Delusions of Grandeur

pre-trip jitters

Posted on: May 28, 2003

Can’t sleep. Don’t know if it’s the fact that I took a three hour nap after work this evening or what but I am completely wired. After tossing and turning for an hour or so decided to quit torturing seth and come back out here…..maybe I’ll try again in another hour. Part of the problem is that I’m so psyched for this trip to the UK that I keeppicturing all the fun things we’re gonna see and do and imagining myself as a cheesy tourist…..yes I fully intend to be a cheesy tourist (in fact if I find out that they really do call the quarter pounder with cheese something else I’m gonna go into mcdonald’s just so I can take a picture with the menu sign calling it something else, that’s how cheesy I am!!).

Of course I’m still having nightmares of getting lost in Dublin or something but that’s part of the fun of travelling I suppose. Besides, if we get too lost we can always just hail a cab or something. I wonder if they call them cabs there? I know they call all sorts of other things by wierd words. I found out just the other day that even the word for umbrella is different….can’t for the life of me remember what their word for it is though. I’m also somewhat convinced that even if I do try to learn the “proper” words in advance with my american accent they’ll decide I just don’t know what I’m talking about and compensate for it. Like what if I really do ask for chips instead of fries and they, thinking that I’m a silly american actually give me crisps instead of fries? See the crazy things I worry about? It never ceases to amaze me, the crazy scenarios I come up with. Anyhow I intend to take tons of pictures and then work on both a digital and a real life scrapbook when I get back. I’ll post a link on here to the digital one once I get it up. The plan is to document the entire trip starting right at packing and going through my arrival home. I just have to find people willing to take all those pictures. I would rather have pictures with both Angela and I in them but I have a feeling it’s going to end up being just one or the other of us in most of them. We are with a group however so maybe there will be people willing to help us out. I can’t believe it’s only ten days ’til I leave. It seems like we’ve been talking about this trip forever and it’s almost here. If I’m this restless more than a week away who knows what I’ll be like the night before. I plan to try to stay up all night….hopefully that will enable me to sleep the nine hour flight away…..My flight arrives at six thirty in the morning saturday so I’ll have the full day ahead of me, I intend to be well rested and enjoy it. I figure we can go through Portobello Road market since that’s close to our hotel and maybe catch some of the more famous sites while we wait for our room to be ready at three.

We haven’t really planned all that much out. Most of the trip is pre-planned so that helps a lot and I guess we’ll just see what there is that we haven’t already seen. We added two extra days to the end in London so that’ll give us time to ourselves to do what we want. Maybe take a day trip across to Paris or up to Edinburgh. I wonder if they’ll be doing any of the Harry Potter shooting in London while we’re there? That would be really cool, but unfortunately not likely to be happening.

I can’t believe I’m actually writing in this thing after abandoning it for so long…..it’s just with all these thoughts of scrapbooking it’s got me in a very journal-y mood……after all I’ll have to make some sort of written notation each night before going to bed so I’ll remember everything by the time I get around to putting everything together with the pictures.

On a totally different note life has been wierd lately. I’ve been hearing from all sorts of long-lost friend types. First Andy randomly contacts me about two weeks before my birthday and I now talk to him two or three times a week….it’s strange how we can totally drop out of each other’s lives for five years and still feel like the best of friends. I don’t know if I’ll ever really forgive us for the damage that we did to our friendship. Then through Andy I hear from Katie, who I’ve only seen like twice since her wedding…..wouldn’t be so wierd except that I was her maid of honor so you would think we would have kept in touch more. Then today I got an even more random email from Tom from Oklahoma. I don’t think I’ve talked to him since before he and Jessica graduated.

But it’s nice hearing from all these old friends…..especially since I don’t have any real friends here in miami, just seth’s hand me downs……I know that sounds horrible but it really does feel like that. All my friends are his friends or the girl-friends of his friends. Angela might be moving down here for nursing school which would be completely awesome. Anyhow, I guess that’s enough for tonight….don’t want this thing to go into overload from the shock of me actually using it!!!

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