In some ways, it is surreal. I can't believe I'm here. In other ways, it feels like my life got a lot busier as soon as I applied this round (thanks, new job!), and I haven't had the time or energy or brainpower to focus on it as much as I would like to. I have loved all of the community building that has happened pre-academy, but I feel like I was just barely able to fit it in between other responsibilities. One of the things I am the most excited about for these three days is the chance to dive in, to be fully present, and to focus!
Of course, I'm not there yet. Stop 1 in my travels: Visiting my sister and seeing her show ("You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown") and then checking out this cathedral where she will be performing "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" later this year. Beautiful! We may or may not have sang a little bit in there to hear the acoustics - even with just two of us, it was ringing like crazy!
We enjoyed some good family time, as my whole family was here, and that will continue today. I've also appreciated the chance to rest, sleep in, read a book, and do some other things that have been missing in my life recently with the wave of busyness. It's nice to be on vacation :-). This evening, my mom & I will board the plane for the long flight across the ocean to start the second stage of this adventure!