When you’re traveling and engrossed in all that visual “porn” of new places you are about to discover, it’s very easy to forget about the real world. After all, all you really need to worry about are who to meet with, where to eat, and what next to see or experience.
So if you were to ask me, I’d say the hardest part of traveling is getting back—when it hits you that the world does continue on without you. Suddenly, there are loads of laundry to do, groceries to buy, work to catch up on, and normal routines to get back to; and you have to almost literally run a marathon just to even barely catch up.
Those few priceless minutes of our dramatic (really just in my head) homecoming from Seattle last week, when we saw for the first time in more than a week the familiar twinkling of city lights from a distance and hear the comforting buzz of freeway traffic surrounding us, were quickly replaced by disappointed moans and groans as soon as we got home and unpacked. The next day, as we struggled to get back to normalcy, it was nothing more than a distant and vague memory.
That was how last week was, me struggling to catch up to the world and to my life, mostly alternating from running errands and doing chores to (of course) developing and scanning the film rolls I shot in Seattle. So while I’m back in LA, I’ve hardly seen LA. I really don’t mind that at all because to be honest, I am exhausted and quite happy to not be going places, to disconnect from the outside world as much as I possibly could for just a little while; especially because this respite won’t last very long since my boyfriend and I are flying out to Florida in May and to NYC in June.
Unfortunately, that also means that I don’t have any Los Angeles-related tales to tell this week. I should feel guilty about that but I don’t at all. Did I mention that I’m still catching up on my life and that I’m exhausted?
But I do feel like I should make up for that and I will. Next week, I promise I’ll have something great for you guys to read! In the meantime, will you forgive me if I introduce you to some farm animals I’ve met in the last two weeks?
I think you will. Nobody can resist adorable baby goats!
All photographs taken by Michelle Rae. She lives, breathes, and haunts in the City of Angeles.