That Gut Feeling…

… that you are incredibly unprepared has hit me. My head is still telling me that I have 15 days until I leave but I feel like I should already be packed and ready to go.

Today was pretty uneventful, even with it being Christmas. Gone are the days of staying up as late as I could in hopes of seeing Santa or catching Mom and Dad in the act and then waking up at the ass-crack of dawn to run into my parents’ room, jumping on the bed, and ordering them to be out in the living room in 30 seconds… or else. The entire break has kind of been thrown off for various reasons, but this year especially I felt that my family took a very relaxed approach to the holiday season. Mom, who is usually super secretive and strict about us knowing what we are getting, didn’t even seem to care this year. I could tell she was disappointed this morning because of it and did my best to reassure her that I was okay with how things had worked out, but I can’t help but feeling like Amy and I should have made more of an effort to keep our own presents secret from ourselves so that Mom could have had more picturesque faces of utter surprise. Never thought those words would come out of my mouth. The day was a smashing success though. We did presents, ate our traditional Christmas breakfast of sweet cinnamon rolls, Skyped with Sara in Cambodia, watched a movie together, dispersed to play with our gifts, ate dinner (the gooiest lasagna I have ever had but it was delicious), and I then watched the Bulls and Bears games. So about as relaxed a Christmas day as you could get.

Getting to talk with Sara was good because it made the day feel a little more like normal and definitely cheered the parental units up. I don’t know if it is the weather, my preparations for Australia, or if this is just how the holiday season becomes as you grow older… but something has definitely been different about this year than others. For both traditions, we just seem to be a lot more laid back about things. There hasn’t been a lot of the hustle and bustle of the holidays but just a kind of day to day pace like all the other times I have been home. I would tell you how I feel about it, but I can’t decide quite yet. I’ll be sure to let you know what conclusion I come to though.

The process for Australia took a step (however small) today. I sat down and made a pretty extensive packing list in hopes of shaking that feeling I am forgetting something but it didn’t help. So tomorrow I will try something different. Honestly, I am just ready to go. I’m treating 15 days like it is 2 because I just can’t wait to be on that plane. Its nothing against anyone or anything here, this is just something that I have been working towards for a year and it is finally getting so close but feels like it is so far away. One things that I have definitely begun to do is collecting music and movies for the trip. So if you have any good suggestions make sure to leave them in a comment!

More tomorrow, details on the trip coming as soon as I feel like sitting down and laying it all out on here. Soon!

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The Big Reveal

Well, here it is. The blog that I will be updating while I am gone for the Spring semester in Melbourne, Australia. For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past twelve months, I will not be at Bellarmine for Spring 2012 but will be going to school at the Swinburne University of Technology. I will be going to their Hawthorne campus and taking four classes, albeit not quite the ones that I thought I would be taking. Contrary to popular belief I will actually be taking classes but due to some miscommunication and requirements of both schools instead of getting a major-required class out of the way while  I will be taking an online seminar course through Bellarmine and three electives at Swinburne. I haven’t been able to find a surfing or scuba diving class at Swinburne yet, so right now I will most likely be taking two economic electives and a business elective. But that won’t be for another two months.

Even though my classes don’t start until February 27th, I only have 16 more days left in the States. I will be flying out on January 9th, arriving January 11th (I will time travel and not have a January 10th), then have only a few days before leaving for New Zealand. I will be in Maori country from January 16-February 1 but will then catch a flight to Adelaide on February 4th to meet up with my parents. I will tag along with them for their tour of Australia for about two weeks and  will return to Melbourne February 16th just in time to find a place to live and start Swinburne orientation on the 20th. What does your next 60 days look like?

The preparation for all of this has definitely had its ups and downs, but with each consecutive day that passes I get more excited and anxious to go. I guess thats how I know it is worth it? Everything has become much easier now that all the documents and papers are filled out and the only thing that I still am waiting on confirmation of is my visa.

This post is short and some what of an overview, but I figured I would make this public in time for you all to subscribe for when the posts are a bit more in depth. More to come soon!