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Home again [Jan. 21st, 2006|10:53 am]
Zoethe
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Got in last night, after the 14 hours of air travel. Did not let myself sleep on the plane, as that is supposed to mess you up coming this direction. But did not really sleep much the night before, thanks to a room full of screaming children and then another of partiers in the hostel.

Leaving me, even after a night of sleep, sort of a drooling, sub-coherent mess. I have 600 e-mails to get through, and then 2 weeks of homework to complete.

I have no idea how I'm going to manage any of it. It took me five trips to the kitchen to make a cup of tea - I kept getting distracted by other things and forgetting. But at least I have the dishes done and the laundry started.

I want to write about Jerusalem, but after getting through two paragraphs I realized that I am simply not up to it today. Later in the week. It was amazing, though, and going back to Israel is now high on my priority list of Things To Do. It's like taking on the foreign travel from the shallow end of the pool - the bathrooms are comprehensible, the food is not too foreign, most of the people speak at least some English, an the standards for cleanliness are pretty high. You can get a little deeper, but you don't need to go past your comfort zone at all.

Now off to try and accomplish something with my 10-second attention span.
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[User Picture]From: kathrynrose
2006-01-21 04:12 pm (UTC)
Glad you're home and safe. Saw the news about the bomb, and worried about you until I saw Ferrett's post. Looking forward to hearing more about your trip. Get some rest.
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[User Picture]From: dreagoddess
2006-01-21 04:20 pm (UTC)
*hugs* We missed you! Can't wait to hear all about everything. :)
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[User Picture]From: elfwench
2006-01-21 04:33 pm (UTC)
It took me five trips to the kitchen to make a cup of tea - I kept getting distracted by other things and forgetting. But at least I have the dishes done and the laundry started.

That's me on any given day. So I know the feeling. {{hugs}}

Get some rest and feel better soon! Glad to have you back safe and sound. I was worried about you.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2006-01-21 05:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, sounds like me, too.
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[User Picture]From: wolflady26
2006-01-21 04:41 pm (UTC)
Welcome home :)
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2006-01-21 05:26 pm (UTC)
Let Ferrett get some of the stuff and come up to speed a little at a time. Lots of the e-mails were probably just "Hope you're having a good time"-so don't rush. When your body and brain have 'caught up' and readjusted, that'll be soon enough to get the decks cleared.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-01-21 07:43 pm (UTC)
I'm up to today's emails, which is good. And, honestly, there is no point in my trying to do homework today - I'm verklempt. But, hey, the laundry is all done, folded and put away and everything! Whee!!!

Ferrett went to a Magic thing. Which is just as well. I'm not up to conversation.
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2006-01-22 01:26 pm (UTC)
Laundry completed is a great thing! Because it's more tangible than a lot of household tasks, it gives a great deal of satisfaction. More power to you! Have a great day!
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2006-01-22 03:02 am (UTC)
Ferrett said, "Hey, she's been surrounded by people for a week, let her decompress." And so I skedaddled.

She was asleep by the time I got home. Boo!
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[User Picture]From: bec76
2006-01-21 05:37 pm (UTC)
Welcome home! I'm glad you enjoyed your trip. I really liked reading your posts from the other side of the world. Can't wait to read your expanded post on it (when you get settled in again.)
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[User Picture]From: mamaursula
2006-01-21 05:48 pm (UTC)
Welcome home, get some rest!
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[User Picture]From: call_me_harmony
2006-01-21 06:37 pm (UTC)
Welcome back
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[User Picture]From: mycorethoughts
2006-01-21 07:12 pm (UTC)

Keeping my response short ;-)

Welcome home! Get sleep.
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[User Picture]From: spooke
2006-01-21 07:17 pm (UTC)

Re: Keeping my response short ;-)

Welcome back.

Since you'll probably need to travel for long flights again, I grant you THE MYSTICAL SECRET OF NO JET LAG:

  1. Take an aspirin just before the flight (even a coffeine-based one is all right, but the best to use are dissolvable).
  2. Drink as much as you can possibly stand - but only water. This is really the main thing, and it works on hangovers too. Oo magic! Try to down at least two liters. You may have to pee more, but you won't be jet-lagged.
  3. Sleep when you get tired. It won't hurt, and may help.

I hope it works as well for you as it does for me. :)
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[User Picture]From: thewayne
2006-01-22 05:03 am (UTC)

Re: Keeping my response short ;-)

I had heard one good way of dealing with lag was, upon arriving at your destination, stay up until your normal bed time, then go to bed and sleep as long as you need.

