My morning face, on learning that roundtrip tickets for Christmastime will be in the realm of one THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED DOLLARS.
At that price, my presence will be a Christmas present to all the people on my list!!!
I'm so excited about going. It's been four years since I spent Christmas with my family...there are so many things to get excited about:
Frolicking in the snow after four years of summer
Christmas with a real tree (instead of a two-foot tall imitation-of-an-imitation shrub that fits on a bookshelf)
Spending the holidays with family
Visiting friends and supporters
Hot chocolate around the fireplace
McDonald's breakfast sandwiches, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and all the other fattening American food I miss
Libraries with English books
Goodwill and all the other used clothing stores
Buying stacks of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar to take back
Tromping through the snow, looking through old yearbooks, eating my sister's perfect chocolate chip cookies straight from the oven
Priceless? Absolutely. Expensive enough to make me cry? That too. I don't suppose anyone out there in the blogsphere has United Airlines miles they're just dying to donate? I just heard recently that there are more unused airline miles in the world than there are of the world's largest currencies. More airline miles than dollars, yuan, euros, etc... It sounds too crazy to be true...