The trip back went mostly smoothly, though the first flight from ABQ to Salt Lake City was delayed just long enough to cut my layover down to about 15 minutes. The only problem was that the flight from there to San Jose was from a terminal nearly on the other side of the airport. With the help of the slidewalks and the fact that both terminals were right by the main corridor, I made it with a mere 5 minutes to spare before takeoff. That flight was totally on time, though the baggage carousels took a good 15 minutes to start up. Thanks to _thiefofhearts_
for coming to pick me up so late at night.
Anyway, I went to ABQ to get away from things for a little while and relax, and the trip was a resounding success. I got to spend a week and a half without having to worry about what might happen, without being obligated to do stuff. After 10 days away, I really miss home, a lot more than I thought I would. San Jose isn't perfect, but it's home, and it would take a long time to make somewhere else feel like home, even somewhere are welcoming as Albuquerque has been to me. I've missed my friends, my family, my house, my cats, and so on.
I can't thank Rachel and Chuck enough for letting me stay at their place, providing many, many tasty meals, and generally being awesome hosts. Their other friends likewise helped make my trip awesome, especially Christine, Mzy and Daniel, but also Carol, Aaron, Serena, and entirely too many folks whose names I can't remember.
There's no telling what'll happen next, but once I've recovered from traveling, I need to focus on career stuff. I've gotten some encouraging sounds on the freelance front, but I need some kind of regular job, and I need to keep working on learning to drive.
The last day of my stay in Albuquerque was in some ways the best. Rachel and I had breakfast at a coffee shop near UNM, then met up for lunch after she got out of class. In the evening Christine and Mzy came over and we all had dinner at a nice New Mexican place, and just before we went to the airport we stopped at a pet store. Although I've had a bunny girl mascot character for over a decade now, I've never really had any contact with actual rabbits. While I'm not planning to get one as a pet any time soon, good god they were adorable.