When Weekend Plans Fail…

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Enormous snail outside our front door

Life here has been…difficult lately.  It seems like it’s been one thing after another the last couple of weeks and all I have done is work, work, and more work.  I don’t even want to calculate how many hours I’ve worked in the last two weeks…it would just depress me further.

After a horrendous two weeks of nonstop duty, I was ready to ESCAPE for the weekend and we were just getting ready to book tickets to Bodrum and then, in true Turkish fashion, a last minute duty appeared.  The school is hosting an entrance exam for next year’s potential students, so all of us have to be here….for the THIRD weekend in a row.  I’m at least glad we hadn’t bought our tickets already…

We decided to turn lemons into lemonade and try to enjoy a relaxing weekend in.  Here’s what a typical “wild” Friday night at our place looks like:

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Getting into my slippers.  It is considered very barbaric to walk around inside with shoes on here in Turkey, so I’ve really forced myself into the habit of taking my shoes off outside the door before I step inside.  It is even customary to have a stock of “guest” slippers for when people visit.  Having some cozy slippers to wear around makes it easier to stick to it.

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One of my favorite snacks and probably my new favorite Doritos flavor.  Honestly, I had pretty much outgrown Doritos in the States, but I have kind of gotten hooked on the Turca ones.  They are tomato and sesame flavored and highly addictive, even though the package is 50% air.

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The adult version of Oreos and milk:  a strong cup of coffee loaded up with some Bailey’s. It is the perfect way to end a hectic work week.

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I bought myself this puzzle at a local bookstore recently because I actually recognized the place in it (which just so happens to be one of my favorite places in Istanbul) – the beautiful Ortakoy Mosque.  I’m something of a puzzle fanatic and hadn’t done one in awhile, so it was the perfect antidote to my disappointment-fueled angst.

We also binge-watched several favorite movies, including V for Vendetta, Jumanji, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.  I seriously can’t wait to have internet at home so we can use Netflix again.  We have SO many things to catch up on.

Here’s to hoping that next weekend’s plans don’t get foiled.

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