Well I officially suck at keeping this blog updated. I guess it has been 71days since I last posted anything?! Sorry about that. I honestly wouldn’t be able to tell you what has all happened because I can’t remember. So I will tell you about my surprise trip home for the holidays.
I was fortunate enough to get my exam schedule fairly early. This meant I could get my ticket home pretty cheap even though it was over the holidays. I managed to convince my family that I wasn’t coming home as I couldn’t afford it (honestly wasn’t that hard to do considering they knew how broke I was and still am). Little did they know, I actually already had the ticket. I have to admit though, it was hard to listen to how upset they were, then it got even harder when they asked if I wanted them to buy my ticket.
About two weeks before I was to fly out I had to call my dad to let him know that I was coming home, as they were asking me a bunch of questions about when I was done my exams and when I had to be back at school, which had me worried they would buy a surprise ticket. It was a funny conversation though, as my dad was confused as to how I was getting home from the airport and what I was going to do if mom wanted to send gifts out to the Island.
Fortunately for me, I have an awesome best friend that helped make this surprise happen. She picked me up at the airport and agreed to lie that she could send parcels cheaper from work. However, I convinced my mom that she didn’t have to have things sent out until December 20th. I was back by the 15th though, so this plan didn’t have to be put into action.
There was actually one day that I almost gave it away. I was on my way home from work on my last day before the holidays. I had called home like I usually do during my walk home after work and I had excitedly said that it was my last day, then quickly had to save myself. Saying that it was my last day for the next 2 weeks because I had to study and then write my exams.
I only had two exams this semester because my third class had 3 tests in total, but only took the grades for 2. Luckily, I did pretty good on the first 2 tests which meant I didn’t have to write the final. While I am still waiting for my grade for Forensic Anthropology, I feel pretty good about that exam. I didn’t do as great in Biopsychology as I would have liked, but for my lack of ability in any type of biology, I did well! 🙂
Once I finished my last exam, I had about 5 hours to clean the house and pack. I actually only packed a backpack, as I really couldn’t be bothered with checking in luggage. As I scrambled around to clean everything and get my laundry washed, I managed to turn my white blanket and pillow cases pink. I rushed to get to the ferry on time, and it ended up being delayed by 40 minutes. This marks the beginning of the delays.
When I finally made it to my cousins, we watched a Christmas movie and I got to meet their new puppy Java. A name that represents coffee for my cousin, and a software program for her husband and son. The next day we spend most of the day watching Christmas movies after sending out Christmas cards and picking up her daughter from the airport. I wasn’t feeling very well so the evening plans to go out didn’t happen, but that was okay. I enjoy staying in. Flight day arrived quick, and I am so happy I didn’t check in luggage. My flight was running on time all day until it was time to be boarding. We ended up being delayed about an hour in Vancouver and then waiting for crew in Toronto in order to disembark the plane. I’m sure Erika wanted to kill me by this point because instead of being there 30 minutes early, she was there 2.5 hours early.
We had a shopping trip on Friday the 15th and then the surprises began. My mom and dad went out shopping, so my dad left the door unlocked for me. My poor mom was so shocked to find me curled up on the couch when they got home. It was cute. We then went out for dinner as she tried to recover from the surprise. I was then forced to stay up until midnight so I could surprise my sister. She too was shocked, but so tired for a day’s work that it was basically a hello and then she headed home, she had us over the next day for breakfast so we could have a bit more of a hello! On Saturday the 16th I surprised my grandma when my mom took her out shopping. When she realized I wasn’t my sister, her reaction was pretty priceless. Sunday the 17th I got to surprise my brother. He was studying for his last final, so it may not have been the greatest idea, but he did well so now I don’t feel bad. His reaction was more a “I’m going to ground you” to my parents. Each one of my family members for some reason looked behind them when they first saw me, cried or teared up a bit, and asked me was I was doing here. My mom’s reaction was to call my dad a prick as he kept it from her for a couple weeks.
I had a Christmas dinner at my aunts and uncles and I had a girls night with Erika a couple days ago, but that’s about all I’ve done since I’ve been home. Besides stacking wood and wrapping the presents I bought that I said I wasn’t going to buy -.-
Anyways, I better get back to helping with last minute Christmas cleaning done so we can enjoy a few days off as a family. I hope that those of you that are reading this have amazing holidays and that the stress that the holidays come with don’t ruin your time that should be spent enjoying time with loved ones and remembering those that are no longer with you. It’s 7 years today Grandma. We all miss you! xxo