It was like the whole place conspired to rub it in our faces that our Big Trip was, indeed, finally over.
Then, we realised that the heat wave is on big time in this city. We've been sweltering day and night since we got back.
On the domestic front, our house seemed to have been kept well. It was good to have had the blessing of having housesitters to look after the place (and our dog Blue + our tank of fish) while we were away. Unfortunately, though, we found out that one of our fish seemed to have disappeared --- and the other one was on its last, uh, legs? (fins?) It passed away shortly after we arrived.
Then, we also realised that something in our dripper system broke and no one knew about it. So, we are preparing for an astronomical water bill to come our way. Bleech.
Oh, and I'm not even going to get in to the things that need to get done every time you come back from a holiday - like unpacking, grocery shopping, tidying, laundry, emails, etc etc etc.
Regardless, it's great to be back. After six long (but amazingly quick) weeks. Home IS home. If only it wasn't so far from the people we care about the most!
Yes, it was extremely sad to say goodbye to family and friends. Even the kids are still mourning the end of our trip.
But, a semblance of 'normal life' should begin again from hereon. Now, if we can get over this darn jetlag!
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.