Tuesday, September 18, 2007

off to europe!!

I'm happy to say that my trip to Germany & Italy has finally arrived. :) :) I've been sort of a roller coaster of emotions about it. I don't know why but the older I get, the worse my fear of flying gets. Once I step foot on a plane I'm in full on panic attack mode. I can't breath, I'm sobbing, freaking out .. you get the point. :) It's definitely not pretty. So, worrying about having an attack come on has been so frustrating this past week .. when all I should be thinking about how much fun it's going to be when we get there!!

I got some anxiety/panic attack pills for the trip and I decided to test one out yesterday (just to see if there were any side effects). Now let me just preface this part .. I've never been drunk .. but I apparently was acting like I was. :) But the great news was that the anxiety I had about flying went away! The only downside was it wore off in about 4 hours (that and it made me so dizzy I almost fell over .. a few times ha!). The entire trip from Chicago to Germany is around 9 hours, give or take 15 minutes. Not cool. I'll be pill popping the entire time if I can't calm myself down! haha!

But anyway .. I am so so so so psyched about this trip. I can't believe I actually get the chance to go experience everything there for three entire weeks! And the fact that I get to see my family (some who I've never met and some who I haven't seen in years) and spend the entire time with my mom, grandma and Aunt Sandy makes it 100 time's better! Two weeks are being spent in Germany (& of course we're hitting up the Oktoberfest!!) and 1 week we'll be in Italy. We're going to hang out in Venice! Exciting right!? I can't wait! :)

Of course I couldn't blog it up without a picture or two so here you go .. two shots of my new toy (that you can't really see very well) and it's cover that I treated myself to this week. The new ipod classic and my fancy Paul Frank cover. I am absolutely obsessed with Paul Frank so I had to have this! :)



FYI .. I'm not quite sure about internet access over there but if at all possible, I'll try and blog some photos and catch up on emails. If not, be prepared for a slew of photos when I return on October 9th! :) Until then, I'll miss stalking everyone's blogs. :)

21 comments:

mom said...

"And we're off!!!" Ha! Why am I even taking a camera?

Anonymous said...

I used to live in Belgium and flying can suck- but just take some dramamine and you will be fine;)

Best Wishes,
Sarah Spottswood

Ricki Ford said...

Cool cover I hope you have a safe trip..

Amy Martin said...

wow! I'm so jealous! Have a fabulous time :)

amanda reynolds said...

Oh yay....have an AMAZING trip Nicole! You are going to have such a blast, I can't wait to see your pics when you return. And I'm sure your plane ride will go just fine :)

Jen said...

Don't worry, planes are the safest way to travel! Take deep breaths and just focus on the postive..all the beautiful memories you will be making in europe! I CANNOT wait to see photos of it all when you return!
Have a blast!!
:)

Deanna said...

I used to be as scared of flying as you until I heard someone ask the pilot "what is the scariest part of the trip?" and the pilot said "The way from my house to the airport in my car" Hope that helps you too!

lauren c. - openField photography. said...

OMG!! i'm SO excited for you!! have the BEST time, just enjoy yourself!! i can't WAIT to see all of your fun images!!!

Carpenter Photography & Design said...

Have fun Nicole! I'll be thinking about you! You're going to have such an awesome time!

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Sonny said...

last time I flew back from Italy, some dude had a heart attack on the plane and we had to circle Paris for a few hours while they tried to decide if they should land there or continue on....we continued on, so I'm guessing the feller died or else the medics that were on the plane (there were a bunch of military docs on board) thought he was good to go. Anyways, I'm sorry I missed your instant message, I had gone to bed before you sent it! Don't know if you will read this until you get back, so hope you had/have/are having/will continue to have a great time!

c r y s t a l said...

Safe travels to you!! Enjoy your trip! Can't wait to see pictures!

Mary said...

Can't wait to see the photos. Have fun!!!

Deanna said...

I know your going to be super busy when you get back from your trip! I was just wondering if you could send the pics as soon as you get a chance cause I'm gunna put one on our thank you cards! I love them allllll! *L*

amanda reynolds said...

I'm dying to see some Europe photos here...hope you're having a blast!

Jen said...

hope you are having the time of your life. I miss ya and can't wait to see pics!!

Shelly Valentine said...

Are you back!?!? Can't wait to hear about your trip!

Jen said...

are ya back yet??!!! are ya back?? are ya?? are ya??? :) (not missing your posts or anything :)

Amy Zellmer said...

I just realized i can actually comment on your blog now!
Have fun in Eurpoe, can't wait to hear all about it!

kristy said...

YAYAYAY! You're BACK! I've been waiting for a new blog post from you since you left, missy! thanks for commenting!!! :) much love,
kristy