(It was an Instagram moment when this finally arrived)
It's my own fault for not renewing it earlier. The line at the post office was too long when I tried in April and I was not in the mood to wait around the second time I went back in May. When a last minute trip to Nicaragua came up a few weeks ago, I had a near meltdown when I realized that though my passport was still valid until September 24th, the airline could deny me boarding rights and I still needed a new one for the fall.
Naturally I did what anyone would do: I started frantically Googling "super fast emergency expedited passport"(I seriously searched several variations of this)...and I called my mom in a mild panic. Thankfully a similar snafu happened to my dad before a big international trip and he had the name of a 3rd party courier service in Miami who could get me a new passport in 48 hours (proof that money can actually buy you anything). Moral of the story: do things early and FedEx First Priority Overnight shipping is proof that miracles happen and magic exist.
I now have a brand new passport ready to take me all across Europe. Now I need to pack. And buy a good winter coat. I'm not even sure if I have a suitcase yet...