A Week in the Lower 48

September 13, 2013

I am so excited! Sunday morning I will be leaving Anchorage to spend 7 days in the lower 48. Or contiguous US. Or whatever it is we want to call those 48 states just south of Canada and connected together.


And I am excited! The last time I was on a plane was a work trip from Houston. (It could also have been Miami. I really don’t remember. Whatever.)

For someone who used to basically live on planes and in hotels, that means a 4-month hiatus. Let us all hope I don’t get addicted again.

You probably want to know why I’m going to the L48 don’t you? Well, I’m heading to the Philadelphia area for 5 days of training for my new job!

I am beyond excited: I think I’m going to enjoy what I’ll be doing, and it will be great to get together with other new hires and pick up selling techniques from them. I also really like Philly.

But I’m also very nervous: what if I’m terrible? Or, my biggest fear, what if the time difference means I’m that lazy person who can’t stop falling asleep! Every day will be starting at 4am Alaska time, and I already struggle being up before 7:30 8:00.

After a full week of training, I’m hoping on another flight South. I found a delta flight to Greenville for less than $150, so I figured it was the closest (& cheapest!) chance I had to see some friends. I land Friday night in Greenville, and have so many things I want to do before I head to Charlotte early Sunday morning to see my parents.

My dream to-do list:
– see everyone.
– go to Anthropologie
– go to our cabin and bring home 5 cases of Tiger Mountain wine (I’m running quite low)
– go to SIP
– eat Chinese food
– remember what 75 degree weather feels like
– eat Chil-Fil-A
– not spend $30 for dinner out
– eat outside at a sidewalk cafe. Preferably with a dog (Megan, please bring Lilly!)
– see my friend Tara’s engagement ring up close (she just got engaged, y’all!)
– eat lunch when everyone else eats lunch
– not wear a sweater
– FaceTime Matt at 11pm from somewhere downtown while he is cooking dinner and marvel at what our friends must feel like

More than anything, I’m excited to see my friends. We’re slowing meeting people in Anchorage, but it will take some time before we have the same social circle we had back home.

What else do you think I should add to my list while I’m in the South?

What are your favourite things to do when you visit your old hometowns?



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