Being prepared.

Trip Start Dec 26, 2009
Trip End Jan 09, 2010

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Yesterday, on my way to pick up Victor to go to my family's Christmas party in San Marcos, I told my mom that this year didn't feel like Christmas at all. I had spent the previous day preparing the CCF Development Office Assistant to take on some of my tasks in my absence. I spent the day before Christmas working for 6 hours, stuck in traffic for 1.5 hours, and rushing to get to the Christmas eve celebration, all the while lost in thought.

On the way back early Christmas morning, Victor drove us all and remarked that it didn't feel like Christmas at all.

I suppose it could be the impact of the recession on families during these holidays, anxieties about the coming year, or, perhaps for Victor and I, the fact that we'll be flying to Southeast Asia the day after Christmas - and pretty much "winging it" during most of our trip.

This is my second time in the area - you would think that I would feel comfortable knowing my way around a bit - but I am experiencing a greater sense of anxiety this time around. Perhaps because, unlike the first time when the study abroad program at UCSB developed my itinerary, chose my flight, and planned my trip for me, I have to do all the research and take all the responsibilities by myself.

Well, not necessarily by myself, as Victor has taken his own role in the planning process. For his first time, I see that, not only is he excited, but unusually calm in getting prepared. I'm in complete awe.

So when I got back early this morning, I was all about the to do list in my mind. Do the laundry, clean-up, go over the finances and deal with the remaining bills, group my clothing on my bed to go over what I need for the variety in climate, and lastly, create a new to do list for the day of our departure.

Now, I'm pretty much exhausted and still a bit anxious.

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