So right now I'm sitting in my living room in Indiana. Today I have to get in the car and drive the 8-9 hours back to Eau Claire so I can be at work tomorrow morning bright eyed and bushy tailed. Needless to say I'm not all that excited in the prospect.
It's been nice being "home" these last few days. Home is a very hard concept to define these days, so I've occasionally been confused of my usage of it. I mean, on the one hand, Indiana is very much home because that's where Crysta is (not to mention all of my stuff). But Eau Claire has been my home for over the last decade... and I caught myself saying "drive home" in reference to going back to Wisconsin this morning. And while those are the haunts that feel most familiar, I definitely am not excited about going back today.
It's hard to change internal definitions like that, and don't even get me started about my internal references to the Milwaukee area where I grew up.
This weekend Crysta and I expanded our knowledge of our local neighborhood. For instance, we now know where the local non-massive-chain grocery store is... and it's right down the street from where we live.
But I digress. As stated previously, I am not in any way anticipating this drive back to Northwestern Wisconsin. At least I'm supposed to be back in Indiana before the end of the week... which I'm excited about. The home office is pretty much ready to have the computer inserted, and I'm looking forward to only having a twenty foot commute to work in the morning. It's a heck of a lot better than five miles...
...not to mention being better than five hundred miles.
Once that happens, things will settle down, and the only thing we'll have to worry about is the wedding.
...and that's a whole other thing to stress out about.
I'm taking this week off of UnCONventional because I didn't have time to make the buffer any longer, and I'll be driving all day today (and believe it or not, I'd rather spend the little time I have left in Indiana with Crysta rather than drawing stick figures). I may or may not have any filler strips for this week, but either way the storyline will resume next week as per normal.
And no, I have no idea when I'm going to have time to do a con report for No Brand Con 2010... and it's already been a month since that happened.
While reorienting your inner compass in regards to "home" can be tricky, it was kind of terrifying when it just happens without you realizing it. I did not know what to do when I first realized that my parent's house was no longer "home" and Sean and Mikey's was a little. Fortunately now my home and my significant others' home are the same building and next year will be the same place!