I am writing this post I have exactly 17 days, 21 hours, and 53 minutes left in Canada. I'm sure it will feel like a lot less.