I MADE IT!!
My dad got me to Dulles on time; I met up with Rachel Muth and Erin Girardi in LAX where we caught up while I ate for the first time in about 6 hours or so (and 6 hours previously I had only eaten two poptarts, with only some cereal before that!!) It was sooo awesome to see them and catch up a bit. On my way back, I will stay at their place for a few days, even if Rachel is being awesome in the Peace Corps!! Anyhoo, they got me onto my flight on time, as well.
The flight to Australia was MUCH beter this go around -- I slept a bit (even though it wasn't a good sleep), watched "Four Holidays", "Ghost Town", and "Yes Man" -- all of which I'd reccomend. I didn't get dehydrated like last time! (I really thought I was going to die the last time -- It was 2am, no stewardess in sight, I was sitting in the middle of two sleeping people, and had never experienced/heard of dehydration on a plane and started to flip out. I wasn't drinking because I didn't want to have to get up and pee every few minutes. Dumb mistake.) This go around I met a nice guy who shared a full row of 4 seats with me named Matt from Perth. Cool guy -- can't wait to meet more people my age here!
My cousin Steve picked me up at the airport and took me to my Aunt's where I cought up on the gossip of the tv shows in Australia. It's raining a bunch here and I decided to get some things set up on my computer and hooked it up to the internet for my Aunt who is just THRILLED because, although she is in her 60s (I think), she is very much dependent on the internet and e-mail and her computer has been out of comission for a bit now.
Alirghty -- finally got some things set up on this fancy-pants new laptop I've gotten, thanks to Daddy-o! If you want to stay connected, download Skype at skype.com -- this is kinda like AIM, but you can call computer to computer for free (Rachel and I just talked with video feed and it was SOOO cool!) and my name is hacollins07 (used to be AussieHeath, but I can't get into that account), or get an AIM account -- AKnockoutGal is my screen name there. My e-mail is [email protected]
If you want to keep this site in your favorites, it will allow you to see the curren time in Australia so you know whether or not it's good to call me on Skype: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fullscreen.html?n=47
if you want more like the weather and the area code for calling me via phone (you will be charged):http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=47
Hope all is well with everyone!