I was blessed to be able to spend almost a week in Jersey last week! I am even more blessed that it was a business trip (and I didn’t have to pay for my flight!)!
First and foremost the business part went well! I am really liking my new job and settling in nicely. I am not working 14+ hour days at the moment which is always a major plus!
Being in Jersey felt so weird! I can’t really articulate what I mean by “weird” but it just isn’t “me” anymore. It is no longer “home”. DO NOT GET ME WRONG I had such an amazing time but it was crystal clear I don’t belong there anymore. I will be a true Jersey girl for the rest of my life (and well, we ARE the best) but I am not meant to live there. I have never once (not even for a second) doubted that I am meant to live in SoCal, I just never expected Jersey to feel so different. Even during my most darkest days of “the unemployment phase” I never doubted my choice to move. I was definitely caught off guard by how different it felt to be “home”.
On the other hand it was SOOOOOOOOOO AMAZING to be with my people! I do keep in constant contact with my peeps but it was soooo great to spend so much time WITH them! I was totally overwhelmed (in a great way) by all of the love! I was brought to tears on more than one occasion! I am just sooo touched by the amount of love I felt! It still makes me emotional to this day (I cried tonight at HH talking about it lol)!
I got to meet my cousin’s new twin babies (OMG I am so in love they are so adorable). I got to spend quality time with my old Bistro peeps that I have missed terribly – they have made me the craft beer snob I am today! I was so blessed to be able to spend quality time with my aunt/Godmother. I saw other family and great friends! I even got to spend a night with my old Cooking Cub! And I got to spend a lot of time with 3 of my Jersey besties! Even though it felt like no time had passed since I saw everyone it was so awesome to spend so much real life time together! I had the BEST BEST time staying at Col’s house and spending so much time with Coop! I love that we facetime enough that he KNOWS me!! I loved waking up to a happy active 2 year old! And this time I don’t think I overwhelmed Josh with all of my bathroom stuff (thanks for cleaning out a draw and part of the cabinet for me, Col). It was such a great trip! Sadly there are some family and friends I so desperately wanted to see but didn’t due to schedule conflicts I am hoping it works out next time!
On a more somber note I did visit my mother’s grave (I can still hear her yelling at me for spending $$ to bring her flowers lol), it was heart wrenching of course. It was also the first time I visited Tony’s grave; he wasn’t buried right after his wake, he was cremated and buried after I returned to San Diego.
I did not get all of the food on my “must have list” but I did have the most important staples! Pizza (that dripped with grease OH YUM!) Chinese food (ohhhh how I miss you!)! Galloping Hill and Ave East!!! Oh yes and a true Jersey bagel! And OF COURSE my Judickie’s! I won’t state how much $$ I spent on cookies but man was it WORTH it! But ummm WHEN did the cookies go up to $16.99 a pound?! Again, there are a few places I missed that will be a MUST on my next trip!
All in all it was an amazing trip! It was exciting to be there for business and I am thrilled it went well! The meeting I was there for was a little out of my norm but I loved it! And I really can’t stress just how amazing it was so see “my people”. While I have an outstanding and amazing support system here in California, I think I underestimated the level of comfort “my people” would bring me especially after the past (tumultuous and terrifying year)!
I am so grateful and soo blessed!
Oh Jersey, you may not be home anymore, but you will ALWAYS be a part of who I am! Until we meet again…..