Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Jet lag

She boarded at noon in Bangkok and arrived in Vancouver about 16 hours later, just after noon on the same day, the dateline being what it is. Almost no sleep on the plane. Cleared customs in just over an hour. It was the only place she was ever asked for the lawyer's letter giving her permission to travel without her parents. And oddly enough she was also for the first time questioned about why she hadn't been in school for the past two months. She answered, muttering something about independent study, to which the woman responded "oh, homeschooling, right!" and seemed satisfied.

We drove three quarters of the way home, caught some fitful sleep overnight at a friend's place and then on towards home this morning, arriving on the dot of noon. And she's still awake. Her biological clock is all off-kilter but she's wrestling it back into submission very effectively -- it's now almost noon tomorrow in Thailand and she's still up.

We had an almost-two-months-belated 15th birthday celebration tonight. I gave her the sweater I had knitted for her which fits fine and looks great on her, and we had also got her a Thai cookbook and the new iPod Nano she'd been lusting after for months. What a spoiled kid! She had a beer with dinner (to help soften the culture shock, since she'd become rather accustomed to and fond of beer overseas) and we enjoyed lemon cheesecake. And now she's getting to know the new computer games Noah had procured in her absence.

I expect she'll sleep pretty well tonight!

7 comments:

  1. Anonymous2:22 am

    This blogland is strange...I visit your blog so regularly I feel strangely connected to your family in many ways and then, of course, I'm not at all! Look at your girl. Doesn't she look great - tired but like she's just flown in from faraway lands. Exciting times for her I imagine. It's nice to see her happily home. JAcinda

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  2. **Welcome home, Erin!**

    Looking forward to hearing about her trip!

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  3. Happy to hear she is back and had a great trip. Looking forward to hearing a bit more about her adventures.

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  4. Welcome Home, Erin!

    The sweater looks great. Happy Bleated Birthday!

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  5. Welcome home! Looking forward to hearing more about the trip and re-adjustment to Canadian life.

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  6. Yes, yes. Very interesting. But what about the TRIP?!! Details, please.

    My DH just got back from a 2 week trip to Madrid. I'm having travel-jealousy right now. I don't get to fly anywhere until May. And then only to Germany to visit the relatives. AAAGH!

    To quote L'Engle: "Send me someplace warm. Someplace warm and sparsely populated."

    Someplace where I don't have to shovel snow...

    Cheers, VanessaS

    BTW, love the parasol.

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  7. Anonymous3:55 pm

    What fun! I love the sweater too!

    Deborah

    p.s. My neighbors make the best beer. Maybe brewing is in your future?

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