Saturday, December 01, 2007

Yup. There's no place like it.

I will freely admit that I am a creature of habit. A homebody, a Cancer, a don't-rock-the-boat, status quo kind of girl. So these trips throw me entirely out of whack. I love to go, to get back to New York. It's like visiting the old me, tasting what my life would have been like if we'd stayed. But as the days go by (and this past trip was a long one), I start to itch for my real life, my current one, with its precise routines and familiar comforts.

Now that I'm home, my first task is to restore those routines, that order. My first day back, I had an awful, nauseating headache, along with a pile of urgent work that couldn't wait another day. And not being able to stop and unpack, reorganize, dig through the towering stack of mail, reply to any but the most essential emails -- was almost physically painful.

Today I'm feeling better. My stomach is back to normal, my suitcase is empty and I've done four loads of laundry. My to-do list still unspools behind me a mile long (do not remind me how many shopping days are left until Christmas, I beg you) but just being home is, for now, enough.

9 comments:

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

Welcome back home! Don't feel bad. I have yet to buy ONE single present. I have a game plan but have yet to execute it!

Julie Pippert said...

I'm avoiding blogs with counters to Christmas on them. I'm not in bad shape (for now) with most shopping completed but this is a HUGE month for my family in terms of Too Busy To Stand at the end of most days.

I hear you about routines...what does that mean about us???

But welcome back and glad you are settled in, with untwisted stomach.

Julie
Using My Words

Suzanne said...

Welcome home! No matter how happy I am to go away, I am always even more glad to be going home again.

Good luck with the to-do list!

mothergoosemouse said...

In one short post, how many times can you remind me how alike we are? I counted at least five instances here.

Now if only I'd been more like you back when I was in high school and college... ;)

Karianna said...

Ugh. I hate that post-trip feeling of Everything-is-due-NOW.

Hope things fall into place rapidly and that headache disappears.

Lady M said...

Welcome back!

Lawyer Mama said...

Crap. I haven't shopped yet either. I know what you mean.

Mama Drama Jenny said...

I just got back from my hometown and my house is a wreck.

I don't even want to think about the laundry...

Binkytown said...

I always THINK I want to go away but when I do I long to be home. Welcome back!