Thank y'all very much for your advice and opinions on my holiday home. Sometimes I just need other people to double check me, to make sure I'm not missing something blindingly obvious, to help me out in making big decisions. And just laying out what I'm thinking for y'all to look over helps me to see it as a big picture rather than just all the little pieces that I feel like I have to worry about. I appreciate all of your opinions, even if you disagree with me, and I appreciate that you care about me and want the best for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I am happy to announce that a decision has been made, and visiting hours will commence on the evening of 22 July (that's a Tuesday) and will continue through the afternoon of 20 September (a Saturday). Yay!
I took a week to agonise over the decision, and my concentration on other things was really suffering. So I finally decided to just take a whole day and get my travel sorted. It ended up taking more than a day, but I did finally get a schedule I could actually make (with enough time in between flights to do all the necessary check-in and re-check-in and so forth, as well as not having to do ridiculous things like spend the night in Heathrow) and a price I could live with. Granted, it's pretty darn expensive... but I just have to live with that, and live a little leaner. It'll be worth it to see my bubbee, and meet my wee duckee, and see everyone else, of course. =D I catch a train from Aberdeen to Glasgow in the early morning, a bus from the station to the airport, fly from Glasgow to Toronto, and then from Toronto to Chicago. Once I get there, I am in Jen and Saum's hands. Hopefully they'll take good care of me. *hint hint, y'all!* Getting home will just be a reverse of that. Whew. Only one change of airports makes me very, very happy. One of these days I'll actually get a direct flight... like if Donald Trump gets his golf course to open here, and they expand the airport to accommodate all the tourists. I can dream, can't I?! ;)
So, I have two months. I don't know what kind of budget I'll have for traveling and stuff, but let me know if you want to see me, and when you are free. And I promise, I will do whatever I can to get to visit everyone! I really, really want to see you all-- it's been too long!
In the meantime, I'll be working really hard to get as much done as I can before I leave. And I'll work while I'm home, as well, to get as much done before I come back here (and get to meet with Brian, maybe). Yay! I'm actually motivated to work now, like I haven't been for ages. I think it's largely due to your help, and the decision being made to go home for a visit. Woo-hoo!