In the past 48 hours: my little brother left for Arizona State University with my parents in tow (to help him move in, the usual freshmen sitch), my grandmother got into a car accident (she's okay, her car is not) and then came to stay with my sister for the weekend before my sister leaves with her friend to visit her friend's dad in Puerto Rico (still following?), and I've managed to not be completely better after 4 days of rest but still make the time for my very own pity party.
No, I did not drink an entire bottle of wine. I actually didn't drink any. Instead, I just happened to speak with the two amazing girls that were with me when I purchased the wine bottle above from its vineyard in Southampton; K at last night's beginning, C at it's end. Free-falling through life as I currently am can be both terrifying and exciting. Most of the time I try to make the best of it. To be honest, I've made this summer, fun, by doing just that, la-di-da-di-da... and all is just peachy keen until fear creeps up and asks me, what now? It's an unnerving and alienating question and I can't say I ever really have an answer to it. But thankfully, just as I start to completely doubt myself and feel ridiculously alone, my friends sweep in to remind me that (1) everything'll work out (2) I am most certainly not alone. Never was, never will be. (Le sigh.)
And so, in a few hours I'll be boarding a plane to Chicago. As I said before, I am not 100% quite yet. However I have been on antibiotics for long enough to no longer be contagious and I do not have the desire, nor the means, to let a weekend getaway go to waste. My beautiful Samsonite suitcase (thank you again Robert Verdi Twitter Travel Party!) is packed, we are on our way to the airport, and we will be in Chi-town this afternoon for the Healthy Living Summit. I'm excited to explore the city, mingle with fellow bloggers, learn more about our favorite hobby, and continue to free-fall. With friends like K & C just a phone call away, there's never really anything to worry about anyway. See you in Chicago :).