We made it home from Israel on Sunday. It was a fantastic trip! It’s going to be hard to put into words all the feelings and emotions that we experienced in the last 10 days. It was eye-opening and I think Greg will agree with me when I say we have a new perspective on life. It’s funny how being away from our everyday norm for 10 days can make so many things seem so silly. For instance, the 2 days I’ve been back home and driven in my car, I’ve actually just turned the radio off. All the songs just sound so dumb to me right now, and I’ve actually just enjoyed riding around in the peace and quiet of my own thoughts rather than the noise of the radio. That’s just an example I’ve noticed lately.
Just today I started editing some of the pictures we took on the trip. There are 728 to be exact, so it may take me a while to get things posted to the blog. But that’s mainly because I will be working almost every night for the rest of this week. Our census is really high at work right now. I’m honestly surprised we haven’t gone into mandatory overtime, but we have been strongly encouraged by management to pick up extra shifts to help out. So, since I’ve just been gone for 10 days, and I’m taking vacation again next week for a Boggs’ family trip, I figured I better pick up some slack this week. So I promise there will be several blogs to come with lots of pictures from Israel, you’ll just have to be patient with me.
The jet-lag hit me hard today or I would have made more progress in blogging. Israel is 8 hours ahead of Birmingham time. So the trip over there wasn’t too bad. We had flights all day (with long layovers) and then flew all night to Israel, so by the time we got to Israel, we had just enough time to drive 2 hours to our hotel, eat dinner and then go to bed. But coming home to Alabama, we flew all night again, got into JFK airport in New York at 5am, then Atlanta at 10:30am, and finally Birmingham by 2pm. However, our body clock on Israel time felt like 10pm. Luckily both our families wanted to come over to our house to visit and hear about the trip as soon as we got home, so that helped keep us awake. But as soon as we ate dinner, I fell asleep on the couch at 7pm, and then around 8:45pm Greg woke me up and we were both in bed asleep by 9pm. And surprisingly Monday I felt ok. Slept a good 12 hours, was up by 10am knocking out laundry, took care of housework that needed to be done, and ran some errands. I was glad that I didn’t seem to have anymore jet-lag….until today. Oh man, today was rough. Slept most of the day (of course the raging thunderstorms outside all day made that pretty easy). Got up long enough to take care of some work stuff and start editing pictures, and then by 4pm I started feeling nauseatingly tired again, so I went back to bed until I had to get ready for work.
So I’m hoping a full day of sleep tomorrow will get me back in the swing of things. I originally thought working night shift with Israel would help out with my jet-lag (since my body clock would be 8hours ahead), but now I’m not so sure. My body is seriously confused on what time it really is, and working all night long actually doesn’t seem to be helping. But I’ll get through it. And a week from now I’ll be enjoying the sunny skies of the Bahamas. 🙂
So keep checking back for my Israel posts! I’ll hopefully get at least 1 written by the end of the week. But to hold you over until then here’s a little sneak peek…