Home Sweet Home

I am easily excited, especially by travel where I get to see far flung friends.  But the reality is that I’m also a homebody, who loves cooking, walking around and exploring nearby neighborhoods, sleeping in my own bed, and lazing about with my dude and cats.  So on trips, I get really excited, make lots of plans to spend time with as many people/at as many places as possible, and get stressed out at the end and crash with exhaustion when I get home.  And swear that I won’t travel again for a long time.  A few weeks/months pass, I miss my friends, and the whole cycle starts again!

I got back from SF on Sunday, after a Saturday that went like this: jam packed friend-filled and professional activities (and food) until 9:30 PM, then taking a cab to my old hotel, then a BART train to the airport, then a cab to my airport hotel by 11 PM (which turned out to be a scary dark motel), then attempting to sleep (but being scared and big, which wasn’t fruitful), getting up at 4:30 AM, taking a 5:15 AM shuttle to the airport, then finally boarding a 7AM flight back to NYC- my smelly, rude, perfect-for-me adopted hometown.  So relieving.

I know many people love SF, and I had a great time there.  It was a nice place to visit, it was great to see friends, and I enjoyed how pretty everything was.  But I totally wimped out on the constantly changing weather.  Jenna Maroney was right about the Bay Area

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“Have fun always carrying around a light sweater!”

Here are some pictures of the pretty:

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Bed and Breakfast in Alamo Square, where I stayed the first night.

 

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Concierge, there’s little Swedish girls in my bed!

 

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Even concrete steps are pretty here

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Crazy, pretty trees (anyone know what these are called?)

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Love the old houses.  I want to take my little buddy there some day so we can look at these together.

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A Buddha in the Japanese Gardens, Golden Gate Park.  (Sadly, I did not pick up any West Coast Zen qualities during my trip.  I continue to buzz on my naturally occurring uppers)

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More Japanese Gardens prettiness

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A blurry picture of me at 30 weeks (well, a few hours from 30 weeks), taken in my scary motel room which had a very long full length mirror.  You can see how how I’ve gotten sorta thicker in general.  25 lbs will do that to you.  (Evidently, I need this for breastfeeding.  I hope I am as generous in my mammary flow as I currently am in my thigh area).

30 weeks!  As of today, that’s 9 weeks and 3 days until my due date.  6 weeks and 3 days until full term.  My friends all had opinions about my belly and my pregnancy, most commonly friends who had been pregnant thought I looked very compact for being 3/4 done.  This is a stealth advantage of the long-torso- so much more room for belly buddy to grow up, rather than out. 
That said, I’m sure I’ll be sticking out more very soon.

Hope spring has sprung where you are! 

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About susanify

Brooklyn-based, cheap, nerdy, and mom-to-be. Blogger formerly known as Rad.
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4 Responses to Home Sweet Home

  1. E Jo says:

    Ha! I just returned from a conference and your cycle of excitement/ exhaustion/ homebody-ness is super familiar. Though I did just book my next (non-work-related) travel for 2.5 months from now. The trip I just got back from was my 7th in just under a year so apparently I like to keep on a nearly every 2 month schedule despite my total hermit inclinations. Anyhow, you’re looking awesome! And I love the SF pictures. That city has a ridiculous share of prettiness. I’ve only been once, and in late December. Also, I love Jenna Maroney. She is clearly a surrealist genius.

    • susanify says:

      7th in a year? You are a traveling rockstar. Isn’t it weird how one can both feel wanderlust and a desire to veg out with pets at home?
      Thanks for the lovely comment! I am generally feeling good, even though I can’t button jackets and I keep looking down in amazement at this new body.
      Agreed- SF is too pretty. Probably too pretty for someone as grimy as myself!

  2. Raquelita says:

    I’m simultaneously excited and exhausted when I think about my upcoming summer travels, so I can definitely relate to the cycle of homebody to traveller to back. I agree with the wise E Jo about your looking awesome and the loveliness of the San Francisco photos. I hope I can spend some more time in that city again before too long even if it means changeable weather and the heinous inconvenience of carrying around a light sweater.

    • susanify says:

      You also have a rockstar travel schedule! I don’t know how you do it. I don’t know how I did field research (but when I think of doing it again, I want to take a nap). Who knows-maybe we’ll be reading about an Alaska-SF-Ohio-Madrid-AK trip to come soon!

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