12.17.2008

Making a list, checking it twice

We're in the final days--the run-up leading to the holiday season and the frenzy that surrounds it. For me and Max, the flurry of activity is all in preparation for a three-week trip, which includes a week-long Caribbean cruise next week, New Year's in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and finally a quick stop at Madison Square Garden to catch a Knicks game. I've got only four suitcases and potentially three different climate zones. How will I ever pack enough?

This will probably be my last post of 2008. I'm not sure what sort of Internet access will be available to me in the weeks ahead, so I wanted to use this occasion to wish you all a wonderful holiday season and to thank you for being a part of my 2007. Your company, support and encouragement during the good and not-so-good moments of this past year have made a difference for me. Moreover, life as a new expatriate was a little less lonely and so much easier with the host of virtual friends around the world to cheer me on.

Again, thank you. I look forward to sharing in your 2009, which I am sure will be the best year yet!

36 comments:

Cairo Typ0 said...

Enjoy your holidays!

Happy New Year!!

Simple Answer said...

Be safe and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

Vodka Mom said...

have a fantastic, fantastic holiday!!!

gemma said...

Bon Voyage and hope you have some good connections along the way.

A Touch of Dutch said...

Enjoy! :-) Wow, by the time I got through paragraph one, I was already very jealous ;-) LOL! Happy holidays!

christina said...

Have a great holiday, you guys! We'll be here when you get back.

Claire said...

Have a lovely time! Happy New Year!

Cxx

Charlotte said...

Wow, you're a veritable world traveller. How about making a stop in California and changing some poopy diapers which are sure to appear before the year's over?

Have a great series of trips, you two, and a safe return!

oreneta said...

Happy New Year!!!

Cheryl said...

Happy Holidays, and safe travels!

The Big Finn said...

May I make a suggestions? Bring clothes that you want to get rid of anyway, and just throw them out after you wear them on your trip. That way, you'll have room in your suitcase(s) for replacement clothes.

Have a GREAT time!

Shelly said...

Wow, you're going to have some fabulous photos and stories for us when you return ;)
Happy Holidays to you and Max, and of course safe travels.

Hilly said...

Happy Holidays and have a wonderful time!

LZ Blogger said...

I hope that you and Max have a pleasant holiday trip. ~ jb///

Jack said...

Happy holidays.

catherinette said...

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a splendid New Year! Have a wonderful holiday. :)

AmyD said...

Your three week adventure sounds wonderful! Have safe and happy travels, and I look forward to celebrating with you in the new year. (((HUGS)))

Yelli said...
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Yelli said...

Have a wonderful time in the Sun! Try to convince it to go to Berlin once in awhile...

Relax and enjoy...you deserve it!

(Sorry for the delete-I can't type and spell at the same time!)

meno said...

Have a wonderful time! I'm jealous of the cruise.

patches said...

Happy Holidays!

Pack clothes you can layer.

kenju said...

A Caribbean cruise??? I'll try not to be jealous! Merry Christmas and safe travels.

Jill said...

Have a fantastic time! Looking forward to hearing all about your trip when you get back!

swenglishexpat said...

Merry and Happy and safe journey!

Caffienated Cowgirl said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too! Enjoy the trip :)

Jul said...

Happy holidays and enjoy your trip!

Rositta said...

Have a fantastic holiday...Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you both...ciao

Ann said...

Have a lovely holiday Diane!
Cheers!

Dianne said...

have a fantastic trip!!

see ya in the New Year

American in Norway said...

Merry Christmas ! We are going to miss you! Be safe.

Ron said...

HAPPY BELATED CHRISTMAS, DIANE!!!

Hope you're having a FABULOUS time on your trip!

And HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
XO

essie said...

Diane-
with love and happy new year wishes for all expats-mostly you!!
enjoy the trip!
:)
essie

Connie said...

Happy Holidays! Hope you have a wonderful vacation - full of fun and smooth travel :-)

kenju said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DIANE!!

Xavierism said...

Diane!

Happy New Year! I hope you had a fabulous time ringing in the new year. I look forward to another year of sharing.

*CHEERS*

Christina | AmiExpat.com said...

Happy New Year, Diane! I hope 2009 will bring lots of excitement, adventure, and joy!