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Random things from the past few days:

– I had to get blood taken for an iron test. Apparently I looked pretty freaked out, because as soon as the nurses took me back one of them looked at me with a concerned face and said, “Are you scared?” Yeah, I was. I’ll admit it. It’s bad enough giving blood in the states when I know what to expect, but this was my first time doing such a thing here and I had no idea what to expect. Much to my delight, it was actually less painful than in the states (they make you hold your arm straight? maybe that’s it). No results yet…. tomorrow.

– One of my old fitness instructors from the states sent me some of her workouts that we used to do. Oh how I’ve missed those workouts! I did one on Tuesday night and it made my day! And I’m sore, which hasn’t happened frequetly enough here.

– We went to lunch at our favorite place after class yesterday and the girl at the drink counter said something like, I bet the boys look at you a lot because you have blonde hair. I was kind of caught off guard. All I could think to respond was, “But I’m married?”

– We found Merrell’s yesterday!!!! And I have been looking for summer hiking shoes since all I have are my hightops with gortex that don’t quite look right with capris. Merrell’s!!!!!! Yay. We totally didn’t know they had them here!

– We returned to Ikea today. Sad to say, it was still insanely crowded! But we were able to leisurely walk around and find what we needed. Oh! And we at lunch there. Sweedish meatballs and unlimited drinks! Oh it was glorious. And we got a nightstand for our guest room, which was pretty essential since Morgatron is coming next week 🙂

– It’s 9.30 and we’re just now eating dinner.



Ok, I don’t really feel like writing about our trip… and if I did it would be really, really long. So, I’ll just let the pictures do the telling this time.

Oh the Madness

Today was the longest day ever. Seriously… I left the house at 9.30am and other than a few trips back to change shoes, returned at 10.30pm.  Whew.

A few weeks ago, I joined the local ladies center and have been taking pilates. So my morning started there, where I met a super sweet fellow classmate who invited me out for tea after class. She’s lived in our neighborhood for 40 years and knows this place like the back of her hand! It was great langauge practice and I got to make a new friend. Good start to a day. Then, this afternoon the Photographer and I went to the castle to look for 2 things: a new knife for him and a nightstand for our guest bedroom. We found neither. Instead, we spent an hour at the top of the castle talking to people. More language practice! And by the time we made it back to the bus, my feet hurt sooo bad! I broke out the sandals for the first time today… I think I’m gonna need more bandaids. The plan from the bust stop was to head to a mall with this cool outdoor store, eat dinner, then go for a run. We got the first part of the plan accomplished, but then a friend texted about the new Ikea that just opened today and we decided to go.

And that’s where the madness began.

First, we didn’t leave until 7pm to get there. In America, I never would have started something that late, especially when it takes close to an hour to get there. But we’re not in America anymore… and that’s just what we do here. So when we got off the ‘exit’ thingy by the new Ikea, all you could see were cars parked on the side of the road for a few miles. The store was still pretty far away. It was like the state fair or the State-UNC game. But, we really want to go, so we kept driving. Then we passed the store and there was just a sea of people in a massive queue to get in the place. But, we kept going. After looking for a parking place for a while, the Photographer just droped our friend and I off and we waited in the line while he parked and then met us there. Now, we Americans like our personal space. Think Dirty Dancing. This is my space, this is your space. That’s how I like it. That is not what the queue felt like. I felt like a sardine! But after an hour of waiting and shuffling foward (or being pushed, rather), we made it in the door!!

Once we made it inside, it wasn’t as crowded as we expected but it was still nuts. We couldn’t see the arrows on the floor and went the wrong way, but I don’t think anyone else was following them either… so no biggie. We found our spoils (the most prized of which is the Photographer’s new knife magnet) and perused our way to the cash register. There was soooo much more I wanted to look at. Just stroll through and take my time. But, every 10 minutes we heard the countdown to closing time, so I guess we’ll just have to go back 🙂

I’m a Bride

The past few days have been CRAZY! I don’t know why, but I feel like we’ve been way more busy this week than normal. Bleh. Monday I felt like I left the house at 9am and didn’t get home to relax again until 9pm. It was a good day, just long! After school, I was meeting up with some new friends so I didn’t want to come home and work out and then look gross so I decided to wait until after I got home. And then we ended up getting a late start, so I actually had like 2 hours of sitting at home but I wasn’t sure what time we were going so I didn’t feel like I could start anything because then I’d have to stop in the middle. Anyway. Moving on. I totally think my new friends are awesome! I didn’t understand half of what they said on Monday, but what’s new? I got the gist of everything 🙂 Maybe in 5 years I’ll understand it all.

