In just 1.5 days time, Oscar and I will be boarding a plane straight for South Carolina! (actually, that's a lie...first we will be headed for Charlotte, NC and then we land in Savannah, GA...but whatever).
I am beyond EXCITED for a gazillion reasons but here are just a few:
1) We will be flying sans bike. I haven't flown without my bike for...well...so long I can't remember the last time. Perhaps I was in college flying to a cross country or track race? Not that I won't miss Petey (okay, I admit, I really won't miss him that much), but it will be really nice to bound easily through the airport without lugging that huge box that weighs SO MUCH! Truth be told, I am NOT a light packer and my suitcase will probably be just as heavy as my bike box...but whatever... :)
2) Without a bike I get to do lots of running and swimming in a very, very beautiful place. HHI has a great masters program and lots of nice running paths. I will also get to scope out some good training grounds for when I spend most of February in South Carolina swimming/biking/running!
3) I GET TO SEE MY PARENTS AND SISTER AND BROTHER-IN-LAW, NOT AT A RACE! :) I only seem to see my family at races when I am, well, focused on racing. I am really, really looking forward to seeing my family (with Oscar too of course!) to have fun and enjoy each other. Not to get up at 4 am and race for 5-10 hours. :)
4) We already have like 15 movies planned. (okay, maybe only 3...but whatever... :)
5) I'm looking forward to kicking some serious butt in Scrabble. I hope you know, family, I've been reading the dictionary.
6) Bowling. My goal is to break 50. :)
7) Eating all my mom's good food! YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Because I worked on Thanksgiving I missed turkey dinner which is my favorite meal and so my mom agreed to make it for Christmas Eve. I've been thinking about it ever since she told me that.
8) Naps. Sleeping in. Not working.
9) And most of all, I'm looking forward to celebrating the birth of our Savior. Although it's very easy to lose sight of the meaning of Christmas I've been trying very hard to focus on the miracle that is Jesus's birth and the life He lived. And of course, the death He died for us.
I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a great start to 2012! Ready or not, here we come!