After just 12 hours in Tokyo I went on my way to Chicago.  I knew whatever the temperature back home was certainly going to be cooler and less humid than Southeast Asia and I was more than ok with that.  I arrived home on a Friday during rush hour traffic in Chicago and as soon as I got home took a hot shower.  

I hopped out of the shower because I had heard Chemy and Cindy ring the doorbell…I was running behind as usual.  Chemy, Cindy, Laura, Bridget and Paul had all headed over for a chill Friday night that consisted of packing a Uhaul truck and eating my missed foods, Chipotle and Chicago style pizza.  Like how I said chill?  In my mind, when I packed in May I didn’t have that much to move…We spent about an hour loading the Uhaul truck then ate outside on the patio.  The night went perfectly thanks to Bridget and Paul for getting the truck for me.  I should mention that Bridget was 30 weeks pregnant at the time and she basically rocked life, then and now.

We caught up on highlights over the summer and why I wasn’t so great about blogging updates.  Didn’t get to catch up for as long as I would have liked to but we were all pretty exhausted and a move had to be made at 9 am the next day.  The cool evening temperatures, wonderful company and family reminded me that there is no place like home.  I am so blessed to have the friends and family that I have and to have their support in my next milestone, grad school.

My Welcoming Committee

13′ UHaul truck I drove by myself!

All packed up

My moving crew


Just a few of my boxes

Toasting to a great day!