As of this morning, I’m on my way back to Baltimore. This week was exactly what I needed- time with family, friends, and a chance to recharge the batteries after an exhausting couple of months. When I’m in Baltimore, I have a hard time sitting still. I give myself very little downtime to keep the homesickness at bay. By the time I go home for vacations, I’m so tired, I could sleep for days. This week was no different. I’m returning to the real world ready to tackle the next couple of weeks before I’m home again. Let’s catch up on the last several days, shall we?
My brother picked me up at the tiny airport in NH Tuesday morning. On the way home, we were passed by several houses being delivered to their new home. Only in NH do you see trucks barreling down the highway at 80+ mph carrying future homes. I spent the rest of the day working from home and finished early enough to go to a zumba class with my favorite instructor. It was strange being in an empty house (my parents were still in Rhode Island and my brother was out with friends) but it also gave me a chance to have some “me -time” in a place that I’m comfortable.
Wednesday morning I worked from our Boston office. I had some meetings and thought I’d be more efficient on the busiest day of the year in an office setting. The day wasn’t as busy as expected and I was actually one of the few people in the office. I for a walk at lunch around the Seaport and my mom picked me up on her way back to NH from RI. We met my dad and brother for dinner at Ronaldo‘s before I went out to catch up with high school friends.
I went to my 5-year high school reunion with one of my best friends. High school was not a great experience for either of us (mostly senior year) so we weren’t excited to bring back those memories. I think my mom was really pushing it because the last time most people saw me, I was skeletal. I’m healthy now and proud of who I’ve become. Once we were at the bar, we were both pretty uncomfortable which was surprising to me because I’m so much more confident now than I was in high school. Most people we used to be friends with live abroad in Australia or Europe so after about 15 minutes of awkwardly wandering, we left. I’m glad we went but high school will never be filled with happy memories for me and it’s not an easy place to return to. It was really awesome to reconnect with my friend though and that alone made it worth it.
Thursday was a pretty low-key day. I went to an a$$ kicking cardio burn workout that left me barely able to walk for 3 days, hiked in the woods with my parents, and enjoyed a quiet Thanksgiving at my cousins’ house. I don’t run a turkey trot on Thanksgiving for family reasons (I wrote about it here. We lost my uncle 11 years ago during a Thanksgiving road race) but we’ve created new traditions. I don’t like Thanksgiving food so I loaded my plate with roasted potatoes, green beans, and popovers. I’m in charge of the popovers. We love to see how big they get. This year they came out of the oven puffy but fell immediately after the picture. Not my best work…I also had a slice of Oreo pie and we finished off the night watching terrible movies On Demand.
Friday I went to zumba again and then my mom and I ran errands while the Realtor was at our house for a showing. We braved a couple of stores in Kittery after grabbing lunch at When Pigs Fly. We’re not into Black Friday shopping but I’ve been dying to check out the new Lululemon outlet and Friday was my only chance to go. I got a pair of wunder unders for $30 and a tank for $9. I also scored a few deals at LOFT. There were no crazy crowds. It just felt like a normal day.
Saturday was a lazy day. My parents and I went for a longg walk in the pouring rain then I don’t think I moved for the rest of the afternoon. We watched sappy Lifetime movies and I spent way too much time on my iPad. It was honestly an extremely boring day that left me ready to go back to Baltimore, but I also needed it desperately. I don’t remember the last time I had a day like that.
Sunday morning I went to one last class at the gym before heading to Rhode Island for the rest of my time at home. Because my parents haven’t found their dream house yet, they’re living at my grandparents’ empty summer house. Since it isn’t technically “ours,” it’s hard to really feel comfortable. But we did go for a walk in Jamestown, I got my favorite frozen hot chocolate, and spent some time in the one place I love more than anything in the world. No place will ever compare.
I worked from Rhode Island Monday and enjoyed one last dinner with my parents before they dropped me off at the airport this morning. It was a great week at home but the best part is that there was so much downtime that I was actually looking forward to getting back to my crazy life. I haven’t felt that way about Baltimore in a long time. It helps knowing that I’ll be back in Rhode Island for Christmas in just 3 short weeks.
And now I’m officially one of those people that takes more pictures of my dog than anything else.
How were your Holidays?
Do you likes days where you don’t move from the couch?