This morning I woke up on Steve's futon, my back sore and barely rested. It was five in the morning, and because of the rain clouds that hung thickly overhead, the normal predawn light that gives at least a slight illumination through the living room windows was absent. In truth, my body felt like it was an ungodly hour that no human being should be awake at. I have friends who get up at least this early (if not earlier) for work every day, and it boggles my mind. I've been doing it for several days this week, and my body is only slightly used to it at this point. There was an important difference though between this morning and the others...
...this was my last morning waking up in Eau Claire before I finally go home tonight.
This nomadic status has been a pain in the ass, really. I haven't slept well, so I've been exhausted after dragging myself through work each day. I made sure I got a bit more sleep last night so that I can safely drive to Indiana, but it's made this week seem to stretch forever.
But today I get to go home.
Tonight I will sleep in my own bed, in my own home, and -- best of all -- I get to stay there. No more driving back to Eau Claire, no more random rest stops in the middle of nowhere, no more Tomah McDonalds... just home.
Mind you, there's still plenty to do for the wedding, but a drive to Milwaukee is a lot easier than a drive to Eau Claire. Honestly, it will just be nice to be in the same city as Crysta after spending so much time apart. Since we first moved in together a couple of years ago, we never really spent more than a few days without seeing each other, and those were occasions few and far between.
It's been a strange, transitional couple of weeks really. I've had to repoint my internal compass, and things don't quite look the same. When talking to people on the phone, I have to remember who is in what city, and that my brain keeps making false assumptions about where the heck I am when I first wake up.
But tonight... tonight I will be home. I can't really ask for anything more than that.