We did it folks! Albert and I are officially graduated, packed, and moved. And with a B in statistics, might I add (that was more my effort than Albies though). In the space of a week I took two finals, enjoyed a going-away party lovingly thrown by one of my very best friends, packed up my entire life into a set of boxes, graduated Summa Cum Laude, hosted a slew of family members for graduation celebrations, and then made the drive from Omaha to Fort Collins. Needless to say, it's nice to finally be here and have some time to breathe, although there are mountains of boxes still to be unpacked.
As always, I'm having my good moments and my bad moments during this transition. I fluctuate between excitedly picking out new cafes to try and boutiques to check out and trying to ease my painful longing for Omaha. Moving isn't easy in any situation, but now that I've graduated university, I've found myself spinning with more unease than usual. I had a strange realization the other night: at times, this move to Fort Collins has felt more uncomfortable than my move to Ireland last year. I puzzled out the reason why. There's no "end" to this adventure, no countdown until my flight home and a return to normalcy. I've started real life, which is exhilarating and terrifying in the same moment.
I'm looking forward to taking the summer to myself. In a few short days, I'm happy to announce that I'm heading back to Europe. I'll start off the trip in England, work my way through a hike across the Cotswolds with my father, and then cap off the festivities with a trip back to Cork. !!!!!!!!!!! is how I feel about that. 48 hours after I return in mid-June, I jet set off for a week with Meg in D.C. Finally, I'll be back in Colorado to enjoy the sun, fresh air, host some out-of-town guests, apply to grad school, and just generally love the season.
Thank you all for being so patient with me during these past few months. I'm already feeling so inspired by new surroundings and upcoming travels. I can't wait to get back into the swing of blogging and share this new chapter with you here.