Friday, June 1, 2007

Aihhhh...I just can't wait to be home...

Ayah was here for a 5-day visit on his way back from a Conference in Barcelona and he just went back to KL this morning. This time around I don’t really feel that sad – mainly because I know that just over a week from today, I will be back home with him and the kids. And this time around, too, I just can’t afford to linger on with my emotions as I have a tight schedule to follow right until the day I fly home! So little time…so much to do! (As I’m writing this – I’m also having my dinner!)

I spoke to the kids just now and told them that Ayah was already on the plane on his way back, and they were so excited – NOT so much because they have missed him, but more so because they know that Ayah is bringing back with him some cool stuff that Mommy and Ayah have bought for them in Newcastle! Hehehe…

I will not be bringing anything back with me for the kids when I go back next week. As it is my luggage as it stands now weighs at 26kgs (11kgs being the weight of the suitcase + my clothings + miscellaneous items AND 15kgs of reading materials!) and I still have about 2kgs of reading materials to add on to it. It could have been more if Ayah had not brought back with him my other reading materials weighing at 8kgs! Thank you, my dear – for lessening my ‘burden’!

Ayah has also brought back with him all the cool stuff for the kids and I have forewarned Hanna, Hasya and Hilman that “Mommy is not bringing anything at all for them next week!” My luggage will only be filled with bulks of papers and maybe 6 pieces of clothings! The rest of my stuff will be shipped back to Malaysia a day before I fly back to KL and will only reach KL between 7 to 9 weeks from now.

Hasya was telling me, “Mommy, it’s okay if you don’t bring back anything else for me, but I just want you to bring back your lips so that you can kiss me!!!” Aaaawwwhhh… Bless her! :D

And I was joking with Hilman and was just pulling his legs and told him that I would be going back in 12 days time, instead of 10 days – and he got so worked up and all upset about it as he had been doing the proper countdown for the last two weeks! Only when I told him that I was joking, that he cried out a very loud, “Yippee!!!!” :D

As for Hanna – she’s just looking forward to Mommy coming back so that Mommy could be the “Negotiator” between Ayah and her, and I think she also misses my cooking, and I think she somehow misses my naggings, too! :D

As for Ayah – I think he just can’t wait to re-delegate all the chores that he had taken over from me for the past seven months, especially in keeping track of and settling all the bills that need settling. I think that must have been the biggest headache for him! And I think he is just waiting for me to take over the task of keeping track of all of the kids’ schedules in and out of school. Not forgetting of course - for me to be with the kids when he sometimes cannot be with them, especially to oversee their studies.

But from now till the day I fly – there are chapters to finish, bills to pay, utility companies to call to arrange for disconnection of services, interviews and meetings to attend, more stuff to pack for shipping, more materials to search for, and maybe…just MAYBE, I could squeeze an hour to shop for one (or two?) more cool stuff for each of the kids to be shipped home…I just don’t have the heart to see them all excited when the boxes arrive in KL only to find out that there’s nothing at all for them in any of them …I just hope I will have some time to do just a little bit more of shopping, insya Allah…


Aihhhh…I just can’t wait to be HOME…

13 comments:

riz said...

Kak wanshana,

I am a lurker but i\'ve been following your blog for a while now and have commented before. I just wanted to wish you a hearty congratulations now that it\'s all finished and done with. hope you have a safe trip home. I work in the academia myself, and I can only imagine how hard it is to do what you have done all by yourself w/o the family in order to obtain that oh-so-needed PhD. You are my source of inspiration for I will leave for PhD myself in a couple of months.

Congratulations again!

WANSHANA said...

Dear Riz,

Thank you for visiting again, and thank you for the good wishes.

Hmmmm...how I wished that it IS finally over, but, in actual fact I still have about a year to go. I'm doing my PhD on a Split-site programme and insya Allah will continue with my research and writing up in Malaysia.

I wish you all the best as you embark upon yet another journey/quest for knowledge. A word of advice - don't do a split-site programme if you can avoid it! It is SO unsettling, and you need 200% more effort - physically and mentally - than those doing it Full-Time and staying put at one place for the whole research!

You're still very young. And always remember, everything that happened to you ada Hikmahnya, insya Allah. Maybe, just MAYBE, it has something to do with you giving your 100% and focusing solely on your PhD for the next 3 years? Wallahua'lam...

