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26 Nov

So I’m back at work after a week home in New Jersey. After the month I’ve had, what better place to wind down than home, in New Jersey, with my parents.  Yay! When I told my friend my plans, she looked at me funny and then asked if that was the most relaxing idea I had. But six back-to-back yoga classes in preparation later, I felt as ready as I could be!

It’s not that I don’t like being home, and of course I love my family, but the second I touch down on Jersey soil, I seem to revert back to my seventeen-year-old self in the eyes of my family members! If my family was large enough for a kids table, I’d be sitting at the head! My grandma gave me bubbles for a Thanksgiving gift! Instead of wine, my ten-year-old cousin and I sipped identical glasses of apple juice. No one seems able to soak up the fact that I’m an adult who likes red wine!

Of course, my attempts to play up my independent life in the city only lead to my grandma grilling me on why I’m not home more often. “It’s so good to see you!” quickly transitioned to “It’s been so long since we’ve seen you!” which then ended in “What is it that you do that you can’t be home more often?” Ah, family. Doesn’t it sound relaxing???

But when all was said and done, it really was a lovely and much-needed week of fresh air, sleep and home-cooked meals. I also rediscovered my high-school love of Dashboard Confessional and wearing Ugg boots in public. I wonder where my family gets this idea that I haven’t grown up….

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