I left early in the morning (3:30 AM from my house, to be exact) on Saturday, December 14th after turning in my last assignment Wednesday night and working Thursday and Friday and boarded a plane from Sacramento to Grand Rapids, MI via Chicago O'Hare, which was pleasantly decked out for the holidays.
I spent two and a half all-too-short days in Grand Rapids catching up with old roommates and friends and having an absolute blast. Oh, and there was lots of snow!
Then I took the train down to Chicago to visit a childhood friend who just finished graduate school, too. (Congratulations! and thanks for the picture, Elizabeth.)
Next up, flying to Ohio to meet Laura, helping her pack up all of her stuff, loading it into the van, and driving to Kansas by way of friends in Indianapolis and a stop in Iowa.
We drove through all sorts of weather: rain, fog, and ice.
We made it to Iowa and checked another state off our list - we're both in the mid-30s now of states we visited!
Oh, and of course we decorated the car for Christmas to make sure we were in the holiday spirit, complete with stockings, a mini tree, streamers, and paper snowflakes.
We met up with my parents in Kansas to spend a few days and Christmas with my aunt and uncle and cousins - and we had a white Christmas! Now I know this may seem perfectly normal to a lot of you, but we're used to going to the beach on Christmas afternoon. It's a bit different. It was great to all be together again after a few years of not having all 10 of us together.
We left on Christmas day to drive back to California (and stopped at Dorothy's house on the way), celebrated Christmas again on the 28th, and had an altogether wonderful week together as a foursome (including a visit to see the Rose Parade floats and and going to an amazing performance of The Lion King in Los Angeles) before driving me back up to Davis and spending a short time with my grandparents.
So there you go! A grand tour of where I was this winter.