30 October 2011

To Do List

So, Thursday evening came and went and Jurgen left for Switzerland (sob!).  I drove him to the airport and then cried my eyes out when we said goodbye and drove home knowing that it's going to be a long 3 weeks without him here.  Him and I moved to Johannesburg in the beginning of 2010 without either of us having any family or friendship groups here and we've really leaned on one another and carried each other through both good times and bad.  It feels weird to not be able to look forward to seeing him at the end of a long day or phone him in the middle of the day to tell him about something that happened.  It's really funny how doing months of distance hasn't toughened me up at all for shorter stints like this one, every time he goes I still turn into a mushy mess and then count the days until he returns.

But, enough of my sob story - I know it's really only 3 weeks and that they will go by faster than it feels like they will now.  God willing he will be safe and sound back in Johannesburg on the 15th of November.  Besides, him being gone also gives me a great opportunity to catch up on so many things I've been procrastinating on for months and will also really allow me to focus on doing well on my finals.

Here are some of the things on my to-do list while Jurgen is gone:

Have lots of coffee dates with friends.

Cram for finals (bleh).

Get back into shape (this semester hasn't been kind to my gyming routine).

Book my plane ticket back to California for December!

Make a shutterfly book of all the year's photos.

Organize my desk (right now it just looks like stacks and stacks of papers).

Transform the flat into a winter wonderland (this might be my favorite item :)

Plan a Thanksgiving day menu (South Africa style!).

Get back into my blogging groove :)

 I think it's safe to say that I will be able to keep myself pretty well occupied while the Jurgenator is overseas.

For those of you who are big babies like me, what do you do to keep yourself occupied while your spouse of significant other is away?  Do you also try and keep your schedules jam packed like I do?


  1. OOOOh I can't wait to see what you come up with for a South African style Thanksgiving!!!! Hope you do a post about that.
    I'm so sorry that you gonna be home alone for 3 weeks. :( But keep busy and the time will fly!

  2. three weeks is sooo long!! i mean, YOU are so brave! :) i am currently in china for two weeks and Hubs and I are DYYing being apart.

    such a good list of to dos tho.


  3. Oh my heart breaks for you! Hopefully the time will fly by - and with that to-do list I don't see why it wouldn't! What's this I hear about finals? Really? You're semester is already ending? I would totally meet you for coffee if I lived in Africa! (I wish!)

  4. Shame Jen, it's the worst! I did the same when War was in NZ last month - lots of time with friends, Kept myself busy at work and had lots of early night ;)

    Come to CT for a weekend :) so exciting that you're going home in Dec! You must be SO excited!


  5. found you from Mackey Madness blog! cute blog!
    :) new follower!

  6. Don't worry, I cry and become a mushy mess too! Even if it's only going to be a week without M. Chin up! :)


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