If we were having coffee, I’d start off out by telling you that this week has been awesome. Truly awesome. I’m down to a week and a half before I leave the country for an indefinite amount of time and I want to make the most of the time I have left here…and I feel like I’ve definitely been doing that this week.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about how I visited my college town earlier this week for the first time since I left as a new graduate in May. I’d tell you about how wonderful it was to be back and how I practically started crying when I drove up to campus and greeted my friends on the campus mall. There were tears and they were of the best kind. I was so happy to be back. I didn’t realize how much I’d missed campus until I was all the sudden there again. It was so wonderful to spend time with some of my dearest friends and I loved getting to see a bunch of people whom I hadn’t seen in ages. I also ran into my former history adviser and one of my favorite professors on campus, which was wonderful (hm…I’m using the word wonderful a lot in this paragraph. But this visit was so wonderful that my usual attention to variations in word choice while writing is failing me…and I don’t even know how else to describe it). I’m so unbelievably glad I got to go back before I leave for Thailand. This place means so much to me and, given my current sense of wanderlust, adventure, and a general need not be living in Minnesota for at least the time being, it’s quite possible that I wont be back again for…well, years. Seeing so many people that I know I wont get to see for ages and ages now that I’m leaving soon was the cherry on top of the whole excursion. I met a lot of cool people at college and getting to see some of them again was such a treat.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about how my parents were out of town this week, venturing around the East Coast sans children (the bro is back at school and I work and am preparing for my own upcoming adventure), which meant I had the house to myself. It was pretty nice. I thought I might get lonely, but I actually really enjoyed my week of living alone.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about how I got to see so many friends this week. A combination of my visit to Morris and plans with my fellow college graduate friends working out all in the same week. My friend Paul and I made a tasty dinner of black bean and wild rice burgers on Thursday night (and ohhh they were soo good) and Saturday night I hung out with Paul and a few of my other friends…some of them whom I hadn’t seen since graduation. I love that I’ve been able to see all these people before I leave…especially since it’s hard to make plans with anybody given that I work weekends.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that work is going well and I’ll miss it when I leave next week. My last day is next Sunday. I certainly don’t want to be an espresso bar barista for the rest of my life (though I think my boss would like me to be, as he’s slightly freaking out that I’m leaving and tried to bribe me to stay, which, given my extensive plans to travel abroad, didn’t work). That said, I’ve so enjoyed my summer as an espresso bar barista and okay, as corny as it sounds, I really will cherish the time that I had at my work this summer.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that it doesn’t seem real. But at the same time it does. I’m in this weird place right now where I feel like I should be panicking about all that I have to do before I leave for Thailand…but I’m not. Of course I’m scared and a bit apprehensive, but that’s to be expected with a big change like the one I’m about to embark on. Despite that, I’m beginning to realize something: I’m so ready for this. I’m so ready for this adventure to begin.
If we were having coffee, I’d be about ready to switch it off to you…and I’d ask you if you have anything to share over coffee.
This post is part of the Weekend Coffee Share link up at Part Time Monster.