Wednesday, July 22, 2009

In the Morning (and then from there)

I should be packing, furiously, like a woman with lots of packing and planning and freaking out yet to do, and I will, here in just a few minutes. Again. Right now a quick break for a bloggy update while I sip the last of this latte.

Tonight all my bags should be packed with care, a whole year's worth of Maggie Stuff compressed (some with those awesome compression bags - buy real Space Bags, not the generics, even if 99% of the time I opt for generics) into two large suitcases, one carry on, plus my laptop.

I fly to Chicago in the morning, early. Thankfully it's a direct flight. From Tulsa, that's kind of rare. Yay Southwest. They also won't charge me extra for checking the two bags full of all my junk important stuff I'll need for the next year. Not advertising here, I promise, just saying.

I'll spend time with family Wednesday and Thursday, then make my way near the airport on Friday for pre-departure meetings followed by a bloggy meet up of happy proportions where I should get to meet Zoeyjane, Sandy, Maria and again Mishi and Lou (who is awesome enough to help with transport).

Sidenote: Friday night I may or may not have more information or answers about the reason (and barely more clarified here) I'm knocking on wood. Assuming good news or the more likely just plain no news yet, my JET 2009-2010 life begins. (If you want to know the truth, it's this one little bitty paragraph you are reading right now that is more on my mind than anything else, and until we know, I'm scared, not just for possibly not going to Japan but for the whole entire rest of it that I can't talk about here and hope I never, ever need to because it would mean something very sucky.) End of sidenote.

Saturday morning I'm off to the airport and the flight to Tokyo early afternoon. The flight is a bit over 13 hours, but I'll arrive the afternoon of the next day, local time with all that crazy time change stuff (returning from Japan, the time change will mean I'll arrive before I left), and hopefully I'll have some energy to play in Tokyo after getting to the hotel that evening. There will be days of seminars before I'll make my way out to the middle of nowhere in the beautiful place that I'll call home for the next year, near the crazy bitch stuff.

It's looking like 2 weeks or more before I'll have internet at home, but I might be able to log in from work sometimes. Effective now, I'll likely be way behind on all of your blogs and may or may not get to update this one for a few weeks, but maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised with internet access somewhere/somehow sooner. Or I'll die of the crazy.

Ready to go, I'll appear to be, by bedtime tonight, even if a part of me lingers unpacked, uncontained, unfettered moving freely in spirit all over my home where my man and my kitties shall dwell a gazillion mile away. I can't express how much I'll miss them. It hurts to think about it. It makes me second guess these grand plans, even while knowing it will be a good thing and that Tom supports this 100% (and will get to visit me in Japan!). When I come home, no more being apart. Goodbye is just too painful to make a habit of this kind of thing.

None of my bags packed themselves as I typed this, which means I'm suddenly even more super busy and need another latte.

14 comments:

  1. Have a wonderful and safe trip! Can't wait to read all about your adventures!

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  2. I can't wait to see you on Friday - but it's going to be very hard to say goodbye for all of that.

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  3. Oh! I'm so excited for you. And scared too. For you. And a little for me. Knock on wood, and all that jazz, and I tell you this not to worry you, but for you to know how very much I'll miss you if something terrible/horrible happens. Not that I think anything will happen. At all. Just sayin'.

    Hurry back to the bloggy world, with lots of stories of your first couple of weeks in Japan!

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  4. Good luck! I'll be following your adventures in Japan just as closely as I followed all the events leading up to your departure. (My way of saying, sorry I'm such a lurker; but I do read faithfully.) Have a safe trip and I hope to hear all about Japan in about 2 weeks!

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  5. Big big hug Maggie. I'm knocking on wood for you here, hope everything goes well. Looking forward to see you when you get there.

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  6. Can't wait to meet you. Hope you have a safe trip to Japan.

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  7. Wow! That's so awesome! Hope you get to your Japan destination without any mishaps! :)

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  8. boy i wish bags packed themselves! boohoo for lack of internet access, i'm barely getting one myself these days and it makes me crazy! lots to say here, lots to say. first, hope everything turns out to be nothing. and second, i hope maybe at least one bag chips in and helps you, or at least gets you another latte. i love that line you wrote about making goodbyes a habit, i hate goodbyes more than anything in the whole wide world. great advice on the space bags! and have a wonderful trip, but hopefully i will see you here virtually in bloggyland before that!

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  9. Oh, it is just SO, SO exciting!!!!! I can't wait to hear your updates.
    Have a wonderful time in Chicago and a very safe and wonderful flight to Japan, my dear.

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  10. Have a wonderful, wonderful trip! I hope we get to hear from you now and again!

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  11. Get packin' girl! Have fun and I hope this is an amazing chapter of your life.

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  12. Good luck Maggie! I hope your trip is wonderful and safe and completely amazing. I'll be here reading when you're able to post again!

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  13. I'm way late, but I hope you had a safe journey, and I can't wait to start hearing about your adventure!!

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