But, as always, there's no place like home. I must admit I was most excited to return to all the "little things" like:
- asking for ketchup at a restaurant and not getting a blank stare,
- driving my car & riding my bike on the right side of the road- not always praying for my life that i looked the wrong way or turned into the wrong lane
- going to Masters at the Encinitas YMCA
-the Whole Foods salad bar
-seeing my friends and having training buddies (though w/some we did a pretty bang-up job of keeping up via snapchat) while I was away.
And when this is home on the last week in December.....I really can't imagine anywhere else I'd rather be. Seriously, this kind of weather forecast should be a joke. Wait, is it?
The last few days in Australia were spent on Luke's sister's boyfriend's boat (you follow me?) and a perfect Christmas celebration with his family.
I feel very lucky this year. I really struggled in closing out 2012 and though long and hard about how to make 2013 different.
To everyone who helped me take 2013 from pulling up the bootstraps and trudging through to that "I can't imagine being happier" life.... Thank you.