I dunno if it works as I've never had a flight outside the US.

I'd heard the drinking water thing, and I think I'd heard the asprin thing before also.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-01-22 10:00 am (UTC)

Re: Keeping my response short ;-)

It worked going out there, but coming back I'm finding much harder. I was completely wiped out by 7pm, and then awake at 4am. I will survive, but wow, it's sobering to realize how tough this is.
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[User Picture]From: thewayne
2006-01-22 06:20 pm (UTC)

Re: Keeping my response short ;-)

7-4 doesn't sound too bad, you don't want to know the sleep schedule that I keep! My wife is an astronomer (the icon is the telescope that she runs), during the winter a double shift is from around 4pm to 7am. I'm typically rarely in bed before 1am or so, sleep until I wake up. Fortunately I'm able to keep my classes to afternoon and evening as I only take two per semester.

The thing that's sometimes a little tough for me is driving from here (Cloudcroft, NM) back to Phoenix. It's 500 miles and a good 9 hours, when I do it solo I have my laptop with over 6 gig of MP3s loaded on it. I just got my older laptop back, it has about 25 gig available.... (I use an DC/AC inverter for power)
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[User Picture]From: spooke
2006-01-22 02:01 pm (UTC)

Re: Keeping my response short ;-)

Aspirin thins the blood, so you don't get the blood clots you might otherwise. I tend to get them around the knees, and the bruises make it look like I usually thwak the inside of my legs into things.
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[User Picture]From: thewayne
2006-01-22 06:14 pm (UTC)

Re: Keeping my response short ;-)

Ah! Yes, a very good idea, I'd forgotten about the blood clot issue of flying. In fact, I would think that it could be argued to start an aspirin regimine a few days prior to flying.
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[User Picture]From: spooke
2006-01-22 10:33 pm (UTC)

Re: Keeping my response short ;-)

It (and the water) also help against "plane pain" - I don't know about anybody else, but the whine of the engines and being forced to sit still for over 8 hours and the recycled air tend to give me a pseudo-headache. When I have it, all I can do is sleep, because my eyes don't like the light to read by or watch on the screen, and it's not like I can go out for a breath of fresh air. *sigh* If they had an airline that had enough room for human beings to be comfortable in, I think they'd make up for the lost passenger money very quickly. I know I'd prefer them. :)

*dreams of a cruise-sized plane with big, comfy chairs that can recline fully as beds like in a sleeper-bus, a media center with internet and stadium-seating seats, and a big walk-up buffet*

Blankets big enough to cover you would be nice, too.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-01-22 10:42 pm (UTC)

Re: Keeping my response short ;-)

You can get much of this, in business class. But I am not willing to pay for it, and I doubt that you are, either.

So we're stuck with cattle class. Moo.
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[User Picture]From: spooke
2006-01-22 11:22 pm (UTC)

We have found them! The promised seats!

The stories are true? You can get into your seat without a shoehorn in business class?

Crap. You're right. Though it's more like sardine-class all the time.
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[User Picture]From: thewayne
2006-01-22 11:23 pm (UTC)

Re: Keeping my response short ;-)

Ah, you need to cough up $300 and buy a pair of Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones! They're absolutely unbefreakinglieveable! I have a pair and won't travel without them! They're great on airplanes, they totally neutralize the engine noise, though nothing can be done about vibration. I had a job where my office was in the server room which was also the telephone closet which had massive air conditioning and noise, and these headphones took all that noise away! They ain't cheap, but THEY WORK! They also have a plug-in so you can jack-in your MP3 player or laptop. And you can still carry on a conversation with them on.

Unfortunately mine are slightly broke: they still cancel noise just fine, but one channel is dead on the aux input.

http://www.bose.com/controller?event=VIEW_PRODUCT_PAGE_EVENT&product=qc2_headphones_index

I have the older Quiet Comfort I headphones, I don't know if they still sell them, they went down to $250 when the QCII came out.
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[User Picture]From: wrendragon
2006-01-21 08:06 pm (UTC)
Welcome home, glad you made is safe. :D
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[User Picture]From: scarletdemon
2006-01-21 09:05 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had a good time and got home safely. Travel is a wonderful thing.
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[User Picture]From: justbeast
2006-01-21 11:22 pm (UTC)
Yeyyy! Welcome back :)
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[User Picture]From: adjust_56
2006-01-22 12:04 am (UTC)
Glad you are home, safe and sound!
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