So I'm on vacation.
I had been looking forward to it for the last little while. I had been working my butt off for the last month specifically so I could do this. I haven't had a proper vacation in far too long. My girlfriend decided earlier this year that she wanted to go to Morocco.
I decided to go home to New York.
And while she's having an absolute ball in Morocco, experiencing the people and the culture up close and personal, I'm re-immersing myself in my hometown.
And she and I will meet up in London and exchange vacation stories.
Here's how my day one went.
After working all night on Sunday and traveling all day and night Monday, I arrived at JFK Airport on Tuesday morning, having spent six hours cramped in a middle seat behind the guy who wanted to explore the range of his seat back, next to a mid-20s woman who thought my arm made a great pillow, and next to a guy who would not stop man-spreading. I hate flying while tall.
I got to my sister's home, which serves as home base for this week, and hung out with my niece who has most of the week off from work. We went for a run.
And periodically during the day, I slept. Like a rock. A week of saying "no sleep til Brooklyn," and when I get there, I sleep. Mission accomplished.
Today, while my girlfriend was camel riding in the desert, I did a whole lot of not much. And I loved every relaxing second of it. This is the first time I've been back home without an agenda: no sick parent to see, no funeral to attend, no birthday celebration, no guided touring. This part of my vacation is about reconnecting with family and old friends.
Don't get me wrong, I have a plan in place to hit Coney Island (I haven't seen it since the redo), catch a Yankee game while the Red Sox are in town, get drunk with various combinations of friends, and even hit the playground basketball scene I haven't been around in seven years. But for today, I slept. It'll make for a boring story when I see my lady in London (more on that in a later post), but there's something to be said about being home and sleeping.
Can't wait for tomorrow!