So after hanging out I came home for 10 minutes then the Photographer and I went back out just to be out, really. So we just went to the mall down the street… but defintely didn’t feel like shopping or anything. We just walked the floors (which probably means we walked 2 miles! biggest mall I’ve ever been in), got sufficiently bored, then came home. Ha. It’s so weird to me, still, to not have a real schedule to follow. It definitely makes things harder. For example, by the time we were home and settled on Monday night I was way to tired to work out and we weren’t that hungry, so I had an apple for dinner. I miss being scheduled.

And then came Tuesday. I met a new friend (who is a friend of a friend) and understood more of the conversation than the previous day! Victory 🙂 Then went to a ladies lunch thing at a new restaurant. It was good, but pricey and not great so I’m not sure I’ll go back. It was, however, really close to the bagel shop (real American-like bagels!!!) so I made a pit stop on the way home! It’s the little things. Again, when I got home I was EXHAUSTED! So I took a catnap and then we went for a run at this awesome park nearby that actually has trees and trails! And once the sun starts to go down here the weather is so nice! We went out around 7ish and it was probably mid 70s out! I’m loving this no humidity thing.

Now on to today. I was a bride (again… still… always…). One of the fun cultural things here is the Henna Night for brides the night before the wedding and we kind of did this at school today. Because the Photographer and I are the youngest married couple or maybe the only married couple and because we think we’re the teacher’s pets, I was *chosen* to be the bride. So I got to dress up in traditional clothing and put a red scarf over my head and get henna-fied. It was kind of awkward simply because the Henna Night involves lots of dancing which I do not do in public. There was lots of “Bride, why aren’t you dancing? You just do this… and snap your fingers.” Yeah. But it was really fun! I hope we meet someone who is getting married or has a relative getting married so we can go to a real Henna Night!!

The only bummer of the event was that it’s pretty much a bride/women thing, so there was no fun outfit or dancing for the Photographer. I mean, it’s a good thing because he could do what he does and snap away with the camera, but I just felt like it would have been more fun if he had to dress up too!

To celebrate his bride, the Photographer took me to Disney.

I had you going, didn’t I? No, we didn’t go on a second honeymoon… we just went to lunch. And it was sooo good! And it only cost us a whopping $4.50, and a third of that was my soda. He spoils me.

He loves his Ayran. After lunch, we went to another mall to hang out and again, decided once we were there that we had no interest in being there. So, we came home, discovered we had no yeast to make the normal pizza dough, improvised with a new recipee and ate dinner. Woo, exciting. I was really tired (are we seeing a pattern? and no, I’m not pregnant), so I did the most lazy TurboKick ever… just to say I’d done something today. Ha.

I may or may not have a shopping date with friends tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Goat Ruins?

Welcome to the new blog! I should probably start with an intro post, but I’m not feeling it tonight. Instead, on to the real stuff…

Today, the Photographer and I got a (very) late start since he didn’t roll out of the bed until after 10. So, by the time we did laundry, dishes, vaccumed and got sufficiently bored, we set out to look for some new furniture items. Well, that was the plan, anyway. By the time we got there, neither of us were in the mood to shop or spend money, so we hopped on a bus to a new part of town that he recently discovered and went exploring. Now that our language is improving (ha), we figured out what the first part of the neighborhood name meant, but I had to look up the second part when we got home. Today, we explored Goat Ruins. Um, what? There were goats there, but they were new and made of metal. Weird. Moving on. There was a chair lift/cable car thing with an AMAZING view of the city, but the windows were all so tinted we couldn’t get pictures. And, they have a billion man made waterfall things that usually wouldn’t be so exciting except that we live in this 6 million person city with almost no nature. So, man made waterfalls beat concrete.

After the adventure in Goat Ruins we came home for our first attempt at tacos. I know tacos aren’t normally difficult to create, but we have no tortilla chips or taco shells or anything similar, so we made corn tortillas. Online it looked soooo simple! Corn flour and water, mix, griddle, done. If only. Those were the only steps, but it just seemed so much more difficult. Praise the Lord we had a taco seasoning mix from the states, so the meat was easy! Once everything was made, it actually tasted pretty good… I’m just not sure how often I’ll care to make the tortillas. Special occasions only.

Today is also day 1 of my attempts to be healthier. I think it’s probably my 50th day 1 since we have been overseas, but now I’m writing about it. Maybe that will help? We did eat pretty well today and we walked for probably 2 straight hours! So I feel pretty good. The weather has recently started getting nicer here, so we’ve started running again! After a freak 20 minute downpour (which isn’t really freakish anymore since it happens almost daily), we went up to the track in our neighborhood for an early evening stroll. The Photographer did some sprints (overacheiver) and I just ran. But, for the first time in probably a year, I ran 2 miles straight. Given the altitude difference and my lack of running for the past 6 months, I thought it was pretty good. And, of course, what outing would be complete with out everyone doing double takes of the blonde, pale skinned wonder 🙂 I should be used to it by now after 5.5 months of living here, but it still throws me. Or maybe I had a bug smashed on my face.