Tuesday, March 8, 2011

My trip just became the real deal. :)

I have a date and all of my flights booked! AHHHHHHH! Now I feel much better. I can't believe it's actually real.

I am leaving NJ on April 12th and won't be returning until the middle of July, when I will be moving into my new place. I will move my things into my parents furnished basement (It's huge), my bed into their spare room, and my car will be with the Dad. (all of his suggestions) Dad said he'll be driving my car a few days a week to keep it up and running. (I know she's an old girl but I just couldn't bare to part with Bridget...yes I named her. Why do you ask?)

I'll be getting her washed several times until then, make sure she has a perfect oil change and a full tank of gas for Dad. It was awfully nice of him to take over my baby's duties until I get back. (He said he'd like two cars to have anyway while I'm gone, in case someone needs it) It's also time for a yard sale, cause I'm getting rid of a bunch of stuff I no longer need ASAP. I will be traveling (and moving) light. My first stop will be Orlando, Florida to spend a week with my oldest friend.

When I lived in Ohio, Tana and I grew up across the street from one another. We met when we were just 12. On the first day we were in our house, Tana decided she wanted to be my best friend. Boldly walking over as we were unpacking, she rang the bell and asked my parents if I was 12 too, and would I like to play? Dad smiled and took her out into our new backyard where I was looking for trees to climb. He introduced us, and we've been friends ever since. Now, closer to our thirties then our twenties, we keep in touch often through Facebook and on the phone, but I haven't seen her since she got married. I know what will happen though, it's the same thing that always happens: We'll get together after not seeing each other in years and it'll be like we never left. We've attended weddings and graduations together. Here she is at mine and Brother's.

In addition to being married, Tana also has a little boy, who will turn three shortly after I get there. I can't wait to meet him. He looks so much like Tana in the photos she sends me.

After spending a week with Tana, I'll be flying out to Hawaii on April 19th. The Orlando flight will take me to Phoenix, then I will board another plane to the big island (I think that's where it lands anyhow. I'm already a little confused.) then I will board ANOTHER plane from the big island to Honolulu. Even though I have to change planes quite a bit (long flight and all) my airfare for Orlando, the Hawaiian islands and back home cost me $971! That's it! I was so pleased with finding that deal that I was giddy. I love a good bargain. I saw most prices for $2,000.

I've got my camera ready (Finally. No more crappy cell phone pics) and I've got my video camera ready. A youtube account will be set up so I can also post vlogs for you all here. I want to share as much of Hawaii as possible with you guys.

I'll close for now. I'm currently battling a wicked cold at the moment and I can feel my eyes getting heavy. Bye everyone!


  1. hi! Just found you through I love blogging Wednesday hop. Sounds like you're off on a fantastic trip - hope you have wonderful time!

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  2. It IS real! Traveling light is a great idea. We should have traveled lighter. I am sure Tana is excited to see you. You DID get a great deal! Way to go!!

  3. Thanks Hayley! Tana's pretty thrilled to see me, and I'm happy to see her too. On the traveling lighter thing: I suspect that's much harder to do with a family of three. I think if I had a little kid, traveling light wouldn't be in my relm of thinking. I'd probably bring everything she would need in her whole life on the trip. :)

  4. Hi Jill! Thank you for reading, I'm following you too. :)

  5. Hawaii! That is awesome! Enjoy your trip!

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  7. Omg, is it ok that I'm totally jealous of your travels?


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  12. That sounds like a really cool trip! Especially the Hawaii destination. :p

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  13. Thank you so much. :) I'll be stopping by again.