Friday, October 23, 2009

Back in the Northern Hemisphere

[Kyle] Well, after 20 hours of flying over a period of 28 hours, we're resting up in a hotel in Newark, NJ. Our flight left Cairns at midnight right after our trip to the Great Barrier Reef. We were so busy with packing and such that neither of us managed any sleep before the flight. By the time we made it to Tokyo, we couldn't keep our eyes open. Even though the time change is only an hour, we both felt completely jet lagged. We wandered around for a bit to try to keep the blood flowing but to no avail. This might have also had something to do with some of the free sake and whiskey samples the duty-free stores were handing out. After a while, we made the mistake of sitting down somewhere semi-comfortable. The next thing I knew, I was waking up to the sound of my own snoring. I looked over and Maryanne was also out. We did that for a couple of hours until we got too achy to stand it anymore, then we headed for our gate.

Once we got to our hotel in Newark, we promptly fell asleep for the night at 5pm. I woke back up around midnight and stayed awake until dawn. Maryanne managed to sleep all the way through until Noon. She was tired.

We spent most of the rest of the day organizing our next vacation, which starts when I get done with work on Tuesday. I'm still easing into it. We made a point of keeping the curtains open all day in order to let in a lot of natural light to help nudge our rhythms into place. I'm feeling pretty good now. I don't even think I can really complain about the 4:30 wake up tomorrow since my body doesn't know for sure what time it is anyway.

I am going to Minneapolis on Tuesday. I promise not to miss it.


Mommy Dearest said...

Good idea not to miss Minneapolis. They are investigating what happened to that flight that overshot it by 150 miles or so. Oops. After reading this entry, I can definitely see how that might happen. Once in a while it's a good idea to give your body and mind time to unwind completely and catch up with your breathless pace. Safe travels!

kate said...

Yes, I want to know Kyle's opinion on that story!