I’m trying for the longest alliteration I’ve ever written.
Today was an amazing day with my dad. It was our last full day together so we obviously went to Disneyland and had a blast. Perfect weather thank goodness because it would have been terrible for my California tan to turn into a California burn the day before I leave for New York. Which, by the way, is in 8 hours.
It still hasn’t hit me yet that this is my last night in California for about three months. No more perpetual sunshine, complaining about heat, shorts and tank tops, flip-flops 24/7, and saddest of all, no more of my friends and family until December (apart from those who have Skype: my name is jennaedzant so find me!). The good-byes were really difficult and I may have purposely avoided some people because I didn’t want to say anymore hard good-byes. Sorry to everyone I did that to, but don’t worry I thought about you a lot. I’m really going to miss everyone.
But this is the adventure of a lifetime and it starts so soon that I really cannot believe it. Next stop…New York City!!
One of the hardest goodbyes I have to make
Never–I repeat, NEVER–underestimate the awesome power of the Ziploc bags. I may end up sounding like an infomercial for the company for a few lines, so bear with me. They really do come in all sizes and have multiple uses besides food storage. Today, the Ziploc bag ranging from sandwich size to 10 gallons found new life as vacuum sealers for my entire life.
Anxiety is obviously running at a pretty high rate with my leaving in 72 hours and trying to pack enough to survive on (stylishly of course) for an entire year staying under the 50 pound limit. As such, Mummy and I decided around 4 pm that we were going to conquer the suitcase and completely start and finish packing. We figured this way I would be able to enjoy the next two days of final goodbyes and Daddy-Daughter Date Day at Disneyland (the alliteration continues to grow!) without the stress of packing.
I’m happy to say that we did reach our goal and that I am officially packed and ready to go to Oxford and newly in awe of the Ziploc company. We rolled up every article of clothing I’m bringing with me and basically vacuum sealed them into these 2 gallon bags. I’m pretty sure we fit about ten shirts into one of those baggies. Then there were all the toiletries because apparently shampoo runs you a small fortune in the UK (if toothpaste is the same situation, that would explain all the bad teeth). And then my shoes. I showed restraint, I promise! Only 3 pairs of high heels! Finally, there was all the paperwork and vitamins and fun stuff like that. And then came the weight check. It bounced around a bit, but settled at 48 lbs! Woot! I guarantee about 10 of those pounds were the Ziploc bags alone. I will be known at orientation as the Bag Girl.
Today is the official beginning of my year abroad! Okay, so technically my flight for England doesn’t leave for a week, but today was the day when I really began to get the final things together and said more of my good-byes. The first one was the 5th grade class I’ve been volunteering at for the past three weeks. The kids are so great, and I can’t wait to come back in December and see them all again. The second was my friend Sarah who thankfully came back to LA for a few days so that we could get coffee one last time! (Okay, so that may not be the real reason she came down here, but that’s the excuse we are using.) Laundry was started, packing clothing commenced, it’s all going to have to come together really quickly.
Three days from now, Sunday, my mom and I are leaving for New York for a few days before I fly to England. But first, more packing, more craziness, more good-byes, and a Daddy-Daughter Day at Disneyland! How’s that for an awesome alliteration 😉