I had to travel on business again this week. This time, it was to a much warmer climate. I remembered to pack appropriate business clothes, but utterly forgot that it's rainy hurricane season in the Caribbean. Hence, I brought no umbrella, and only cute shoes, and it rained buckets, and the roads flooded, and my flight was cancelled, and I had to stay an extra day. . .and while I was dealing with all of that, in other parts of the world people were not on business trips and it was not raining and their shoes were not soggy and uncomfortable, and they wanted me to have interviews via phone for job prospects for next year. Which was lovely and wonderful and exciting, and terribly inconvenient.
I didn't do anything terribly exciting while I was gone, other than sleep through the night in a big bed all by myself, and miss big hugs from my wonderful children. I think this was the longest (4 nights) that I have ever been away from them since either of them was born, and I missed them terribly. I was really excited to get home and see them, and extremely disappointed when I realized that my flight was not getting out and I was not getting home on time. The hotel had a large, inviting pool, and I had brought my swimsuit, but I consistently went to work so early and worked so late that I never made it there. I have to go back next month, so maybe then. So, it was work, work, work all week while I was in a lovely tropical place. Well, at least it was warm.
So, the interviews. Right now, we think we are actually going to head back to the U.S. for a while. We were initially thinking that we wanted to stay abroad for a while longer, especially now that the girls have such a good Spanish base. The U.S. jobs were a bit of a surprise, actually, but I'm interviewing for a few jobs that I am excited about, and it just sort of feels right. I won't know for a while yet, but things are looking good. I'm starting to think about neighborhoods and schools, and getting kind of excited. It's hard to believe that in just about 7 months or so, we will be out of here. And there are still so many things that we want to do! I have at least 4 trips planned in my head, and then a few long weekends on top of that.
When I got home, I discovered we had loads of social events planned. There were 16 people at my house last night for dinner, and all I wanted to do was crawl into bed. It was fun to see everyone, but my word, so exhausting. And even though the girls were up for hours after their regular bedtime, somehow they still made their way into my bed at 5am for snuggles, and with demands for yogurt and bagels. :)