I can't believe I've been here for three and a half months...part of me feels like it's gone fast, while another part of me feels like I've been here for fifteen years. It has been pretty overwhelming, exhausting, and an undoubtable emotional roller coaster; but I love this city and am looking forward to all that lies ahead. I do feel like I'm settling in somewhat though. I find that I am in a routine here, which is bittersweet. When I first arrived, I never got home before 10:00 because I was always out exploring. Now, once I'm done working, I come home and do what I do best...watch TV and play on Facebook! Sad, really.
I am super excited to have my first guests headed over this fall. The Siders' are coming over in September and then my mom will be here for almost three weeks in October. I'm working on booking some travel in the next couple of months and while my mom is here. It's one of the main reasons I came over here and so far, I am not taking advantage of it. I love London, but I also love getting out of London. Who knows where I'll end up...
I am thankful that I came at this time of year. Summers in the US are on a whole new level than those in the UK. This summer, we've had some blistering hot days, it's gotten up to 85 degrees!! Because there is no air conditioning in homes or on public transport, it feels really hot at times...and the body odor on the tube proves it! I definitely can't complain about the mild weather. It doesn't get super hot in the summer or super cold in the winter (so I'm told). I have been warned about the winters here though. The English LOVE! to talk about the weather. It's really funny, actually. At any given time, I think that if you just listened to the people around you, someone would be saying something about it. To be fair, it probably will be a bit of an adjustment when it rains for seven months straight and it doesn't get light until 9:00 in the morning and it's dark again by 4:00 in the afternoon. Bring it on!
Work is going well. It's certainly been difficult at times, but I really like the children and families I work with...and my coworkers too!
I've been watching flights for my first trip home for Thanksgiving. I'm planning to be there around November 19-29. QT and Mi Ranchito is just four months away for me!!! :)