Ça fait longtemps


View from the house, taken by my awesome husband.

So it’s been awhile since my last post.  I promised myself I wouldn’t get this behind on blogging, but what can I say…life happens.

Things have been an awkward combination of crazy and lazy these days.  Getting stuff ready for the work visa process has been stressful and has involved a LOT of patience and waiting.  I know it will all work out in the end, but still.  Patience is not my strong suit.

While we’ve been playing the waiting game, I’ve been doing my best to put my time to good use.  I’ve started studying Turkish on Duolingo and it is definitely more difficult than other languages I have encountered.  Nevertheless, I’m starting to get the hang of it and can’t wait to put it to the test IRL (that’s “in real life” for you non-gamers).  I’ve also been trying to brush up on my French because it has gotten very rusty!  As fate would have it, I ran into an old Congolese friend and started speaking French with him and found myself having to have him repeat himself way more than I would have liked! So in addition to my Turkish studies, I’m also going to try to commit to at least 30 minutes a day of French, be it podcasts or films (sans sous-titres!) or maybe even a good novel.  We shall see.

Most of this past week has been spent at my grandpa’s lake house in Council Grove since it’s so close to Emporia and we had some documents we needed from ESU for the visas.  Even though we were here on “business”, it has been a much-needed break from the depressing monotony that is Pittsburg.  I hate to be so negative, but that place just does not jive with me.  I have felt very stuck in a rut there, which is probably the biggest reason for my recent lack of blogging.  Hopefully this little jaunt will refresh that mindset.

It’s been a surprisingly amazing week here, full of beautiful weather, bike rides, kayaking, stand up paddling, paddle boating, walks around the river, and bocce ball.  We even got a couple of days with the house to ourselves, which has been AMAZING after a month of living with other people.  It really hasn’t been that bad, but it’s very hard to adjust to sharing space with others…especially when it isn’t your own.  I really don’t want to leave tomorrow at all, but I know we will be on a plane to Turkey before we know it, so I can’t wish time away too quickly.

Anyway, here’s to snapping out of my Pittsburg blues and to enjoying more of my last summer of living in the USA!

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