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Oh, hi. Remember me? I used to write blog posts fairly regularly.

Chris and I spent last week in the Maldives with a group of great friends and minimal internet connectivity. I’ll post more about that later after I get a chance to edit my Chris’ pictures. In the meantime let’s talk about what I have been up to since we got back on Sunday night.

Naturally, I have been buried in work. If my work laptop was not quite so heavy, I think I would actually prefer to bring it on vacation so that I could spend an hour or so each day answering the truly important emails. It would give me peace of mind and dramatically reduce my post-vacation stress upon my return. Pretty sad, huh? Something about going on vacation usually leaves me feeling like I need another vacation.

Lucky for me, my next trip is on the horizon. Almost immediately upon our return, we firmed up plans to go to Bali for Thanksgiving. Chris has been dreaming of going, probably since he read his first surf magazine, but I’ll admit that it was not really on my radar until much more recently. In fact, even when we found out that we would be somewhat local to Bali while living in India, I had still somewhat discounted the idea of going. Nevertheless, I’m pretty excited about it, especially since Chris’ friend brought one of Chris’ boogie boards to the Maldives for him.

No, don’t worry, I’m not planning on catching any waves in Bali; I can’t actually lay on the boogie board at this point anyway. I’m just excited about it because it gives me something to cling to so I can sit behind the lineup and socialize with Chris between sets. Although I felt a bit like a little kid hanging onto a kickboard at my first swimming lesson, this ended up being one of my favorite activities in the Maldives as I am not really the type to lay on the beach or by the pool. More on that in a Maldives recap post.

In other big news, I bought my plane ticket home last night. At this point, it is kind of bittersweet. I have never been away from the US for this long, nearly five months, so I am extremely excited about experiencing all things familiar. On the other hand, I don’t know if or when I will have the chance to come back to India or have such easy access to travel all over South Asia.

On the whole, I would say that my excitement over being home trumps the disappointment of leaving India. There’s no place like home, right? In addition to being excited about seeing my family and friends, I am excited to see these guys.

Back to the US in 15 days! Not that I’m counting or anything…

  1. jen said:

    Bali sounds fun! 🙂 Can’t believe you’re back to the US so quickly… it seems like you just got here! However, I’d be super-excited to go home to all things comfortable and familiar. I’m already thinking of my next trip home to HI, but that’s a few months away, still.

    • Brit said:

      I can’t believe how quickly it went. When we initially found out that we might be going to India Chris did his best to insist on a two year assignment, but life just didn’t work out that way. He was given a six-month assignment which, in retrospect, is just fine now that we have a baby due to arrive in January. I think that it will be easier on us to have a baby in the US because our support network will be much stronger there.

  2. You are going to LOVE Bali. Almost all our friends went while we were in Korea and came back saying that it was probably the best vacation they had ever taken. I’m still kicking myself that I didn’t go; we had several chances but scheduling just never worked out.

    • Brit said:

      Great news! I just hope I don’t feel like the whale on the beach. 😉

  3. Lisa said:

    Have fun in Bali! I totally didn’t realize you were going home so soon. I probably missed the posts where you talked about a 6 month deal. It probably is much better though to be back in the US to have your baby. I’m sure your canines will be SO excited to see you. 🙂

    • Brit said:

      I think the dogs are having fun with my dad, I bet I’m more excited to see them than they are to see me. I think my dad wants to keep them. When we talked about driving them back to Indiana he ‘wasn’t sure if I should take them right away’.

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