All the best!

Take care, dear.

Theta said...

Good luck with tying all the loose ends before you board that flight home.
And hope you managed to find time to get that much coveted playthings for the kids...
Have a safe trip!

MAMAMIA said...

Wanshana

Are you counting down the days, hours or minutes now. Hilman mesti dah tak sabar nak lepas rindu, all these while, berbulan2 dia boleh sabar, now even a 'delay' by 2 days pun dia dah tak sanggup.

Ayah said...

Hi dear...

I'm back in our home in BSD. Just tidying things up a bit...(yg byk2 tu tunggu u baliklah!Hahaha...)

Kidz are fine. Their father is too...a wee bit jetlagged tho.

8 days, and counting...

Ayah

Hanna said...

Hello Mommy!!

Umm EIGHT MORE DAYS!!! I think so. Unless my math sudah cacat?? Lol. YAY!!! Bring me stuffs! Kidding, kidding. I cant write a lot as
1. kena blk PJ
2. ada another blog
3. Spongebob's on TV!! Joking ;)

Hmm.. Well hope to see u soon! Happy packing (happy?! pack school bag pun I can nearly fall asleep!)!! Take care!!

PS : Thnks A LOT for the prezzies!! My fav is.. EVERYTHING!! Lol I love the pants. n I love the phone charms. THANKS!


LOVE . HUGS . KISSES
Hanna Suhaila binti Haizal bin Haron Kamar.

nurazzah8 said...

Salam Perkenalan, have been a silent reader for quite some time. Akak pun SK juga, SK82. so u r counting on days to be back here again, and then continue with ur research etc in Msia. I'm also in academia line and counting on days to get back to work from my study leave. Hurm...still finishing up writing my thesis, hopefully by next sem, it will be over... Good luck to you...

Minta izin to link ur blog to mine?

WANSHANA said...

Dear Theta,

Thank you! I REALLY hope I will have time to just breeze through town to get the stuff for the kids. Half an hour pun cukup lah!

As it is - 24 hours a day don't seem enough for me to tie whatever loose ends I need to tie. I've been running around like a headless chicken for the past few days...Sigh...

Take care, Theta!

WANSHANA said...

Dear Mamamia -

Yeah - Hilman dah start merengek-rengek dah tu...Selama ni, okay pulak!

Guess, he wants to make up for the last 7 months during which he had to be Mommy's Big Boy - tough, independent and macho. I think he misses being Mommy's Manja Boy...

Take care, Mamamia!

WANSHANA said...

Dear Ayah,

GREAT - the first thing I need to do when I reach home is spring cleaning?! Sigh...

Well, spring cleaning my house in Malaysia with you and the kids around is so, so much better than being alone here doing my PhD! ;D

I can't seem to be able to do the countdown properly now because I've lost track of the time/days! It's THAT bad...

If only I could close my eyes now, and all my work is done, and whatever needs to be settled is settled, and I'm already home with you guys...

Please pray for me, dear...Thanks.

WANSHANA said...

My dear Hanna,

Thank you so much, darling!

I'm glad you liked the stuff Ayah brought back for you. I know that your adek-adek also loved their prezzies.

Yeah - 8 more days...(or rather 7 now!) CAN'T WAIT!!!

Take care, dear!

P/S - I wonder how much taller you are than me now?!

WANSHANA said...

Dear K. Nurazzah,

Thank you so much for visiting.

Hmmm...we are in the same boat! Sakit jiwer kan Akak?! Never ending la buat PhD ni...

But, hopefully by the end of next semester, dah boleh address you as Dr. Nurazzah, insya Allah... As for me - no definite dates yet.

And yes, of course you can link my blog to yours...Hehehe...Vise versa, okay? :D

Take care, Kak Nurazzah...

All the best!

NURAINA A SAMAD said...

Shana,
oooh... Kak Ena ni betul dinosaur.
reading your preparations to return home reminds me of my preparations to leave home, way back in.......1980, hahaha... lama dulu. I was 24.
Unlike you, I buat Masters in Boston USA dan belum kahwin lagi.
So I can just imagine the errrands you have to run and the crazy things you have to finalise.

Shana, Have a safe trip home. AND HOPE TO SEE YOU IN KL!!!!