I'm sitting here, ready for work for the most part, with lumpia (awesome Philippino eggroll thingies) in the oven for breakfast, and I don't know what to tell you.
I don't think I have anything.
I suppose I could tell you that I must be the worst housewife on the planet, given that there's two loads of laundry from last week sitting oh so casually on our couch. We don't use the couch, so it's not like it's in the way...but it's still there. I hate laundry, and laundry and dishes are all I ever seem to do.
I know! I can tell you about how I imagine flying home is going to be! The first flight, from Nashville to Houston, I don't give a bean about. It's just going to be more of what I've already seen: green stuff, although I guess it might be interesting to see the stuff we drove through from way up there like that, but I really don't have any clear memories of it. It turned into one big, green blur after Texas.
But the flight from Houston to Phoenix Sky Harbor? Ohhh, I will be WIDE awake for that! I'll be going home. I don't know if I can stress that enough... I'll be going home!
I'll be back to the place where I know everyone, where I can have the conversation I miss so very much:
Oh have you heard of this place? Yes? Oh, that's cool, that's where I'm from...Really, you have family there? Who? Oh, okay, yeah, I know him! Well, hey stranger, how ya doing? Yeah, yeah, my mom and dad are down there still, Vonnie at the Minit Market. Yup, the one with the hair.
Yes, that's an actual conversation that I can have in almost any part of Tucson, and about half the time, people know where San Manuel is. 25% of the time, they remember my mom, who has worked at the Minit Market for over 10 years.
Tucson and the surrounding area is as familiar to me as the sun is. It was everything I needed from the day I was born to the day I left, and even out here where there's so little sun, I still need them both. I want to walk to the store again...I want to know that there's a cactus around the corner. I'm totally going to go to the mall, to Arizona Avenue, and buy myself a cactus kit to send home :D
I can't wait.