Good Morning!


Today, I embark on my journey and head off to London!  I can’t believe that today is OFFICIALLY here.  It sure came fast.



Yesterday, I was able to spend a nice day at home with Brian and my family (minus Kenny 🙁 ) making sure that everything was in it’s place and all ready to go.


The day literally seemed to fly by.  I started the day with my Coco Wheats, started making phone calls to my bank about being abroad, sending necessary e-mails, packing last minute items, and the next thing I knew it was lunch time!


It was actually way after my “usual” lunchtime between 11 and 12, it was 1pm!  I was shocked that my stomach wasn’t growling.


Mom made us a delicious lunch from a recipe.  This tortellini soup was perfect for a cloudy fall day like yesterday.

The soup was slightly spicy, and the tortellini was a fun little addition rather than plain old noodles.  I would definitely eat the soup again 🙂


I then decided that I needed to get out of the house, so Brian and I headed to Plato’s Closet to sell some of my old clothes, which landed me an extra $13.50 for my trip!  The rejects ended up going to the Goodwill drop box.

I didn’t realize how much stuff I was actually giving away until I had Brian take this picture.  Because I am going to be gone for a year, while packing up my clothing I really tried to downsize and take note of the things I hadn’t worn in the past year (or years!).  I have a hard time getting rid of things like that because I am worried that I may need that super short flowery skirt from high school at some point in the near future…I know, I’m crazy.  It honestly felt like a weight off of my shoulders getting rid of some old items that I no longer use giving someone else the opportunity to wear the items.


After those errands, Brian and I came back home.  He napped while I helped Mom with dinner.  Since this was my last meal at home, my mom let me pick it out.  So, naturally I picked all of my favorites!

Grilled salmon, asparagus, brown rice, and homemade caesar salad.  The meal was delicious and everyone raved about the salad because I put a double batch of dressing on it.


We then hurried to clean up the dishes and all pack into my dad’s little car to go to see the movie 50/50.


Now, I have to admit that when my mom told me that was the movie we were seeing on the night before I leave everyone who is close to me for nearly a year I was a little less than thrilled.  I totally thought that this movie would be a tear jerker, and while a few tears were shed (but that honestly happens in most movies with me) it was a very witty, funny, and feel good movie.  Thank goodness!  I don’t know if any of us could have handled a tear jerker!


This morning, I woke up bright and early to squeeze in a quick workout since I will be sitting for like a million hours (that’s not an exaggeration).  I did the same workout that I did in the lake house, quick and total body!

I showered up, made myself a little cup of coffee and had a tasty apple with peanut butter.

This made me realize that I eat peanut butter most days, and I don’t know if I will have that luxury when I am on the boat or in London.  So many weird questions keep popping up!!

Now, we are headed off to Chicago to spend the day and catch my plane!!  Wish me luck 🙂

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  1. Enjoy your time in my neck of the woods (sort of, ok well not really near here…). I’ll be a mere hour from London next week – going to visit my girlfriend :D. It’s a wicked city, if a little crowded at times.

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