I guess that’s what saying good-bye is always like – like jumping off an edge. The worst part is making the choice to do it, once your in the air, there’s nothing you can do but let go… – Lauren Oliver
Coincidentally, my last few weeks at home have been odd. My body has the WORST timing when it comes to being sick. Oh, you want to run a half marathon tomorrow? Well we better have the flu. Oh you are moving to a new country for two years in two weeks? Oh you definitely need a doom virus of evilness that will knock you on your butt for majority of those two weeks. Yup that is right, thirteen days before leaving, I got this crazy cough lung virus thing that has been floating around my hometown the past few months. But in true trooper fashion, I have still attempted to make the most of it. So here is a recap of how my last few weeks have been…
Most of it has been spent tackling my to do list and wrapping up things here at home and at work. At that point I was basically 90% packed, and have all that settled. As well as closing out my accounts and memberships here at home. Oh and lastly, getting my fur baby settled into her new home with my amazing grandparents.
I got the most AMAZING surprise ever, two weeks ago. I thought that I was heading to a wine and cheese party hosted by my cousin, but when I walked through the door I got the beautiful surprise of my friends and family throwing me a surprise farewell party! My cousin thought it was needed and with the help of my best friend, they crafted a really touching and awesome party. My friends from out of town came in for the night, and I even got to see some old friends as well as new ones recently made. There was Canadian themed snacks, such as my favorite Tim Horton’s doughnut, dill pickle chips and even poutine! The rest of the night was spent reminiscing about some good times, sharing fun Veronica stories, and enjoying some delicious drinks. It really meant the world to me, and I felt so special, appreciated and loved by my friends and family. Thanks to Calais and Caitlin for planning it, and thanks to everyone who came 🙂
Last week was really just spent surviving the sickness while trying to stay on top of my to do list. The weekend was spent in Calgary, to go to Comic Con and make one of my dreams come true, which was meeting Lana Parrilla, who plays Regina Mills/The Evil Queen on my favorite TV Show, Once Upon a Time. Despite really only getting a minute with her between the photo and autographs, it was still totally worth it. We also met Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen), and David Ramsey (Diggle) from Arrow. During the weekend I got to see two old co workers and had wonderful visits with them. As well, Saturday night, got treated to a home cooked Italian meal from one of our friends. It was delicious, and all around a great weekend.
Now this past week has been getting on the mend and recovering from this illness, wrapping things up at my workplace (a temp job that turned into a semi permanent placement while I was in Lethy. Met some pretty awesome people!), finalizing packing, and spending some quality time with my loved ones. 🙂
The surprise party was the start of my goodbyes. Of course, with the add of white wine, they were probably more emotional then necessary but goodbyes still suck. No matter what situation. From there the goodbyes have been sporadic, throughout the week and then last weekend was a big set of goodbyes to my group of Calgary friends, including my lovely Janna. The past week was filled with goodbyes to co workers, grandparents, my aunt and my cousin. Saying goodbye to Calais (my cousin) was one of the tough ones as well, but because she is so excited for me to be on this adventure, it made it easier, and I know she will be visiting me soon.
I have been trying to be cool about all of the goodbyes, as I am leaving for a good reason, a wonderful reason, and I will talk to everyone within days of leaving, if not hours. With all the programs and apps out there, I will be able to video chat non stop as well. However, at the end of the day, there is still an emotional side to goodbyes that hurt.
Finally, I know that I would never be able to write about my four hardest goodbyes that were to Caitlin, my dad, my step dad and my mom, so this is all you will hear about them. I always knew that those ones would possibly break my heart, even if just a little, regardless of knowing that it came with the journey. But as the quote says, the hardest part was making the choice to say goodbye. The pain is brief, and once it is done, it is done.
In terms of general emotions over the past two weeks…that is where the odd part comes in. All I could focus on was being sick, so I really had no feels about moving. Seriously, nothing. It probably should be freaking me out, but all I can do is roll with it. For those Vampire Diaries fans out there, it reminds me of flipping off my humanity switch. So bizarre. For someone who is usually always emotional, feeling nothing is just the oddest thing in the world. And I know at some point, that switch will have to come back on, so bear with me when it does. I don’t know, maybe this is normal in situations like this? We shall see what happens. Anyway…
So now that I am finally heading over to the UK, what is going to happen to this blog? I am not sure 100% sure what type of blogger I want to be yet. I thought I would have decided that since starting this in the summer, but I like to bounce around with that I post. I don’t think I will ever become a professional money making travel blogger, but I also do not, repeat, do not, want this blog to just become a personal diary of my days. So I hope to meet in the middle with some recaps, advice, adventures, travel information, and generally quirky stories of my life. I plan to add a couple new feature posts to this blog, such as posts about books that I read while I travel, and “Mini-Stitch’s Adventures” as Janna got me this adorable Tsum Tsum Stitch to take with me.
In terms of posting frequency, I am waiting to see how things go before making any commitments. If you do not hear from me for a few days, do not fear. I hope to at least have a couple weekly recaps, for the very start, to let you know how things are going in terms of settling in, etc. If you want to hear about anything specific, or have any questions, always feel free to email me through the contact page. 🙂
Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures …. – Lewis Carroll
When you hear from me next, it will be from London! I am now very much on my way to living my something more than planned.
– xoxo Veronica