I arrived home uneventfully, the same day I woke up, but ~36 hours later.
For the flight between Wellington and Sydney, I was seated in the exit row. I had two 5+ hour layovers, in Sydney and Dallas. I spent much of that time wandering the airports. For the longest flight from Sydney to Dallas (in what I now refer to as, “The World’s Most Expensive Movie Theater”) I at least had no one next to me. An Uber ride eventually brought me home.
Time to adapt back to another life.