Thursday, February 24, 2011


WE'RE DONE!  Well, technically not done, but IOCL has agreed to release Matt and replace him at least until it's time for the test run in a few months.  All this really means is that we're coming home!!!  Matt got reassigned to a job in middle of nowhere Kansas, so we will be heading there the 2nd week of March.  We're planning to fly out of Baroda on Monday night (this is like the best birthday present ever), then go visit the Taj and Delhi (because we still haven't been), and then fly to Chicago on next Thursday.  I can't believe in less than a week I'll be walking on American soil.  Amurica!  

Awhile back (when Ben left... so like 2 months ago) I found this great Shawshank quote that I swore to use when our turn to leave came around.  The time has come for one last (modified) Shawshank quote:  
I find I'm so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head.  I think it's the excitement only a free woman can feel, a woman at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain.  I hope I can make it across the border.  I hope to see my friends and shake their hands.  I hope Lake Michigan is as blue as it has been in my dreams.  I hope.  
That quote is perfection.  I haven't been able to sit still since I found out we were leaving.  That said, at the risk of seeming completely hypocritical, I do have a few mixed feelings about this new development.  Mostly I'm sad to be leaving all my new friends.  I've never had this many friends on an assignment before, and these women have really made my stay more fun and exciting than just bearable (or unbearable, as it surely would have been had I not met them).  I had been planning a trip with four of these women to go to another area of Gujarat for a few days, and we were set to leave next week, but now I guess I can't go.  They are all kind of upset and disappointed, but at least this way there will be more room in the car for them!  Anyway, we'll probably be back in April/May/June, so I might see them again after all.  

In the end, all that really matters is we're leaving Baroda.  On my birthday.  Thanks, universe.  I appreciate it.  


  1. I hope you didn't purchase the 100 pack of cotton balls this time.

  2. Oh skip my last comment on you Yog post--I read in the wrong order LOL
    Glad your getting what you want for your birthday!!! WOHOO for Taj--its amazing, totally worth catching at sunrise.
    Sucks about the KS job--but I'm kind of secretly glad its you guys because we Really didn't want it and are coming back about then also! LOL So better you than me! HAHAHA But since you hate india the good news would be that that KS job always goes months over so I don't think you would make it back! :D I would even get the 100 pack of cotton balls while there! (you know we are now going to reference that all the time--- I loved it!)

  3. yeah, i've been told by ben that kansas is amazing after india... mostly because everywhere is amazing after india! i probably will skip kansas to go see my family... unless it goes months over... then i'll have to go! i'll bring my own cotton balls from now on.