Wow it's been a long time since I've updated my faithful fans on my life of travel and adventure. So let me go back a few months...
In October, Lindsay and I spent the entire month packing and mentally preparing ourselves to leave the place we had grown to love and call home. I got my cat, Salchicha's shots and certification to travel to the USA, sold my furniture, gave away clothes and kitchen stuff to new volunteers and people in the community, said my tear-filled goodbyes, and on October 25th, Israel and Andoni drove Lindsay and me to the airport. We had our last meal at Wings (a stupid overly-priced chain where we always eat when we go to the airport) and Lindsay boarded her flight. A few hours later I boarded mine. Though I was excited to see my family and friends in California I was sad to leave Mexico and afraid of the unknown since I had no job lined up.
But no matter. I arrived at my beautiful home in Thousand Oaks to be welcomed by my parents with a banner over the door saying "Welcome home Rebecca." In the next few days and weeks I saw friends and family, unpacked, and relaxed a tiny bit. I was rehired almost immediately at Il Fornaio as a hostess, which I'm still deciding whether or not was a good idea. I was just so afraid of not having a job, I took the first thing offered to me. So far it's been good, because I love the people I work with, and it pays the bills, so I really can't complain. I also for a minute got hired at another restaurant, but I guess I wasn't a good fit, so they let me go before training was over. It all worked out for the best because it was too far of a drive and I would have been stuck working there for too long. I bought a car, with my mom and Peace Corp's help. I bought a 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid and I love it. In the 6 weeks since I bought the car, I've put 3000 miles on it, so I'm pretty happy I got a hybrid! I found a great apartment in Hollywood south of Santa Monica Blvd. It's a studio with a full kitchen and I wake up every morning happy to be here. I flew home on October 25th, started work on November 3rd, bought a car on November 15th, and moved in to my new place on November 30th, so I'd say I've been kind of busy.
December was full of biscotti baking and preparation for Christmas. Also since being home, I reopened Becca Biscotti and as soon the site was live, I had orders waiting in my inbox. It feels great to be baking again and I think my fans are glad I'm back too! Christmas was great. We had our family to our house and I got to cook a big feast. It was great to see everyone and eat some delicious home cooked food.
I also decided that I could not wait one more day to see Israel, so I booked a flight to Mexico for New Year's. I'm so glad I got to see him and we had a wonderful time bring in the New Year with his whole family. Now I'm back to LA and ready for whatever 2013 has in store for me. Check out my pictures on Picasa. I hope you all have a blessed year and spend as much time with family and friends as you can. Happy 2013!