Well it's official...I am back in OK and I'm LOVING it. Not that I didn't love France...it's just that home never felt so good.
It's Sunday night and I got back on Thursday night. That leaves me with a little catching up to do.
Thursday morning: Got up early, said my goodbyes to Phil and Sarah, and then headed to the airport where I checked in and waited a sold hour and a half for my flight. I finally left the ground at about 10:45 am headed for NYC. That flight was really long but there were a couple of good movies (Along Came Polly and some other movie I forgot the title of) and it was nice and quiet. The only problem was that I only fell asleep for like 45 mins and that clearly was not enough as you will read about later.
The best part of the flight was when I was looking at the window and recognized Cape Cod right beneath us. I have to say that seeing American soil was a brilliantly exciting experience. My whole body got goose bumps. I arrived in NYC at JFK airport, went through customs, and then hopped my flight to Cincinnati. Yet another flight of no sleeping. Though on this one I sat next to a Professor from NY and he was pretty nice. In Cincinnati I waited for about 30 mins for my flight and then FINALLY got on a TINY plane headed towards OKC. The flight went without a hitch and I arrived to see that my Dad was waiting for me in the terminal. How cool is that.
We chatted for a bit about the flights and stuff as we walked to the car but I was so tired that I didn't have much to say.
We arrived at my parents house at around 7:15pm, meaning that I had officially been traveling for 15 hours and 30 mins. AKA a REALLY long time without sleep. My whole family got to the house within the hour and we had a GREAT steak dinner that I had requested while I was in France. I was SUPER tired however and it was mostly enjoyed by my other family members.
So anyway...that night just consisted of the family and me telling stories of the last 5 months. Good night.
Friday came and went like a blur. I woke up at like 8am after not being able to sleep very well cause I was REALLY jet lagged. I packed up most all of my stuff at my parents house and re-moved into my house in Norman. Most of that day consisted of hanging out with the roommates and talking to Elizabeth about our relationship and my relationship with Jill. Interesting and confidence building to say the least.
Then that night Merk, Cole, Raftery, Will, Bob, Rachel, Ashley and her parents, myself and my parents went to see OU-UCLA in the NCAA Regional Baseball Tournament's first game in Bricktown. It was a lot of fun other than we got killed. We all sat up on the patio of Coach's Restaurant and drank pitchers of cheap beer...something I had been dying for since about two months into being in France.
Then after the game we all headed (minus Ash's parents) to the Varsity where we just reminisced and talked about current events. Also good times....
After that most everyone left with the exception of Bob, Will, Ash, Rachel, and me. We all continued our night at club LIT, pronounced light, where I saw Mark Folger and he told me that even though I'm not with Bonnie anymore he still thinks I am a "great guy". Ha Ha. After LIT I went to Ashley's where apparently I called Jill...but I really don't remember doing it. I hate it when that happens. But I guess it was a good/short conversation so...that's ok.
Saturday I went from Ash's to my parents house where I just basically hung out ALL day. It was a very nice/relaxing day and I got to play with my Mom's new dog, Meg. I gotta say that I love that dog.
Anyway, I picked up some more stuff from my house that I needed and then went back to Norman...oh yeah I almost forgot. Bob owes me 15 bucks because he bought shots on my card at LIT and I left it there and forgot to tab out. ha ha I'm an idiot.
Last night I played DD as Merk and Will drank for Will's b-day. Old man...just turned 22. I cannot believe that I'll be there in just under 4 months. NUTS...I feel old...my girlfriend is only 19...creepy old man I am....creepy creepy creepy.
So we went to the Mont to celebrate some girl's party where I got hit on by this girl that I saw at Wal-Mart earlier in the day...what a great pick up line "hey you're that guy from Wal-Mart aren't you?" ha ha ha
Then it was off to Bison witches...absolutely love that place I must say.
We hung out there and Sarah Hughes and Trician Giffin (soon to be married) met us there. It was great to see them again....I saw Sarah the night before at LIT but I hadn't seen Tricia in years...we had a nice little chat about marriage and about my relationship filled past. Good laughs and good advice I must say.
Then we headed over to Red Dirt...had a couple of beers...and then said our goodbyes to the girls and headed home. I ended up talking to Jill, Elizabeth, and Jessie Boothe (all called me I have to add) until like 3:30 am and I almost fell asleep with Jessie....I would have felt bad! ha ha ha oh well wouldn't have been the first time I guess.
Today I hung out at my house and just unpacked EVERYTHING. I even had to buy a bookshelf to put in my room so that I had somewhere to put my books. I felt very productive though. I just hope I stay this way. I REALLY need to be productive and disciplined from now on. It makes me feel good, I must say.
Well anyway...I have to say again that I LOVE being home and thanks to everyone who has given me a warm welcome. Though I have to admit that I cannot wait to go to Boston either. Now THAT is going to be unreal. A summer internship that I get paid to party and sell stuff, summer school at Harvard, just summer in Boston in general, and most excitingly...summer with my wonderful Jillian.
Words to the wise...Home is where the heart, try and REALLY figure out what that means.