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Home for the Holidays

Finally time to relax and see my family and friends in Omaha

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It's a typical winter day in Omaha right now, overcast, cold and a dreary weather forecast - but that's what I was hoping for when I left the 80 degree weather in Texas this past Monday. I always look forward to a white, yet cold, Christmas because if there isn't a blizzard moving in on Christmas day than it simply doesn't feel like the holidays to me. As I got off of my flight around 10pm and walked through the very small Epply Airport I think about how nice it is to be able to come home to true friends and supportive family. Already my friend Clint has texted me asking if I need a ride from the airport and Joy has written on my facebook asking if I want to meet her swing choir girls. I walk up to the baggage claim area and spot my little (but not so little anymore) brother, Nick. We make comments about all of the people from my flight and he tells me how he's been after his most recent surgery. I tend to get a little sad when I see my younger siblings (Nick is 14 and Ciara is 12), because I can't help but think about all of the stuff I'm missing while I'm in Texas or traveling. I miss Nick's performances in theatre and Ciara's choir performances and I must say that is the thing I hate the most about being far from my family. Nick helps me with my bags and we meet Dad at the car. Dad gives me a giant hug and we all start joking and making fun of each other on the car ride to our house where Dad has my favorite dinner, his delicious spaghetti all made up and ready for me to eat. When I walk through the door our dog Ruby gets so excited to starts howling and running in circles around the house, as though she's trying to let everyone know that her big sister Audrey is back and they should be just as hyped up as she is right now. The past few days I've spent time with Clint, Kat, Greg and Joy. I had tacos y jello shots which is the traditional Tuesday for Kat and her roommates here in Omaha. I was even able to see an old friend from high school, Florence - it was so nice to be laughing and swapping stories from our high school day shenanigans with everyone so we decided to continue the festivities last night with a night of karaoke. I got up and sang a few of my favorites, "Black Velvet" and "Killing Me Softly" and Kat did a great rendition of "Santa Baby" and "Popular". Clint actually got to sing so we decided we're going again and to a better place this time. I even got to dance with a guy from Clint and Kat's dance place and it was so much fun! Now I'm looking forward to Christmas Eve with my step-dad, T.J. and my little sister. I'm feeling pretty sad about not being able to get Christmas presents for anyone except Ciara and Nick - but there isn't much I can do about it. I'm hoping this time next year I'll be in a better place financially and will makeup for it.

Today I woke up in a panic dreading all of the last minute tasks I have to accomplish for Semester at Sea, even though all that's left are the smaller things like setting up my phone service, checking my budget, canceling some services and blah blah blah. So to ease my mind I spent the morning catching up on all of that fun stuff and decided to catch my blog up as well. I ended up getting every single field trip I wanted to sign up for so that means I get to go to Rio de Janeiro and Cambodia through SAS. I have been talking to a really awesome lady named Ritika and we decided we get along so well so why not request to be roommates? So I'm not as worried about who my roomie will be. I've got all of my shopping done except for school supplies and little things like magnets for the walls on the ship so I can put up pictures of family and friends on my side of our cabin. On my next post I'll put my finalized itinerary for the trip and maybe my budget numbers so if future SASers read this they have an idea of the insane costs ahead of time. Hope your holidays will be filled with as much love as mine are and I'll blog again soon!

Posted by Arupnow 12:44 Archived in USA Tagged snow travel holiday family friendship karaoke omaha semester_at_sea

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