Friday, March 13, 2015

Off Into The Wild Blue Laundry

Well, here I am! I can't believe that today is the day!

I have been waiting for weeks, for this trip, but I've been waiting for years to go back. I really can't believe that tomorrow I will be in Belarus.

I have been experiencing so many emotions. I really don't know how I feel, but I think it is going to be a great trip, even if it doesn't go exactly how I Imagined it.

I'm sitting in Des Moines at the gate waiting for the first flight to find out my destiny. (Maybe slightly overdramatic...)

Wish me luck!

See ya on the flipside!


I have made it to Frankfurt!

I got on my flight out Chicago and there were three young people sitting in a row. The youngest was in my seat. I told her that and she just got that dear in the headlight look, and it was evident that she had no intentions of moving. So I tried asking where she was supposed to be sitting and if it was acceptable I would just sit there--deer...headlight. Finally, the young man, who seemed to be the oldest said could you sit here so we can all sit together. It was another aisle seat so I agreed.

I was a little miffed. Not so much that I really wanted that seat, but because they were just being stupid. Anywho, I ended up sitting next to a nice German man who had just been in Waterloo. He, it turns out, works for John Deere and had been there for training. We had a really nice chat.

I like it when that happens. So many times I sit next to someone and it is very evident they are thinking "Why do I have to be stuck next to the fat person?" Now, before you roll your eyes at me, look me in the eye and tell me you've never thought that yourself...Well?

It's ok. I understand. I don't like being crammed in next to you either.

Well, In a little less than three hours I will be on my final flight to MSQ. (You know you travel a lot when you name cities by their airport code.) I CAN'T BELIEVE I AM ALMOST THERE!

Happy dance! I can't wait to see Alex's, hopefully, smiling face!

I am exhausted, but it is worth it.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Countdown Is On...T Minus 3 Days


Time has really flown. It seems like just yesterday I made a spur of the moment purchase of airline tickets. These past eight or so weeks have really flown!!!

The last week or so has been an emotional roller coaster. I was sure that I wouldn't get my visa in time, I've been having feelings of doubt and insecurity, I'm so proud that I knuckled down an lost 33 pounds, but of course I am wishing that I had lost more (insecurity talking), and I'm feeling really vulnerable.

And excited.

Very excited.

And nervous.

Very nervous.

But still excited.

I can't believe that four days I will be on my way! I had planned to surprise him and just sort of show up (I know, in hindsight not my best idea) but I rethought this idea. I called him on Saturday, actually I called his mom and she was like here, I'll put him on the phone, and I said that I was coming. He was a little quiet and mumbled that he was very surprised. Then he was rattling of a whirlwind of logistics. When he quieted down again I said, "well, are you happy?" He said, "Yes, it is just very unexpected."

Insert sarcastic "gee I'm so glad that you're that excited about it" face here.

I then said that I would let him get back to preparations for the holiday the next day (International Women's Day) and I would text him my flight number. When I texted him later I said that I was sorry again for not telling him sooner, my flight number and the time of arrival, and that I would call him on Monday.

So...Monday (or Sunday night) I stayed up till 1 a.m. so I could call him and we started out kind of confused, but we finally got on the same page and he said that he received my flight information, chastised me for not telling him sooner, said he would meet me at the airport thought he had to figure out how to get there. I apologized again and he said we'll talk about it when I am there. I wanted to say "yes dad." I feel like a child who did something naughty.

I hope he is as excited, and nervous, as I am.

It will be fine!

AND I got my passport last night! (Phew!)

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